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Aldridge, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Aldridge, a village and a parish in Staffordshire, 3½ miles NE of Walsall, with a station on the M.R., and a post office under Walsall. The collieries of the Albridge Colliery Company and several other collieries are situated here, and also brick and tile works. Acreage, 2939; population, 2206. A height called Barr-Beacon is said to have been a place of Druidical sacrifices; and a pool called Druid Mere makes an occasional overflow, and was formerly popularly imagined to possess some supernatural quality. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £378 with residence, in the gift of St John's College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient stone edifice, rebuilt in 1853; it contains some good monuments.

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

Administration

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

Ancient CountyStaffordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishAldridge St. Mary 
HundredOfflow 
Poor Law unionWalsall 

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1660.

Findmypast, in association with the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Service have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Aldridge


Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, north porch, and an embattled western tower of the Decorated period, containing a clock and 5 bells: in 1853 the church was enlarged, the north aisle and chancel rebuilt, the interior entirely re-seated, and the western arch opened: the east window and several others are stained: an organ was placed in the church in 1896: in the south wall of the chancel is an ancient recumbent stone effigy, supposed to represent Nicholas de Alrewicke (temp. Hen. III.), the founder of the church, and at the west entrance under the tower is another effigy in chain armour, cross-legged, with helmet and sword, and supposed to commemorate Robert Stapleton, who served in the last Crusade, 1269; there are also other monuments, and the church affords 540 sittings.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Aldridge from the following:


Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.


Maps

Online maps of Aldridge are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Staffordshire newspapers online:

DistrictWalsall
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtWS9
Post TownWalsall