Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for ROWLEY-REGIS

ROWLEY-REGIS, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Dudley district, Stafford. The village stands adjacent to the Birmingham and Stourbridge railway, near the Birmingham canal, 2¾ miles S E of Dudley; and has a station on the railway, a post-office‡ under Dudley, and a police station. The parish contains also the villages or hamlets of Cradley-Heath, Old Hill, Reddall-Hill, and Tividale. Acres, 3, 503. Real property, £98, 550; of which £44, 234 are in mines, £320 in quarries, £32, 699 in iron-works, and £356 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 14, 249; in 1861, 19, 785. Houses, 3, 685. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of miningoperations, and of iron-manufacture. There are severalgood residences. The Rowley hills diversify the surface; rise to an altitude of nearly 900 feet; and send off streamsin opposite directions, towards the Trent and the Severn. Coal, ironstone, building-stone, and excellent clay abound. Iron-works at Corngreaves and Cradley are of great extent; and steel-works, hardware manufactories, agricultural implement works, tile-kilns, and malting establishments, in various parts, employ very many hands. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church comprises nave, aisles, and chancel; and has a tower, rebuilt in 1858. The p. curacy of Reddall-Hill is a separate benefice. Value, £300. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and New Connexion Methodists, two endowed schools with £73 a year, a largeschool erected by the New British Iron company, a national school, and charities £60 A Wesleyan chapel at Rowley village was erected in 1863. The sub-districtis conterminate with the parish.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a parish, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Rowley Regis CP/Ch       Rowley Regis SubD       Dudley PLU/RegD       Staffordshire AncC
Place: Rowley Regis

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