Oldbury, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Oldbury is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Worcestershire, created in 1715 from Halesowen Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1714
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1725

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Particular Baptist, Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterian, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OLDBURY, a town, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Halesowen parish, Worcestershire. The town stands on the Birmingham canal, and on the Birmingham and Stourbridge and the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Stour Valley railways, at the boundary with Staffordshire, 3 miles E by S of Dudley, and 5 WNW of Birmingham; is environed by a tract abounding in limestone, coal, and iron ore; derives great importance from the working of these minerals; and has a post-office under Birmingham, two railway stations, several good inns, a county court-house, a temperance hall, a church, an Independent chapel, a Baptist chapel, three Wesleyan chapels, a Primitive Methodist chapel, two New Connexion Methodist chapels, a Unitarian chapel, three national schools, Wesleyan and Unitarian schools, and schools connected with Messrs. Chance’s extensive factories. The county court-house was repaired and enlarged in 1862. The church stands in the centre of the town; was built at a cost of £4,500; is a commodious and handsome edifice, in the early English style; has three aisles, stained glass chancel windows, and a tower; and was much improved in 1867, at a cost of £1,000. The Unitarian chapel was repaired and improved in 1862, at a cost of about £200. Fairs are held on 6 June and 3 Oct.; and extensive industry is carried on in furnace iron-works, steelworks, railway carriage works, alkali works, three chemical works, copper-extracting works, barge yards, brick and tile fields, three corn mills, several malting establishments, and manufactories of stove-grates, edged tools, and coffin nails. Pop. in 1861, 15,615. Houses, 2,907. The township includes the town, and extends beyond it. Real property, £61,758; of which £27,517are in mines, and £1,825 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851, 11,640; in 1861, 15,703. Houses, 2,922. The increase of pop. arose partly from the erection of railway carriage-works, and partly from the extension of iron manufacture and of brick yards. The chapelry is less extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1841. Pop. in 1861, 9,780. Houses, 1,817. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300. Patron, the Rector of Halesowen. The sub-district comprises the townships of Oldbury and Warley-Salop, and the hamlet of Warley-Wigorn; and is in West Bromwich district. Acres, 3,799. Pop. in 1851, 12,978; in 1861, 17,258. Houses, 3,222.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: West Bromwich
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Kidderminster
  • Poor Law Union: West Bromwich
  • Hundred: Halfshire
  • 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