Place:Northfield, Worcestershire, England

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NameNorthfield
Alt namesBartleysource: Family History Library Catalog
Bartley-Greensource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish
Coordinates52.408°N 1.963°W
Located inWorcestershire, England     ( - 1911)
Also located inWarwickshire, England     (1911 - 1974)
West Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHalfshire (hundred), Worcestershire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Kings Norton Rural, Worcestershire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1898
Kings Norton, Worcestershire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1898-1911
Birmingham, Warwickshire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed in 1911
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Northfield is a residential area on the southern outskirts of metropolitan Birmingham, England in the West Midlands, and near the boundary with Worcestershire.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book and formerly a small village, included in north Worcestershire until 1911, Northfield only became part of Birmingham in 1911 after it had been rapidly expanded and developed in the period prior to World War I. The northern reaches of Northfield fall within the Bournville model village and the southern housing estates were originally built by Austin Motors for their workforce.

A centre of the Midlands nail making industry during the 19th century and home to both the Kalamazoo paper factory and the Austin motor company’s Longbridge factory in the 20th century, today Northfield is predominantly a residential and dormitory suburb for metropolitan Birmingham. Northfield stands on either side of the main A38, which heads south from the centre of Birmingham to Bromsgrove and onwards all the way to Cornwall.

Reference is made in A Vision of Britain through Time and in Wikipedia to the hamlets of Selly, Hay, Shendley, and Bartley within the parish of Northfield and also to Groveley which appears to have been located in the Warwickshire part of Northfield parish along with West Heath.

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.

NOTE: Warwickshire Research Tips have yet to be prepared.

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