Meandering Missionaries in May Meeting

A Missionary Family

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 12th May at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley

The very short Annual General Meeting is followed by a presentation – A Missionary Family.

Penny Smith is a keen family historian and active member of the BMSGH (Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry). She has researched an amazing story about a family of Victorian missionaries. The trail features the Midlands and south of England as well as more sunny climes much farther afield.

As usual visitors are invited to come along – cost 1.

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.

Over 10 miles long, the A4123 dual carriageway joins Wolverhampton to the Birmingham boundary. It is usually called the Birmingham New Road and locally passes through Ettingshall, Coseley (where the photograph was taken) and Woodsetton.

The 600,000 scheme was awarded to McAlpine & Sons. Construction began early in 1924 and found work for hundreds of unemployed soldiers who had returned from the First World War.

On November 2nd 1927 the Prince of Wales (later, and for a short time, Edward VIII), ‘opened’ the road, not once, but eight times at ceremonies in Quinton, Halesowen, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Dudley, Tipton, Coseley and finally Wolverhampton!

2015 Autumn 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 was a worthy record of the villages. The book’s overwhelming success led him to publish a sequel, The Gornals – Volume 2 in November 2015.

If you are unable to find copies, 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.

2016 Winter Teaser

Can you find the sculpture? What does it represent?

Send an email if you know the answers.

2016 Winter Teaser

“Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold”

Shakespeare certainly summed up winter. The picture, taken in January 2015, shows the brook of Swanbrook Valley, Woodsetton.

Wintery conditions offer unexpected views throughout Sedgley Manor and the chance to take memorable pictures.

Enjoy the weather!

Swanbrook Valley brook in snow

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!

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.