"Himley is a pleasant village and parish, delightfully situated on the Stourbridge road, five miles S by W of Wolverhampton. It has 409 inhabitants, and 1200 acres of land, and its grand object of attraction is Himley Hall and Park, the splendid seat of the Right Hon William Ward, Baron Ward. The hall is a noble structure, situated in the midst of the rich and extensive park, which abounds with deer, and has a magnificent sheet of water. This seat was greatly improved by the father of the late Earl Dudley, in whose lifetime it was frequently the scene of rejoicing and festivity upon public occasions. The kings escape from assassination, in 1786, and several of our naval victories, were celebrated here by illuminations and fireworks. He was the third Viscount Dudley and Ward, and died in 1823, when he was succeeded by his son, John William Ward, who, in 1827, was created Earl of Dudley, but dying without issue in 1833, that title became extinct, and that of Baron Ward descended to the father of the present Lord Ward, who died in 1835. His lordship was born in 1817, and his brother, the Hon Humble Dudley Ward, was born in 1821 and is heir presumptive. Lord Ward owns most of the land in this parish, and is lord of the manors of Himley, Kingswinford, Rowley Regis, etc. The beautiful and extensive wood called Baggeridge, adjoins the park, and is well stocked with pheasant. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]