Archive for September, 2014

Domesday Book (National Archives)

Domesday Book
(National Archives)

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. Following on from the Wyrley article, this article will give my thoughts on the Bloxwich entry and the missing Walsall one. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/domesday-book-the-walsall-and-bloxwich-question/

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With the possible exception of Magna Carta, few historical documents have embedded themselves in the national psyche in quite the way that Domesday Book has.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. https://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’. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/other-places/long-lane-to-the-long-long-trail-the-walkeden-boys-of-newtown-essington/