Smethwick Local History Society

Did your ancestors come from Smethwick?  We receive many enquiries from people hoping to trace their family tree, or sometimes asking if anyone remembers their relatives.  We are always pleased to encourage people and offer guidance where possible, although you will still have to carry out most of the research yourself.  Fortunately, this task is a lot easier in this electronic age than it used to be and we hope you enjoy finding out more about your family and their life in Smethwick  We do not hold any archive material through which research can be done on individual families, businesses, or particular topics but hope that the notes below will be of help to you.  You may also be able to obtain help from the Smethwick Heritgage Centre at 


Smethwick:  Historically a township in the parish of Harborne in Staffordshire.



up to 1966    Staffordshire

1966-1974    Worcestershire

post 1974      West Midlands (for geographical purposes)



up to 1842:    St Peter's, Harborne

(A chapel-of-ease was created in 1732:  this is now Smethwick Old Church.

The parish of Holy Trinity in Smethwick was created in 1842).

Poor Law Union:           Kings Norton

Diocese: Up to 1900:   Lichfield

post 1900:                      Birmingham


Administrative Status: Manor of Harborne and Smethwick:  pre-Conquest - 1710,

Manor of Smethwick:  1710 - 1830

1856:    Local Board of Health

1894:    Urban District

1899:    Borough

1907:    County Borough

1966:    subsumed with Borough of Warley

1974     subsumed within Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell


Locally held records are in the custody of Sandwell Community History and Archives Department. You can email them at:   [email protected]      

Telephone:  0121 558 2561 or write to them at:

Smethwick Community Library, High Street , Smethwick,B66 1AB


They have a large collection of old photographs of Smethwick.  The majority of them are street scenes, with numbers of them from the 1920s and 1950s.  To find out about individual businesses, we suggest you consult the trade directories for Smethwick, which were published at very frequent intervals from about the 1880s to the 1960s and are usually contained in the same volume as information about Birmingham.


Further information relating to the Black Country can be found at: