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Pelsall has been recorded since the 10th Century as Peoleshale and later Peleshale and later still Peleshala. The name is derived from ‘Peol’s corner of land’. ‘Halh’ is a Saxon suffix which may refer to its original position being between two streams.
Pelsall a township in the parish of Wolverhampton, union of Walsall, S. division of the hundred of Offlow, and of the county of Stafford, 3¼ miles (N.) of Walsall; containing 1100 inhabitants. Pelsall was the seat of Robert de Corbeuil, one of William the Conqueror’s barons, and his descendants; and part of the township still retains the name of The Moat. The township comprises 1194 acres, of which 215 are common or waste; and contains several extensive coal-beds of which two mines are in operation, one in the centre of the township, and the other at Pelsall-Wood, where are large iron-works with two blast-furnaces. The greater part of the population are employed as colliers or furnace-men., about thirteen families are nailers, and the rest farmers and labourers. The Wyrley and Essington canal runs through the township. Here is a living, which is a perpetual curacy; net income, £86; patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church erected in 1798, in which part of an older structure had been incorporated, was lately taken down, and a new church erected at a cost of £1600, capable of accommodating 632 persons; the sittings are chiefly free. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and a small school is endowed with two-thirds of the rent of a small piece of ground left by Mrs. Bridegmen, the remaining third being paid to the perpetual curate.
[Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1859]
Pelsall, a township-chapelry in Wolverhampton parish, Stafford; on the Wyrley canal and the South Stafford railway, 3 miles N N E of Walsall. It has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Walsall. Acres, 1, 194. Real property, £8, 127; of which £3, 815 are in mines, and £2,000 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851, 1, 132; in 1861, 1,892. Houses, 376. The manor belongs to the Duke of Sutherland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150.* Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is good; and a tower was added to it in 1821. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed national school.
[John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1870 -1872]
A surname index for the Pelsall 1841 census
A surname index for the Pelsall 1851 census
A surname index for the Pelsall 1871 census
Walsall Local History Centre holds the original Chapel Street Wesleyan Methodist Church registers
Were you or an ancestor a member of Pesall Cricket Club? Then view these old photographs to find a family member
Walsall Local History Centre holds the original Heath End Wesleyan Methodist Church registers
Walsall Local History Centre holds the original High Heath Primitive Methodist Church registers
Pelsall History Centre provides you with all the information you could want to know about Pelsall
Was your ancestor a member of the 32nd Staffordshire (Aldridge) Battalion that protected Pelsall during the Second World War? You might find him here
Are you related to the Lockley family from Pelsall? Tey are referred to in the BFHG Journal February 1991 Issue 9 in a article entitled "When the Census Enumerator Called"
Walsall Local History Centre holds the original Paradise Lane Primitive Methodist Church registers
Was your ancestor one of the 22 men and boys who lost their lives in the Pelsall Hall Colliery mining disaster of 1872? Then find out about them here
Are you related to a person with Pelsall connections? Information on people from Pelsall as detailed by numerous websites
The B F H G Photograph Album contains many photographs of landmarks within Pelsall
The B F H G Postcard Album contains only one postcard of Pelsall
The Church of England website for Saint Michael and All Angels Church
Lichfield Record Office holds the Saint Michael & All Angels Bishops Transcripts, Baptisms and Burials 1799 -1839 only
Sue Lote provides a voluntary Look-up exchange for Saint Michael & All Angels registers, Baptisms and Burials 1763 - 1812
The Staffordshire Record Office holds the original Saint Michael & All Angels registers, Baptism 1756 - 1997, Marriages 1849 - 1993 and Burials 1746 - 1812 & 1818 - 1997
Did you attend Pelsall Comprehensive School formed in the early 1970's, originally known as Pelsall Secondary Modern School? Then if you did, visit their websie and click on the school badge and then gallery and you may see a photograph of yourself
The B F H G has photographed and transcribed all the names on the Pelsall War Memorial