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:

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.

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.