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Sedgley, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Sedgley, a town, the head of a petty sessional division, and a parish in Staffordshire. The town stands on high ground, 1½ mile W by S of Deepfields and Coseley station on the Birmingham and Wolverhampton section of the L. & N.W.R., and 3 NW of Dudley. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Dudley. A public hall was erected in 1882, and is used for public meetings, &c. The temperance hall, erected in 1871, includes reading-rooms and library and an assembly room. Petty sessions are held at the police court. All Saints' Church was erected in 1829 and was partially restored in 1883. There are Roman Catholic, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. The parish contains also the villages of Brierley, Coseley, Cotwall End, Ettingshall, Lower Gornall, Upper Gornall, Gospel End, and Woodsetton. Acreage, 7591; population, 36,860. The surface is hilly; the substrata are rich in useful minerals, and the lower grounds are traversed by numerous rivulets and canals. A hill, called the Beacon, is crowned by a tower, and commands an extensive view. The manufacture of nails, rivets, chains, fire-irons, locks, iron safes, bellows, bricks, and malt is largely carried on. Upper Sedgley, comprising Sedgley, Upper and Lower Gornall, Gospel End, and Cotwall End, forms a district under the government of a district council, and the remainder of the parish is included in Coseley district. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; net value, £459 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. Population of the ecclesiastical parish, 4327. Upper and Lower Gornall form separate ecclesiastical parishes. See COSELEY and ETTINGSHALL.

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 CountyStaffordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishSedgley All Saints 
Poor Law unionDudley 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sedgley from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Cotwall End
Swan Village
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDY3
Post TownDudley