Archive for July, 2014

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?.. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/finding-n-the-pleck-canal-mystery-1915/

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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… https://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… https://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! https://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. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/the-walsall-imperial-1868-2014/the-walsall-imperial-3/