Saltley  Warwickshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Saltley like this:

SALTLEY, a village and a chapelry in Aston parish, Warwick. The village stands on the Birmingham and Derby railway, near the Wednesbury canal, 2 miles N E of Birmingham; dates from ancient times; belonged to successively the Earls of Mercia, the Barons of Dudley, and the Rokebys; had a castle built by the Rokebys, and long ago ruinous; has undergone many modern improvements, and much modern extension; possesses a public park of 11 acres, presented by the Right Hon.B. ...

Adderley; is the place of extensive railway -carriage works of the Metropolitan railway Carriage company, of extensive works of the Northwestern railway company, and of the works of the Birmingham and Staffordshire Gas company; and has a post-office under Birmingham, two r. stations, a museum and reading-rooms, a church, and the Worcester, Lichfield, and Hereford diocesan training college. The church was built in 1850, at a cost of about £6,000; and is cruciform, and in the later English style. The college was built in 1850, after designs by Ferrey, at a cost of £17, 133; stands on a plot of 7 acres; is a quadrangular structure, in the domestic pointed style of the time of Edward I.; contains dormitories and class-roomsfor 112 scholars, a large dining-hall, a large lecture-hall, a residence for the principal, and rooms for other officials; and has numerous scholarships and exhibitions, of value from £3 to £29. A practising school is connected with the college, and attended by about 150 boys. The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Washwood-Heath and Bennetts-Hill; and was constituted in 1848. Real property, £10, 282. Pop. in 1851, 1, 143; in 1861, 2, 842. Houses, 527. The property is much subdivided. The house of Hutton, the historian of Birmingham, is at Bennetts-Hill; and was attacked and damaged during the riots of 1791. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £150.* Patron, the Right Hon.B. Adderley.

Saltley through time

Saltley is now part of Birmingham district. Click here for graphs and data of how Birmingham has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Saltley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Saltley, in Birmingham and Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 08th February 2023

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