In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oldbury like this:
OLDBURY, a village and a parish in Bridgnorth district, Salop. The village stands near the river Severn and the Severn Valley railway, 1 mile S S W of Bridg-north; and has a post-office under Bridgnorth. The parish comprises 808 acres. Pop. in 1851, 131; in 1861, 207. Houses, 41. The increase of pop. arosefrom the operations of a Freehold Land society. Tracesexist of an encampment from which the parliamentarianarmy, in the civil wars of Charles I., bombarded Bridg-north Castle. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £254.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, and has a bell turret.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Oldbury has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Bridgnorth. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Oldbury and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oldbury, in Bridgnorth and Shropshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd December 2014
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