"Aldridge is a large and well-built village, seated on a pleasant declivity, three miles NE of Walsall, and gives name to a large parish which extends to the confines of Warwickshire, and is divided into the two townships of Aldridge and Great Barr; the former containing 2970 acres and 1007 souls and the latter 4960 acres and 1087 souls. Aldridge township is mostly in a high state of cultivation, having generally a sound gravelly loam, and in some places a strong blue clay, of which excellent tiles, quoins, and bricks are made, and sent to all parts, and give employment to 200 hands, and two steam engines.
Mill Green hamlet, within a mile north of the village, is in the manor and township of Aldridge, of which Lord Leigh is lord, and holds a court leet; but Mrs Croxall, Capt Dilke, the Hon ES Jervis, the Rev John Davids, Edw Tonge Esq and many smaller owners, have freehold estates here. On Druid's Heath, which adjoins Cannock Chase, are Copy Hall and Druid's Place, two ancient seats, and in the village of Aldridge is the modern mansion of E Tongue Esq. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]