CHURCHES

Kings Norton was also in the County and Diocese of Worcester. Moseley was a daughter settlement of the royal manor, itself a daughter of Bromsgrove. Both St. Nicholas' (C 13th) and St. Mary's (late C 14th) were only chapelries in a huge parish until the mid-C 19th. Yardley's first church was founded in the C 12th, just south of the open fields, and was a long difficult journey away for most people in the parish : but there was no chapel-of-ease in the southern Quarters until the early C 18th. A chapel has been claimed for Swanshurst Farm, and it so happens that Priests Field is shown near it on the Tithe Map, but there is no firm evidence. For the story of St. Mary's see 'Mainly About Moseley' and for St. Edburgha's see 'Ecclesiastical History of Yardley' in the essays 'The Manor of Yardley' both by J. M. J.

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