"Tettenhall, or Tettenhall Regis & Clericorum, is a large and fertile parish, extending from two to five miles WNW of Wolverhampton, and comprising 3143 inhabitants, and 7965 acres of land, including the villages of Tettenhall and Tettenhall Wood, Compton Liberty, and the Prebends of Pirton-with-Trescott, Bovenhill, Pendeford, and Wrottesley, in which are several neat houses and villas. Lord Wrottesley is lord of the manor of Tettenhall Clericorum, including Pirton and Wrottesley prebends, and forming the west side of the parish, and WF Fryer, Esq, and others are joint lords of the manor of Tettenhall Regis, which comprises the other two prebends. Tettenhall Wood forms part of JHH Foley's manor of Kinfare. Here are a number of other freeholders, the largest of whom are Miss Hinckes, and TH Pearson, George Holyoake, William Granger, TS Hellier, and Thomas Fowler, Esqrs.
Tettenhall village stands near the centre of the parish, two miles WNW of Wolverhampton, and comprises many respectable houses on and near the Shiffnal road, at the foot and on the declivities of a lofty and picturesque eminence, which rises above the Smestow rivulet, and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. The houses are chiefly occupied by gentry, and by persons engaged in the trade and commerce of Wolverhampton. Before the Norman Conquest, the village was called Theotenhall, signifying the house of pagans.
Bilbrook is a hamlet of scattered houses, partly in Codsall, but mostly in Tettenhall parish, four miles NW of Wolverhampton, and near Codsall Railway Station.
Bovenhill, near Tettenhall, is a small prebendal estate, with only 17 inhabitants, exclusive of those in Seisdon Union Workhouse, said to be within its limits.
Compton is a neat village, adjoining the canal and Tettenhall Wood, two miles W of Wolverhampton, where a considerable quantity of sand is got for the use of iron founders, and for mixing with water. Several handsome houses, and a great number of cottages, have been built at Tettenhall Wood, since its enclosure in 1809. The cottages are mostly occupied by lock makers. Among the pleasant villas of Tettenhall Wood is the seat of Miss Theodosia Hinckes, the proprietor of part of the Wightwick and Aldersley estates, the former lying one mile SW, and the latter one mile NE of Tettenhall.
Pendeford, commonly called Penford, ia a hamlet and estate of 1868 acres, near the source of the River Penk, three and a half miles N by W of Wolverhampton. The principal landowner is Thomas Fowler, Esq, of Pendeford Hall, a neat mansion, surrounded by picturesque and well-wooded scenery. Palmer's Cross, Lane Green, Barnhurst, and Cronk Hall, and part of the Birches are in this division of the parish.
Pirton, Trescott, and Wightwick, four and a half miles W by S of Wolverhampton, are neighbouring hamlets, forming Pirton-with-Trescott prebendal estate, now belonging to Lord Wrottesley. They contain only 306 souls.
The Wergs is a scattered hamlet, with several neat houses near Wrottesley, three and a half miles WNW of Wolverhampton. Mrs Fryer has a pleasant seat here.
Wrottesley Hall, with an estate of 2319 acres, is the seat and property of Lord Wrottesley, whose ancestors have possessed it since the first of Henry III, and whose father, Sir John Wrottesley, Bart, was raised to the peerage in 1838, and died in 1841. His Lordship was born in 1798, and his eldest son, the Hon Arthur Wrottesley, in 1824. The present hall is a magnificent structure, erected in 1696, and stands on rising ground, four and a half miles WNW of Wolverhampton. Dipton's Farm, the Wergs, and Kingswood are in Wrottesley prebendal estate, which has 285 inhabitants."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]