"Pelsall, or Pelshall is a township, chapelry (of Wolverhampton), and scattered village, in the South Division of Offlow Hundred, eight miles NE of Wolverhampton, and eight miles SW of Lichfield. It has 1026 inhabitants, and about 850 acres of land, belonging chiefly to Phineas Fowke Hussey, Esq, and partly to Mr William Hanbury, and Mr Henry Charles, but the Duke of Cleveland is lessee lord of the manor, as part of the deanery of Wolverhampton, to which the minerals belong.
At Pelsall Wood, an extensive common crossed by the Wyrley & Essington Canal, is a large coal mine, and extensive iron works, the former established about 25, and the latter about 20 years ago. Bar and sheet iron of the best quality is manufactured here, and there are in the village several nail makers. Here is a small station on the South Staffordshire Railway.
Pelsall was anciently the seat of Robert de Corbeuil, a Norman, who came to England with Willaim the Conqueror, and held the manor of Robert de Stafford, by the service of a knight's fee. His descendants assumed the name of Pelshall. The heiress of the family, grand-daughter of the last Sir Thomas Pelshall, was married during the last century to the Earl of Breadalbane, in Scotland. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]