The Magnificent Cox Families

The Magnificent Coxes of All Saints'!

Kennedy Slater has contributed an interview which is currently being transcribed which clarifies the four different Cox families of All Saints'

Between 1919 and 1968 there are a number of archive photos of 'The Cox Family' who were all choristers at All Saints'. We assumed at first stage that they were all from one Cox family, but in fact there were four different unconnected Coxes!

Here are a few images taken from various choir photos. The families clearly made a big contribution to the life of the church and  it would be great to provide more detail about the various families bearing the same name, and their lives in Sedgley in this era. 

Contact Martin at and quote the number of the photo, with any information you may have about that person. 

1. Bob Cox - 1950s

2. Enoch Cox, 1930s

3. Arthur Cox, 1930s

4. Arthur Cox, 1919 (possibly an earlier photo of Arthur above)

5. Bobby Cox, 1968

6. Bill Cox, 1963

7. E Cox, 1945

Ken Slater says: 

"In 1947 when I first joined the choir there where four Coxes among the men. Jack who left to move to South Africa,
William (father of Margaret Woodhall, one of our flower ladies) and brothers Arthur and Stephen. Stephen retired shortly after I joined. Both are on one of our choir photos c.1945. Arthur gave me a shilling after I sang my first BIG solo!"

Christine Buckley has also been in touch with some very useful guidance / lines of enquiry: 

"There were several people involved with the church named 'Stephen Cox', including an RAF officer who survived WWII, only to die of undiagnosed appendicitis at Christmas 1945 - buried at the far end of the path across the top of Gospel End Street cemetery. 

One is mentioned on the donation stones round the church hall.

I think it was the Coxes who ran the market garden down Bush Bank. They go a long way back.The 'Cox tomb' is the one next to the big holly bush north of the church. 

At least one Stephen Cox was church warden, I think. 

The Coxes may also be mentioned in bellringers' lists."


Malcolm Cox, from Derbyshire, wrote on 8/1/19:

I was reading the local history section of the All Saints web site about the local Cox families and can throw a little more light on the matter.

Arthur Cox was related to my family who were the safe makers - Stephen Cox & Son Limited located on Dudley Road, Sedgley.

The Cox safe making family had a long association with All Saints Church acting as churchwardens and members of the choir. The RAF officer mentioned in the article is my uncle - Squadron Leader Stephen Cox. His brother, my father Geoff Cox, was also an RAF officer serving as a Lancaster pilot in WW2.

There are a number a plaques in the church to the family including the two stained glass windows near the main door.

Whilst I live in Derbyshire I was born in Sedgley and baptised, confirmed and married at All Saints Church.