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Sedgley is an ancient parish, although now it has been absorbed into the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. It is about three miles to the north west of Dudley itself. The name is most likely to come from sedge and ley - a sedgy field. In 1272 the inhabitants of: Sedgley sold rushes to cover floors of the mansions of the manor.

Although Sedgley stands on a limestone ridge, a sub-surface of clay means that the ground holds water like a sponge.

As far back as the reign of Edward I there is mention of four coal pits and their value is given as £4. The coal that was mined at that time must have been of marketable quality.

The church of All Saints was built in the 1820s by Thomas Lee under the patronage of the first Earl of Dudley, who paid £10,784. Some memorials from the earlier church have been preserved. The interior is impressive and well worth seeing. Interestingly, there is also a very early Roman Catholic church in Sedgley, built in 1823. It is remarkably grand for so small a place, but is explained by the fact that Sedgley Park was used as a Roman Catholic college for many years. Sedgley Park was once a seat of the Dudley family.

On the edge of the Black Country, Sedgley has had collieries, brick and fireclay works and engineering works within its boundaries.

The village information above is taken from The West Midlands Village Book, written by members of the West Midlands Federation of Women's Institutes and published by Countryside Books. Click on the link Countryside Books to view Countryside's range of other local titles.