In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Yardley like this:
YARDLEY, a parish in the district of Solihulland county of Worcester; 4 miles E of Birmingham. It contains Stechford r. station in the N, and Acocks-Green r. station in the S; is traversed by the Warwick and Birmingham canal; and has a post-office under Birmingham. Acres, 7,355. Real property, £25,252. ...
Pop. in 1851, 2,753; in 1861, 3,848. Houses, 775. The manor has belonged since 1768 to the family of Taylor. There are many good residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £625.* Patron, Mrs. M. Severne. The church is good and has a tower and spire. The p. curacy of Marston and the vicarages of Yardley-Wood and Acocks-Green are separate benefices; and the first and the second have been separately noticed; while the third was constituted so late as 1867. A handsome new Independent chapel, with tower and spire, is at Acocks-Green; another Independent chapel is at Rushall-Lane; the Independent theological college, noticed in our article on Moseley, is at Wake-Green; and there are an endowed grammar-school with £100 a year, another endowed school with £70, a national school, and charities about £800.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Yardley, in Birmingham and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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