All Saints Sunday School / Conservatives in Sedgley

Edward Nayler's collection of "Cuttings" move on to reveal further events in the everyday life of Sedgley. (A reminder that the first date shown is the date of publication while the inst. shown is the date of the event.)

April the 17th 1839 - "on the first inst., the Sedgley Operative* Conservative Association met at the Court House Inn. S. S. Briscoe esq, was in the chair, and others present included Messrs. S. Bateman, J. H. Turton, J. M. Ballenden (local Doctor) and W. S. Nayler." (probably an ancestor, for this is 60 years before Edward compiled his book!) *Sounds like an inaugural meeting.

On May 8th reports of a wedding of local interest, again involving the Tinsley's - "On the 7th inst., at Kingswinford, by the Rev. R. Foley. Theophilus second son of Theophilus Tinsley Esq., of Sedgley, to Sarah Pepper, niece of Mr. Thomas Taylor, of Wall Heath House."

July 17th - "The collections in Sedgley Parish Church, the 7th inst. in aid of the Sunday and Infant's schools, amounted to £53." The school will be remembered by various names, including Charity School, National School, and simply The Sunday School, having the School master's house in the middle and a classroom on either side. The playground is now partly Somerfield's car park. It was the gift of John William, Earl of Dudley in 1828. It stood back from the road between Dudley Street and Dean Street, roughly in line with the Wolverhampton-bound bus lay-by. From Nayler's next entry we see it was also multifunctional in the life of the village. It was demolished in 1966.

October 30th - "Sedgley Conservative Association - The formation of this excellent Association was celebrated by a dinner in the Sunday School-room on Monday evening last. The room was beautifully decorated, and the dinner was provided by Mr. Ebery of The Court House Inn, being served in a most satisfactory manner. S. S. Briscoe Esq., presided, and the company present included Lord Ingestre, Rev. W. Lewis, Rev. C. M. Provand, Messrs J. Roberts, Isaac Nayler (Edward Nayler's father!), J. Forster, W. Fellows, W. Baldwin, W. Izon, H. Barnett, Isaac Badger, C. F. Hewitt, John Griffin, and over 250 others. Many patriotic speeches were made in the course of the evening, which were varied at intervals by songs and glees, rendered by the professional singers specially engaged. The company separated soon after 10 o'clock." (Sounds like a good time was had by all present. TG)

A fascinating conclusion is brought to this twelfth Old News by the following entry for the year 1840. September 16th - "On the 7th inst. at Sedgley Mr. Richard Perry, aged 85 to Miss Phoebe Sadler, aged 53. After a courtship of thirty years."

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