Archive for September, 2015

Pottery found by St Joseph. See caption.

Pottery found by St Joseph. See caption.


The settlement of Pennocrucium lies astride Watling St. It occupies what would really be the prime location in the area for a civil development; it is on high ground and would not only have initially had a Roman garrison to financially exploit, but plenty of passing trade as it was at the junction of several major roads. Its origins are far from clear: the surrounding military ditches give the impression that it may have grown from a fort itself, but limited dating evidence suggests to me that it started out as a vicus (that is a civil settlement attracted by a military installation, for example) around the Watling St fort in the latter 1st century AD… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/other-places/pennocrucium-roman-penkridge/pennocrucium-roman-penkridge-pt6/

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The New Black Horse Hotel, rebuilt in 1899,  fallen on hard times and now demolished. (Stuart Williams)

The New Black Horse Hotel, rebuilt in 1899, fallen on hard times and now demolished.
(Stuart Williams)


The case that started it all dates to 1910 and is one of the first tackled by the newly appointed position of Walsall Coroner (it had formed a part of the south-east coroner’s district of Staffordshire until then), which was filled at that time by James Addison. The case dealt with a terrible and somewhat bizarre tragedy…
https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/tales-of-lost-leamore/lost-leamore-ii-death-at-the-black-horse/

Edward Aulder Benton (Walsall Local History Centre)

Edward Aulder Benton
(Walsall Local History Centre)

On 18 March 1915 the somewhat under-age Edward Benton, now working as a collier, decides to take himself off to Wolverhampton and sign-up for the War. Without having to prove his age, he attested into, and was accepted by, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Quite what is family thought about it isn’t clear, they of course may not have known where he was. Quite why Edward did it, well I have no idea of course; I can only think of Wilfred Owen’s line in Dulce et Decorum Est – ‘Children ardent for some desperate glory’. 11713 Private Edward Aulder Benton would remain with the Medical Corps for near two months https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/edward-aulder-benton-a-staffie-among-the-roses/

Harry Bullock (Cannock Library)

Harry Bullock
(Cannock Library)


Harry was not a reservist or in the Territorials, but he did sign-up as a part of Kitchener’s Army. On 10 November, the fresh faced, grey eyed, brown haired lad took his 5′ 9″ inch frame to Walsall where he underwent a medical and was passed fit. The following day he was in Caterham, London, the home of the Grenadier Guards… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/our-harry-pioneer-henry-bullock/