Archive for the ‘Canals’ Category

The White Lion in Ind Coope & Allsopp's Livery, so prior to 1959(ish) (Bridgtown Local History Society)

The White Lion in Ind Coope & Allsopp’s Livery, so prior to 1959(ish)
(Bridgtown Local History Society)

This history of the White Lion is the last of a trilogy covering the C19th pubs of Churchbridge. The White Lion was the new kid on the block when compared with the Robin Hood and the Red Cow, both of which likely appeared swiftly after Gilpin’s works was established by 1817. They can be traced at least to the 1830s, whereas the White Lion, equally a product of industrialisation, can only be traced to 1861. It is funny, the White Lion may be in Churchbridge, but its closest neighbour was the Anglesey Arms (now the Stumble Inn) in Bridgtown…https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-churchbridge-pubs/the-white-lion/

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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 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/

Aerial photo of the Gilpin Works and lock system. 1926. (English Heritage)

Aerial photo of the Gilpin Works and lock system. 1926.
(English Heritage)


The first of a three-part story into the pubs of Churchbridge. This one briefly covers the historical landscape and the now long forgotten Red Cow, which was de-licensed in 1891 https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/the-churchbridge-pubs/churchbridge-introduction-and-the-red-cow/