Place:Rowley Regis, Staffordshire, England

NameRowley Regis
Alt namesCradley-Heathsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeBorough (municipal)
Coordinates52.48°N 2.06°W
Located inStaffordshire, England     ( - 1966)
Also located inWorcestershire, England     (1966 - 1974)
West Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoNorth Seisdon Hundred, Staffordshire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Warley, Worcestershire, Englandcounty borough into which it was merged in 1966
Sandwell, West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Rowley Regis has been located in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands, England since 1974. Considered one of the six 'towns' that comprise Sandwell, at the 2011 UK census, the combined population of Rowley Regis was 50,257.

Prior to 1974 Rowley Regis was in Staffordshire where it was an historical parish and a municipal borough in the Black Country. Rowley Regis is two miles south-east of the town of Dudley.

Historical Governance

The Rowley Regis Urban District was formed in 1894 to cover the villages of Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill (all redirected here), and Rowley Village. The urban district was incorporated into a municipal borough in 1933.

In 1966, the borough of Rowley Regis merged with the borough of Smethwick and the borough of Oldbury from Worcestershire to form the Warley County Borough, and became part of Worcestershire. The map shows Rowley Regis (#11) and Smethwick; Oldbury was the intervening part of Worcestershire.

The Borough of Warley was short-lived. With the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, it was merged into Sandwell Metropolitan Borough in the the newly created county of the West Midlands, England which covered most of the coloured sections of the map (with the exception of Lichfield) and much of Warwickshire which extended to the east.

Staffordshire Research Tips

Reminder: Staffordshire today covers a much smaller area than formerly. The West Midlands now governs the southeastern corner of pre-1974 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, although ceremonially still part of Staffordshire, is a unitary authority covering a large well-populated part of the north of the county.

  • The William Salt Library is the reference library in Stafford and is adjacent to the county archive offices. They have an online catalogue of their holdings.
  • GENUKI lists other large libraries in Staffordshire for Wolverhampton, Burton-upon-Trent, Dudley, Walsall, and Sandwell. The last three of these places are now in the West Midlands and may hold items of local interest which are no longer housed in Staffordshire libraries and archives. For example, The Walsall Archives Centre keeps local census records and local church records.
  • The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry includes Staffordshire in its remit. It has branches in Stoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent and Wolverhampton. Publications are available through the BMSGH shop. Payments accepted by debit and credit card and by Paypal. Other family history and local history societies situated around Staffordshire are listed by GENUKI.
  • 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.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Staffordshire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish. The auxiliary website English Jurisdictions can also be helpful.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts (1837 onwards) and the rural and urban districts of the 20th century. They have just announced (August 2015) a future expansion to their data including 2011 census population data and links to post-1974 county organization.
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • Brett Langston's list of Staffordshire Registration Districts and parishes within each registration district from 1837 to the present can indicate where to find details of civil registration entries since the process began in England.
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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