Wednesfield Staffordshire Family History Guide

Wednesfield is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1755 from chapelry in Wolverhampton St Peter Ancient Parish.
Other places in the parish include: Wednesfield Heath and Heath Town.
Parish church:
Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1751
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1799

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bushbury
  • Wolverhampton St Mary
  • Willenhall St Stephen
  • Willenhall Holy Trinity
  • Wolverhampton St James
  • Wolverhampton St Peter
  • Wolverhampton St Matthew

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WEDNESFIELD, a township and two chapelries in Wolverhampton parish, Stafford. The township lies on the Wyrley canal, near the South Staffordshire railway, 2 miles NE of Wolverhampton; and has a post-office under Wolverhampton, and a r. station. Real property, £16,486; of which £852 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 4,858; in 1861, 8,553. Houses, 1,708. The increase of pop. arose mainly from the erection of houses for the accommodation of coal-miners. The property is not much divided. Perry Hall is a chief residence. The manufacture of locks, keys, and traps is very largely carried on. Edward the Elder beat the Danes here in 910.-The chapelries are W. and W.-Heath; and are jointly conterminate with the township. The living of W. is a vicarage, and that of W.-Heath is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value of W., £280; of W.-Heath, £120. Patron of W., the Bishop of Lichfield; of W.-Heath, H. Rogers, Esq. W. church was built in 1760, and recently enlarged. W.-Heath church was built in 1853. There are three dissenting chapels, several public schools, and charities £20.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991
England Marriages, 1538–1973
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008
England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988
Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988
Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977
United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

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Migration and Naturalisation Records

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Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices
British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841
England and Wales Census, 1851
England and Wales Census, 1861
England and Wales Census, 1871
England and Wales Census, 1881
England and Wales Census, 1891
England and Wales Census, 1901
England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935
United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913
United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941
United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915
United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)
United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Staffordshire
Civil Registration District: Wolverhampton
Probate Court: Pre-1846 - Court of the Peculiar of Wolverhampton, Post-1845 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Wolverhampton
Poor Law Union: Wolverhampton
Hundred: South Offlow
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors (Tracing Your Ancestors) by Michael Pearson | 18 Oct 2012
A Black Country Miscellany: Aspects of West Midlands History by Andrew Homer | 7 Nov 2016
Black Country Murders (Sutton True Crime History) by Bott | 23 Mar 2009
Birmingham & Black Country Murder Stories by Brendan Hawthorne | 17 Jul 2017
Black Country Murders by Don Cochrane
A Grim Almanac of the Black Country (Grim Almanacs) by Nicola Sly | 14 Dec 2012
A-Z of The Black Country: Places-People-History by Andrew Homer | 15 Nov 2018
Historic England: The Black Country: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England by Andrew Homer | 15 Jun 2019
Chain and Anchor Making in the Black Country by Ron Moss | 20 Jul 2006
Memories of the Black Country: 100 Years of Photography (Alton Douglas Presents) by Alton Douglas | 1 Feb 1999
Birmingham & The Black Country's Canalside Industries (Archive Photographs) by Shill | 29 Jul 2005
Black Country Chronicles by Larkin | 30 Mar 2009
Whatever Happened to the Real Black Country?: Black Country Chronicles 1939-1999 by Tom Larkin | 20 Nov 2019
A Century of the Black Country (Century of North of England) by Williams | 1 Nov 2007
Black Country in the Great War (Your Towns & Cities/Great War) by Michael Pearson | 3 Sep 2014
The Little Book of the Black Country by Michael Pearson | 1 Oct 2013
Black Country, The by Edward Chitham | 1 Sep 2009
As If It Were Yesterday: Birmingham and The Black Country - Photographs From A Time Remembered by Mr Peter Donnelly and Simon Donnelly | 1 Nov 2019
Black Country Memories by Carl Chinn | 1 Nov 2004
Black Country Memories: v. 2 by Carl Chinn | 1 Nov 2005
Black Country Memories: v. 3 by Carl Chinn | 18 Nov 2006
Black Country Memories: v. 4 by Carl Chinn | 5 Nov 2007
Black Country Memories: v. 5 by Carl Chinn | 21 Nov 2008
Francis Frith's the Black Country (Photographic Memories) by Alan Rose, Dorothy Nicolle, et al. | 27 Jun 2002