Oldswinford is a very extensive Parish, in the Lower Halfshire Hundred, containing several Townships and Hamlets, one of which (Amblecote) is in Staffordshire. The entire Parish contains a population of 20,238; Oldswinford, alone, 2,728 inhabitants; the other places will be afterwards noticed. With the exception of Oldswinford Hospital (which will be found under the head of Stourbridge), there is little worthy of notice. Oldswinford is 5 miles from Dudley; 20 from Worcester; 124 from London; 12 from Birmingham; and 6 from Kidderminster.

The Parish Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a modern erection, with the exception of the tower, which is of the fourteenth century, and contains a peal of six fine bells. It is a large building, and the style of the architecture is made to correspond with that of the tower, and reflects great credit upon the designer, R. Ebbells, Esq., and also upon the builder, Mr. E. Smith. It has galleries on three sides, the one at the western end containing a very fine-toned organ. There are sittings for nearly 1500 persons, about one half of which are free. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of Lord Ward. Rev. C. H. Craufurd, Rector; Mr. Thos. Cogzell, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 15 p.m.

The Infant School is a large brick building, and is supported by contributions and the children’s payments. Mrs. Jackson, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 56.

The School at Red Hill, endowed by John Wheeler, Esq., and Henry Glover, Esq., is for the education of 25 boys. The building is a large brick erection, with a house for the master, who is allowed to take other scholars, not on the foundation. Mr. Chetwynd, Master.

County Police Station, Upper Swinford. Henry Pantin, Officer.

Upper Swinford

Brettell Miss Sarah, Hagley Terrace

Cross Mr. Alexander, Love Lane

Dixon Miss C., Hagley Terrace

Fennell Mr. Albert, Norton Villa

Griffiths Mrs. Lucy

Griffiths Mrs. James, Hagley Terrace

Hill Mr. George

Hodson Mrs.

Hopkins Mr. John, The Furze

Kempson Benjamin, Esq., Magistrate, Norton

Littlewood Miss Sarah, Hagley Terrace

Osborn Mr. David, Hagley Terrace

Riley Rev. Richard, Curate of Amblecote, Hagley Terrace

Smith Mr. James, Laurel Cottage

Wassell Mr. Reuben, American Cottage, Love Lane

Adams Richard, boot and shoe maker

Anderson James, Head Master at the Hospital, Hagley Terrace

Aston James W., chain maker, Love Lane

Bailey John, victualler, Crab Mill

Beddoes James, beer retailer, Waggon and Horses

Biden Thomas, accountant

Birch John, brewer and maltster

Bird Joseph, maltster

Brentnall Mary Ann, victualler, Star

Brooks James, butcher

Brown Edward, shopkeeper

Cale Mary, victualler, Cross

Chamberlain John, grocer and provision dealer, and sub-postmaster

Chance John, beer retailer, Hearty Good Fellow

Coley Joseph, boot and shoe maker

Cooke William, hop and seed merchant, Highfield House

Cooke Thomas, shopkeeper

Cooper John, painter and glazier

Corser Henry, solicitor, Farland

Dark George, victualler and wheelwright, Malt Shovel

Edwards George, builder and coffin maker

Edwards George, victualler, Cider Mill

Gould Thomas, fruiterer

Green Samuel, farrier

Harrison William, woolstapler, Love Lane

Hodgetts Lewis, nailmaster, Alban Villa

Houslander William, engineer and surveyor

Johns Edward, grocer and provision dealer

Jones Thomas, timber merchant

Lees Benjamin, cabinet maker, Hagley Terrace

Mason William, beer retailer, Wheat Sheaf

Pardoe Sarah, shopkeeper

Pargeter Benjamin, solicitor, Norton Villa

Perkes Elizabeth, butcher

Shutt William, farmer

Smallman Richard, Post-Office messenger, Richmond Cottage

Smith Edward, architect, builder, and timber merchant

Smith William, house agent

Smith Thomas, beer retailer, Shrubbery Cottage

Taylor James, pump maker

Taylor Peter, pump maker

Trueman John, beer retailer, Greyhound

Walker William, flint glass manufacturer; house, Norton House

Westwood Edward, glass manufacturer

Wyatt William, iron and lead pump maker, and well sinker, patentee of the glazed cast-iron piping, Hagley Road (see advertisement)

Wyer Mark, beer retailer, Gig Mill Tavern

Yardley Joseph, beer retailer, Swan

Lower Swinford

Badger Miss, Grange

Craufurd Rev. C. H., Rector, Rectory

Hickman R., Esq., Magistrate, The Castle

Musselwhite Mr. Ralph

Richards Rev. James, Congregational Minister, The Hill

Rowley Mr. Edward

Rufford Francis, Esq., Prescot House

Darby James, maltster

Green Sarah, maltster and victualler, Railway House, Chawn Hill

Hall John, mill manufacturer

Hambrey John, victualler, Station Inn

Hemming Joseph, victualler, Seven Stars

Hipkins Thomas and Stephen, brewers and maltsters

Hipkins Stephen, brewer, &c., Wollescote Hall

Hughes Henry, goods manager at railway

Jones John, agent, Chawn Hill House

Matty Richard, victualler, Fountain

Morton Richard, beer retailer and shopkeeper

Pargeter Henry, nailmaster, Wollescote House

Parkes Thomas, maltster

Tiernay James, ironmaster, The Laurels

Tredwell William, contractor, White Hall

Williams Samuel C., glass manufacturer

Wilson The Misses, boarding school

Wooldridge Benjamin, auctioneer and surveyor

Branch Post Office, Upper Swinford. Arrival, 7 30 a.m.; despatch, 6 40 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Note – Stourbridge has a separate entry