November meeting: Christmas is coming early to Sedgley!  (Also a new Teaser and old answer.)

From Christmas Past to Christmas Present

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 12th November at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley. The speaker is Mary Bodfish, a favourite with local history groups and Chairman of Smethwick Local History Society.

Mary’s illustrated talk follows the festive season and its traditions through the ages. Along the way there are Pagan festivals, Roman ceremonies, the Nativity, Tudor feasting, Victorian embellishments and much more.

Do come along and bring your friends.

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.

2015 Summer Teaser - Answer

The photograph, from around 1900, shows two buildings vital to village life. We asked if you could identify them.

On Kent Street in Upper Gornal the church of St. Peter still stands while the National School next door was replaced by a parish hall in 1935.

St. Peter’s foundation stone was laid in March 1838. The school was opened a few years later – a log book covering the years 1866 to 1893 is deposited at Dudley Archives.

(Edwin Albert Underhill, the author of The Story of the Ancient Manor of Sedgley, received his early education at the school.)

2015 Summer Teaser

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.

2015 Autumn Teaser

This road cuts through three of the Sedgley Manor villages. Although easy to name other details of the highway might need some research.

Take up the challenge and email us your findings.

2015 Summer Teaser

The SLHS 2015 / 2016 Programme

The 2015/2016 Programme is now available

A full programme for 15/16 is announced with (as normal) meetings scheduled for Sept/Oct/Nov 2015 and Jan/Feb/Mar/May/Jun 2016.

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!