Riches and Rags - a local soap opera - at May's Meeting

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.

The Gornals - hidden delights

Ruiton Mill

The very name ‘Gornal’ when prefixed with ‘Upper’ or ‘Lower’ conjures up two Black Country villages worth a visit.

The ridgeway village of Upper Gornal was written down as Over Gornal at least 400 years ago. Its most well-known hamlet is Ruiton dominated by a windmill and chapel.

Lower Gornal, one time Nether Gornal, lies to the west of the ridge. The lowest part is known as Gornal Wood. As the land falls away a labyrinth of streets can be explored.

In November 2014 Ned Williams, the well-respected Black Country historian, launched a book The Gornals. Packed with photographs and stories it is a worthy record of the villages.

If you are unable to find a copy, visit Ned’s website.

A winter or spring walk is recommended. Search out chapels, churches, pubs, cottages and walls built in Gornal sandstone. Also take in stunning views to the west.

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 it's 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!

The SLHS 2014 / 2015 Programme

The 2014/2015 Programme is now available.

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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.

Send an email if you can name him and the Sedgley Manor connection.

2015 Winter Teaser

2015 Winter Teaser 1

Over forty teasers have been set since 2003. Eventually ‘the most difficult ever’ had to make an appearance.

These photographs, taken in January 2015, show a disused chapel in Fir Street, Gospel End. Built by the Wesleyans in the 1840s to hold around 120 people it changed in the 1930s to a Baptist denomination. By the 1960s the building was no longer a place of worship, but used for storage and much later as a pottery. Today the premises are still in private hands and look unused.

2015 Winter Teaser 2