February meeting - the headmaster, magistrate, councillor and Black Country historian who put Sedgley on the map

Frederick William Hackwood

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 14th February at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.

Ian Bott, the ever popular Wednesbury based local historian and author, will be presenting an illustrated talk celebrating the life of an influential Black Country and Staffordshire historian, F. W. Hackwood.

The evening will appeal to all who cherish Hackwood’s legacy of nearly thirty books on local history. He is of particular interest to the Society as author of Sedgley Researches [1898]. The book is still highly regarded by today’s researchers.

As usual visitors are invited to come along – admission 2.

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!

2019 – Winter Teaser

This brand new public war memorial was dedicated in time for the Remembrance Service in November 2018.

Send an email naming the location.

2019 Winter Teaser

The SLHS 2018 / 2019 Programme

The 2018/2019 Programme promises another set of informative and stimulating talks from local experts. Returning favourites Ned Williams and Ian Bott will be covering chapels and Frederick Hackwood, an influential Black Country historian. In March the irrepressible Max Keen will appear in many guises to tell the story of Dudley Castle.

Meetings take place at St. Andrew's Church on Bilston Street in Sedgely, and are scheduled for Sept/Oct/Nov 2018 and Jan/Feb/ Mar/May 2019. The society is very friendly and, as always, visitors will be most welcome.