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Lye, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Lye, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Old Swinford parish, Worcestershire. The village stands' near the boundary with Staffordshire, 1¼ mile E by N of Stourbridge, is irregularly built, and has a station on the Stourbridge and Birmingham section of the G.W.R. and a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.) under Stourbridge. The township includes the village and a considerable surrounding tract. Acreage, 341; population, 6707. The manufacture of anvils, vices, nails, chains, anchors, galvanized iron goods, and firebricks is largely carried on. Lye Waste, around Lye village, took its name from being an uncultivated appendage to Lye, but became settled by a numerous body of men, who acquired a right of separate freehold on the passing" of an Enclosure Act, and is now thickly built over. The-ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1839. Population½ 6479. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £234 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church was repaired and improved in 1858. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, Primitive and New Connexion Methodist, and Unitarian chapels, a cemetery, and a mechanics' institute.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Civil parishOld Swinford 
Poor Law unionStourbridge 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lye from the following:

Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDY9
Post TownStourbridge