Coseley

Coseley is 2¾ miles north of Dudley and lies on a hill deep in the Black Country.

The name is Anglo-Saxon and means "Cossa's glade in the wood." The village developed into a town to service the growing coalmines. In the 1830s there were more than 50 pits within the town's bounbaries. Coseley was one of several towns that specialised in nail making.

It was because of this industry that my Probert ancesters made the journey from the small Shropshire village of LLanyblodwel to the Coseley/Bilston/Ladymoor area. They were blacksmiths and boilermakers and would have found plenty of work here.

The people of Coseley were very religious and there are still several Anglcan and non-conformist churches and chapels in Coseley.

The Proberts lived in this area throughout the 19th century and many are buried at the Darkhouse Chapel Graveyard.