All Saints' Church [c.1964]
Trysull Mill [c.1966]
The Smithy in the Holloway [c.1905]
Iron Bridge over the Smestow [c.1960]
Seisdon Post Office [c.1935]
Seisdon Almshouses [c.1895]
Seisdon Hall [c.1960]
Tea Gardens in Feiashill Road [c.1905]
Trysull Mill and Pool 
Seisdon Mill [c.1928]
Trysull - All Saints' Parish Church 
Chancel of All Saints' Parish Church 
Interior of All Saints' Parish Church 
Font of All Saints' Parish Church 
House facing All Saints' Church 
The Old School at Trysull 
Trysull - The Croft 
Trysull - Croft Cottage 
The Old Smithy at Trysull 
Trysull - Malt House 
Trysull - Former Institute 
Trysull House 
Trysull Green and School 
Trysull - Holloway Cottage 
Horse and Rider at Trysull 
Trysull - Ketley House 
Trysull - Orchard Cottage 
Red Telephone Box and Church 
Trysull - Rose Cottage 
Trysull - Plough Cottage 
Trysull - Former Institute 
Iron Bridge Across the Smestow 
Trysull - Little Green 
Smestow Brook from the Bridge 
War Memorial and All Saints' Church 
Trysull - White Cottage 
Trysull - Yew Tree Cottage 
Bakehouse Opposite The Mill 
Trysull - Bodinnick Cottage 
Trysull - The Red House 
The Old Smithy at Seisdon 
Seisdon - Stone House 
Seisdon - The Folds 
Seisdon - White Cottage 
Seisdon - Lane Farm 
Seisdon - Beech Hurst Farm 
Seisdon - Beech Hurst Farm 
Trysull Church from The Holloway [c.1912]
Trysull Village Green 
The Old Mill at Seisdon 
Trysull Church 
Village Green 
Red House 
Old Mill 
The Croft 
Manor House 
Ketley House 
Croft Cottage 
Bridge and Mill 
The manor was leased to a number of tenants including the de Tresel family who held it until 1312. By 1396 the manor had been acquired by the Lowe family, Lords of Whittington in Worcestershire. However, Trysull was united with Seisdon when the Grey family of Enville bought the lands in 1557. They remained together after the purchase by Sir Hugh Wrottesley whose family held the estates until 1929. Meanwhile the parish remained part of the Wombourne "cure of souls" until 1880 when a separate parish was created.
It is thought that a chapel may have existed at Trysull in Saxon times though the present structure dates back to the Norman period. The building has been much altered over the centuries but there remains a reset Norman arch outside the north aisle and the tower dates from the 12th century. The latter however was raised and strengthened in the 15th century. The rest of the building was rebuilt in the late 13th and early 14th centuries and, like many neighbouring churches, was reconstructed in the Victorian period. There is a curious carving above the vestry door which is thought to depict a 12th century bishop with a mitre and crosier though it has been the subject of much speculation and debate. Other notable features are a Jacobean pulpit and the east window of the chancel which contains fragments of 14th century glass. In addition, there is a parish chest thought to date from the late 1100's. Carved from one tree trunk and banded with iron, it is one of the finest examples in the county.
Trysull has many fine old buildings for the visitor to enjoy. For example, in School Road, the lane leading up towards The Plough Inn, has a number of fine old dwellings including the adjacent Plough Cottage. This box-framed building dates from the late 17th century. The 18th century Rose Cottage is also located in School Road. This has a dated stone of 1746. Another box-framed construction is Four Ways which also features a Regency cross wing on the front. Out on Feiashall Road is Willow Thatch, a half-timbered building dated 1696 and which, for many years, served as the village's bakery. A separate out-building was also used as a wheelwrights shop.
Ketley House is also located in School Lane. The above tablet can found in All Saints' Church and details the legacy that he left to Trysull. Before his death in the early 18th century he stipulated that a sum of 12s. per annum should be paid out of the profits of two closed of land called The Nimmins. These funds were to be used for the provision for the children and poor of the parish. The core of the timber-framed Ketley House [pictured in the main gallery above] is an early 17th century dwelling that has some later additions. One of these alterations, a gabled wing, bears the date of 1707.
Trysull's school is located close to the green, a short distance from its predecessor. The lovely photograph above dates from just after the First World War. The headmaster, John Salmon, is stood to the left of the image. The children's names are: Back Row: Peter Corns, Silas Jewiss [1909-1984], Richard Harper, Arthur Cresswell, Ernest Morris, Fred Newman, Bill Davies, Cecil Reynolds, Middle Row: Mildred Annie Fazey [b.1909], Cissie Dean, Joyce Leith, Ginny Bedworth, Laura Price, Lilly Cresswell, Laura Cresswell, Doris Pedley, Percy Farrington, Raymond Gregory. Front Row: Maggie Jordan, Eunice Fazey, Nellie Cooper, Ada McLachlan, Olive Davies, Lillian Leith and Edith Yeomans.
There is an old mill close to the bridge over the Smestow Brook. Originally owned by Lord Wrottesley, it dates from 1854 and was one of the first buildings to feature an iron frame. The village has had a mill since Saxon times and one was recorded in the Domesday Book however this was probably located further downstream. The bridge has an oddly-placed plaque which details the Heavy Motor Car Order of 1904. It informs the traveller that the bridge is insufficient to carry a Heavy Motor Car with an axle weight exceeding 4 tons. If this was the original position of the plaque it would be a bit late to warn drivers that the bridge was about to collapse!
The road out towards Seisdon features a collection of architectural gems including the odd mish-mash of Manor Farm looking much older than its construction date. Further along the lane is The Red House, a superb Georgian red-brick construction featuring six bays with Venetian windows. The Old Manor House is much harder to look at because of a high tree hedge and electronic gates. The half-timbered building dates from 1684, though it was remodelled and extended in the mid-19th century. The roof looks rather fanciful due to the parapet corner pilaster strips surmounted by ball finials, along with the star shaped and filleted shafts of the chimneys.
The wind vane is dated 1746 and the porch has the date of 1633. The latter is
thought to be false however because the correct date of the porch has been
determined as 1810. Another date of 1589 can be found in the painted glass
segments of the windows. It's all a bit confusing. There is an inscription on
the porch which reads 'stranger, should this catch your eye do a favour, passing
by Bless this House...'
"In the evening of Thursday last as Mr. Thomas Norris, the high constable, was
returning home to his residence at Trysull, Wolverhampton, his horse suddenly
took fright and ran away. On reaching the toll gate at Grazeley on the Penn
Road, he threw Mr. Norris with great violence against the corner of the house.
Mr. Norris's head was dreadfully crushed, and surgical assistance was
immediately procured, but in vain. The sufferer was carried to a house near,
where in less than a quarter of an hour he expired. He was a single man and
highly respected. It is not a little remarkable, that the brother of the
deceased, Mr. John Norris, who held at that time the situation of high
constable, in which he was succeeded by the deceased, about two years ago, was
thrown from his gig, not more than one hundred yards from the same place, and
killed upon the spot."
"On Tuesday last, at the ordinary meeting of the Board of Guardians, Lord
Wrottesley in the chair, the contract for the erection of the new workhouse for
the Seisdon Union was signed. The site is on an eminence overlooking the village
of Trysull. The contractor for the work is Mr. Heveningham, and it will be
carried out under the superintendence of Mr. Bidlake."
"At Wolverhampton court, yesterday, before J. Leigh, J. Walker, and S.
Cartwright, Esqrs., Benjamin Hughes and Frederick Screen were charged, both of
them, with trespassing in pursuit of game, the previous day, on two separate
occasions, and Screen with, in addition, killing a partridge out of season.
William Gadsby deposed that he followed the prisoners from Smestow to Wombourn,
where he saw Screen in a field in which there were several pheasants. Elizabeth
Mitchell stated that on the previous day she saw the prisoner Screen in a field
in Trysull, in the possession of Mr. Joseph Carter, that she heard a gun fired,
and saw Screen run and pick up something of a brown colour. Police Constable
Garner, accompanied Gadsby in pursuit of the prisoners. He took Screen into
custody in a field near to a preserve which belonged to the Earl of Dudley. He
found in his possession some gunpowder and caps, and in a hedge close by a gun
in two pieces. Hughes was taken in an adjoining lane, and a partridge found on
him. Hughes was discharged, but Screen, who returned from a four years' term of
transportation in January last, was fined £2. for each trespass, £1. for killing
game out of season, with five months' imprisonment in default."
"At the County Petty Sessions yesterday, Robert Heywood, pensioner and drill
sergeant to the Trysull Rifle Corps, was fined £1. and costs for an indecent
assault upon a young girl of Orton, named Elizabeth Lampitt, aged 12 years, whom
he met in or near Trysull last Wednesday night, as he was returning from a drill
of the above corps."
"Sometime during the night of Tuesday some evil-disposed person cut off the hair
from the manes and tails of no less than nine horses, the property of Mr. J.
Wilson, of the Wildmoors Farm. A reward of £5. is offered for the conviction of
"It will be remembered that a few days since we noticed the courageous conduct
displayed by a country policeman, named Price, in capturing a gigantic fellow,
named "Big Jack Evans," whom he found attempting a burglary at Trysull. On
Saturday, Price was examined by a doctor, and it was found that, besides other
serious injuries, one of his ribs was broken in the desperate encounter. A
subscription is being got up for the poor fellow's benefit by Captain Pridsey."
"At the County Police Court yesterday, before Messrs Hill, Pudsey, Hicklin, and
Perks, two men named John Beebee and John Corns were charged with
prize-fighting. John Corns, sen. [father of one of the fighters], Daniel
Crutchley, John and George Holden, and John Parkinson, were charged with aiding
and abetting in the fight. On the morning of Saturday, the 12th inst., Police
Constable Smith found Beebee and Corns in a field at Shipley, near Trysull,
fighting within a roped ring, and surrounded by more than two hundred people.
They refused to desist; Police Constable Allen coming up, however, the fight
ceased, the combatants running away, and John Holden preventing the policemen
from seizing them. The fight was for £25. a side - Mr. Hill: You all deserve to
be sent for trial, because the bonds into which you have before entered to keep
the peace are only just expired. You much each find a surety in £20. to keep the
peace for six months."
"John Evans , puddler, was indicted for breaking and entering a malthouse,
at Trysull, with intent to commit a felony therein. He was also indicted for
assaulting Samuel Price, at Trysull, he being a Police Constable in the
execution of his duty. The prosecution was conducted by Mr. Vaughan. On the
night of the 6th November last Police Constable Price had occasion to watch the
malthouse of the prosecutor, when he saw the prisoner coming down the steps, and
apprehended him. A desperate struggle ensued, and the prisoner, who is a
powerful fellow, commenced a savage assault upon the officer, beating him most
unmercifully with a stick, and otherwise abusing him. The officer, however,
retained his hold on the prisoner until the arrival of assistance, when he was
secured and placed in safe custody. The prisoner, who was an old offender, was
found guilty, and sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. The Assistant
Chairman ordered a gratuity of £5. to be given to Price for his courageous
"Yesterday, at the County Petty Sessions, Thomas Wenson, bailiff of Mr.
Whitehouse of Trysull, was charged with cruelty to two terrier dogs, belonging
to Thomas Holloway, of the same place. Mr. Thurstans was for the prosecution,
and Mr. Henry Underhill for the defence. The facts were that on last Wednesday
week, the complainant went out and left his dogs at home. During the day the
defendant saw them enter a rabbit hole on his master's land. He called two men,
named respectively Bostock and Davis, had the hole stopped up, and the dogs dug
out. Defendant then took them away to a stable, and complainant was sent
for to fetch them away. Complainant on reaching the stable found one of the dogs
dead, the skin of the bowels having been burst through. The other dog was tied
so tightly round the neck that one of its eyes were protruding, and the animal
was for some time blind, but had since recovered. Bostock and Davis were called
to support the complainant, but they said that the defendant led the dogs away
quietly after they had been dug out, and the Magistrates said they were
compelled to dismiss the case, but they promptly declined to allow the
"Richard Edwards, a carter, of Trysull, whilst out with his wagon near that
place on Saturday, got wedged between the wheel and the bank by the roadside,
and had his leg broken. He was recovered to the South Staffordshire Hospital."
"Yesterday, at an inquest in the Grand Jury Room, it was shown that William
Lewis, a child of four years, was burnt at his home in Wood Street, on Friday,
by going to a fire in a bedroom, and that he died in the Hospital on Sunday. The
Jury recorded a verdict of accidental death; and afterwards similarly determined
in relation to the death of the old man John Johnson, who, on Sunday evening,
mistaking the cellar door for that leading to the parlour, in the house of his
daughter at Trysull, fell to the bottom of the steps, broke his leg, and died on
the same night in the South Staffordshire Hospital. Johnson's home was at
Sedgley, near to the Court House; he was 86 years of age, and at one time was
gamekeeper in the services of the Earl of Dudley."
"On Wednesday, it became known in Wolverhampton that William Yates , farm
servant to Mr. John Owen, Clan Park Farm, Trysull, met with his death on Monday
night while descending a steep hill leading to the village, by being knocked
down and run over by the wagon which he was driving when drunk."
"Yesterday, at the County Police Court, Charles Davies , shoemaker, Draycott,
and Thomas Radnor , his son-in-law, farm labourer, of the same address, were
charged with stealing a carpenter's bench, worth 18s., from the Clan Park Farm,
near Trysull, the property of the Earl of Dudley. On the morning of April 1st,
the prisoners, who live three miles away from the farm, drove up in a pony and
trap to one of the cowhouses, and took the bench away. The theft was witnessed
by a wagoner. For the defence, Mr. Dallow said that the theft had been committed
under a mistake. Radnor had imagined that the bench belonged to his late master,
Mr. John Owen, who up to Lady-day last was the tenant of the farm. His clients
wished to be tried by a jury. Prisoners were committed to the approaching
"Yesterday, at the County Police Court, Thomas Mansell, bricklayer, and William
Craddock, labourer, both living at Trysull, were charged with assaulting Edward
Charles, labourer, also of Trysull. From the evidence it appeared that the
defendants were members of a party of men who went about the village on
Christmas Eve carol singing. At two o'clock on Christmas morn they aroused
prosecutor, who is a very feeble old man, from his sleep, opened the door,
lighted a piece of paper, telling the old man they had come to turn him out.
Craddock threw a bottle at him, striking him on the nose and felling him to the
ground. The other defendant then threw some boards and a brick etc. into the
room. Two of the witnesses were severely reprimanded by the magistrates for not
protecting the prosecutor when they saw the treatment he was receiving. Medical
evidence proved that the blow from the bottle fractured prosecutor's nasal bone.
Mr. Twentyman [presiding justice] said he was sorry he had not the power to
order the defendants to be flogged, and regretted that their companions had not
also been summoned. He sentenced the defendants to six weeks' hard labour."
"Edward Scriven , labourer, was indicted for stealing, on the 11th November,
at Trysull, the sum of 10s., the property of James Smith, for whom he acted as a
wagoner. On the date in question he was sent with a load of swedes, and was then
told to go for a load of slack, and 10s. was given to pay for it. He came back
without the slack, and without giving any account of himself went away. A
warrant was issued for his arrest, which was not effected until the 27th
September this year. There was a further charge of obtaining money by false
pretences from Enoch Hickman on the same day. Having taken the swedes to him he
asked for a sovereign to pay for 30cwt. of coal. He was not authorised to
receive any money. He was sentenced to fourteen day on each indictment."
"On Wednesday morning three sheep were missed from a field at Trysull in the
occupation of Mr. Joseph Baker, farmer, Park House, and on information being
given to the police it was ascertained that on the previous night two men had
been seen driving sheep in the direction of Dudley. Police Constable Martin at
once proceeded to that place, where he succeeded in discovering the animals, and
arrested two men named Felix Edward James Evans , butcher, St. John's
Street, Kate's Hill, Dudley, and John Thomas Woolridge , butcher, 9 Prospect
Road, Dudley. They were remanded, and will be brought up at Wolverhampton today
charged with the theft of the sheep."
"On Monday, William Weaver, 29, of St. Catherine's Cross, Darlaston, succumbed
in the Wolverhampton General Hospital to injuries which he received whilst
cycling on Sunday afternoon. The deceased was riding down a hill at Trysull when
he lost control of the machine, and fell to the ground with a terrific crash."
1860 Post Office Directory
1896 Trade Directory for Trysull