Seisdon

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Seisdon
Smestow Brook 10 Seisdon.JPG
The Smestow Brook at Seisdon
Seisdon is located in Staffordshire
Seisdon
Seisdon
 Seisdon shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SO838950
District South Staffordshire
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wolverhampton
Postcode district WV5
Dialling code 01902
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament South Staffordshire
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Coordinates: 52°33′10″N 2°14′23″W / 52.5529°N 2.2398°W / 52.5529; -2.2398

Seisdon is a rural village in the county of Staffordshire approximately six miles west of Wolverhampton and the name of one of the five hundreds of Staffordshire.

History[edit]

Placename evidence suggests a fairly early Anglo-Saxon origin. Certainly the village of Seisdon was of sufficient importance by the Norman Conquest to be the eponym of a hundred. The Domesday Book gives considerable information about land ownership in the Seisdon Hundred, but there is little to abstract about the village itself.

Seisdon was a hamlet within the parish of Trysull, lying one mile north-west of the village of Trysull, near the border with Shropshire.There is a narrow bridge of several arches over the river Smestow. On the county boundary there is a high position which formed an ancient entrenchment named Abbot's Wood (Apewood) Castle.[1]

Almost all of its residents were originally employed in the agricultural industry.

Seisdon Hundred[edit]

Each hundred was formed to support a military unit. Seisdon Hundred contains the smallest area of the five hundreds of Staffordshire, but it has a relatively high population density and agricultural productivity. It formed the south-western portion of the county, bounded on the west by Shropshire, on the south by Worcestershire, on the east by Offlow Hundred, and on the north by Cuttlestone Hundred. The old Forest of Brewood formed the boundary of Seisdon and Cuttleston.[2]

Seison Hundred was divided into North and South Divisions. each with their own chief Constable.

The Hundred contained Wolverhampton, the largest town of the county, and many populous villages, which were consitued into 18 parishes, part of two others and one extra parochial area. Wolverhampton parish contained several townships some of which were in Cuttlestone and Offlow Hundreds. The parishes in 1834 were as follows:[3]

Seisdon Hundred showing position of Seisdon
Seisdon Hundred showing location of Seisdon
Parishes in Seisdon Hundred
Bobbington (partly in Shropshire)
Broome
Bushbury
Clent
Codsall
Enville
Himley
Kingswinford
Kinver
Old Swinford (incl Amblecote)
Patshull
Pattingham (partly in Shropshire)
Penn
Rowley Regis
Sedgley
Tettenhall
Trysull (and Seisdon)
Upper Arley (Over Arley)
Wolverhampton
Wombourn
Woodford (Extra Parochial)

The Hundred presented a great diversity of soil and scenery. It was rich in coal, ironstone, lime, and freestone, and renowned for its extensive mines and iron works, and for the manufacture of a great variety of articles in iron, steel, and other metals.[4]

There was a Seisdon Rural District from 1894 to 1974.

Etymology[edit]

The name appears to mean "hill of the Saxons",[5] deriving from the Anglo-Saxon words Seis meaning Saxon and Dun meaning hill. The first element may alternatively be a personal name. A large number of Hundred names refer to hills or mounds. Some of these at least are very conspicuous hills, which afford a commanding view of the countryside for miles around. It seems likely that such sites were chosen as being' remote, and where interference was most easily avoided.[6]

Famous people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire by William White, pub. Sheffield, 1834 (section on Trysull Parish)
  2. ^ The English Hundred Names, by Olof Anderson, Lund (Sweden), 1934. Page 145
  3. ^ History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire by William White, pub. Sheffield, 1834. Page 163
  4. ^ History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire by William White, pub. Sheffield, 1834
  5. ^ W.H. Duignan, Notes on Staffordshire Place Names, London: Henry Frowde, 1902
  6. ^ The English Hundred Names, by Olof Anderson, Lund (Sweden), 1934. Page 145

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Seisdon at Wikimedia Commons