Sedgley Urban District

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Sedgley
Population
 - 1911 16,527[1]
 - 1931 19,262[1]
 - 1961 27,912[1]
History
 - Origin Manor of Sedgley
 - Created 1894
 - Abolished 1966
 - Succeeded by County Borough of Dudley
Metropolitan Borough of Dudley
Status Urban District
Government Sedgley Urban District Council
 - HQ Sedgley

Sedgley Urban District was a local government district within Staffordshire, which was created in 1894 from the western half of the manor of Sedgley (the other half of which became the Coseley Urban District).

The Urban District, formed in 1894, consisted of the historic villages of Sedgley, Cotwall End, Gospel End, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal and Woodsetton.[2]

The UDC built many new houses within its boundaries as the local population grew. The first developments included the Beacon Hill Estate in Sedgley and smaller developments off Dudley Road in Upper Gornal and Summer Lane in Lower Gornal. These developments were then expanded in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Post World War II developments included the Sedgley Hall Estate near Gospel End Road, the Bramford Estate at Woodsetton and Cinder Road in Gornal Wood. Flats (not in blocks more than four storeys high) and bungalows were built during this era.

By 1966, the district had developed into a town[citation needed] due to extensive housebuilding (private and council) since 1920, and was dissolved to be absorbed into three neighbouring authorities. The bulk of the district was absorbed into the County Borough of Dudley, while the Gospel End area was absorbed into Seisdon Rural District and Goldthorn Park was absorbed into Wolverhampton.

The council offices were built on High Holborn in 1882, and after Sedgley UDC was disbanded were taken over by Dudley council, who used it as a Social Services department until 2000, ending 118 years of local authority use. It was sold to a private developer in 2002 and subsequently converted into flats.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Population Statistics". Sedgley UD through time. Vision of Britain. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "The Council House, High Holborn". Sedgley History. Sedgley Local History Society. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  • Working Class Housing in Sedgley: 1900-1923", Alan Aitcheson (2000)
  • Dudley News, (1985-present)

Coordinates: 52°32′N 2°07′W / 52.54°N 2.12°W / 52.54; -2.12