Place:Tipton, Staffordshire, England

Alt namesTibbingtonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeBorough (municipal)
Coordinates52.526°N 2.075°W
Located inStaffordshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoSouth Offlow Hundred, Staffordshire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
West Bromwich, Staffordshire, Englandcounty borough into which most of Tipton was absorbed in 1966
Sandwell, West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Tipton is now a town in the Sandwell borough of the West Midlands, England, with a population of around 38,777 at the UK 2011 census. Tipton is located about halfway between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is a part of the Black Country.

Tipton was an urban district in Staffordshire until 1938, when it became a municipal borough. The vast majority of the Borough of Tipton was transferred into West Bromwich County Borough in 1966, although the Tividale part of the town became part of Warley and a small section of the west of the town was incorporated into Dudley. Along with the rest of West Bromwich and Warley, Tipton became part of the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands in 1974 and remains within this local authority to this day.

Tipton was once one of the most heavily industrialised towns in the Black Country. Many of its factories closed during the 1980s and new housing estates were built on former industrial sites.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Tipton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"TIPTON, or Tibbington, a parish in Dudley district, Stafford; on the Birmingham canal, and on the Stour Valley, the South Staffordshire, the Great Western, and the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton railways, 1½ mile NNE of Dudley. It contains Horseley-Heath, Dudley-Port, Tipton-Green, Princes-End, Toll-End, and part of Greatbridge [or Great Bridge] villages; and it has seven [railway] stations, wharves, a head post-office of Tipton at Horseley-Heath, receiving post-offices at Princes-End, Tipton-Green, and Greatbridge, four police stations, a police and petty-sessions court-house, a board of health, and a plentiful supply of good water. Acres: 3,020. Real property: £130,225; of which £32 are in quarries, £38,875 in mines, and £43,549 in ironworks. Population in 1851: 24,872; in 1861: 28,870. Houses: 5,695. The property is much subdivided. Iron-stone and coal abound; fire-bricks, cement, soap, grease, malt, files, and nails are made; and heavy iron goods, including anchors, cables, pit-chains, iron-fenders, fire-irons, and all kinds of steam-engine machinery are largely manufactured.
"The parish is ecclesiastically cut into the four sections of St. Martin, St. Paul, St John, and St. Mark. The livings are all [perpetual] curacies in the diocese of Lichfield. Value of St. Martin: £750; of St. [Paul]: £300; of St. [John]: £50; of St. Mark: £150. Patron of St. Martin: S. S. Lloyd, Esq.; of St. [Paul]: the Incumbent of St. Martin; of St. [John]: the Incumbent of St. Martin; of St. Mark: alternately the Crown and the Bishop. Three of the churches are recent; and the fourth, excepting the tower, was recently rebuilt. There are 15 dissenting chapels, several national schools, a British school, and charities £69. One of the dissenting chapels, Wesleyan, was built in 1866, at a cost of £5,000."

The italicised villages in the above passage are all redirected here.

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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