Archive for the ‘Place-names and demonyms’ Category

The heart of what was Little London. (2017).

The heart of what was Little London. (2017).


I started to look into the history of the White Lion pub in Walsall, which is located on the corner of Sandwell Street and Little London, in what is generally called the Little London area of Walsall. It quickly became apparent that it was old – and by that I mean it predated the both the current 1890s rebuild and the 1830 Beerhouse Act – so I knew that its early origins would be difficult, if not impossible to track. So, this part will indirectly look at the pub by concentrating on the place name and early development of the area known as Little London in Walsall, with some reference to the Little London in Willenhall; while the second part will look at the pub itself…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/little-london-and-the-white-lion-walsall/

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Pennocrucium settlement site and Watling St (WA Baker 21/7/70)

Pennocrucium settlement site and Watling St
(WA Baker 21/7/70)

The choice in covering a Roman site for this dissertation was probably inevitable: not only am I from Italian extract, but I was born within a stones throw of the Roman site at Wall (Letocetum, near Lichfield). The area I chose for this study is located some 3 miles south-west of the modern town of Penkridge in Staffordshire. The Romans named the area Pennocrucium. According to the Staffordshire Sites and Monuments Record, the 6 km square area that I chose to investigate houses a Roman settlement, three forts, several camps, a villa and a number of roads, as well as a pre-historic barrow and other possible cropmarks of pre-historic origin.
https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/other-places/pennocrucium-roman-penkridge/pennocrucium-roman-penkridge-pt1/

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/

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/