How do you measure up against Mr. Darby? Find out on the Dudley Time Trail

Walk the Walk

If you prefer an urban walk instead of a country stroll try the Dudley Time Trail. Look out for thirty plaques set into pavements in and around the centre of the town. They feature famous figures, events and places including Jumping Joe Darby, the Castle siege and the Church of St. Thomas and St. Luke.

Each plaque is four square feet in area and cast in bronze. Steve Field, the borough artist, designed and masterminded the project. Installation began in 2015 and took several months to complete.

You can pick up a leaflet at libraries and Dudley Archives, or download the route and activity sheet.

On a fine day the walk can be completed in about 2 hours admiring the views and photographing the plaques. A more leisurely approach can be taken if the Market Place and Coronation Gardens plaques are followed on separate visits.

Time trail plaque 5 - Old St. Edmund's Church

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.

2019 – Spring Teaser

One of the most remarkable images in Sedgley Manor was painted on tarmac in autumn 2018.

Send an email naming the location and why this bird was chosen.

2019 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!