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walsall foreign

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nadia/stafford Report 24 Dec 2012 13:01

can any one tell me why they calledit walsall foreign on the census sheets thanks!


Reggie Report 24 Dec 2012 13:11


7. What Was Walsall Like Then?
At the beginning of the 18th century, Walsall was a small town and “Walsall Foreign” stretched up through Bloxwich. The boundaries of the borough today would have been parts of South Staffordshire. There was a big divide between rich and poor, which dictated the way people were treated.

Just the terminology of the times...............I would suggest that 'suburbs' or similar would be the current equivalent

BUT...........the County Records Office may have more detailed info.......check with them


Reggie Report 24 Dec 2012 15:01

PM rec'd acknowledging the help


brummiejan Report 24 Dec 2012 15:51

Walsall is def. foreign to Brummies ... :-D :-D :-D


Jonesey Report 24 Dec 2012 16:46

A few years ago I raised the same question with the then Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Mike Bird who I knew well as we were then both members of the same Clay Target shooting club. Although a town council member since 1980 he had never come across the term Walsall Foreign until I mentioned it to him.

He kindly got someone at the town hall to look into the matter and they subsequently contacted me with the details which were much the same as the explanation provided via Google. Basically the area covered by the parish church within the town was considered as the borough of Walsall. The adjacent parishes of Bloxwich, Pelsall and Rushall became known as Walsall Foreign. The split dates back to 1627.


DazedConfused Report 27 Dec 2012 16:08

There are lots of places around the country called ....... Foreign.

For a detailed explanation try googling