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Made in the Black Country

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 10th May at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.

The very short Annual General Meeting is followed by a presentation – Made in the Black Country.

The speaker is Chris Smith, local history author and editor of the community magazine Village Voice.

Chris’s passion for delving into the archives promises to make this a very entertaining evening. Stories cover the familiar as well as the less well-known items manufactured by the skilled workers living in our towns and villages.

As usual visitors are invited to come along – cost 1.

2017/18 – Autumn / Winter Teaser

We asked you to identify this item, which is now found in museum settings, but hundreds of these were commonplace for over seventy years.

From 1900 the horseshoe magnet badge of Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways Limited emblazoned tram pole bases. The same poles later carried the overhead power for trolley buses on the Wolverhampton to Dudley route from 1925 to March 1967. They were still in use in the early 1970s as street lighting standards.

2017 Autumn/Winter Teaser

2018 – Spring Teaser

There was a surge in church building in the early decades of the C19th as the government eased restrictions on creating new parishes and made a considerable contribution to Church of England funds. Money was allocated throughout the country by the Church Building Commissioners. This new church in Sedgley Manor received nearly 9,000.

Send an email naming the church.

2017 Autumn/Winter Teaser

The SLHS 2017 / 2018 Programme

The 2017/2018 Programme promises another set of informative and stimulating talks from local experts. Returning favourites such as Ian Bott, Ned Williams and Mary Bodfish will be talking on subjects as diverse as shops, Smethwick and graveyards!

Meetings take place at St. Andrew's Church on Bilston Street in Sedgely, and are scheduled for Sept/Oct/Nov 2017 and Jan/Feb/ Mar/May/Jun 2018. The society is very friendly and, as always, visitors will be very welcome.

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!