Title: Old Maps of Stourbridge and the Surrounding Area

 

This page lists a collection of 17th to 20th century maps of the area around Stourbridge in the West Midlands, UK. All images on this web page are free to download. They are provided on a non-commercial basis for local-history research in the belief that copyright has now expired*. These reproduction maps and plans are supplied "as is" with no warranty as to their completeness or accuracy.

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The collection ranges from maps of the whole of Worcestershire (in which Stourbridge resided until 1974) to maps of Oldswinford parish and Stourbridge town itself. Several images have been taken from old photocopies (some held in Stourbridge public library). They are not perfect, but are mostly of good enough quality for local history research. If you need better quality images, the originals of many of the parish and town maps are held in Worcester Record Office. There are also a few digitally cleaned versions and modern redrafts on this page.

All images can be downloaded in GIF or PDF format. For GIF images, click on the section title or the thumbnail, then when the large image is displayed, "right-click" it and select the "Save Picture As" option (in Internet Explorer). Most browsers support a similar method of saving images.

Click to download Adobe ReaderYou can also download PDF versions of the images. These are useful if you want to keep the maps to hand on an iPad or other portable device. For PCs, you will need to download a copy of Adobe Reader, if you don't already have it. This is available free of charge by clicking the button on the right.

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  • You might initially see a small version of the GIF-format maps because some browsers automatically shrink large images to fit their windows. You can manually restore the images to their full size within your browser.

  • Certain browsers will not display the larger images in GIF format (shrunken or otherwise), although in some cases it is still possible to copy the "invisible" image to Windows' Clip-board and then paste it into a suitable folder. The maps that I know cause difficulties in Internet Explorer are marked with a symbol below. If you experience problems with any of the GIF images in your own browser, you will need to download the PDF versions instead. The PDF images should always display correctly provided you have a recent version of Adobe Reader installed.

     

1610 Worcestershire, John Speed

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Monochrome image showing the whole of Worcestershire, including Stourbridge and Oldswinford in the north.

 
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1695 N Worcs and S Staffs, Robert Mordern

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Monochrome image showing the whole of parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire around Stourbridge and Oldswinford.

 
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1699 Oldswinford Parish, Josiah Bach

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Monochrome image of photocopies of Bach's plan. I believe these copies once belonged to the late H Jack Haden, the well known Stourbridge historian and author. This composite image shows the various parts of the parish as they appeared on Bach's original. Most of the field owners' names and field acreages are just legible. There are also some modern annotations.

 
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1699 Oldswinford Parish, Josiah Bach

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Monochrome image of Bach's plan with the various segments (Wollaston, fields near Gig Mill, and Foxcote) assembled and shown in roughly the correct location. This is a digitally cleaned version with field owners and acreages removed. See above for a version of Bach's plan with all details present.

 
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c1760 Amblecote

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Monochrome image of Amblecote. This is a digitally cleaned copy of a photocopy. The original is held in Enville Hall archives.

 
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1774 Stourbridge Canal, Robert Whitworth

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Monochrome image showing the area around Stourton, Prestwood, Wordsley, Stourbridge, Amblecote and Brierley Hill.

 
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1781 Stourbridge Town

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Probably the earliest plan of the town centre. Note that it is drawn in an unusual orientation (with South West at the top). There appear to be some significant distortions in the layout.

 
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1781 Stourbridge Town (Modern Redraft)

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Modern colour redrafting of the 1781 town plan (above). This has been redrawn from the original using the 1882 OS survey 25-inch maps as a base.

 
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1782 Oldswinford, Court & Blackden

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Monochrome image assembled from photocopies, showing the whole of Oldswinford parish except Amblecote. The original was compiled as part of the Enclosures survey. Land owners are shown. In most cases the text is legible on this copy, but for for some of the smaller writing you might need to visit Worcestershire Record Office. (Stourbridge Public Library holds a photocopy, but this is not of great quality and decaying sellotape obscures some of the details.)

This is a large image, and the GIF version might not display on some browsers. If you experience difficulties, try viewing the PDF version instead.

 
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1787 Worcestershire, John Cary

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Colour image showing the whole of Worcestershire, including Stourbridge and Oldswinford in the north.

Note the black line running from Worcester, via Bromsgrove, to Stourbridge. This is the route of the proposed Worcester-Stourbridge canal, which would have run close to the Withybrook through Norton (near Lea Vale Road, through Mary Stevens Park and along Fredericks Close), then past Gig Mill, and alongside Mamble Road and Lowndes Road, joining the Town Arm of the Stourbridge canal near Canal Street. However, it was never built due to local opposition. Instead, a revised route took it direct to Birmingham, and it thus became the Worcester-Birmingham canal.

 
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1827 Oldswinford Parish, Brettel & Davies

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Monochrome image of the 1827 plan. The original consisted of five separate plans: this is a digitally cleaned composite of all five without field index numbers.

 

 

 

 

 
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1837 Stourbridge Town Plan, John Wood

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Monochrome image showing Stourbridge town centre and the area south of the town, down to the Heath Pool (now in Mary Stevens Park).

 
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1845 Pedmore Tithe Map

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Monochrome image showing the parish of Pedmore. Landowners are shown.

 
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1884 Stourbridge Town (N) 1:500, OS

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Copy of Ordnance Survey 1:500 scale County Series first edition sheet 4.10.17 showing the north part of Stourbridge town centre including Lower High Street, Mill Street, Wollaston Street, Queen Street and The Cliff.

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1884 Stourbridge Town (S) 1:500, OS

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Copy of Ordnance Survey 1:500 scale County Series first edition sheet 4.10.22 showing the south part of Stourbridge town centre including Crown Lane, New Street, High Street, Market Street, Bell Street, Victoria Street. Foster Street and the N end of Court Passage.

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1888 Oldswinford and Pedmore Parishes, OS

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Composite of Ordnance Survey County Series 6-inch first edition sheets showing the area around Stourbridge, including (most of) Amblecote, Lye, Wollescote, Foxcote, Upper Swinford, Norton, Pedmore, Wychbury Hill and part of Hagley.

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1903-1914 Stourbridge Town, OS

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Composite of Ordnance Survey County Series 25 inch first and second revision sheets showing Stourbridge town centre.

If you are interested in 25-inch OS maps of the wider area, a good range of reduced-size reproductions is available from Alan Godfrey Maps for just a few pounds each. These cover most of the area around Stourbridge: Wordsley down to Pedmore, and Norton across to Lye and Wollescote.

 
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1930s Land Utilisation Survey

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Surveyed at 1:10,560 and published at 1:63,360 scale, Sir L Dudley Stamp's National Land Utilisation Survey indicates six classifications of land use in the 1930s (the exact date of this map's publication is unknown). Sorry, no key is available at present, but the meaning of most of the colours should be fairly obvious to anyone familiar with the area.

 
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1938 Lye, Wollescote, Foxcote, OS

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OS County Series 6-inch Provisional Edition sheet IV SE, based on the 1914 revision with additions in 1938.

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1938 S Norton, Churchill, Pedmore, OS

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OS County Series 6-inch Provisional Edition sheet IX NW, based on the 1921 revision with additions in 1938. This map includes some later ink and wash annotations relating to the railway.

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1948 Stourbridge, Amblecote, Norton, OS

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OS County Series 6-inch Provisional Edition sheet IV SW, based on the 1914 revision with additions in 1938 and 1948. This map includes some later ink and wash annotations relating to the railway.

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1953 Stourbridge Area, OS

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OS New Popular Edition 1-inch  map, showing Stourbridge, Amblecote, Pedmore, Hagley and Halesowen.

 
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Notes and Bibliography

 

Ordnance Survey Map Scales and Editions

Old OS maps were published at a variety of scales. The most common of these are:

  • 1:63,360 (1 inch to 1 mile). Used for Old Series, Popular Edition and New Popular Edition maps.

  • 1:10,560 (6 inches to 1 mile). Used for County Series and National Grid Provisional Series maps.

  • 1:2500 (25.344 inches to 1 mile). Used for County Series maps. This is also the basic scale of the initial County Series survey.

  • 1:500 (126.7 inches to 1 mile). Used for County Series Town Plans.

 

 

Old Series Maps

Map sheets covering the Stourbridge area were published between 1831 and 1835.

 

County Series Maps - First Edition

Sheets covering the Stourbridge area surveyed in 1882 and published in 1888.

 

County Series Maps - First Revision

Sheets covering the Stourbridge area were published in 1901-4.

 

County Series Maps - Second Revision

Sheets covering the Stourbridge area were published in 1913-4 and 1921.

 

County Series Maps - Third Revision

Sheets covering the Stourbridge area were published in 1937-8.

 

National Grid Series Maps - Provisional Editions

Some of the Third Revision County Series sheets were republished with additions in 1948-54 on the new National Grid lines. The "additions" did not amount to a complete "1:2500" survey, so some new features of the landscape (e.g. field boundaries and ponds) are not shown. Any new buildings amongst the 1948-54 additions are shown unfilled (Churchill Drive in Amblecote, for example) whereas older (pre-third-revision) buildings are shown hatched.

 

Popular Edition

Complied at "1-inch" scale, the Stourbridge area maps were published circa 1920.

 

New Popular Edition

A revised version of the Popular Edition maps published circa 1940-50.

 

 

 

Sources of Reproduction Maps and Images

 

Cassini Historical Maps

Reproductions of one-inch Old Series (1834), six-inch and possibly 25-inch County Series (late 19th, early 20th century), Popular Edition (1920s) and New Popular Edition (1940s) OS maps etc. Downloadable and printed products.

 

Alan Godfrey Maps: The Godfrey Edition

First class and economically priced printed reproductions of mainly 25-inch OS maps from the first and second revisions of the OS County Series (early 20th century). The maps are slightly reduced in size (from 25-inches to the mile to about 17-inches to the mile), but all details are perfectly legible. Coverage includes most of the Stourbridge, Pedmore, Lye, Wollescote, Wordsley, Cradley and Brierley Hill areas.

 

British Library Online Gallery - OS Surveyors' Drawings

Visitors to this web site can view the British Library's collection of 351 Ordnance Survey surveyors' drawings that covers most parts of England south of Liverpool. The drawings were made in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as part of the preparatory work for the OS 1-inch 'Old Series' maps. The surveyor's drawings were compiled at a somewhat larger scale (2 inches to the mile or larger) and show many features that did not appear on the subsequent published maps. Be aware however, that a number of field boundaries depicted on the drawings differ from those recorded on the later 6-inch OS maps as well as on earlier enclosure plans. In places the distinctive boundary pattern left by medieval open-field agriculture, which is very clear on the 6-inch OS maps of the 1880s, is somewhat obscured on the OS surveyors' drawings.

 

 

 

Publications on Local History

Below is a short list of useful publications, together with links to the relevant product pages of Amazon.co.uk. In some cases the books are available more cheaply from other sources, such as the Black Country Society or the publishers themselves.

 

The Black Country as Seen Through Antique Maps by Eric Richardson

Published by The Black Country Society, PO Box 71, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9YN. 2000.

This book contains about thirty monochrome reproductions of maps covering the whole of the Black Country. Many of the maps are printed at a fairly low resolution, but they are still very informative nonetheless.

The Black Country Society also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Blackcountryman, and has numerous fascinating articles on all manner of Black Country topics available via its web site.

A History of Stourbridge by Nigel Perry

Published by Phillimore and Co Ltd., Chichester. 2000.

A fascinating and very thorough book covering the history of the Stourbridge area from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings right through to the present day.

A History of Wollaston by The History of Wollaston Group

Published by HOW, 151 Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3NU. 2004.

Covers the development of Wollaston township, primarily from 17th century onwards, in considerable detail. Many interesting maps and plans. Section on the notable events and people of Wollaston.

Street Names of Stourbridge and its Vicinity - Volume I by H Jack Haden

Originally published by The Dulston Press, 1988. Now published by the Black Country Society. 2003.

An in-depth discussion of the origin of most of the town's street names. An indispensable book for anyone interested in the development of the area.

Street Names of Stourbridge and its Vicinity - Volume II by H Jack Haden

Originally published by The Dulston Press, 1988. Now published by the Black Country Society. 1999.

An in-depth discussion of the origin of more of the town's street names. Contains many additions and a few corrections to Volume I.

A Brief History of Lye and Wollescote by Don Cochrane

Published by M J Cochrane. 2005.

Covers the events, development, transport and industry of Lye and Wollescote as well as the local families and well-known characters of the area.

The Stourbridge Canal by J Ian Langford BSc(Eng), PhD, DSc, MIEE

Published by Lapal Publications, 53 Senneleys Park Road, Birmingham, B31 1AE. 1992.

Number 3 in the Towpath Guide series, this book covers the construction and history of the Stourbridge Canal and describes its entire route (with maps) and modern-day restoration.

Maps for Historians by Paul Hindle

Published by Phillimore & Co Ltd., Chichester. 1998.

Although not specifically related to the history of the Stourbridge area, this is an extremely useful and informative book covering early county maps, estate maps, enclosure and tithe maps, town plans, transport maps and, of course, Ordnance Survey maps across the whole of the UK.

 

 

 

 

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If you believe that copyright still exists on any of the images on this web page, please notify me, K James, by email at kjames_sd@hotmail.com giving full details so that appropriate remedial action can be taken.