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Remains of Dudley Priory scanned from Laird's book on Worcestershire dated 1814.
Remains of Dudley Priory scanned from Laird’s book on Worcestershire dated 1814.

Dudley is surrounded by Staffordshire, 120 miles from London, has a market on Saturday; fairs May 8, August 5, October 2. The inhabitants have a great manufacture for nails and other iron-wares; and there are two churches, placed at each end of the longest street, the one named St. Thomas, the other St. Edmunds. It has three charity-schools, one of them for 50 boys, another for 50 girls, and the other a free grammar-school; also seven Sunday-schools. Here are 2000 families resident. At a little distance from the town are the ruins of Dudley priory. It is a place of good resort, being in the road from Birmingham to Bridgnorth, 10 miles from the former, and 16 from the latter, and from hence to Bromsgrove, which is about 18 miles, is a turnpike-road, near which, at Netherton, in this parish of Dudley, is a ten-yard coal-mine, of at least ten acres.

The following are the principal inhabitants of Dudley:


Bagley Dudley, Gent.

Finch Mrs. Ann, Widow

Simpson – , Esq.


Booker Rev. Luke, L.L.D. Curate

Cartwright Rev. Joseph, Vicar

Perry Rev. W.

Wood Rev. W. Dissenting Minister


Badley William, Surgeon

Glast Francis, Surgeon

Hickman Gregory, Surgeon

Hodgetts Thomas, Surgeon

Moss Joseph, Surgeon

Saunders Ann, Druggist

Shaw Gilbert Read, Surgeon

Stone – , Chymist, &c.

Wainwright Joseph, Surgeon


Bourne James, Attorney

Fellows William, Attorney

Lewis Thomas, Attorney


Abbiss John, Cordwainer

Abbiss Joseph, Cordwainer

Amphlett J. Banker

Aston Sarah, Innkeeper

Badger Isaac, Victualler & Bricklayer

Bagnall John, Clock-maker

Baker George, Joiner, &c.

Baker John, Cooper

Banester Joseph, Baker

Banester William, Cordwainer

Barter James, Weaver

Bate Isaac, Maltster and Victualler

Bate John, Cordwainer

Bate Jane, Victualler

Bate Thomas, Sadler

Beck William, Victualler

Bennett William & Sam. Ironmongers

Benson John, Glass-cutter, &c.

Benson William, Taylor

Bintt John, Wheelwright and Victualler

Blackham John, Peruke-maker

Blackham Oliver, Weaver

Blews Lewis, Locksmith

Bolton John, Victualler & Vice-maker

Bond Joseph, Cordwainer

Bourne Joseph, Tallow-chandler

Bourne Joseph, Tobacconist

Bourne Joseph, Victualler

Bourne Myles, Mercer and Draper

Bowers Joseph, Gardener

Bowers William, Cordwainer

Brettell James, Joiner & Cabinet-maker

Bridgwater Edward, Maltster & Dealer

Bridgwater William, Schoolmaster

Brierly Elijah, Wood Screw-maker

Brinton W. Butcher

Bunch Thomas, Blacksmith

Bunn Benjamin, Butcher

Bunn Charles, Butcher

Bunn John, Victualler

Bunn Richard, Innkeeper

Bunn Thomas, Malt Mill-maker

Caddick Tho. Carpenter & Victualler

Camm Thomas, Victualler and Fender-maker

Capewell Joseph, Glass-seller

Carless William, Joiner, &c.

Carter W. Cordwainer

Chambers John, Cordwainer

Colborn Thomas, Huckster

Cole William, Fender-maker

Cooper Thomas, Cordwainer

Corbett Widow, Victualler

Creighton George, Mercer &c.

Dale William, Taylor

Dalton George, Post-office

Dark Elizabeth, Huckster

Davis Edward, Ironmonger

Davis John, jun. Locksmith

Davis Owen, Stay-maker

Davis Richard, Locksmith

Davison Philip, Schoolmaster

Day Ann, Corn-chandler & Huckster

Day Henry, Schoolmaster

Devey Roger, Gardener

Devey William, Clock-maker

Diggery Samuel, Heel-maker

Dixon E. Banker

Dixon Joseph, Pattern-maker

Dowis Joseph, Vice-maker

Downing Peter, Schoolmaster

Dudley Josiah, Victualler

Dudley Thomas, Glass-engraver

Dudley Thomas and Co. Grocers and Thread-makers

Dunn Joseph, Victualler, &c.

Dunn Samuel, Huckster

Dunton George, Cordwainer

Evans William, Peruke-maker

Fellows Benjamin, Shovel and Tongs-maker

Fellows Charles, Butcher

Fellows Francis, Carpenter, &c.

Finch Samuel, Blacksmith

Finch William, Victualler

Fisher Edward, Cordwainer

Fisher Job, Victualler and Butcher

Foley John, Victualler

Forrest William, Victualler

Foxcroft – , Mercer

Fullwood Daniel, Taylor

Fullwood Samuel, Wheelwright

Gamston Thomas, Huckster & Dealer

Gibbons James, Victualler

Gordon James, Maltster & Hop-dealer

Gorton David, Shovel & Tongs-maker

Granger Daniel, Fender-maker

Granger Edward, Butcher

Granger James, Victualler

Granger William, Victualler

Green John, jun. Fender-maker, &c.

Griffin William, Weaver

Gritton John, Victualler

Guest Edward and Co. Ironmongers

Gwinnutt George, Shovel-maker

Gwinnutt Richard, Carpenter

Gwinnutt Thomas, Victualler

Haddleton John, Huckster

Haden Benjamin, Weaver

Haden James, Bagging weaver

Hall William, Cordwainer

Hall William, Cooper

Hancox Edward, Currier

Hancox John, Maltster

Hancox Moses, Fender-maker

Hand Wm. Watch Chain-maker, &c.

Harper John, Victualler

Harper Rich. Fender & Shovel-maker

Harrison William, Taylor

Hartill John, Breeches-maker

Hartill John, Wood-turner, &c.

Hartill Mabel, Dealer in Thread

Hartill William, Cordwainer

Hartland Robert, Huckster

Hately Thomas, Maltster

Hawkes Abiather, Glass-merchant

Hawkes Richard, Maltster, &c.

Hervey William, Wheelwright

Hill Isaac, Victualler

Hill Joseph, Ironmonger

Hillman Joseph, Butcher

Hinton Moses, Victualler

Hinton Thomas, Victualler

Hipkins Daniel, Shovel & Tongs-maker

Hodgetts Booth, Ironmonger

Hodgetts Daniel, Maltster and Hop-merchant

Hodgetts Joseph, Ironmonger

Homer James, Victualler and Dealer

Homer Peter, Maltster and Brick-dealer

Homer Thomas, Maltster

Hughes Benjamin, Mercer & Draper

Hughes William, Baker

Hurmey John, Taylor

Hurst William, Baker

Jackson George, Huckster

Jackson Thomas, Schoolmaster

Jenns William, Peruke-maker

Jenns William, Dealer and Huckster

Jessop Edward, Cooper

Jewkes Joseph, Shovel & Tongs-maker

Jewkes Richard, Victualler

Johnson John, Victualler

Johnson Joseph, Baker

Jones George, Bricklayer

Jones Matthew, Glass-dealer, &c.

Jones Sarah, Victualler

Jordan Benjamin, Whitesmith

Lacey Thomas, Heel-maker

Lakin James, Hatter

Langford Richard, Carpenter

Leadbetter John, Corn-chandler, &c.

Lee John, Dealer in Foreign Spirits

Leech Davis, Peruke-maker

Leek John, Taylor

Lester William, Engineer

Lewis Thomas, Victualler

Lloyd Samuel Glazier

Lowe James, Victualler

McKnight Alexander, Mercer, &c.

Mallen William, Victualler

Malpass Richard, Blacksmith

Manley James, Currier

Mansell Daniel, Victualler

Marsh John, Victualler

Marsh Joseph, Victualler

Marsh Thomas, Bricklayer

Martin John, Corn-chandler, &c.

Martin Thomas, Maltster & Hop-dealer

Mason Benjamin, Breeches-maker, &c.

Mills William, Brazier

Moore James, Horse-dealer

Moore Joseph, Horse-dealer

Moore Joseph, Cordwainer

Moss John, Victualler

Naylor James, Victualler

Newton William, Sadler

Nock Joseph, Cordwainer and Dealer

Nock Samuel, Ironmonger

Noke John, Dealer in Foreign Spirits

Onions John, Mercer and Draper

Onions Miss E. Milliner

Orr Robert & John, Mercers & Drapers

Page John, Carpenter and Joiner

Parkes Daniel, Fender-maker

Parkes Edward, Butcher

Parkes Richard, Baker

Parsons Messrs. Ironmongers

Pearson Joseph, Victualler

Penn William, Glass-merchant

Percivall Richard, Cordwainer

Perry Isaac, Locksmith

Peters Enoch, Mercer and Draper

Phillips John, Gardener

Phillips Richard, Maltster

Phillips Thomas, Gardener

Pidgeon John, Breeches-maker

Pitt Joseph, Currier

Pitte Benjamin, Huckster

Powell Richard, Plumber and Glazier

Powell Stephen, Plumber and Glazier

Rann John, Printer

Raybould James, Mercer and Draper

Rhoades John, Maltster and Victualler

Rixon John, Dyer

Roberts William, Victualler

Robinson Joseph, Weaver, &c.

Rogers James, Victualler

Rolinson William, Butcher

Round Widow, Victualler

Royall John, Huckster

Royle William, Maltster & Hop-dealer

Salt Joseph, Stone-cutter & Victualler

Salt Benjamin, Stone-mason

Saunders Thomas, Pawnbroker

Shaw Benjamin, Victualler

Shaw Joseph, Victualler

Sheldon William, Blacksmith

Shore Thomas, Schoolmaster

Short Samuel, Maltster, &c.

Silvers Daniel, Glass-cutter

Simpson James, Hardware-man

Smith Benjamin, Glass-cutter

Smith John, Auger-maker

Southall Joseph, Baker and Maltster

Stevens James, Carpenter, &c.

Stokes Joseph, Baker

Sturmey Thomas, Weaver

Styles George, Innkeeper (Hotel)

Taylor Samuel, Maltster & Brewer

Taylor Thomas, Taylor

Thompson John, Cordwainer

Thompson Joseph, Glazier

Thornton Thomas, Blacksmith

Timmins A. Shovel & Tongs-maker

Timmins John, Locksmith & Huckster

Timmins Stephen, Victualler

Turner Edward, Vice-maker

Twanley John, Tea-dealer & Grocer

Underhill Joseph, Hinge-maker

Vanes Benjamin, Shovel & Tongs-maker

Vanes Joseph, Huckster and Dealer

Wakelam William, Carpenter, &c.

Walker Peter, Mercer, &c.

Wallace Robert, Dealer in Clothes

Walton Thomas, Carrier

Whitehouse Joseph, Carpenter, &c.

Whitehouse John, Victualler

Whyley William, Blacksmith

Wilding John, Cordwainer

Willcox Richard, Victualler

Willcox Sargeant, Victualler

Willcox Thomas, Cordwainer

Wilkes John, Shovel and Tongs-maker

Wilkes Selmon, Peruke-maker

Wilkinson Edward, sen. Vice-maker

Wilkinson Edw. Jun. Fender-maker

Wilkinson Joshua, Vice-maker

Willes Mary, Victualler

Williams Edward, Huckster

Williams John, Oat Miller

Williams Tho. Joiner & Cabinet-maker

Williams William, Corn-chandler, &c.

Wilson Thomas, Mercer

Witton Thomas, Victualler

Wood Thomas, Cordwainer

Woodall Mary, Victualler

Woolley Benj. Locksmith & Ironmonger

Woolley Joseph, Bagging-weaver

Woolley John, Vice-maker

Woolley Richard, Locksmith

Woolley Thomas, sen. Locksmith

Woolley Thomas, jun. Fender-maker

Wragg & Wilson, Mercers & Drapers

Wright John, Vice-maker

Wright Joseph, Vice-maker

Wright Moses, Carpenter and Joiner

Wright Peter, Vice-maker

Wright Thomas, Vice-maker

Wright Thomas, Victualler

Adjacent to Dudley are the following villages: Kingswinford, 3 miles. – Rowley-Regis, 2 miles. – Sedgley, 3 miles. – Tipton 1 mile.

Dudley-Castle, in Staffordshire, is just by Dudley, and 4 miles from Wolverhampton. Its old castle was demolished by Henry II. The new castle is a spacious good building, with great trenches about it, hewn out of the rock, and stands on a high hill, having an extensive prospect into five shires, and a great part of Wales. One part is in ruins; the other part was not long ago repaired.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791.

The Story of Dudley Paperback – 3 Feb 2014
by Edward Chitham (Author)

This book provides a rounded account of the history of Dudley, starting before the Norman Conquest. It traces the development of industry in the town, and shows how the lack of utilities, including water, hampered the nineteenth-century town and forced a section of the population into desperate poverty. Major historical treasures remain from this era, however, giving the opportunity for the growth of tourism in the present.

The Story of Dudley, compiled by an expert in the area’s history, weaves these events together into an accessible, interesting and in-depth history of the town that is sure to delight residents and visitors alike.