Oldbury  Worcestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oldbury like this:

OLDBURY, a town, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Halesowen parish, Worcestershire. The town stands on the Birmingham canal, and on the Birmingham and Stourbridge and the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Stour Valley railways, at the boundary with Staffordshire, 3 miles E by S of Dudley, and 5 W N W of Birmingham; is environed by a tractabounding in limestone, coal, and iron ore; derivesgreat importance from the working of these minerals; and has a post-office‡ under Birmingham, two railway stations, several good inns, a county court-house, a temperance hall, a church, an Independent chapel, a Baptistchapel, three Wesleyan chapels, a Primitive Methodistchapel, two New Connexion Methodist chapels, a Unitarian chapel, three national schools, Wesleyan and Unitarian schools, and schools connected with Messrs. ...

Chance's extensive factories. The county court-house was repaired and enlarged in 1862. The churchstands in the centre of the town; was built at a cost of £4, 500; is a commodious and handsome edifice, in the early English style; has three aisles, stained glass chancel windows, and a tower; and was much improved in 1867, at a cost of £1,000. The Unitarian chapel was repaired and improved in 1862, at a cost of about £200. Fairs are held on 6 June and 3 Oct.; and extensive industry is carried on in furnace iron-works, steelworks, railway carriage works, alkali works, threechemical works, copper-extracting works, barge yards, brick and tile fields, three corn mills, several maltingestablishments, and manufactories of stove-grates, edged tools, and coffin nails. Pop. in 1861, 15, 615. Houses, 2, 907. The township includes the town, and extendsbeyond it. Real property, £61, 758; of which £27, 517are in mines, and £1, 825 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851, 11, 640; in 1861, 15, 703. Houses, 2, 922. The increase of pop. arose partly from the erection of railway carriageworks, and partly from the extension of iron manufacture and of brick yards. The chapelry is less extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1841. Pop. in 1861, 9, 780. Houses, 1,817. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Rector of Halesowen. The sub-district comprisesthe townships of Oldbury and Warley-Salop, and the hamlet of Warley-Wigorn; and is in West Bromwich district. Acres, 3, 799. Pop. in 1851, 12, 978; in 1861, 17, 258. Houses, 3, 222.

Oldbury through time

Oldbury is now part of Sandwell district. Click here for graphs and data of how Sandwell has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Oldbury itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oldbury, in Sandwell and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th May 2022

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