This section acts as an archive for all those pieces of news we collect that are relevant to those interested in the history of Sedgley Manor. Since today's news becomes tomorrow's history we hope this section of our site is evolving into a 'recent' history section.
From Domesday village to Victorian boom-town, Mary Bodfish reviews Smethwick's fluctuating fortunes. Some cast iron street furniture.
Ian Bott takes a deadly serious look at the Black Country’s treatment of mortality through macabre and humorous stories.
Open meetings usually turn up rarely seen items from family collections – photographs, artefacts, books and locally made items. Members and visitors are invited to bring along absolutely anything with a Black Country connection.
Simon Atkinson, Conservation Manager of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust outlines exciting projects for Dudley’s most accessible viewing point for Wales, Wolverhampton and large parts of the Black Country. A well-known former(?) entertainment venue.
Ned Williams returns with a presentation recalling Black Country retail from corner shops to department stores - all aboard this shopping trip down memory lane.
Phil Clayton covers the rise, fall and regeneration of the Black Country and Birmingham canals.
Looking down on our local area in a positive way. A threatened(not threatening) pub.
Mary Bodfish recoounts local connections to a right royal affair. A local playhouse.
Ian Bott, the ever popular Wednesbury based local historian and author gives an account of the airship attacks of 101 years ago.
Members and visitors are invited to raid their toy boxes for childhood memorabilia collected over the years – from dolls & soldiers to Lego & the Rubik's Cube - the list is endless. Canal boat links.
Ned Williams, the well-respected Black Country historian, explores the Gornals and shares his warm affection for the villagers and their traditions. A local link to the Battle of the Somme.
Chris Smith, local history author, is on the trail of the underrated Dud Dudley – Woodsetton’s iron smelting pioneer. A local rock face.
Anne Clark shares her insights, providing hints for newcomers and old hands alike.
Penny Smith recounts an amazing story about a family of Victorian missionaries featuring the Midlands, the south of England and sunny climes much farther afield. A derelict factory.
Keith Hodgkins' archive photographs show the changing fortunes of West Bromwich from the 1900s to the 1970s. A sculpture identified, a plug for the Gornals and echoes of Shakespeare.
Ian Bott presents an illustrated talk guaranteed to grip the imagination with tales of spooky sites and their ghosts.
Members and visitors are invited to scour attics, cupboards and bookcases for books of all kinds, sports programmes, old magazines and childhood comics. A well-known road.
Mary Bodfish’s illustrated talk follows the festive season and its traditions through the ages.
Ned Williams, the well-respected Black Country historian and
explores the Gornals and shares his warm affection for the villagers
and their traditions. A couple of important community buildings.
Eddy Hickey provides an illustrated talk on some of the images
he's found on old glass plates and managed to digitise.
Lorna Stevens showcases her research on one of Woodsetton’s
most influential families - the Whitehouses of Turls Hill. Also a Black
Keith Hodgkins vice chairman of Tipton Civic Society
and passionate Black Country heritage campaigner presents archive
photographs of breweries from the last fifty years. A very tough teaser.
Ian Bott presents an illustrated talk on stately homes,
beauty spots, a few wayside inns and lots more places of
A members and visitors evening for sharing items gathered or
Raid your attics and cupboards for personal treasures. A famous Sedgley
building and a forgotten
An unwelcome visitor arrives on the home front in 1916.
Mary Bodfish's illustrated talk portrays the family tensions
by the English Civil War as it ebbed and flowed around Birmingham,
Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley. An interesting set of tiles.
Kate Hartland-Westwood's award-winning presentation on coffee
The talk is very apt for the Society with Census returns in Sedgley
showing several coffee mill makers. Also the summer's exhibitions at
Himley Hall. Sedgely Journal No. 7.
Chris Smith has been on the trail of Alfred Hickman a Black
industrialist, Wolverhampton MP, land owner and philanthropist. A
Keith Hodgkins gives an illustrated talk showing Dudley from
1900s to the 1970s. A house move.
Ian Bott, the ever popular Wednesbury historian, presents
an illustrated talk about grand houses before their destruction through
fire, demolition or neglect.
A members and visitors evening for sharing research and tips on tracing their house history. Bring along artefacts, photographs, posters and memorabilia or just tell a story about your house. A long forgotten school in Upper Gornal and a medieval field.
In a late change to the programme George Blackham’s Sedgley Secrets
introduced some lesser known facts and trivia about well known
buildings and landmarks.
Terry Church talks about Wall Heath in the 1950s and 1960s. A
Martin Jones talks about the links between church and village.
around Dudley are highlighted and two Sedgley churches participate in
heritage open days.
Badger, serves up a feast of historical titbits with her presentation
tracing the history of eating
out and takeaways in Wolverhampton. A query about reclaimed land.
Keith Hodgkins, vice chairman of Tipton Civic Society
photographs of Tipton between the 1900s and the 1970s. A teaser
photograph reminding us of local industry.
Ian Bott presents an illustrated talk based on his book about tragedies between 1900 and 1958; an evening of crime and mystery – solved and unsolved.
A members and visitors evening for sharing
memories about bicycles, motorbikes and cars. Everyone is invited to
bring along artefacts, photographs, posters and memorabilia or just
tell stories about their love affair with wheels. An excellent old
photograph of the Bullring under a blanket of snow.
Vic Smallshire (Chairman of Dudley Canal Trust) presents a
show that records the restoration and conservation of a vital piece of
the waterway. Work began in 1964 and a rolling programme of
improvements has made this venture into a remarkable tourist
attraction. A new centre for visitors is at the design stage and
ambitious plans are still to be realised for some disused tunnels.
A local water source stretched memories.
Patricia Boyd recounts the real lives of Victorian servants. Coseley Scouts Centenary.
Deb Brownlee and Chris Smith talk about St. John’s and the
project to bring it back into use. Also the Olympic Flame reaches
Coseley. A well known name appears somewhere surprising.
John Hughes reminisces about the days before low energy bulbs and fused plugs, and a rather unusual water feature now playing host to a rarity.
Keith Hodgkins traces the evolution of main lines and branches with vintage images recalling the days when the region’s industries were well served with a network bringing in raw materials and leaving with products as diverse as steel bars and sausages. A well known Sedgley building with an interesting past, a stately home, and a local calendar.
Ian Bott's illustrated talk celebrates the life and hometown of an influential Black Country and Staffordshire historian, Frederick William Hackwood (author of Sedgley Researches ).
A members and visitors' evening for sharing their memories of
sporting events and personalities connected with the Black Country and
further afield. In addition there will be notes on London’s three
Olympic Games and an opportunity to test your knowledge of obscure
local sporting links. A railway station in the manor.
This illustrated history of the site provides an opportunity for potential visitors to see how the 26 acres of derelict industrial land have been turned into Britain’s friendliest open air museum.
Mary Bodfish portrays a C19th
Black Country where the working classes had a lifestyle steeped in
drink and gambling, and 'enjoyed' bloody amusements like
prize fighting and bull-baiting with dogs.
Eddy Hickey presents a jargon free approach to
removing creases and reducing other damage to priceless old
photographs. A vital piece of woodwork.
Friends of the Wren’s Nest give details of the latest projects
and routes to explore as well as explaining the unique history of this
National Nature Reserve. A large sculpture interestingly located.
Keith Hodgkins, vice-chairman of Tipton Civic Society, gives a
show of photographs of Brierley Hill's
Round Oak Steelworks. A local landscape - but where and how was it
formed? Happy birthday to the census.
Local historian, Ian Bott, with a slide show celebrating the
tradition of pub naming and a few recommendations for getting out and
A members and visitors' evening for sharing memories of the entertainment offered to Black Country audiences via theatre, cinema and radio/TV.
A not completely forgotten pioneer craftsman.
Philip Jones presents his award-winning research into local
Victorian boiler explosions, which, unfortunately, weren't as uncommon
as one may have hoped.
Editor of the community magazine Village Voice, Chris Smith,
highlights some of the more unusual stories that have appeared in the
magazine over the last five years.
Geoff Harrison, SLHS chairman, recollects 1980s China which
visited as a member of a Board of
Trade party engaged in discussions with their ceramic industry. Ruins
with a continental link.
Mark Cooper, secretary of the Bowmen of England Archers, tells
story of a famous English weapon of war. A famous local landmark
features in the Spring Teaser.
Vic Smallshire discusses the history of one of South Staffordshire’s most famous pits. A street scene in the Winter Teaser. Also the end for Coseley Baths.
Ian Bott with a miscellany of evocative Black Country images selected from the once popular medium of picture postcards.
A members and visitors' evening for sharing memories of the war years.
Founder members reminisce about the Society's early days
and the local history museum that operated for sixteen years. A teaser
of a site.
of the Black
Country Area drew attention to local buildings and, in a
vein, a sculpture (sadly) now in storage.
Season opener - David Bills provides some insight into the
red sandstone houses. Also Sedgley gets a new sign.
News shorts from summer 2009
Following the 2009 AGM, Society member, Eddy Hickey will be
slides and photographs of Dudley and Wolverhampton that he has taken
over the last forty years. A date on a building in the Spring Teaser.
Graham Worton, keeper of geology and manger at Dudley Museum
Gallery, and nationally recognised expert on the Wren’s Nest
workings, looks at pits and quarries in Sedgley, Coseley & the
Adrian Durkin, Exhibitions Officer at Dudley Museum and Art
traces the development of castles and highlights Dudley as a fine
example of the changes over the centuries. The Winter Teaser shows a
collection of Victorian buildings.
A members and visitors' evening for sharing
memories of industries and places of work in Sedgley, Coseley and the
Gornals. A poignant memorial features in the Autumn Teaser.
Christine Buckley shares her experience in researching family history.
An open forum led by Society members Trevor Genge and George Blackham – Who cares about the heritage of Sedgley, Coseley and the Gornals?
Memorabilia, photographs and a digital presentation promise to revive memories of Bilston Steelworks. Also a church interior revealed.
A round up of relevant events over the summer holiday period.
A local preaching cross.
The 2008 AGM is followed by Ron Baker and Bryan Hollies showing, respectively, sketches and items from Sedgley's past.
News of the St. George’s Day Pageant organised by Dudley MBC. Trevor Genge receives the Thomas Attwood award for education.
Dorothy Inett brings the Rev. Girdlestone's parish record to our attention and recounts some of the business of the Sedgley parish at that time.
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An illustrated talk by Peter Boland (Principal Conservation Officer of Dudley M. B.) covering the regeneration of Dudley town centre and the opportunities for revealing a rich heritage dating back to medieval times.
A members and visitors' evening of sharing memories of
expect to see postcards, photos, brochures and souvenirs.
Re-opening of the man made limestone caverns under the Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve featured strongly in the Black Country Consortium’s submission to the Big Lottery Fund.
A visit to Coseley to see the Dudley Archives & Local History Service.
Trevor Genge's personal reminiscences about Andrew Barnett was the subject of the 2007 Andrew Barnett Memorial Lecture. Summer Teaser answer.
The Wolverhampton History and Heritage Society website and Himley Hall exhibition.
Walking the Whitehouse way and making sense of of a cryptic teaser.
The AGM is followed by George Blackham's illustrated talk covering schools and schooling in Sedgley Manor since 1800.
The snow delayed talk on the Stourbridge canal and result of the Winter Teaser.
A members and visitors evening aimed at sharing memories of shops, shopkeepers and shopping in the 40s and 50s, also the result of the Autumn Teaser.
Lighting up time in Gospel End/Coseley Civic Trust constituted and busy fighting to save Mount Pleasant School from demolition.
Coseley Urban District Council’s first official war memorial involved the planting of trees on both sides of the Birmingham New Road.
The Kinver Light Railway was the topic for the seventeenth Andrew Barnett Memorial Lecture, the Summer Teaser and details of the Sedgley flag.
The Society’s new season of talks begins with John Hemingway (Archaeological Officer for Dudley MB) on the History & Archaeology of Dudley Castle.
Leave the car at home and 'walk the manor'.
Something for those with knowledge of Lower Gornal or an interest in names and locations.
The now traditional end-of-season walk this year visits Lower Ettingshall.
Society members Lorna Stevens and Trevor Genge follow up the AGM with an illustrated talk about the Whitehouse family - Victorian iron masters.
Apologies for our downtime between the 6th and the 9th March 2006.
Trains and Trams in March, the Summer Teaser result and Winter picture
Ettingshall based landscape artist, Ray Whitehouse's second visit to the Society to display and talk about his watercolours. Ray recently finished a project researching and recording the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and its surroundings.
Members and visitors are invited to bring along old newspapers, magazines and comics, and share memories and ‘treasures’.
On Saturday 10th December 2005 the 1st Sedgley Scout group raised the new village flag, the design of which is based on the civic badge of the defunct Sedgley Urban District Council.
John Hemingway (Archaeological Officer of Dudley Metropolitan Borough) on the trail of Woodsetton’s iron smelting pioneer, the illegitimate son of Lord Dudley - Dud Dudley.
The speaker, Robert Earnshaw a Warden at the Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve presents an illustrated talk entitled 'The Geological and Industrial Past of the Wren's Nest'. The talk offers an opportunity to hear about Dudley's internationally acclaimed natural feature, thought by many to be worthy of World Heritage status.
"For A Glass Of Clean Water" - Trevor Genge distils the archives to tell the story of how clean water was brought to the Black Country.
A collection of front page items - SLHS gets a mention in London, teaser results, and a newspaper archive.
Looks like the route taken on the night may not have been quite as advertised.
Read a brief history of the threatened Straits House and catch up with our recent teasers.
Find the mobile transmitters in your locality with this government site.
Alan Peace, senior warden at Himley Hall, gives us an insight into this C18th local landmark. Other news items include a link to a unique Victorian photograph.
Peter Boland, the Principal Conservation Officer of Dudley M. B. talks about the preservation of the remains of a glassworks under the newly created Stone Street Square, and the central Dudley scheme to highlight the development of the town from medieval times.
An open evening where members, and visitors, can share items from family collections and recall stories about past events and well known characters.
The results of the Summer teaser competition and link to the Autumn Photo.
David Bate, vice chairman of the Turls Hill & Swanbrook Valley Residents Association, talks about the Manor’s most exciting landscape protection programme.
The Sedgley Local History Society 2004/2005 season opens with an illustrated talk by Ron Moss entitled, 'Backyard Industries of the Black Country'.
A collection of front page news briefs from June 2004: All
Anniversary reported, Coppice Baptist request help for a bicentennial
booklet, the Society's Summer Walk and results of the Spring Teaser
Trevor Genge launches his fifth book of old photographs covering Sedgley and District at Queen Victoria Primary School, Bilston Street, with the opening being performed by the well known historian and broadcaster, Carl Chinn.
Trevor Genge tells us about his participation in the Channel 4 Time Team's sponsored National Big Dig Week.
Society member, Jennifer Hill, guides us through a pictorial presentation of some of the Manor's churches, chapels and public houses.
Members and visitors are invited to bring along books, reports, uniforms, badges and magazines to help stir some memories of local education.
Seasonal greetings from SLHS and a photograph of a mystery location covered in snow to tax your minds at Yuletide.
Landscape artist Ray Whitehouse has recently finished a project researching and recording the Birmingham Canal Navigation and its surroundings as it cuts through the Black Country. On his first visit to the Society he'll display and talk about his watercolours.
The Society's second meeting of the 2003/2004 season of talks sees John Hughes show some of his unique collection of cine-films and photographs covering the history of Wolverhampton Corporation's transport department from trams to trolley buses.
The Society's 2003/2004 season of talks starts with the annual Memorial Lecture, given this year by John Hemingway, the Archaeological Officer of Dudley M.B.C.
On Monday 21st July 2003 members of Dudley Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of a controversial £100 million redevelopment of Castle Hill - once part of Woodsetton village.
The May 2004 Local Elections will be based on new ward
SLHS contributed to the consultation process by ensuring the ward names
reflected the communities they cover, as this article describes.