Place:Wollaston, Worcestershire, England

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NameWollaston
TypeParish
Coordinates52.4619°N 2.1663°W
Located inWorcestershire, England
Also located inHereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Worcestershire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoHalfshire (hundred), Worcestershire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Oldswinford, Worcestershire, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Englandurban district of which it was part
Dudley (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"WOLLASTON, a township-chapelry in Old Swinford parish, Worcester; 1½ mile NW of Stourbridge [railway] station. It has a post-office under Stourbridge. Population in 1851: 1,229; in 1861: 2,041. Houses: 418. The increase of population arose from the extension of glass manufacture, and from the operations of Land Societies. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £200. Patron: W. O. Foster, Esq.
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Wollaston is a suburb of Stourbridge, since 1974 in West Midlands, England and within Dudley Metropolitan Borough. It is situated on the border between Dudley Metropolitan Borough and the South Staffordshire District in Staffordshire. Wollaston is one mile from Stourbridge town centre.

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The map of Worcestershire circa 1944 labels the civil parishes in Bromsgrove Rural District.

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.
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