Descriptive Notes

Otherwise 'The Lye'. See also the entry for Wollescote.


A township in Oldswinford Ancient Parish, known ecclesiastically as 'Old Swinford'. A separate Civil Parish in 1866 and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1839: It was ecclesiastically refounded in 1841. Transferred in 1974 to West Midlands
[25] and [The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, ed J.H.F.Brabner, 1895]


O.S. Ref: SO923844
1 mile east of Stourbridge along A458
Careless Green is a small village adjoining Lye. [57]

Parish Church


Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]


Lower Halfshire [11] [25]

Poor Law Union

Stourbridge (originally rated in Oldswinford, separately rated soon after 1836-1930)[3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Kingswinford (Staffordshire); Cradley; Pedmore; Oldswinford [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1839-1906 [5]
  Marriages 1839-1911 [5]
  Burials 1839-1916 [5]

Register Copies

At Dudley Archives and Local History Service:

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1839-1954 [82]
  Marriages 1839-1940 [82]
  Burials 1839-1916 [82]
Originals Christenings 1839-1954 [82]
  Marriages 1839-1997 [82]
  Burials 1839-1916 [82]

For earlier registers see St Mary's Oldswinford

At Society of Genealogists [68]

LYE (Christchurch) : Christenings 1839-1906, Marriages 1839-1911, Burials 1839-87, 1892, 1902, (Lye & Wollescote cemetery): funeral certificates 1914-16 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1999


At Worcestershire Archives [12]
Christenings 1895-1990 Marriages 1895-1990 Deaths 1895-1990

At Dudley Archives & Local History Service
Hayes Lane, Lye
Marriages 1933-67 (Names transcribed see Mr.Loach's non-conformist transcripts)

Love Lane, Lye
Marriages 1905-74 (Names transcribed see Mr.Loach's non-conformist transcripts)

Mount Tabor, Lye
Baptisms 1900-63
Marriages 1924-63 (Names transcribed see Mr.Loach's non-conformist transcripts)

St John's, Lye
Baptisms 1844-1968
Marriages 1903-66 (Names transcribed see Mr.Loach's non-conformist transcripts)

Lye Unitarian
Marriages 1970-84 (Names transcribed see Mr.Loach's non-conformist transcripts)

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Lye and Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels
Christ Church

At Worcestershire Archives
Christchurch [51]
Lye & Wollescote Burial Ground: Register of burials 1904 (pt)-10(pt) [52]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
LYE, Stourbridge (Christ church) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 Published , 1987 Author Wright, Mr & Mrs (transcription)

War Memorials

For the names of those included on Lye and Wollescote War Memorial see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial in a window at Christchurch see:

For the names of those included on a World War II Memorial in a window at Christchurch see:

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:

Lye & Wollescote 1841 Dudley Archives & Local History Service

1851 - 81 Worcestershire Archives [14]

Lye 1891-1901 Worcestershire Archives [14]

1851 census Worcestershire, vol. 1 Stourbridge RD, part 2 Stourbridge sub-district including Wollaston, Wollescote, Upper Swinford, Amblecote [transcript & surname index HO 107/2035] - Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1996 - Author Friend, A F Society of Genealogists

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
High Street School
Log book - 1878-83 - Ref: BA 1017/25

Lye Unitarian Church Sunday School
Sunday School Prize list -c1920s] - Ref: BA 9962
Class Registers - 1924-54 - Ref: BA 9962

National School
Log books - 1863-1916 - Ref: BA 531/11

Orchard Lane School
Admission Registers - 1930-1958 - Ref: BA 3827/(i)(ii)
Logbooks - 1882-1913 - Ref: BA 3633
Logbooks - 1896-1939 - Ref: BA 2151
Logbooks Boys - 1882-1911 - Ref: BA 1017/26
Logbooks Girls - 1882-1911 - - Ref: BA 1017/27
Logbooks Girls - 1901-1919 - Ref: BA 1017/28
Logbooks Infants - 1913-1931 - Ref: BA 1017/29

The records of schools and other educational establishments in this parish are detailed in a handlist available at Worcestershire Archives. The list refers to original documents so you will need to note the reference number and contact staff.

Other Sources

"Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels" by Jean Weston & Marlene Price. Available by mail order from [email protected]


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

LYE-WASTE, a chapelry in that part of the parish of OLD SWINFORD which is in the lower division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 1½ mile (E.) from Stourbridge. The population is returned with the parish. The chapel was erected by the late Thomas Hill, Esq., and is licensed, but not consecrated; it is calculated to contain about two thousand persons: the appointment of the minister belongs to the Hill family. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, and Unitarians. The village derives its distinguishing name from having been erected on the waste, and consists of numerous cottages, chiefly inhabited by workmen employed in the iron and coal works, &c., with which the district abounds. Several of the inhabitants are engaged in making nails, this being a species of manufacture which extends through a wide district, including the towns of Stourbridge and Dudley, and their neighbourhoods, which, abounding to a great extent in coal and iron-ore, afford the necessary materials for this branch of business; the nails being afterwards dispersed over all parts of the kingdom.

Last Updated: 26/10/2016