Articles

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Book Reviews

Taken from the pages of The Blackcountryman. Many books and other products are reviewed each quarter, here is a selection.

Brick Walls

Are you looking for details of Black Country ancestors, buildings, places, streets? This page may be for you, send me your query and I will post it. Unless you state otherwise your email address will not appear on the site, emails will be directed to me and forwarded to you.

Gardening

Another new subject, suggested by Bob Hart, there must be plenty of Black Country related gardening stories, or advice for the section. Please email me your thought, articles and snippets.

Glassmaking

Stourbridge and other parts of the Black Country are world-renowned for the production of glass. This is the front page for our resources and pages on this subject.

Photographs of the Black Country

Do you have a photograph you want to share? Do you want to identify the characters, locations or events in a photograph, then email me with details and I will add it to the page. Your email address will not appear on the page and I will handle all enquiries.

Origins of Surnames

Ever wanted to know what the origin of your surname was? Well hopefully it will be found here. This will be a growing list

Reminiscences

We all have tales to tell, these tales have been received from Black Country folk and will be indexed to allow you to search by subject.


3 West Bromwich Inns

An early article from the Blackcountryman. Describes three Inns no longer standing

A 19th Century Curate

The Reverend George Barrs married into the Haden family. He was also an influence voice in mid-19th century Rowley. This article is taken from The Blackcountryman archive.

A Black Country Radical - The Poetry of John Cornfield

Another article from a recent magazine, focusing on Coseley poet John Cornfield, by Paul McDonald. There is also some additional information provided by Alison Gale.

AGM Report 2010

Report from the 2010 AGM, held at the Black Country Living Museum.

AGM Report 2009

Report from the 2009 AGM.

AGM Report 2008

Report from the 2008 AGM.

A Hole in the Ground where a Hole don't Belong

Dudley Sports Ground sat on top of limestone caverns from 19th century limestone workings. In the 1950s holes appeared and work had to be done to assess the extent.

Baggeridge Colliery

A growing article, part of the social conditions series. Information drawn mainly from The Blackcountryman

Benjamin Haynes - Study of a local miner

A short article, with photographs, giving a short biography of a Brierley Hill born miner. Benjamin's story is typical of many Black Country folk. Article is by Mike Pearson, material supplied by Peter and Linda Lamberg

Chance Glass - request for information

David Encill is writing a book on Chances and is making in this shor piece a request for snippets of info. There is also a 1932 advert reproduced.

Civil Unrest in the Black Country 1750-1837 (part 1)

By David Cox, editor of the Blackcountryman magazine, this article subtitled "The Bread and Butter Riots of 1766"

Civil Unrest in the Black Country 1750-1837 (Part 2)

The second part of David Cox's article. This article subtitled "The Colliers' March of 1816"

Crash Landing

Another article from issue 38/3 of the Society magazine. This time it documents the crash landing during World War 2 of a Royal Canadian Airforce Halifax bomber in Adelaide Street, Brierley Hill, by Ken Russell.

Dudley Mayors

A list of mayors of Dudley, is your ancestor amongst them? Would you like to share any information you have?

Fiction

A selection of Black Country tales

Griffin Brothers - Dudley

Griffin Brothers family business celebrate 105 years in January 2003. Here is a short article about the family and the firm

Haden Hill House

Another article that will grow, just basic information on the house at present. More soon including photographs

Henry Ball

Was Henry flogged against the wishes of the Wolverhampton Justices? Or was flogging the right punishment for someone who absented himself from work? You decide, this article is by Tony Standley who was employed at Stafford Prison for 14 years.

History of Black Country Society

A short history of the Society.

In the Beginning

This article appeared in the celebratory 150th issue of The Blackcountryman. Martyn Round charts the beginnings of the Black Country Society and the magazine.

HS Bailey - Prison Engineer

Bailey was prison engineer for Stafford Gaol from 1847 until 1871. Stafford Gaol held many Black Country folk who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The author Anne Bayliss is his gg grandaughter. The article first appeared in Staffordshire History. It is reproduced with their kind permission.

Iron Links

A refreshing new article linking Dud Dudley with Abraham Darby. This is a slightly more in-depth article to one that appeared in the latest issue of The Blackcountryman magazine (issue 38/3) and is by Carl Higgs

Lord Dudley and the Making of the Black Country

From The Blackcountryman Volume 3, Issue 2 Dr Trevor Raybould (Black Country Society President 2012) explores the history of the Dudley family and how they helped shape the Black Country.

Major Nicholls

Alvin Smith has spent many hours researching the facts surrounding the life of Smethwick cycle manufacturer Major Nicholls. With images from Alvin and MN owner Josh King, this is the only biography of Major

Mario Lanza

The drawings continue, remember the beermats from days of yore and the TV interest to try and identify the author(s)? Well more images have been found and some are included on this page. Budding Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marples please give me your views.

Ninelocks Mining Disaster 1869

Someone asked me to publish something on this disaster. It took a little looking for, but here it is

On A Sunday Afternoon

Tells the story of John Blackham, the founder of the PSA Movement (Pleasant Sunday Afternoon), which spread across the country and spawned further similar organisations, some of which are still in existence today. An article originally published in 1969 in The Blackcountryman.

Policing in the Black Country

Another area of interest to the local historian is how policing developed. This page intends to give useful information about policing in our area.

Postcards From Around the World

Please send us your postcards for inclusion on this page. Whether you live outside (or even inside) the Black Country, or are visiting interesting places we would be glad to hear from you.

Prestwood Shout!

A poem by Carl Higgs

Rowley Regis website

Anyone interested in the history of Rowley Regis, or the area as a community ought to visit this site. Stuffed to the gunwhales with information and features.

Shakespeare's Granddaughter and the Bagleys of Dudley

This article spread across 3 issues of The Blackcountryman (without the photos and genealogies now incorporated). A massive piece of work, well researched, many references for the serious student, yet readable. We hope you enjoy it.

Slurry & Strawberries

Carol Hathorne's book on her Tipton childhood is the subject of this article. If you haven't aleady bought it details are available on the page.

Social Conditions in the Black Country

This page will lead you to others covering subjects such as mining, religion, health, travel and much more.

St John's Kates Hill, Church Preservation Group activity

Click here to visit the St John's page and see what is happening and has happened to save this historic church, damaged in the "Dudley Earthquake"

The Beautiful Game

A review of the football exhibition at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, by Patrick Talbot, author of White Shirt, Black Country.

The High Sheriff of Staffordshire and the County Gaol

An article by Tony Standley from the Staffordshire History Group, reproduced with permission. Stafford Gaol is important in Black Country History as a place where many of those who committed serious offences in the Black Country, or were held awaiting trial at Stafford Assize court.

Streetnames CD-ROM

Six months in production this CD-ROM is now available. From the original ""Streetnames of Stourbridge and Its Vicinity"" by H Jack Haden. Includes purchase information.

The Black Country Civic Heraldry

This work by Peter Skidmore covers the civil arms of ALL the Black Country Local Authorities. The book is available in shops and via mail order from the Society.

The Earl of Dudley's Saltwells Colliery

Covering and area of several acres between Brierley Hill and Old Hill, and bounded on the west by Netherton, and the east by Cradley Heath, was Saltwells Colliery. Originally published in 1969 in Volume 1, Issue 4 of The Blackcountryman. The article gives an insight into the working life of a miner.

The history of your family, or your family in history

The frontpage for a series of articles planned for the next year, hopefuly to encourage more people to resume or begin researching their roots. There should be something in it for everyone, take a look.

The Netherton I Remember

Tales of pig rearing and grate blacking from Tom Mondon. Growing up in the early 20th century. Article first appeared in volume 2, issue 1 of The Blackcountryman magazine

Visit to Staffs and Birmingham - TP Garlick 1875

Another article from the Blackcountryman magazine. This describes a visit to the region over the Christmas period in 1875 and covers both the Black Country and Birmingham areas

When is fossil fuel not fossil fuel?

Find the answer in this article by Bob Hart. It appeared in issue 39/1 of the magazine and is a radical suggestion.

Wood Green Pumping Station

Plenty of photographs and descriptions of the former pumping station and depot in Wednesbury, by David M Coldicott.

Working Class History

Based on an email from George Barnsby to Tristram Hunt of The Guardian there are many links for students of Black Country working class history, well worth a look.