Towns and cities continuously evolve.
They always have, and always will. We all remember buildings
and landmarks that are no longer here. They often re-kindle
old memories, bring back childhood happenings, or remind us
of long-gone family and friends.
Over the last century and a half,
changes have been recorded thanks to the invention of
photography. Photographs give us the ability to view
long-gone scenes that were once familiar to our ancestors,
and to capture images of any favourite building that is
under threat of demolition, and may soon disappear.
I grew-up in Darlaston, then worked,
socialised, and often shopped in Wolverhampton, where I now
live. I started taking photographs as a teenager, and still
continue to do so. I often photographed old buildings and
familiar street scenes that were about to disappear, in
order to be able to look back at them after they had gone.
Most of my Black Country photographs were taken in the
Darlaston and Wolverhampton area, much of which has changed
beyond recognition over the last forty years or so. What
follows is a selection of photographs that I have taken over
that period, many of which show long-gone buildings, that
I’m sure will be fondly remembered by many people.
If you have taken photographs of the
old Black Country, and would like them added to the website,
please let me know.
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