Township in Shropshire, Brimstree Hundred and in Halesowen Ancient Parish, which was in Worcestershire (Halfshire Hundred) and Shropshire (Brimstree Hundred) until 1844, but entirely Worcestershire thereafter. Transferred for civil purposes from Shropshire to Worcestershire in 1844. Created a separate Civil Parish in 1866. Abolished in 1919 to help create Hill & Cakemore Civil Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO986865
3 miles north of Halesowen


Brimstree until 1844; Upper Halfshire thereafter [25]

Poor Law Union

Stourbridge (1836-1919) [3] [25]

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, and The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.

Access to the library edition of is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.

A free-to-view site is being developed at for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.

Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.

Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:

1851- 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1841 at Dudley Archives & Local History Service

Last Updated: 20/07/2012