A Nostalgic Tour of Old Dudley
The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 13th March at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.
The speaker is Keith Hodgkins vice chairman of Tipton Civic Society and passionate Black Country heritage campaigner. Keith’s archive photographs of Dudley show the town from the 1900s to the 1970s.
In 1939 the small Worcestershire County Borough, surrounded by Staffordshire, covered 4,067 acres, only 200 more than Sedgley Urban District. However, the population of 62,100 was three times Sedgley’s.
The evening is an ideal opportunity to view the changing fortunes of the self-styled ‘Capital of the Black Country’, with its C11th castle, medieval market place, Zoological Gardens (opened in 1937) and once vibrant C20th shops.
As usual visitors are invited to come along. Individual talks cost £1
The evening is sponsored by the Sedgley office of estate agents Taylors. They have five other offices serving the Black Country.
2013 Autumn Teaser
This 1950 photograph came from the collection of the late Wilfred Barratt and was sent in by his daughter, Marilyn Palmer. Wilf was a member of Dudley Camera Club with a passion for recording the part of the Manor where he lived.
The Upper Gornal location was known locally as The Quarry and by the council as Vale Street Recreation Ground. The names persist to this day. We asked about the intriguing history of this single storey building.
The school was built around 1920 and originally used as a base for older pupils in the Sedgley Urban District to learn laundry skills, cookery and woodwork.
At the time of the photograph (1950) the building was the local Civic Restaurant. During WW2 it was one of the British Restaurants with a name change coming in 1946. They sold basic meals at reasonable prices and were staffed by volunteers – all part of a national drive to relieve food rationing in the 1940s and 50s.
By the late 1950s it was a youth club. Then sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s the building was demolished.
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.
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The SLHS 2012 / 2013 Programme
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2014 Winter Teaser
This C19th cottage was first built in one of the Sedgley Manor villages. It is a moving story.
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“In the Bleak Midwinter”
In 1872 these were the opening words to Christina Rossetti’s Christmas poem published in an American monthly magazine. It was set to music by Cheltenham born Gustav Holst in 1905 and immediately became one of the best loved carols in the English Hymnal of 1906. His tune, ‘Cranham’, added to the already evocative poetry to create a seasonal hymn that makes both singers and listeners tingle.
The picture, taken in March 2013, shows a field on the north side of Eve Lane, Woodsetton. With “Earth stood hard as iron” the ridge and furrow pattern of a medieval field becomes visible traversing from the road into Swanbrook Valley.
Wintery conditions offer unexpected views throughout Sedgley Manor and the chance to take memorable pictures. Enjoy the weather!