Archive for June, 2014

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? https://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… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/tales-from-the-walsall-coroner/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! https://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…https://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…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-harrisons-club-great-wyrley-war-memorial-history/william-henry-simpson-kings-bromley-landywood-and-the-tug-of-war/