|Alt names||Dudley Castle Hill||source: placename variation|
|Type||Extra parochial area, Civil parish|
|Located in||Worcestershire, England ( - 1929)|
|Also located in||Staffordshire, England (1929 - 1974)|
|West Midlands, England (1974 - )|
|See also||Halfshire Hundred, Worcestershire, England||hundred of which the parish was a part|
|Dudley, Worcestershire, England||county borough into which it was absorbed in 1929|
|Dudley (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, England||metropolitan borough in which it has been located since 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
Dudley Castle is a ruined fortification in the town of Dudley, West Midlands, England. Dudley Zoo is located in its grounds. The location, Castle Hill, is an outcrop of Wenlock Group limestone that was extensively quarried during the Industrial Revolution, and which now along with Wren's Nest Hill is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as the best surviving remains of the limestone industry in Dudley. It is also a Grade I listed building. The Dudley Tunnel runs beneath Castle Hill, but not the castle itself.
Quoting from Wikipedia:
In 1889, the extra-parochial place of Dudley Castle, formerly in Worcestershire, became a detached part of Staffordshire, surrounded by the county borough of Dudley, itself a detached part of Worcestershire. In 1894, [on the establishment of rural districts], the area became the only parish in Dudley Rural District. In 1929, it was absorbed by the civil parish and county borough of Dudley.
Dudley Castle Hill was also considered to be part of Dudley Rural District.
- 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.
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
- excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
- 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.
Categories: Worcestershire, England | Dudley Castle, Worcestershire, England | Halfshire Hundred, Worcestershire, England | Dudley, Worcestershire, England | Dudley (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, England | West Midlands, England