Tipton Ancient Name
Tibintone: Robert of Stafford
5 miles SSE of Wolverhampton

In the Domesday Book, Tipton is referred to as TIBBINTONE. However, the original name is thought to be TIPSTONE. A "tip" was a stave or spear, so TIPSTONE may well have referred to a spear-shaped stone that once stood there.

Tipton has some unusual claims to fame. The town is often called the "Venice of the Midlands", because before some of the canals were filled in, it was reputed to have more miles of waterway than Venice!
At one time the town also had 7 passenger railway stations and 6 goods depots belonging to different 19th cntury companies.

Until about 1700 Tipton was a small village surrounded by fields. The battle of Tipton Green was fought in 1644. This was an indecisive angagement between the troops of Lord Denbigh, who wanted to take Dudley Castle, and the Royalists.

By the early 18th century, the coal, iron and limestone workings were rapidly expanding. Mining continued through the 18th and 19th centuries and coal continued to be extracted until about 1920 when, among other things, excessive flooding caused te last of the pits to close.

My Rolfe ancesters lived and worked on the canals in and around Tipton, though they obviously travelled much further afield transporting goods.