Autumn talks postponed, but teasers still active – summer answer and autumn question!

Autumn talks postponed

The continued disruption to everyday life caused by Covid-19 has impacted on all social activities and meetings.

The 2020/21 programme of talks will now begin in January 2021.

Until then take care and stay safe.

2020 – Summer Teaser Answer

Demolition can leave behind some tell tail fragments. Here a wall is the clue. We asked if you could name the long gone building once behind the wall.

The wall fronted the Wesley Church in Kent Street, Upper Gornal – better known as the 'Wesleyan'. It opened in 1832, the year of the first nationwide cholera epidemic. Closure in March 1970 led to the congregation moving to the close by Mount Zion Methodist in the same street. Even this was demolished and replaced by Upper Gornal Methodist Church, opened in July 1978.

Today the strip of grass behind the wall is the site of burials from the early years of the chapel's history. The Wesleyan photograph is thought to date from the 1950s.

2020 Summer Teaser
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2020 – Autumn Teaser

Street names are often very informative. Some indicating the next town on the journey (Bilston Street), others reflecting the area through which they past (Darkhouse Lane) and many carry a person's name (Robert Street).

Send an email if you know the Wilkinson story.

2020 Autumn Teaser

Black Country Geopark

In July 2020 UNESCO announced an area within the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton would be designated as a Global Geopark.

Initially forty Geosites are highlighted including six locations in Sedgley Manor - Wren's Nest NNR, Cotwall End LNR, Sedgley Beacon, Castle Hill Zoo & Woodland, Coseley Canal Cutting & Tunnel and Holloway Street Sandstone Quarries, Upper Gornal. All have free public access except the Zoo & Castle .

Check out the full story and details of all the Geosites.

Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS]

Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS] is a Black Country group based in the village of Sedgley, which is situated at the northern tip of Dudley Metropolitan Borough and just 3 miles south of the centre of Wolverhampton.

Here, the heritage of the Manor of Sedgley, in south Staffordshire, is focused through its nine villages - Sedgley, Gospel End, Cotwall End, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal, Woodsetton, Coseley, Ettingshall and Brierley. A history of people, places and events.

Please contact us if you have any comments, suggestions, contributions or questions.

Please note that genealogy isn't a prime interest of SLHS - it's a huge specialist area in its own right. We provide a list of useful sites on our genealogy links page that will help you to begin your research, however if you have a specific query drop us a line!