History of the website.

The website is now over 18 years old. It first appeared in August 1999 as a small website containing a few articles about local history. Since those days it has grown to be one of the largest local history websites in the country. I hope you will continue to enjoy your future visits to the site.
                                                                                                      Bev Parker.


The latest additions to the website over the last year:

December 17: The section on Wednesbury War Memorial in World War One and the War Memorial in The History of Wednesbury has been extended, as has the Casualties Section in Into the Twentieth Century, and Notable 19th Century Darlastonians in A Brief History of Darlaston. The history of William Sanders & Company in the industry section of The History of Wednesbury has also been extended. More photographs have been added to the story of Wearwell, Wolf, and Wulfruna motorcycles in the motorcycle section in the museum transport hall. More additions have been made to Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers in the following sections: J. Banks and Company Limited, Clifford Brothers, Thomas Poole and Sons, John Sawbridge and Sons Limited, A and E Squire, and John Waine and Sons (Willenhall) Limited. Additions have also been made to the story of Wolverhampton Die Casting Limited in the museum engineering hall 3, Herbertson & Company Limited in Industries Alongside the BCN, The history of E.C.C. in the museum electrical engineering hall, and the story of Billinghams in the Exhibition transport hall. The story of John Thompson Limited has been extended.

November 17: The following sections in the story of Rubery Owen & Company Limited in the Industries Section in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended: Expansion, Easiclene, and The Later Years. The links section has been updated, as has the genealogical links section. Additions have been made to the following sections in The History of Wednesbury: Education and schools, Further Education and the Municipal Technical School and College of Commerce, Tame Valley Site of the West Bromwich College of Commerce and Technology, the story of Edwin Richards and Sons in the industry section, the growth of the town in the nineteenth century, The Borough Council and its Works, History of Public Houses, Into The Twenty First Century, Churches and Religion, References, and Roads, Canals, and Railways. The story of the Turner Manufacturing Company Limited in Engineering Hall 2 in the museum, has been extended. The Story of John Marston and his family in Family Histories in People and Genealogy has also been extended, as has the story of Wolverhampton's Lorain trams in Electric Tramcars in the Black Country in A Public Transport Revolution.

October 17: Additions have been made to the story of William Sanders and Company (Wednesbury) Limited, Switchgear manufacturers, and Into the 21st Century in The History of Wednesbury. The story of the 1926 Agricultural Exhibition at Tettenhall has been added to the exhibitions menu and the articles menu. The story of the Wolverhampton Municipal School of Art and Crafts has been added to the articles menu and to the museum entrance hall. The story of Clyno motorcycles, and DMW motorcycles in the motorcycle section in the museum transport hall has been extended, as has the story of Clyno cars in the cars section, also in the museum transport hall. Additions have also been made to the following sections: the story of Guy cars, in the cars section in the museum transport hall, the story of Guy commercial vehicles, in the commercial vehicle section in the museum transport hall, the story of Guy buses, in the bus section in the museum transport hall, the story of the Sunbeam Motor Car Company Limited in the cars section in the museum transport hall, and the story of A.J.S. motorcycles in the motorcycles section in the museum transport hall.

September 17: The story of Cornelius Whitehouse in the tubes section in Wednesbury Industries in The History of Wednesbury has been extended. The Story of Brotherton Tubes in Industries Alongside the BCN, in the museum Other Industries Hall, has been updated. The story of The Woodlands at Penn has been added to the Penn menu, and the articles menu. Additions have been made to the following sections in the story of Sunbeam Cars: The French Connection, and Sunbeam, Talbot, and Darracq. More details of the slum properties at Town End Bank has been added to The Story of Walsall. Mechanical details of the Bean 14 have been added to the story of Bean cars in the museum transport hall. Additions have been made to the following sections in the story of Thomas Parker in the museum electrical and electronic engineering hall: Early Years, and The Elwell-Parker steam engine. Another article from 'The Engineer' has been added to the Bayliss, Jones & Bayliss story in Industries Alongside the BCN. The story of Charles Richards & Sons in the Industries Section of A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. A new addition to the vehicle rallies section is a report on the 2017 Turner Wolverhampton Reunion at Bantock Park.

August 17: A new addition to the story of Sunbeam cars in the museum transport hall is a section on the mechanics from the Experimental Department. The story of the Owen Organisation in the Industries section of A Brief History of Darlaston has been greatly extended with many new sections and additions to existing sections: The Early Years, Expansion, Easiclene, The Later Years, Sons of Rest, Subsidiaries, C and L Hill, Bentley Hall Brick Company, Chains Limited, Nuts & Bolts (Darlaston) Limited, Brooke Tool Manufacturing Company, A. G. Sutherland Limited, Salopian Engineers Limited, Motor Panels (Coventry) Limited, Rubery, Owen & Company Limited, Wrexham, Rogers & Jackson Limited, Electro-Hydraulics Limited, Rubery Owen (Warrington) Limited, Camelinat & Company Limited, Birmingham. A section containing images of pages from John Waine & Sons' catalogues has been added to the John Waine & Sons section in the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers. Images have also been added to the Lowe & Fletcher section, the section about Heenan, Beddow and Sturmey Limited, and the Yale section.

July 17: Additions have been made to the Elwell-Parker Limited section, in the story of Thomas Parker, and the History of Joseph Evans and Sons. A new addition to the articles menu is the story of the Wolverhampton 1884 Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition. James Allen bicycles have been added to the bicycles menu in the museum transport hall. An exhibition section has been added to History in the Community. Details of an Australian trial of a Guy gas producer have been added to the story of Guy Motors in the  museum transport hall, along with Guy photos in The Early Inter-War Years, World War 2, and Images of Guy Vehicles. The story of Guy Motors passenger vehicles has been extended with the addition of an article about the OND chassis, which has been added to The Late 1920s. A new addition to the story of Guy cars is a contemporary article from an Australian magazine. The story of Henry Meadows Limited in the museum engineering hall has been extended, and an article about the Meadows 1,795 cc. engine has been added to the Meadows section. A photo of Lea Road Congregational Church has been added to the 'People of Bantock House', and the story of Clyno motorcycles in the museum transport hall has been extended.

June 17: A new section has been added to the Local Personalities and Prominent Families section of Willenhall Through the Ages. It is the Willenhall entry in Harrison, Harrod & Company's 1861 Staffordshire Directory. An advert for Thomas Cooper, Junior has been added to the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers. Additions have been made to the story of The Old Steam Mill in Wolverhampton. A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended with additions to Into the Twentieth Century the story of Charles Richards & Sons Limited in the Industries section, and Recent Times. A new section showing lost buildings has been added. The Darlaston section in Harrison, Harrod & Company's Staffordshire Directory has been added to Years of Growth. Additions have been made to the story of Star cars in World War One, in the museum transport hall, and to the history of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, in the industries section of The History of Wednesbury. Photos of old Willenhall have been added to The Development of Local Government, and Into the 20th Century in Willenhall Through the Ages.

May 17: The industries section in The Story of Walsall has been extended with a section on Eyland & Sons. Further additions have been made to the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers: John Badger & Cookson & Company, J. E. Bates & Sons Limited, the Chatwood Safe Company, and Colledge & Bridgen Limited, Bramah, W. Beard & Son, H. & T. Vaughan, Hobbs, Hart & Company, Yale, and W. & R. Leggott. Photos have been added to the story of Snow Hill Congregational Church in the History of Penn U.R.C. Additions have been made to the story of Bean Lorries, A.J.S. cars, and Guy Motors in the museum transport hall. The additions to Guy Motors are in the following sections: The Guy 'ON' from Australia, Guy adverts, The Inter-War Years, The Late 1920s, The Guy 6-wheeled chassis, and The Post War Years. Additions have also been made to the story of The Patent Shaft & Axletree Company, and the story of Sanders Switchgear in the Industries Section in The History of Wednesbury. The story of a racing tragedy, and the death of Tom Barrett in the history of Sunbeam cars in the museum transport hall has been extended.

April 17:  A new addition to the articles menu, and to the listed buildings section is the story of Beckminster House and the Sparrow family. The story of Radio Wulfrun, New Cross Hospital's radio station, has been added to the Health Services menu in the health section of the Services Hall in the Exhibition. The story of Union engines has been greatly extended in the Josiah Parkes section in the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers. A larger photograph of the interior of St. Jude's Church has been added to the St. Jude's Church page in the listed buildings section. A section about Albert Peters, Darlaston's artist sign writer, has been added to the World War 2 section in A Brief History of Darlaston, and the section on industries has been extended, as has the story of Darlaston's windmill, and The Inter-War Years with a section about the local councillors who had streets named after them.  Photos of assembly work in 1938 have been added to the story of E.C.C. in the museum electrical engineering hall. A copy of the Star 18/50 manual has been added to the Star Cars section in the museum transport hall.

March 17: Further additions have been made to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers in the museum locks and safes hall: Chubb, Legge, Bates, Cyrus Price, Thomas Skidmore, and Gibbons. Additions have also been made to the story of Butler's Brewery, Billinghams, the car dealer, Fullwood tyres, Steens printers in the printers section in the museum printing hall, the Wearwell story in the bicycle section in the museum transport hall, and the industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages. The section on old shops in the exhibition shopping arcade has been extended. A menu has been added along with a page on recent shop closures. A new addition to A Brief History of Darlaston in the industries section, is a section on John Golcher Limited of King's Hill. Additions have been made to Into the Twentieth Century, and World War One survivors. Photographs of the factory interior have been added to the story of Joseph Evans & Sons in the museum engineering hall. Interior views of the E.C.C. factory in 1902 have been added to the story of E.C.C. in the museum electrical engineering hall. The story of horse racing at Broad Meadows in Horse Racing at Wolverhampton has been extended.

February 17: The Thomas Parker story has been extended with additions to the section on the Liverpool Overhead Railway, the section about the South Staffs Tramway, and the section about The Oxford System of electricity distribution. The section about the electrification of the South Staffs tramway in A Public Transport Revolution has been extended, as has the story of Darlaston trams, and nail and clock making in A Brief History of Darlaston. The story of the ECC has been extended with details of the Elwell-Parker system for electricity distribution. The section on ploughing machines in the story of John Smith of Coven, in the museum transport hall has been extended. The industry section in Wednesbury in the 1950s and 1960s has also been extended, and the Rollings family history section, in the family histories section, has been brought up-to-date. The story of John Lea and Taylor's music shop has been added to the late 19th century section of The Story of Walsall, along with additions to the section on Walsall Power Station. Additions have been made to the story of St. Catherine's Convalescent Home in the Health section.

January 17: Some early adverts have been added to the story of Rubery Owen in A Brief History of Darlaston, along with a section on Education. The World War One Casualties section, the story of New Roads, Darlaston's trams, the sections on GKN, Pubs, Close of the Century, Into the Twentieth Century, Industries, Charles Richards, John Golchers, and Notable People have all been extended. The story of Joseph Evans and Sons in the museum Engineering hall has also been extended, as has the story of Wolverhampton's Wholesale Market in the Lost Buildings section, and the section on the Staffordshire Tramways Company in A Public Transport Revolution. Additions to The History of Wednesbury have been made in the following sections: the story of early industries, religion, tube making, transport, growth, Local Government, The story of the Patent Shaft & Axletree Company, the story of F. H. Lloyd & Company Limited, Electrical Equipment Manufacturers, and some shops and businesses in the early 20th century. The story of Bean cars in the museum transport hall has been extended. The story of the Midland Aero Club's meetings at Dunstall Park Racecourse has been extended.

December 16: A walk along old Bilston Street in Old Photographs and Images of Old Wolverhampton has been greatly extended. A new entry in the Old Photographs and Images of Old Wolverhampton menu is scenes of Wolverhampton in the 1970s. Additions have been made to Notable People, Close of the Century, Industries, Churches, Schools, and GKN in A Brief History of Darlaston, and additions have also been made to the Frisky section in the museum transport hall. The story of the British Electric Traction Company is a new addition to A Public Transport Revolution. Photos of The Woodhouse have been added to the Edwin Butler Bayliss section in the exhibition art gallery, and a photo of a James Butler lock has been added to the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers. Additions have also been made to the story of Edwin Richards & Sons in the industry section in The History of Wednesbury. The story of The White House in Lower Green, Tettenhall has been added to the Tettenhall menu and the listed buildings menu. A history of some houses in Lower Street, also in the Tettenhall menu, has been extended. Additions have been made to the story of A.B.C. Coupler Limited in the museum transport hall.