Hagley, a village and a parish in Worcestershire. The village stands near the boundary with Staffordshire, 2¼ miles SSE of Stourbridge, and 6 NE of Ridderminster, and has a station on the G.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Stourbridge. The parish contains also the hamlets of Stakenbridge and Blakedown. Acreage, 2431; population of the civil parish, 1311; of the ecclesiastical, 820. The manor, with Hagley Hall, belongs to Viscount Cobham. Hagley Hall was built by the first Lord Lyttelton, the historian, is beautifully situated on the slope of the Park, was frequently visited by Pope, Shenstone, Thomson, and Addison; contains many interesting paintings, a valuable library, and other objects of art. The grounds, of great natural beauty, were laid out by the first Lord Lyttelton, and formerly contained an octagon temple erected by him to the memory of the poet Thomson. Many other seats are in the neighbourhood. A large Roman camp is on Wychbury Hill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £290 with residence. Patron, Viscount Cobham. The church was built in 1200, was repaired and enlarged by the first Lord Lyttelton, and has been partially restored and enlarged at later dates from designs by Mr Street, and contains monuments of the Lytteltons. There is a chapel of ease at Blakedown.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Hagley St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Bromsgrove|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hagley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Hagley (St. John the Baptist))
Land and Property
The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.
Online maps of Hagley are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Worcestershire papers online:
The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.