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Kingswinford, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Kingswinford, a village and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands 2 miles WNW of the boundary with Worcestershire, 2 NW of Brettel Lane station on the G.W.R., 3 W of Dudley, and 3 N by W of Stonrbridge, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Dudley. The parish contains also the town of Brierley Hill and the hamlets of Bromley and Wall Heath, and the ecclesiastical parishes of Pensnett, Brockmoor, and Quarry Bank. Acreage, 7372; population, 36, 411. The manor belonged anciently to the Saxon kings, and belongs now to the Earl of Dudley. Holbeche House, the ancient seat of the Littletons, was the retreat of Catesby and other conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot Prest-wood and Ashwood Houses are chief residences. Ashwood Heath, on the line of a Roman road, has remains of a Roman camp. There are collieries and brickworks. The parish church of the Holy Trinity is situated at Wordsley. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield; gross value, £700 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. The church is modern, and was enlarged in 1887. The living of St Mary, Kingswinford, is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £240. The church is ancient, and has a square tower. There are Wesleyan, Primitive, and New Connexion Methodist chapels.

Kingswinford Parliamentary Division of Staffordshire was formed under the Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885, and returns one member to the House of Commons. Population, 47, 636. The division includes the following:-Bilston- Bilston; Kingswinford and Wordsley-Amblecote, Arley (Upper), Bobbington, Enville, Himley, Kingswinford, Kinver; Wolverhampton - Bentley, Bnshbury, Codsall, Essington, Oaken, Patshull, Pattingham, Pendeford, Penn (Lower), Penn (Upper), Tettenhall, Trysull and Seisdon, Wednesfield, Wombourne, Woodford, Wrottesley; Willenhall-Willen-hall; Sedgley - Sedgley; Rowley Regis - Rowley Regis; Wolverhampton, municipal borough.

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 parishKing's Swinford Holy Trinity 
HundredSeisdon 
Poor Law unionStourbridge 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Brettell Lane
Brierley Hill
Pensnett
Quarry Bank
Wall Heath
Wordsley
DistrictDudley
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtDY6
Post TownKingswinford