Towns & Parishes
"Shareshill is a small but neat village, pleasantly situated on an eminence, six miles N by E of Wolverhampton, comprising within its parish 594 inhabitants and about 4200 acres of land, divided into the two townships of Shareshill and Great & Little Saredon. The parish includes part of Cannock Chase, and has only about 3000 enclosed acres, of hilly but fertile land. Lord Hatherton is lord of both manors, but the greater part of the soil belongs to a number of other proprietors, the largest of whom are the Rev. JL Petit, General Vernon, and Alexander Hordern, Esq.[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
Shareshill is supposed to be a place of great antiquity, from the vestiges of two encampments on the north and south side of the village, which, being of square form, are conjectured to be of Roman construction. In the 1st of Henry IV, Sir William de Shareshill, resided here, and was sheriff of the county.
Great & Little Saredon are two hamlets, forming one township, the former seven and a quarter and the latter six and a half miles N by E of Wolverhampton, near the Cannock branch of the River Penk, which, as well as a smaller stream which divides Saredon from Shareshill, abounds in trout and other fish. The latter stream flows from Essington Wood, and has upon its banks the large corn mills of Saredon and Deepmoor. "
The population of Shareshill parish was as follows:
1831 -- 520
1841 -- 594
A surname index of the 1851 census of Shareshill parish is included in the Staffordshire 1851 Census Surname index, Volume 12, Penkridge, published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.
"The Church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, was rebuilt of brick many years ago, except the tower, which is very ancient. It was repaired and beautified in 1842.
Lord Hatherton is patron of the perpetual curacy, in the incumbency of the Rev. GB Clare, BA.
In Saredon is a small Independent Chapel, built in 1840."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851)
The church of St Mary was formerly known as St Luke.
Church of England Registers
The register of St Mary (formerly St Luke) commences in 1565. The original registers for the period 1565-1982 (Bapts), 1565-1982 (Mar) & 1565-1951 (Bur), and Banns for the periods 1754-1820 & 1823-1964 are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1687-1868 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
The parish of Shareshill became part of Penkridge Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.
[Last updated: 4th June 2000, Mike Harbach. © 1998, 2000]