Place:Catshill, Worcestershire, England

TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates52.367°N 2.05°W
Located inWorcestershire, England
Also located inHereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Worcestershire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoNorth Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Englandparish in which it was located until 1933
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Englandurban district of which it was part 1933-1974
Bromsgrove District, Hereford and Worcester, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1998
Bromsgrove District, Worcestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area from 1998 onward
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Catshill is a village in Worcestershire about 2.5 miles north of Bromsgrove and 10 miles south-west of Birmingham. The parish of Catshill was formed around the Turnpike Road (A38) in 1844.

The population of Catshill in 2001 was 4428.[1]

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Catshill from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CATSHILL, a chapelry in Bromsgrove parish, Worcester; 2½ miles from Bromsgrove [railway] station. It was constituted in 1844; and has a post office under Bromsgrove. Population: 2,393. Houses: 509. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £120. Patron: the Vicar of Bromsgrove. The church was built in 1838. There are four dissenting chapels."

From 1894 until 1933 was in the civil parish of North Bromsgrove and was transferred into the urban district of Bromsgrove in 1933. Since 1974 it has been part of the Bromsgrove District, first in the county of Hereford and Worcester, and then, since 1998, in Worcestershire again. Catshill is, geographically, still very much of a separate village rather than part of any ribbon development.

Research Tips

  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Worcestershire illustrates the parish boundaries of Worcestershire when rural districts were still in existence and before the West Midlands came into being. The map publication year is 1931. The map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
  • British History Online has a collection of local maps from the Ordnance Survey 1883-1893. Rural areas are included, but these may be especially useful for investigation the suburbs of large towns.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Worcestershire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access. Free search index on its web-site to all its books. In many cases payment will be required to see the extract.
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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