Smethwick, Staffordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

Parish registers: 1732
Bishop’s Transcripts: 1774

Nonconformists include:  Independents and Wesleyans

Parishes adjacent to Smethwick

  • Harborne
  • Halesowen
  • Birmingham All Saints
  • North Harborne Holy Trinity
  • Birmingham St Martin
  • Edgbaston St Bartholomew

Smethwick Old Church, West Midlands, seen from the southwest.
Smethwick Old Church, West Midlands, seen from the southwest. Attribution: Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Smethwick, a chapelry in the parish of Harborne, county of Stafford; 3 miles west by north of Birmingham. Living, a perpetual curacy, a peculiar of the dean and chapter of Lichfield, in the patronage of trustees. Trinity church is also a perpetual curacy. The Independents and Methodists have places of worship here. The chapelry is intersected by the Birmingham canal, on the banks of which is a large iron-foundry. There are also bar, rod, and sheet iron works, and a soap and red lead manufactory, besides a refinery belonging to the Smethwiek brass company. Houses 452. Pop., in 1801, 1,097; in 1831, 2,676. Other returns with the parish.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851


Smethwick Trades Directory 1861


  • County: Staffordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Kings Norton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield
  • Diocese: Lichfield
  • Rural Deanery: West Bromwich
  • Poor Law Union: Kings Norton
  • Hundred: South Offlow
  • Province: Canterbury

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