A selection of my web sites and publications on aspects of Stourbridge's history:

 

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The Swinford Charter of AD 951-959

 

An article detailing an analysis of the boundary perambulation of this Anglo-Saxon charter. This ancient document describes an estate granted ostensibly by King Eadred and which covered the area that was later to include Stourbridge Town, Wollaston, Lye, Wollescote and Foxcote.

   

The Swinford Charter (s579): A more complex origin for Oldswinford?

 

A paper published in volume 24 of the Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society in 2014. This is a more concise version of the above article written for the Worcestershire Archaeological Society.

 

This article contains a large, two-page map and is presented as a series of double-page spreads. If you wish to print it, you might find it more convenient to download the article in single-page format instead.

 

   

The Place Names of Stourbridge, the Black Country and their Environs: Origins, meaning and interpretation

 

An extended version of a three part article first published in the June, September and December 2016 editions of The Blackcountryman, the magazine of The Black Country Society. Contains 43 A4 pages, 5 figures and almost 300 examples elucidating the origins of local place names.

 

   

From Hwiccan Borderland to English Manor - Part I

 

Part I of an article on early territorial boundaries in the vicinity of Stourbridge. Originally published in volume 46 (Issue 4) of The Blackcountryman, the magazine of The Black Country Society.

   

From Hwiccan Borderland to English Manor - Part II

 

Part II of an article on early territorial boundaries in the vicinity of Stourbridge. Originally published in volume 47 (Issue 1) of The Blackcountryman, the magazine of The Black Country Society.

   

Before Stourbridge

 

An article on the early history of the area around Stourbridge, covering the local landscape, settlement pattern and administrative boundaries as well as the development of the town and the manor of Bedcote after the Norman conquest.

   

The Kowback: Stourbridge's misplaced brook

 

A short article discussing the naming of local watercourses and the misidentifcation of the Kowback brook named in a boundary perambulation of 1622.

   

Stourbridge's Western Boundary

 

An article on the historic western boundary of Stourbridge and Pedmore, which has served as a county, borough, estate, manor, parish, hundred and diocese boundary as well as, perhaps, marking the edge of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the Hwicce and earlier tribal regions.

   

Old Stourbridge Maps

 

A collection of images of 17th to 20th century maps of Stourbridge and the wider area. Includes enclosure and tithe maps and covers Oldswinford, Amblecote and Pedmore as well as the ancient county of Worcestershire.

   

Longlands and Brook Street School - A web site for ex-pupils and staff

I maintain this site on behalf of its owner and Data Controller, Paul Gardner. The site includes many hundreds of old photographs and historical articles covering the period since opening in 1912 until closure (as a secondary school)  in 1990. It also includes a Contact Directory and Forum to help old classmates keep in touch.

 

 

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