Kingswinford Manor and Parish

This page contains details of the ebook “Kingswinford: Manor and Parish”, as well as links to related papers and articles. The Historical Studies blog category also contains some posts that are of interest.

This book considers aspects the history of Kingswinford Manor and Parish from the time of the Romans through to the end of the 19thcentury.  The subtitle is taken from the work of David Guttery, whose work in the 1940s and 1950s has remained an inspiration for many years.  The book is available (free) in electronic PDF colour format that should be readable on most tablets or PCs. Colour and Black and white A4 versions, suitable for sending to an on line printing firm to produce a hard copy, are also available. In addition an EXCEL file and accompanying notes are available (again, free) that include transcripts of the 1776 Ashwood Hay Enclosure Act, the 1784 Pensnett Chase Enclosure Act and the Books of Reference for the 1822 and 1840 maps of Kingswinford parish. These were all used extensively in the analysis contained in the book and name very many individuals and may be of interest in family history studies. Please indicate on the order form if these are required.

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Extract from Chapter 1

In total there are eight further chapters in this book, with the next, Chapter 2, taking a broad view of the development of the manor of Kingswinford in its wide geographical context over a period of around 1750 years from Roman times to the end of the eighteenth century. Chapters 3 to 5 then focus down in both space and time, and look at the development of the manor and parish of Kingswinford in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and in particular the spread of heavy industry across the parish. Chapters 6 and 7 then focus still further and look at the development of the north eastern part of Kingswinford parish, the industrial village of Pensnett, in the second half of the nineteenth century, when this area became a parish in its own right. Focusing down still further, chapter 8 tells a story of scandal and libel surrounding a small group of clergy and laity in Pensett in the 1860s and 1870s. Finally Chapter 9 attempts to paint a picture of the life of Pensnett in just one particular year, again in late Victorian times.