Sedgley, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Sedgley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Cotwall End, Gospelend, Gospel End, Woodsetton, Cotwal End, and Brierley.

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1673

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

Industry: nails, rivets, chains, fire-irons, locks, iron safes, bellows, bricks, and malt

Parishes adjacent to Sedgley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SEDGLEY, a town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Dudley district, Stafford. The town stands on high ground, 1¾ mile W by S of Coseley r. station, and 3 NW of Dudley; is a polling-place; and has a post-office under Dudley. The parish contains also the villages of Brierley, Coseley, Cotwall-End, Ettingshall, Lower Gornall, Upper Gornall, Gospel-End, and Woodsetton. Acres, 7,364. Real property, £109,818; of which £18,105 are in mines, £526 in quarries, and £44,052 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851, 29,447; in 1861, 36,637. Houses, 7,062. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of the coal and iron trade, and from the operations of building societies. The surface is hilly; the substrata are rich in useful minerals: and the lower grounds are traversed by numerous rivulets and canals. A hill, called the Beacon, is crowned by a tower, and commands an extensive view. The manufacture of nails, rivets, chains, fire-irons, locks, iron safes, bellows, bricks, and malt, is largely carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £444. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. The church was built in 1830, at a cost of £11,000; and is in the pointed style. The chapelries of Coseley, Ettingshall, Lower Gornall, and Upper Gornall are separate benefices. There are numerous dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school with £31 a year, several other public schools, a workhouse, and charities £27. The sub-district is conterminate with the parish.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Sedgley, 2 m. S. Wolverhampton. P. 24,819

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Steam tram in Sedgley
Steam tram in Sedgley, before 24 August 1901Taken from the upstairs window of Egginton’s shop.

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records – Free

Parish Registers

Sedgley All Saints – FreeReg

Sedgley Roman Catholic Baptisms – Findmypast

Can Lane Wesleyan (Hurst Hill) – FreeReg

Darkhouse Baptist Chapel – FreeReg

Mamble Sq. & Roseville Wesleyan Methodist Chapel – FreeReg

Parkfield Primitive Methodist – FreeReg

Tipton St. Methodist Chapel – FreeReg

The Surrendered Nonconformist Registers of the Parish of Sedgley Including Coseley, Staffordshire – Amazon (may not always be in stock)

Sedgley parish register ([Publications] / Staffordshire Parish Register Society) by Sedgley (England) | 1 Jan 1987

Bankrupts

The Bankrupt Directory 1843

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Bagley Dudley, Sedgley, Staffordshire, pig iron maker, Dec. 10, 1830.

Ballanden John Mac Nah, Sedgley, Staffordshire, surgeon, Oct. 9, 1840.

Law Advertiser 1830

Insolvent Debtors Petitions to be Heard.

Tuesday April 6 at 10 Stafford, in the County of, at the Court House

Church Thomas, late of Coseley, in Sedgley, Staffordshire, carpenter joiner and builder.

Hunt Richard, heretofore of the Coppice, in Sedgley, Staffordshire, first carrying on business in partnership with Martha Fellows, as miners, and afterwards carrying on business as a miner on his own account,and lately residing at King’s Hill-field, in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, carrying on the business of a miner on his own sole account.

Wright Noah, late of Coseley, in Sedgley, Staffordshire, butcher and dealer in pigs, sheep and cows.

Thursday August 19 at 10 Stafford, in the County of, at the Court House

Smith Brooke Ridgway, heretofore of Ettingshall-lane, in Sedgley, near Wolverhampton, afterwards of Bilston, Staffordshire, land and mine-agent and surveyor.

Monday Dec 6 at 10 Warwick, in the County of, at the Court House

Pursell Richard, formerly of Bilstow, butcher, then of Sedgley, Staffordshire, butcher and farmer, and late of Bartholomew-street, Birmingham, out of business, (sued as Richard Pursell).

County Bankrupt Diary

Friday December 17 1830, Bagley D., Dibdale House, Sedgley, Stafford, pig-ironmaker, 1 meeting, 4 Wilday’s Royal Hotel, Birmingham.

Saturday, December 18. 1830, Bagley D., Dibdale House, Sedgley, Stafford, pig-ironmaker, 2 meeting, 2 Wilday’s Royal Hotel, Birmingham.

Debts and Legacies in Chancery, &c.

Before the proper Officers of Courts of Equity, by the Creditors or Legatees of the undermentioned Persons respectively, pursuant to Advertisements in the London Gazette,and the Law Advertiser, of 1830.— Where not otherwise designated, the notice is to creditors only, and generally.

Gazette 1663, Bagley Dudley, of Sedgley, Staffordshire, ironmaster. Creditors under a trust deed for benefit of creditors.

Gazette 1110, 1516, Cox Edward, of Sedgley, Staffordshire, chapman, (died November 1811)

Family History Links

Wikipedia

Maps

Bing Maps UK

StreetMap

Vision of Britain historical maps

Ordnance Survey

National Library of Scotland

Sedgley (SE) & West Coseley 1938: Staffordshire Sheet 67.07B (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Staffordshire) – Amazon

Sedgley (West) 1938: Staffordshire Sheet 67.06B (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Staffordshire) – Amazon

Sedgley (SE) with Swan Village and West Coseley 1901: Staffordshire Sheet 1901 (Old O.S. Maps of Staffordshire) – Amazon

Sedgley (NE) and Deepfields 1901: Staffordshire Sheet 67.03 (Old O.S. Maps of Staffordshire) – Amazon

Sedgley West 1900: Staffordshire Sheet 67.06 (Old O.S. Maps of Staffordshire) – Amazon

Administration

County: Staffordshire
Civil Registration District: Dudley
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Sedgley
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery:  Himley
Poor Law Union: Dudley
Hundred: North Seisdon
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Ellen’s Forgotten Mercia: Wolverhampton, Tettenhall, Sedgley, Bridgenorth and Other Local Scenes from Ellen Thorney Croft Fowler’s Novels by Anthony Perry | 25 Jan 1999

The Story of the Ancient Manor of Sedgley by E. A. Underhill | 1 Jan 1942

Sedgley (Britain in Old Photographs) by Trevor Genge | 1 Sep 1995

Sedgley in Old Photographs: A Second Selection (Britain in Old Photographs) by Trevor Genge | 1 Nov 1997

Sedgley and District in Old Photographs: Third Selection (Britain in Old Photographs) by Trevor Genge | 1 Sep 1999

Sedgley in Old Photographs: A Fourth Selection (Britain in Old Photographs) by Trevor Genge | 1 Oct 2001

Sedgley and District in Old Photographs: Fifth Selection by Trevor Genge | 15 Apr 2004

Sedgley, Coseley and the Gornals 1 Jan 2001

Further Reading

Advertisements

Photographs