Stourbridge is a large town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands of England. Until 1974 it was a part of Worcestershire. Stourbridge was a centre of glass making, and today includes the suburbs of Amblecote, Lye, Oldswinford, Pedmore, Wollaston, Wollescote and Wordsley. These places joined Stourbridge at different dates during the 20th century. NOTE: Wikipedia also mentions Norton which was a part of Oldswinford.
The population, as recorded in the UK Census of 2001, was 55,480. Stourbridge is located about 13 miles west of Birmingham, at the edge of the industrial Midlands, located between Kidderminster and Dudley. Stourbridge takes its name from the River Stour, which flows through the town and for centuries formed the border between Worcestershire and Staffordshire.
Stourbridge was in the ancient parish of Oldswinford, Worcestershire, but the manor of Bedcote (which was probably co-terminous) was a separate manor. This perhaps led to Stourbridge being a separate township for Poor Law and other purposes, distinct from Amblecote (which being in Staffordshire was separately administered) and the rest of Oldswinford. In 1834, the "Stourbridge Union" was formed consisting of Kingswinford and Amblecote in Staffordshire, and Stourbridge, Oldswinford, and most of the parish of Halesowen in Worcestershire, though not Romsley, Hunnington, or Oldbury.
The town obtained a Board of Improvement Commissioners under an Act of 1825. A further act of 1866 divided it into three wards and allowed the neighbouring hamlets of Amblecote, Wollaston and Lye to accede to the town if they wished. The Improvement Commissioners were replaced by an Urban District Council in the 1890s. The town subsequently obtained a charter as a municipal borough. This later absorbed Lye and Wollescote Urban District Council in 1933, and much of Amblecote in 1965. Since 1974, it has been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.
The border between Worcestershire and Staffordshire was moved a couple of miles north in 1966, when Amblecote Urban District (previously in Staffordshire) was incorporated into the Borough of Stourbridge. This arrangement lasted eight years until the ascent of the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974, when Stourbridge was amalgamated into the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley and became part of the wider West Midlands county.
Wikipedia also includes a summary of the glass-making industry in Stourbridge and the surrounding area.
The map of Worcestershire circa 1944 labels the civil parishes in Stourbridge area of Worcestershire.