A township in Oldswinford Ancient Parish (ecclesiastically called 'Old Swinford'). It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866 and ecclesiastically severed in 1845 to help create Amblecote Ecclesiastical Parish. 'Wollaston' was a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1860 from Amblecote Ecclesiastical Parish. Transferred in 1974 to West Midlands [25]


O.S. Ref: SO892847
Now a suburb on the west side of Stourbridge

Parish Church

St. James

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [1] [25]


Lower Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

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

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1860-1905 [5]
  Marriages 1860-1901 [5]
  Burials 1860-1904 [5]
  Banns 1860-1901 [5]


The original registers are at Dudley Archives & Local History Service. [5]

See below

Bishops' Transcripts

At Worcestershire Archives [22]
Begin 1860

Register Copies

At Dudley Archives and Local History Service:

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1860-1905 [82]
  Marriages 1860-1901 [82]
  Burials 1860-1904 [82]
Originals Christenings 1860-1971 [82]
  Marriages 1860-1981 [82]
  Burials 1860-1984 [82]
  Banns 1860-1949, 1957-73 [5]

For earlier registers see St Mary's Oldswinford

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St James

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St James

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St James

At Society of Genealogists [59]
WOLLASTON (St. James) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1983 Author Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (transcription.)

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St James's Church see:

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. 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 Ancestry.co.uk 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 freecen.org.uk 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 Dudley Archives & Local History Service

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:
Wollaston C E School
Log books - 1884-1959 - Ref: BA 2434

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.

Last Updated: 06/11/2016