Shenstone, a village and a parish in Staffordshire. The village stands on an eminence 3½ miles S by W of Lichfield, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Lichfield, and a station on the Birmingham, Sutton-Coldfield, and Lichfield branch of the L. & N.W.R. The parish contains also the hamlets of Catshill, Chesterfield, Footherley, Lynn, Littlehay, Little Aston, Shire Oak, and Stonnall, and comprises 8543 acres; population of the civil parish, 2681; of the ecclesiastical, 1033. The parish was divided under the Local Government Act of 1894: the urban part, which was in the Brown Hills local board district, was constituted a separate parish under the name of Shireoak; and the rural part was divided into three wards, Shenstone, Stonnal, and Little Aston, with a parish council consisting of nine members. Shenstone Court, Shenstone House, Shenstone Lodge, Shenstone Hall, Footherley Hall, Little Aston Hall, and Lynn Hall are chief residences. An ancient castle stood on a spot now called Castlefield. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield; gross value, £336 with residence. The present church was built in 1852, and contains some ancient monuments. Stonnall forms a separate ecclesiastical parish, and parts of the ecclesiastical parishes of Little Aston, Ogley Hay, and Walsall Wood are contained in Shenstone parish. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Shenstone St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Lichfield|
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 Shenstone from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Shenstone (St. John the Baptist))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Staffordshire is online.
Online maps of Shenstone 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 Staffordshire newspapers online:
- Staffordshire Advertiser
- Tamworth Herald
- Lichfield Mercury
- Staffordshire Sentinel
- Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser
Villages, Hamlets, &cChesterfield
Fotherley or Footherley