Wordsley

Wordsley is 2½ miles north of Stourbridge. It has never really had a separate entity. It merges into Brierley Hill on one side and Amblecote on the other.

The main thing Wordsley is famous for is glass. The industry came here early because all the necessary raw materials were here, namely coal, fireclay, sand and potash. The industry was given a further "push" by the building of the Stourbridge Canal in 1779.

The only surviving kilnhouse building in the Midlands is at the Stuart and Sons Glass Works. It is now used for storage, but it originally ad a 12 pot furnace which was in use until 1939.

Wordsley used to have a workhouse, but the hospital now stands on this site. Some of my Castrey ancesters originated from Wordsley.