Ogley Hay in 1868
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"OGLEY-HAY, an extra parochial place in the S. division of Offlow hundred, county Stafford, 5 miles N.E. of Walsall, its post town, and 5 S.W. of Lichfield. It is a small and prosperous village, situated on the Wyrley and Essington canal. There are several collieries, in which a large portion of the inhabitants is employed. To the N. of the village are traces of Knave's Castle, a Roman encampment.
The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £170, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. James, is a stone structure with a low-spired tower, erected in 1851. There are two National schools for both sexes, erected in 1850. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a place of worship, also a chapel at Brownhills for the Independents."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]