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Halesowen is on the east side of Sturbridge [sic], 118 miles form London.  It had formerly an abbey, built in 1215, of which great part of the walls are yet standing, but some of them overgrown with bushes and weeds.  Here is a poor market on Mondays; and two fairs, on the Monday after Easter-Monday, and June 22.  This parish is distinct from the rest of Salop, being inclosed between parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire; some parts of hit being in the latter county, on the banks of the Stour river, a branch of which river rises in this parish.  Here fossil wood has been dug up, as have some Roman antiquities.  Here is a free-school and workhouse.  The church and monastery appear to have been stately edifices.  The chief manufacture is in making nails.
About half a mile form Halesowen is the famous seat called the Leasowes, formerly the property of Shenstone the poet: see vol. ii. P. 243.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791