In the twentieth century, the population
of Penn ward in Wolverhampton greatly increased, due to large
scale housing developments in the 1930s, late 1940s, the
1950s, and 1960s. Many new shops and pubs were built to
serve the extended population, which by 2011 had reached
12,718. People could now do most of their day-to-day
shopping in the local area, and so the shops thrived. Groups of shops
appeared at Springhill Lane, at several places on Penn
Road, on Warstones Road, and Warstones Drive.
Penn ward borders on South
Staffordshire, and the wards of Merry Hill, Graiseley, and
Although the shops themselves still
survive, the occupants have changed throughout the years.
Many people will fondly remember some of the long-gone shops,
and the shopkeepers who were once familiar household names,
and have now disappeared without trace. All that we have are
memories and old adverts, some of which I have included in
I have also included photos of several
of the old pubs which were once-popular meeting places.
Sadly a few have closed and are now gone. Hopefully for
some, the images will re-kindle memories, and for others
be an introduction to once-familiar landmarks.
Old cottages and the old Rose and
Crown on Penn Road. From an old postcard.
Cottages that stood on the corner of
Penn Road and Vicarage Road. Courtesy of Lawson Cartwright.