I have always been interested in history although to be honest I
thought of history as been pertaining to others.
Since the death of both my parents, I have become aware of
the part we all play in the making of our society.
I have become involved in tracing my family’s history and
Penn village plays it’s part in that story.
Following a chance meeting with Bev Parker at a Penn
history exhibition, he convinced me to write down some of my
This is my memory of those times in the early 1950’s through to
the 1970’s. Should
any reader be able to add anything to my recollections I would
love to hear from them.
Penn, circa 1950
Following my birth in 1948, my parents needed somewhere a little
more spacious than a bed-sit in Newhampton road in which to
swing the proverbial cat.
They were on the council waiting list and as such, had to wait
till a council house became available.
A new estate was been built in Castlecroft but it would be
a few years before the first residents would be moving in.
Home became a flat over a butchers shop on the Penn road;
this was located just past the junction with Manor road.
The last building in the block, number 309, was a barber’s
shop which dad took over.
Penn at the start of the 1950’s was in many ways a very
different place to Penn today.
The section of dual carriageway that runs from Lloyd hill
to Manor road had not been built yet and Penn still had a remote
village feel about it.
Behind the block of shops was a blacksmith’s forge, which I
believe was run by the Roden family at one time; in those days
every village, had one smithy or more.
I am not sure but I believe the landlord was a “Miss Hill”.
Across the road between the Roebuck and the shops lay the
path through the woods that lie behind the Roebuck public house
where dad took me to kick a football about.
This lane also provided a quick route to the Penn cinema in
Warstones road. I can just remember the milkman with his horse and cart and
the whispering giants known as the trolley busses making their
way to Penn terminus where they completed a loop enabling their
return to Wolverhampton.