Place:Erdington, Warwickshire, England

Alt namesCastle Valesource: from redirect
TypeChapelry, Civil parish, Urban district, Constituency
Coordinates52.524°N 1.838°W
Located inWarwickshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands, England     (1974 - )
See alsoAston, Warwickshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Hemlingford Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England1912-1974
Birmingham (metropolitan borough), West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Erdington is now a constituency of Birmingham Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands, England, commonly known as the City of Birmingham. It is 5 miles (8 km) northeast of central Birmingham on the border of Sutton Coldfield.

The Erdington constituency has four wards: Tyburn (formerly named Kingsbury, but not Kingsbury Parish which is north of Sutton Coldfield), Stockland Green and Kingstanding and the ward of Erdington itself which covers 446.2 hectares and had a population of 22,828 in the UK census of 201 (a density of 4,910 per km².

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

"ERDINGTON, a hamlet, a chapelry, and a [registration] sub-district in Aston parish, Warwick[shire]. The hamlet lies adjacent to Staffordshire, on the Birmingham and Sutton-Coldfield railway, near the Fazeley canal and the river Tame, 4¼ miles NE by E of Birmingham; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Birmingham. Real property: £20,465. Population: 3,906. Houses: 722. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to the Fitz Ausculphs; and passed to the Erdingtons. There are numerous villas and good modern dwellings. The chapelry is conterminate with the hamlet, and was constituted in 1858. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £200. Patron: the Vicar of Aston. The church is modern; and there are an Independent chapel, a Roman Catholic college for 200 students, with chapel and museum, two large orphan asylums, and a suite of alms-houses."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Erdington.

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Birmingham constituencies and wards

Birmingham Metropolitan Borough or Birmingham City Council is the largest local government body of its type in Europe.

In an attempt to devolve responsibility for the management of local services away from the centre, ten local districts were established, one for each of the UK parliamentary constituencies that cover Birmingham. Since 2004 each of the constituencies is managed by a Constituency Committee, made up of all the councillors for the wards in that constituency. At the start of this arrangement, each constituency had four wards, but the number of wards now varies and is more dependent on population and population density.

Most of the wards are neighbourhoods that were established as civil parishes in the mid-19th century, although some of them are suburbs which evolved during the 20th century. Birmingham absorbed a number of sections of the surrounding counties of Worcestershire and Staffordshire during the period 1890-1931. This shows up in the full placenames of some of the modern wards.

The place descriptions "Constituency" and "Wards" only refer to the era since 1974 when a place was part of Birmingham Metropolitan Borough. Similarly, references to County and Municipal boroughs, and Urban and Rural districts, only concern the years 1894-1974 when these types of local government were in place.

There is a page in WeRelate for each of the constiuencies and wards shown on the map.

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI main page for Warwickshire provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Warwickshire and West Midland family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Warwickshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • The two maps below indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • A map of the ancient divisions named "hundreds" is to be found in A Vision of Britain through Time. It shows the detached sections of Warwickshire as they were in 1832. These detached sections have now been moved into the counties that surrounded them.
  • As of October 2016 Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1535-1984 are available to search online on FamilySearch
  • As of September 2018 TheGenealogist has added over 1.5 million individuals to its Warwickshire Parish Record Collection and so increases the coverage of this Midland county for family researchers to find their ancestors baptisms, marriages and burials. These records are released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office and have the benefit of high quality images to complement the transcripts, making them a valuable resource for those with ancestors from this area. These are available to Genealogist Diamond Subscription holders.
  • The website British History Online provides seven volumes of the Victoria County History Series on Warwickshire. The first (Vol 2) covers the religious houses of the county; Volumes 3 through 6 provide articles the settlements in each of the hundreds in turn, and Volumes 7 and 8 deal with Birmingham and Coventry respectively. References to individual parishes will be furnished as time permits.
  • Victoria County History - Warwickshire - Vol 7, devoted to Birmingham. British History Online. University of London (London, 1964). Erdington is mentioned in various chapters. Use the Search Box to find the highlighted sections.