Archive for May, 2014

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 https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/the-walsall-imperial-1868-2014/the-walsall-imperial-2/

Aerial photo of the Gilpin Works and lock system. 1926. (English Heritage)

Aerial photo of the Gilpin Works and lock system. 1926.
(English Heritage)


The first of a three-part story into the pubs of Churchbridge. This one briefly covers the historical landscape and the now long forgotten Red Cow, which was de-licensed in 1891 https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-churchbridge-pubs/churchbridge-introduction-and-the-red-cow/

Churchbridge, 1838

Churchbridge, 1838 (thanks to Lichfield Record Office)

In an effort to reach more than three people, the otherwise miserable author of the Wyrleyblog has embraced Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wyrleyblog/1436397223278262 and Twitter https://twitter.com/wyrleyblog

Harold Mitchell appears on the list of those served, not fallen. 2014

Harold Mitchell appears on the list of those served, not fallen. 2014

Harold Mitchell is buried in Great Wyrley in a war grave, but is only listed as serving on the Wyrley gates – read his story and why I believe he should be listed under the fallen…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/sapper-harold-mitchell-a-bridgtown-lad-in-a-wyrley-field/

Wallace's broken gravestone, with missing letters. 2014.

Wallace’s broken gravestone, with missing letters. 2014.

Read the story of Wallace Lawson, and the why he is on the Cheslyn memorial – it is a question of When is a Soldier a Soldier? https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/cheslyn-hay/wallace-thomas-lawson-and-when-is-a-soldier-a-soldier/

The rebuilt New Inns, Cheslyn Hay, 1920

The rebuilt New Inns, Cheslyn Hay, 1920


As a precursor to individual pub histories for the area, I decided to knock-up a basic article covering the general history of pubs in the locale, with some examples…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/articles-other/general-pub-history-in-the-local-area/

Patrick's medal card, showing his medals returned and that the Military Medal had been scrapped.

Patrick’s medal card, showing his medals returned and that the Military Medal had been scrapped.

Read about Irishman and Bridgtown bricklayer, Patrick Downey, who was awarded the Military Medal and has, I believe, been recorded wrongly on the Great Wyrley memorial gates…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/harrisons-fallen-patrick-downey-mm-and-the-wyrley-memorial-gate-error/