The Norton and Wyrley entry under Lichfield (Open Domesday)

The Norton and Wyrley entry under Lichfield
(Open Domesday)

With the possible exception of Magna Carta, few historical documents have embedded themselves in the national psyche in quite the way that Domesday Book has. Domesday has reached almost biblical status in the way that local historians use it to prove their village existed in the late 11th century. As most people tend to look at Domesday simply for their entry, they don’t tend to question the document as a whole: the truth is that it is filled with errors, omissions and inconsistencies so the whole thing can be somewhat bewildering at best. This article will give my thoughts on the Wyrley entry. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/domesday-book-the-wyrley-question/

Roll of Honour for Essington and Hilton, containing the names of the Walkeden brothers 2014.

Roll of Honour for Essington and Hilton, containing the names of the Walkeden brothers
2014.

Newtown is in Essington. The heart of this ‘newtown’ sprang-up opposite the Cannock Lodge Colliery but a second area of settlement also began to appear on Long Lane. This too was outside of a colliery, in this case the Norton Cannock Colliery. Both the Cannock Lodge and the Norton Cannock closed in 1910 and you would have thought would have killed off the small settlement on Long Lane, but it didn’t. Small as this community was, it still managed to send some of its sons to war and four of them didn’t come back. Newtown would be no ‘thankful village’. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/other-places/long-lane-to-the-long-long-trail-the-walkeden-boys-of-newtown-essington/

The Lost Pubs Of Great Wyrley

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Pubs and Clubs
OS map, 1884 for Wharwell Farm. (Staffordshire Record Office)

OS map, 1884 for Wharwell Farm.
(Staffordshire Record Office)

Nationally pub closures are currently a huge issue in the industry, but pubs have always come and gone. This article will look at the three pubs that we know of that were in the Great Wyrley area that and have now closed. Two of these pubs, the Old Engine and the Bird-in-Hand, go back into the mists of time and little survives about them, which makes it difficult; strangely the third, the Davy Lamp, is perhaps too recent and so, as yet, little is out there in the public domain. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-pubs-of-great-wyrley/the-lost-pubs-of-great-wyrley/

The Pleck, Walsall (Walsall Local History Centre)

The Pleck, Walsall
(Walsall Local History Centre)


The story of Harriet, which acts as a warning on stress, worry, vulnerability and simple family communication that seem as relevant today as it was then. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/suffering-in-silence-harriets-story-1913/

The 1" OS Map, 1834. Surveyed earlier. (Walsall Local History Centre)

The 1″ OS Map, 1834. Surveyed earlier.
(Walsall Local History Centre)

A few days ago I was asked about a now lost property in Bloxwich called Highfield House. Dipping my toe into the potential sources only showed me that the house itself was difficult to trace and I realised pretty quickly that I would have to chart a wider area. So I set myself a challenge – in this case a Time Team styled time limit. Whilst at the end of it I didn’t expect to produce a definitive article, I did hope at least to shine a little light on Highfields House for those that are interested. So, what is out there and what could I discover? As Tony Robinson would say, I had just three hours to find out. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/mills-docs-and-drapers-a-brief-history-of-highfields-house-bloxwich/

The Scarborough Rd Canal Bridge, from around the point where 'N' was pulled from the water. 2014.

The Scarborough Rd Canal Bridge, from around the point where ‘N’ was pulled from the water. 2014.

This story revolves around the unidentified body of a woman found in the canal, by the Scarborough Road bridge, in the Pleck area of Walsall. This body was discovered by a child on 31 July 1915, so 99 years ago this very day. Just how did the police try to discover who she was?.. http://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/finding-n-the-pleck-canal-mystery-1915/

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/