Sedgley: A People's Archive

Sedgley: A People's Archive - Sedgley Archives Group

Over the past seven years, a group of people who are interested in the village's history have arranged five exhibitions about the village of Sedgley at All Saints’ Church.

Recently the group has constituted itself into the Sedgley Archives Group, in order to bid for various funds including Dudley Council's Innovation Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The first exhibition about the village was a showing of Ron Baker’s drawings of the village from 1947 onwards; the second was a collection of personal stories about life in the village over 60 years of the Queen’s reign, for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Our former Team Rector's wife Christine Buckley made a massive contribution to researching the history of church and village, and much of this material was shown at our Heritage Open Day in 2013

In 2016 we added newspaper cuttings from the Dudley Herald to our 60 personal reminiscences about the village, to cover the period before the Queen acceded to the throne on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday - as part of the 'Sedgley's E II R 90' exhibition and event.

In December 2017 an exhibition called Sedgley: A People's Archive brought together the personal reminiscences of local people about the shops in High Street, Bull Ring and Dudley Street. 

A 13th century charter from the Prior of Dudley granting lands in Sedgley. 

Many people have conducted research about the village over the years. EA Underhill and Andrew Barnett both published books; Trevor Genge published volumes of photos; as mentioned above Christine Buckley researched the history of the church and village while she was living at the vicarage when her husband Revd Canon Stephen Buckley was Team Rector.

In addition there are hundreds of documents at Dudley Archives, in the collections at William Salt Archive in Stafford and at Wolverhampton Archives – as well as Diocesan records at Worcester and Lichfield Records Office.

Central Sedgley, from an 1890 map prepared when Turls Hill Estate was being proposed.

Sedgley Archives Group has been formed to attempt to bring elements from these resources together.

All Saints' long serving vicar Revd TG Swindell's family, taken in the grounds of the old vicarage in the 1920s. 

During the project we aim to gather more information and photos by running reminiscence sessions during coffee mornings at Sedgley Community Centre, St Andrew’s Methodist/URC Bilston Street, St Chad’s Catholic Church and at All Saints’ and Sedgley Library.

All new information gathered during the Project will be lodged with Dudley Archives.


Key topics to be covered : 

-SEDGLEY'S MAIN THOROUGHFARE: High Street, Bull Ring and Dudley Street Shops
•CHARTERS: charter documents that established the community in Sedgley.
•NATURAL RESOURCES: The mines and pits in the Sedgley area owned by the Earl of Dudley and others
•LOCAL INDUSTRIES: Sedgley’s  contribution to the Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the British Empire; chain, lock and nailmaking in Sedgley (e.g. Theophilus Tinsley and family).
•GRAND HOUSES OF SEDGLEY:  eg The Limes; Dormston House
•CHURCHES: The history and role of All Saints' (C of E) , St Andrew's (URC/Methodist) and St Chad's (RC) churches in Sedgley; the rise of non-conformism in Sedgley.
•MAPS: The changing face/evolution of Sedgley, through maps commissioned by the Earl of Dudley and others.
•FAMILIES: Prominent Sedgley landowning families (e.g. the Homers, The Laws).
•WAR: Sedgley World War One research 

In May 2017 we had a grant from Coop Community Fund to do a pilot programme that will help us develop and resubmit our HLF and other bids. 

We're developing a methodology for short reminiscence sessions delivered to local groups (including a spin off session with attendees at the  Alzheimer's Cafe at Beacon Centre in Sedgley)

Our current focus is the shops of Sedgley's High Street, Bull Ring and Dudley Street, inviting local people to contribute their memories , photos and memorabilia about the businesses that occupied the shops and the people who worked there over the past 70 years (and more if available). 


If you’d like to assist us, or have any questions about the bid, contact me at or ring me on 07947 068023.


Martin Jones

Sedgley Archives Group

07947 068023