- source: Family History Library Catalog
Halesowen was an ancient parish that was a detached part of Shropshire surrounded by Worcestershire and Staffordshire, until the Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844, when it was incorporated back into Worcestershire after an absence of nine-hundred years. It became an urban district in 1894, and received municipal borough status in 1935. (Source:Wikipedia)
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Halesowen (originally called Hale Manor) was a medieval parish in the West Midlands region of England.
The townships of Halesowen, Cakemore, Hasbury, Hawne, Hill, Hunnington, Illey, Lapal, Oldbury, Ridgacre, Romsley and Warley-Salop formed a detached part of Shropshire; the rest of the parish, consisting of the chapelries of Cradley and Frankley, and the hamlets of Lutley and Warley Wigorn, was part of Worcestershire.
The Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844 made the entire area part of Worcestershire. Each of these townships, chapelries and hamlets became a civil parish in 1866.
- Ridgacre (renamed Quinton) was added to Birmingham in Warwickshire in 1909, and has formed part of the Birmingham Metropolitan District in the West Midlands from 1974 until 1996 and in Birmingham unitary authority since 1996.
- Halesowen (with Cakemore, Cradley, Hasbury, Hawne, Hill, Illey, Lapal and Lutley) formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in the West Midlands from 1974 until 1996 and in Staffordshire since 1996
- Oldbury, Warley Salop and Warley Wigorn became part of the County Borough of Warley in 1966 and then in 1974 formed part of the Sandwell metropolitan borough in the West Midlands until 1966 when Sandwell was transferred back to Worcestershire
- Frankley and Romsley do not form part of any metropolitan district; and are part of the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire; part of Frankley was added to Birmingham and is now known as New Frankley in Birmingham.
There is an map drawn circa 1814 in Wikipedia which shows Halesowen and Dudley as detached parts on either side of the Worcestershire/Staffordshire/Shropshire border.