A township in Oldswinford Ancient Parish (ecclesiastically called 'Old Swinford). It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866. It was a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1965 from Lye Ecclesiastical Parish, Stambermill Ecclesiastical Parish, Old Swinford Ancient Parish & Pedmore Ancient Parish. Transferred in 1974 to West Midlands. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO927829
1 mile east of Stourbridge

Parish Church

St. Andrew, Oakfield Rd, Wollescote, Stourbridge, DY9 9DG

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Halfshire [11] [25]

Poor Law Union

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

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]
No Parish Registers held at Worcestershire Archives. The original registers are at Dudley Archives and Local History Service.[5]

Register Copies

At Dudley Archives and Local History Service:

    Coverage Source
Originals Christenings 1939-83 [82]
  Marriages 1940-70 [82]
  Banns 1940-56, 1961-80 [82]

For earler registers see Christ Church Lye


Hodge Hill Methodist Church, Oakfield Road:
Christenings 1938-2000
Marriages 1942-61

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

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

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Wollescote School see:

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

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 and Local History Service

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Crabbe Street C P Boys School
Infants School Admission Register - 1882-98 - Ref: BA 1232/2(i)

Infants School Admission Register - 1892-1911 - Ref: BA 1232
Note: The overlapping of dates between this and the earlier entry is due to the starting of a new book which omits the names of children no longer attending. Particularly valuable for details of what happened to a child upon leaving the school Log Book.

1882-1914 - Ref: BA 1232/1

Crabbe Street Council School
Log Book. Girls - 1882-1913 - Ref: BA 3730/1

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]bt.org.uk

Last Updated: 06/11/2016