2016 Barnett–Genge Lecture: The Amazing Life of Dud Dudley

The Amazing Life of Dud Dudley

The second Andrew Barnett & Trevor Genge Memorial Lecture takes place on Thursday 13th October at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley. The speaker is Chris Smith, local history author and editor of the community magazine Village Voice.

He is on the trail of Dud Dudley – Woodsetton’s iron smelting pioneer who was born the illegitimate son of Lord Dudley in 1600. Dud is without doubt one of Sedgley Manor’s most underrated men. He deserves to be ‘world famous’!! Come and hear why.

As usual visitors are invited to come along – admission 1. Annual membership of the Society costs 5 and gives free access to the programme of talks.

[Schoolteachers, Andrew Barnett and Trevor Genge were co-founders of the Society in 1984. Andrew launched the Sedgley Local History Museum (closed 2004) and Trevor published five books on the Sedgley Manor villages. Both were avid researchers and staunch supporters of conservation projects.]

The Somme Remembered

The Battle of the Somme raged from July to November 1916. The start was marked by huge explosions under the German lines in the early morning of July 1st. At 7:30am British troops left their trenches to be met by a barrage of machine gun fire. By the end of the day 19,240 British soldiers were dead and a further 38,230 were injured.

Engagements lasted for 141 days until November 18th by which time more than a million British troops had been wounded or killed. The brutal trench warfare had advanced the Allies some five miles. The cost to attackers and defenders had bordered on the unimaginable.

Across the Black Country families grieved for lost sons. Every family history finds links to the River Somme battlefields. One Sedgley born trooper, Thomas William Underhill, died in August 1916, aged 19. His family can be traced back to Sedgley Manor villages as early as 1700.

Follow the Somme 100 Commemorations across the UK and in France.

Explore the Somme Centenary and Remembrance Trail.


The SLHS 2016 / 2017 Programme

The 2016/2017 Programme is now available

A full programme for 16/17 is announced with (as normal) meetings scheduled for Sept/Oct/Nov 2016 and Jan/Feb/Mar/May/Jun 2017.

2016 Summer Teaser

In September 2011 an unusual job was underway. What is happening and where?

Send an email if you can recognise the location.

2016 Summer Teaser

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!