The emphatically completed 'Roll of Honour' form for Thomas William James (Staffordshire Record Office)

The emphatically completed ‘Roll of Honour’ form for Thomas William James
(Staffordshire Record Office)

Read the tragic story of the elusive on-time Brownhills, Wyrley and Brummie man, Thomas James and the attempt to get him a recognised war grave… http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/from-brownhills-to-brandwood-thomas-william-james-and-the-pity-of-war/

Lead statue of Minerva found in Great Wyrley (Portable Antiquities Scheme: WMID-B76FD0)

Lead statue of Minerva found in Great Wyrley
(Portable Antiquities Scheme: WMID-B76FD0)

This article is for those that are having trouble sleeping, or are really interested in the possible early origins of Great Wyrley (and the wider area), From pre-history to the Anglo-Saxons, it looks at the vague archaeological evidence, as well as place-names… http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-origins-of-great-wyrley/

Many people have no idea even if there is a demonym for their area.

Many people have no idea even if there is a demonym for their area.

A little bit of fun about what people from our local towns and villages call themselves – although there is a serious local history issue involved. Have a look and let me know what you think! http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/articles-other/from-cannock-to-walsall-what-do-you-call-yourself/

The Imperial while under transformation to a Wetherspoon's outlet. September 1997. (Stuart Williams)

The Imperial while under transformation to a Wetherspoon’s outlet. September 1997.
(Stuart Williams)

The final episode of the three-part history of the Walsall Imperial: this one deals with censorship, Sunday trading, the rise of televison, closure, conversion to a bingo hall and finally, its rebirth as a Wetherspoon’s. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/the-walsall-imperial-1868-2014/the-walsall-imperial-3/

Promotional poster for the 2014 Carnival (GW Carnival Committee)

Promotional poster for the 2014 Carnival
(GW Carnival Committee)

A short and rushed article celebrating the history of the Great Wyrley Carnival and the Carnival Committee – did it have its origins back in 1910 with the Great Wyrley Hospital Fund parades? http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-great-wyrley-hospital-fund-our-first-carnival/

Brewer St Cottages, Ryecroft. 1884. (Walsall Local History Centre)

Brewer St Cottages, Ryecroft. 1884.
(Walsall Local History Centre)

The events that relate to this article take place in and around Brewer Street in the Ryecroft area of Walsall. On 7th April 1917, Second Lieutenant Thomas Mann left Tern Hill on a routine flight to the Castle Bromwich in his Avro 504 aircraft. Mann was to crash and while he was to survive the accident killed the 62 year-old Frances North and her 10 month-old grand-daughter, Edna May Vass… http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/run-the-ryecroft-plane-crash-1917/

The 1907 plan, showing the bar counter where the former Bar Parlour used to be and the divided kitchen and scullery. (Staffordshire Record Office)

The 1907 plan, showing the bar counter where the former Bar Parlour used to be and the divided kitchen and scullery.
(Staffordshire Record Office)

Read the story of the Robin Hood in Churchbridge: fluctuating floor levels, the chimney in the bogs, two gruesome inquests and just why should you feel sorry for the pigs in 1900! http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-churchbridge-pubs/the-robin-hood/

The Short Heath War Memorial, which covers New Invention - Thomas Jones does not appear. 2014.

The Short Heath War Memorial, which covers New Invention – Thomas Jones does not appear. 2014.

After the story of William Simpson, who appeared on more war memorials than you can shake a stick at, I thought I would do the story of Thomas Jones. Normally I start with a name on a local memorial but in this case I can’t, as Thomas doesn’t appear on any of them and hence the name of this article…http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/articles-other/sapper-thomas-jones-a-place-to-call-home/

 

The Simpson brothers; William is on the Great Wyrley and Harrison's Club memorials

The Simpson brothers; William is on the Great Wyrley and Harrison’s Club memorials

I started-off with one man in Landywood and ended-up in King’s Bromley looking at the loss of a family…http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/william-henry-simpson-kings-bromley-landywood-and-the-tug-of-war/

May 1914, plans submittied to Walsall Council for the rebuilding of the Imperial.

May 1914, plans submittied to Walsall Council for the rebuilding of the Imperial.


The second of a three-part history of the Walsall Imperial: early films, censorship, the Battle of the Somme, talkies and Technicolor – the rise and the start of the decline of the Imperial http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/the-walsall-imperial-1868-2014/the-walsall-imperial-2/