The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 12th
February 2009 at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street,
The speaker is Adrian Durkin, Exhibitions Officer at Dudley Museum
and Art Gallery, and well known historical re-enactment enthusiast. His
illustrated presentation, “Dudley Castle”, traces the development of
castles and highlights Dudley as a fine example of the changes over the
This is an excellent evening to brush up on ‘mottes’, ‘baileys’,
‘treble gateways’ and other strange architectural features found in
As usual visitors are invited to come along. Individual talks cost £1.
2009 Winter Teaser Answer
The cluster of buildings once echoed with the sounds of the
Victorian age. Can you place the view and identify the original purpose
of each one?
On the left-hand side is the vestry at the rear of the mid C19th
Primitive Methodist Chapel in Tipton Street, Sedgley. In the centre is
a nail warehouse, possibly part of the Victorian 'empire’ of Eliza
Tinsley, Sedgley’s largest nail business. On the right-hand side is the
1880s Sunday School built in line behind the chapel. All of the
buildings have new uses. The 2008 picture was taken across the burial
ground, unused for over forty years.