Hope your summer is going well - a new teaser and spring's democratic representative is revealed

2015 Summer Teaser

The photograph, from around 1900, shows two buildings vital to village life. 

Send an email if you can identify them.

2015 Winter Teaser 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.

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.

We asked if you could name him and the Sedgley Manor connection.

Alfred Hickman was a Black Country industrialist, Wolverhampton MP (Conservative), land owner and philanthropist. He owned the Springvale furnaces in Ettingshall, Sedgley Manor’s largest village.

Sir Alfred finally lost his seat in 1906 to one of the first Labour MPs to be elected in the Midlands – Thomas Frederick Richards who was born in Wednesbury.

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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