"Rowley Regis forms a peninsulated promontory of the Seisdon Hundred, stretching between the two detached portions of Worcestershire and Shropshire, near Dudley and Halesowen, and consisting of an extensive range of hills, terminated by several lofty peaks or summits of perpendicular rock, one of which, called Hailstone, or Turner's Hill, is an object of considerable attraction, as it commands extensive views of the surrounding country. The base of the largest of these hills is a singular species of quartzose stone, of the basaltic kind, but devoid of grit, and not at all calcarous. It is commonly called Rowley Rag-stone.
The parish of Rowley Regis forms part of the great barony of Dudley, and is in the Diocese of Worcester. It contains 3670 acres of land, and now has about 14,000 inhabitants. Lord Ward is lord of the manor of Rowley Regis, and owner of a great part of the parish, but the Duke of Sutherland is lord of the manor of Rowley Somery, and has a large estate here, both in land and mines.
The parish comprises the large but indifferently built village of Rowley, seated on the declivity of a lofty hill, two and a half miles SE of Dudley, and about 20 hamlets, which are occupied chiefly by nailers, chainmakers, and the miners, forgemen, etc, employed in the extensive coal and iron works here. The New British Iron Company have a large iron and steel works at Corngreaves. Blackheath, and some other parts of the parish, have greatly increased their population and buildings during the last few years, and a new blast furnace has lately been erected at Old Hill.
Hamlets in the parish are Blackheath, Corngreaves, Cradley Heath, Gosty Hill, Haden Cross, Haden Hill, Hayseech, Knoll, Lye Cross, Newtown, Oakum, Old Hill, Portway, Reddal Hill, Slack Hillock, Tipety Green, Tividale, Turner's Hill, Windmill End and Whiteheath Gate "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]