NEWS (May 2015): The Rise & Fall of the Whitehouses of Turls Hill/Spring Teaser

The Rise & Fall of the Whitehouses of Turls Hill

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 14th May at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley

The very short Annual General Meeting is followed by a presentation – The Rise & Fall of the Whitehouses of Turls Hill.

Lorna Stevens has spent over ten years researching one of Woodsetton’s most influential families. The family home was Turls Hill House and there were strong links to All Saints Church, Sedgley and St Mary’s, Hurst Hill. The Whitehouse money was made and lost in coal mining and running blast furnaces.

This large Victorian family is well documented and Lorna has discovered some intriguing stories, papers and diaries.

As usual visitors are invited to come along. Individual talks cost 1.

2015 Spring Teaser

2015 Spring Teaser

This Black Country MP was first elected in 1885, lost his seat in 1886, regained it in 1892 until 1906, then lost again.

We asked if you could name him and the Sedgley Manor connection.

Alfred Hickman was a Black Country industrialist, Wolverhampton MP (Conservative), land owner and philanthropist. He owned the Springvale furnaces in Ettingshall, Sedgley Manor’s largest village.

Sir Alfred finally lost his seat in 1906 to one of the first Labour MPs to be elected in the Midlands – Thomas Frederick Richards who was born in Wednesbury.