Archive for August, 2014

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. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-pubs-of-great-wyrley/the-lost-pubs-of-great-wyrley/

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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. https://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. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/mills-docs-and-drapers-a-brief-history-of-highfields-house-bloxwich/