History of the website.

The website is now over 19 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:

November 18: A memory of E. H. Burton and Sons, ironmongers, has been added to Recent Times in A Brief History of Darlaston, and additions have been made to the history of Rubery Owen. The story of Caldmore Green Picture House, and the Empire Cinema in Freer Street has been added to Into the 20th Century in The Story of Walsall, and a photo has been added to Recent Times. The story of J. Brockhouse & Company Limited and the Brockhouse Group, in the museum Engineering Hall has been extended. A new addition to The Annals of Tipton is the story of Tipton's roads and railways. A copy of the L.D.V. By-Van and Tri-Van service manual has been added to the L.D.V. section in the museum transport hall, and a copy of the specifications and the service instructions for a D.M.W. Bambi scooter has been added to the D.M.W. story, also in the museum transport hall. Additions have also been made to the following sections in The History of Wednesbury: The Growth of the Town and Into the 21st Century. St. Peter's Medieval Chancel has been added to the religion menu in history in the community and the articles menu.

October 18: A George Cheadle lock has been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. A new addition to The Growth of the Town in The History of Wednesbury is the Wednesbury entry in Harrison, Harrod and Company's 1861 Directory and Gazetteer of Staffordshire, along with several adverts from 1861. A police service menu has been added to the services hall in the exhibition, along with an article about PC James Jones. The following sections in A Brief History of Darlaston have been updated: Local Government, Notable 19th Century Darlastonians, Rubery Owen, and Rubery Owen The Early Years. The story of the Darlaston Iron Bridge and Roofing Company, and The Bridge and Roofing Company has been added to the Darlaston Industries section. Additions have also been made to Star commercial vehicles in the museum transport hall.  A lovely photo of Shannon's Mill has been added to the industries section in The Story of Walsall, and photos have been added to the pubs section. The story of John Bagnall and Sons Limited has been added to the Industries section in The History of Wednesbury, and the story of Cornelius Whitehouse has been extended.

September 18:  A section about Captain J. S. Irving has been added to After the War in the story of Sunbeam cars. A new addition to the Darlaston listed buildings section is All Saints' Church in Walsall Road. The story of Churches and Religion has been added to The Annals of Tipton along with the story of local canals. Additions have been made to the story of Sydney Guy in Lives of Local People, to the story of Bean Cars and Bean lorries in the museum transport hall, to the Arrival and Reception in Queen Victoria's Visit to Wolverhampton, and to the story of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury. Photos have been added to the following sections in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers: Chubb, George Price, Richard M. Lord, Arthur H. Moss, Thomas Skidmore & Son, and Stephen Cox & Son Limited. The section about clock making in Darlaston, in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. Details of the 2018 Turner Wolverhampton Reunion have been added to the rallies section in the museum transport hall.

August 18: The story of Stafford Road Gasworks in part eight of Industries Alongside the BCN has been extended. A photo has been added to the story of King's Hill School in A Brief History of Darlaston, and the story of Herbert's Park Colliery and Ironworks has been added to Early Growth. The S.T.D. section in the story of Sunbeam cars in the museum transport hall has also been extended. The naming of Thomas Parker Drive has been added to the Thomas Parker section in the museum's Electrical and Electronic Engineering Hall. The History of Mander Brothers in the Museum entrance hall has been divided into sections and greatly updated. New sections include The Early Years, Wednesfield Works, John Street Works, Heath Town Works, Charles Bassett's Memories, and Sports and Social Activities. An addition has been made to the Mills section in Bushbury Parish and People, and the story of the A.J.S. building in Retreat Street, in the A.J.S. factories section has been extended. The following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages have been updated: The Development of Local Government, and Into The 20th Century.

July 18:  Additions have been made to the following sections in Guy commercial vehicles in the museum transport hall: The Early Inter-War Years, Into The 1930s, World War 2, The Post War Years, The Final Chapter, and Industrial Relations and the Welfare Club. Additions have also been made to the following sections in Guy buses in the museum transport hall: The Early Inter-War Years, Into The 1930s, World War 2, The Post War Years, The Final Chapter, and Industrial Relations and the Welfare Club. The Guy cars section in the museum transport hall has also been updated. The story of the Rev. Octavius F. Walton in Lives of Local People has been updated. Additions have been made to the following sections in the list of bicycle manufacturers in the museum transport hall: Joseph Devey & Company, and Humber & Company Limited. A new addition to both the articles menu and the Tettenhall menu is The history of Tettenhall Wood House - 1833 to 1969. Additions have been made to the story of Viking Cycles in the museum transport hall. New links have been added to the links page which has also been updated.

June 18: Additions have been made to Into the 21st Century, Tube Making, Old Park Works and the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, and the story of William Sanders & Company Limited in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury, and to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: St. Matthew's Church, and Iron Foundries. Details of the Russian Colliery, and additions to the story of Bills and Mills have been added to Iron and Steel Making in A Brief History of Darlaston, and additions have also been made to the following: Recent Times, Years of Growth, Industries, pubs, and World War Two. The Reverend Bill Enoch's memories of Chubb in the Chubb menu in the museum engineering hall has been updated, as has the story of A.J.S. cars in the museum transport hall. The following additions have been made to the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers: John Arnold & Company, William and John Lea, and the section on George Price Limited has been extended, as has the section on Hill's Foundry in Part 5 of Industries Alongside the BCN, the section about Eagle Works, and the section about the wharves in part 2.

May 18: The story of Reynolds' Restaurant in the museum food hall has been extended. A new addition to the Articles on Local History section is the Story of the Wolverhampton Town Commissioners. Another addition to the same section is the story of the Charter of Incorporation and the Wolverhampton Centenary Pageant. A new menu, articles about Wednesbury has been added to the main Wednesbury menu. The new menu contains a new article, Wednesbury adverts from 1908. Additions have been made to the following sections in The History of Wednesbury: Roads, Canals and Railways, Churches and Religion, The Growth of the Town, and The Borough Council and its Works. The history of Bean cars in the cars section in the museum transport hall has been extended. Additions have also been made to the following sections in the story of Thomas Parker: The Early Years, and Return to Coalbrookdale. The following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages have been updated: Local Personalities and Prominent Families, Life in the Nineteenth Century, and Pigot & Company’s Staffordshire directory of 1842.

April 18: A Stroll along Old Bilston Street in Old Photographs and Images of Wolverhampton and the Surrounding Area has been extended, as has the story of E. C. and J. Keay Limited in the Industries Section in A Brief History of Darlaston. The story of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Company Limited and EMCO Limited in the industries section in The Story of Walsall has also been extended, as has the story of ABC Coupler Limited in the train section of the museum transport hall, and the story of G. H. Kidson Limited in the museum food hall. Another new addition has been added to the Walsall menu. It is a section containing adverts from the 1934 and 1936 editions of the Walsall Red Book and Directory. More additions have been made to The Story of Walsall in the following sections: Hospitals, Churches and Religion, Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, and Into the Nineteenth Century. Additions have been made to the following pages in the Wolverhampton Street Names section in the articles menu: Street names B, Street names G, Street names O, Street names S, and Street names W.

March 18: A new addition to Old Photographs and Images of Wolverhampton and the Surrounding Area is views from St. Peter's Church tower, taken in 1988. Photographs have been added to the Recent Times section in A Brief History of Darlaston. The following additions have been made to the story of Star cars in the museum transport hall: higher quality images in the section about the Star photo album, in the Star Works section, and images of Dick Lisle's racing achievements in The Racing Years. The history of F. H. Lloyd and Company Limited has been greatly increased in size and linked to both the Darlaston industry section and the Wednesbury industry section. It includes hundreds of photos, some from the staff magazine, and factory photos. A new addition to the trams and buses section in the exhibition transport services hall and old photographs and images of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area is a selection of photos from Roger Taft's wonderful photograph collection. Photos have been added to New Roads, and Recent Times in A Brief History of Darlaston.

February 18: The story of phosphorus production at Heath Town in the E.C.C. section in the story of Thomas Parker has been extended. An education menu has been added to the Services Hall in the Exhibition. It contains a history of the Wolverhampton School of Art and Crafts, a history of St. Stephen's Church of England Primary School, and Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Images of the Polytechnic's 'C Block', and Images of the Old Post Office in Lichfield Street. The last three sections have also been added to Old Photographs and Images of Wolverhampton and the Surrounding Area. Photographs of Bill Perkins and his family have been added to the section on Sunbeam mechanics in the Sunbeam cars section in the museum transport hall. Additions have been made to the story of Thomas Perry and Son Limited, and  John Evans has been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers, in the museum engineering hall. Some photos of Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss fencing and gates have been added to the story of Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss in part one of Industries alongside the BCN. Photos have been added to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: Pubs, Early 19th Century, World War 1 and Taylor's Music Shop. Additions have been made to Wolverhampton Street Names in the articles menu.

January 18: Additions have been made to the pubs section, and pub photos; Samuel Platt Limited and Charles Richards & Sons Limited in the Industries section, and Into the Twentieth Century in A Brief History of Darlaston, and a section about local war hero Fred Brown has been added to the World War Two section. Additions have also been made to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: Recent Times, and John Lea & Taylor's Music Shop. Some adverts have been added to the industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages, and additions have been made to the following sections: Canals, Roads and Railways, Local Government, Religion and Churches, Local Personalities and Prominent Families, Into the Twentieth Century, 1818 Staffordshire General and Commercial Directory, 1918 Midland Counties of England Trades Directory, Life in the Nineteenth Century, References, and Public Houses. The following sections in the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers have been extended: Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company, Abel Fletcher and Sons Limited, W. M. Pinson and Son Limited, and Withers.

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 the 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.