Season finale, not to be missed - Windrush influences on the locality!

The Windrush Generation - A Walsall Connection

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 9th May at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew's Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.

The very short Annual General Meeting is followed by a presentation: The Windrush Generation - A Walsall Connection. The speaker is Jennifer Blake who has recorded the experiences of West Indians living in the town. Her acclaimed book captures their contribution to the local community and the Black Country.

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush's first voyage from the Caribbean to Britain. It was the start of mass migration from these islands between 1948 and 1971. An estimated 500,000 people made the journey.

The Windrush Generation's legacy in helping rebuild public services such as London transport and the NHS have often featured in the media, while in the Black Country contributions in health care, manufacturing and education are significant together with a prominent influence in music, dance and food.

Admission is £2 – exact amount appreciated.

Did you know?

In June 2022 the National Windrush Monument was unveiled at Waterloo station. In February 2024 one of London's Overground lines was named 'Windrush'. It passes through areas with strong links to London's Caribbean communities.

2024 – Winter Teaser Answer

This was a scene in Hurst Hill in February 2009. The recreation ground attracted the usual winter activities.

We asked if you could find the actual location and proper name.

The King George V recreation ground is on the east side of Horace Street, Hurst Hill, Coseley.

The steep slope leads to a grass football pitch.

It became a protected area in 1957 as part of King George's Fields a lasting memorial to King George V. He was Patron of the National Playing Fields Association from 1933 until his death in 1936. In 2008 the Association was renamed Fields in Trust. About 2,900 spaces are protected in perpetuity.

2024 Winter Teaser

2024 – Spring Teaser

These houses were standing until the 1970s.

Send an email if you can name the street and find out what is happening there today.

2024 Spring Teaser

Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS]

Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS] is a Black Country group based in the village of Sedgley, which is situated at the northern tip of Dudley Metropolitan Borough and just 3 miles south of the centre of Wolverhampton.

Here, the heritage of the Manor of Sedgley, in south Staffordshire, is focused through its nine villages - Sedgley, Gospel End, Cotwall End, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal, Woodsetton, Coseley, Ettingshall and Brierley. A history of people, places and events.

Please contact us if you have any comments, suggestions, contributions or questions.

Please note that genealogy isn't a prime interest of SLHS - it's a huge specialist area in its own right. We provide a list of useful sites on our genealogy links page that will help you to begin your research, however if you have a specific query drop us a line!

Sedgley Heritage Trails

During 2019 two trails were researched covering nearly forty places of interest within easy walking distance of Sedgley Bull Ring.

A leaflet was then prepared by Sedgley Evening Townswomen's Guild with support from Sedgley People's Archive and Sedgley Local History Society. There was specialist help and advice from Dudley MBC who printed the final version.

The trails can be followed using the street map alongside notes and pictures.

Follow this link to download a copy of the leaflet and enjoy the trails.