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:

July 19: The story of Bob Smith in Into the 20th Century in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended, as has Recent Times, Industries and the history of Easiclene in the Rubery Owen section. The story of Seamless Tubes has been added to the Wednesfield menu and to the museum engineering hall. Descriptions of works visits by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to Walsall manufacturers has been added to the section on John Shannon & Son Limited and John Russell & Company in the industries section and the leather industry page in The Story of Walsall. The stories of the Electrical Construction Company and Thomas Parker Limited in the museum electrical and electronic engineering hall have been extended. The story of Wolverhampton's power station in Industries Alongside the BCN in the museum other trades hall has also been extended. , and to Wednesfield Canal in the Wednesfield section, and also Into the 20th Century in Willenhall Through the Ages. The DKR story in the motorcycle section in the museum transport hall has been extended, as has the DMW section with images from a 'Bambi' catalogue.

June 19:  Additions have been made to the 1897 Wolverhampton Business Review and to the following sections in the History of A.J.S.: The Early Years and The Later Years and a 1925 A.J.S. catalogue has been added to The Middle Years. Details of the early development of Tipton's libraries have been added to the Local Government section in The Annals of Tipton. The links page has been updated along with the genealogy links. An article about the running of one of Thomas Parker's battery-powered trams in Sydney, has been added to the Australia page in the story of Thomas Parker. The Elwell-Parker section has also been extended. The histories of James Fellows & Son and S. J. & E. Fellows Limited in the metalware and holloware section in the museum metalware hall have been greatly extended. The story of Sister Dora and the industry section in The Story of Walsall have been extended. The histories of Wilkes Limited and E. C. and J. Keay Limited in the Industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended, as has the Interwar Years section.

May 19: The stories of Tipton's Local Authority and Victoria Park have been added to The Annals of Tipton. Additions have been made to the story of Bean cars in the museum transport hall and to the story of Frisky cars and the factories and sidecars sections in the story of A.J.S. The following sections in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended: Into the Twentieth Century, Local Government, Education, A New Town Hall, David Etchells and Son Limited, Garringtons Limited, Rubery Owen & Company Limited, Years of Growth, and Wilkins and Mitchell Limited in the Industries section. The Church of Emmanuel at Bentley has been added to the section about Darlaston's listed buildings. The following sections in The Story of Walsall have been extended: Recent Times, The Early 20th Century, 29 Bridge Street, and The George Hotel. Photos of a Thomas Perry safe have been added to the Story of Thomas Perry & Son Limited in the museum Engineering Hall and the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. Additions have also been made to the story of Lowe and Fletcher in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers.

April 19: The story of Daisy Alcock one of the greatest calligraphers of her century has been added to the Wednesfield menu and Lives of Local People. The following sections in Darlaston industries in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended: Wilkes Limited, Longmore Brothers Limited, and Rubery Owen. Also in A Brief History of Darlaston, Recent Times has been extended with the addition of photos from 2001 and 2002 and photos of Slater Street School have been added to Losses, photos of old pubs in the pubs section and photos of James Bridge Cemetery have been added to Years of Growth. A school photo has also been added to the Salisbury Street School Album. Additions have been made to the following sections in The History of Wednesbury: Churches and Religion, The Borough Council and its Works, Into the 21st Century, The Growth of the Town, and Roads, Canals and Railways. Recent Times and Roads, Canals and Railways in The Story of Walsall has been extended, and the story of Bertie Crick has been added to The First World War. The Development of Local Government in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended. The story of the Central Arcade in the Lost Buildings section has also been extended.

March 19: The story of cycle racing in Wolverhampton in the about the industry part of the cycles section in the museum transport hall and the sports and leisure activities section in the exhibition entertainment hall has been extended. The story of Edwin John Yates and Company has been extended in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers, as has the story of Enoch Jones (Willenhall) Limited, and the story of Young and Glover of Wolverhampton. Additions have been made to the education section in The History of Wednesbury. A new addition to the education services menu in the exhibition services hall is the story of The Royal Orphanage, Wolverhampton. A history of Wolverhampton's Old Retail Market Hall has been added to the articles menu and to a new Municipal Services menu in the exhibition services hall. Additions have been made to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: The late 19th Century, The Early 19th Century, The Early 20th Century, and the Industries Section. A new addition to the Walsall Menu is a Local Chronology of Walsall from 1004 to 1936. The story of Joseph Evans in the museum engineering hall has been extended. The history of Tettenhall Wood House - 1833 to 1969 in the articles menu and the Tettenhall menu has been extended, as has the story of the 1902 Art and Industrial Exhibition. The section on clock making in A Brief History of Darlaston has also been extended.

February 19: Additions have been made to the early history of Turner cars and to Decline and Fall in the history of Sunbeam Motorcycles in the museum transport hall and to the Wolverhampton Railway Gazette in the exhibition transport services hall. Improved photos have been added along with the following new articles: Priestfield Station 1854 to 1972, Sins of the Fathers, Dudley in 1928 and A visit to Wolverhampton in 1932. Additions have also been made to the story of Wearwell Cycles and the story of the Star Engineering Company and the Star factories in the museum transport hall. The story of GKN in the industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. Details of Thomas Parker's locomotives have been added to the locomotive menu in the museum transport hall. A new addition to the articles menu is Richard Sells' description of the unveiling of the John Wilkinson blue plaque at Bradley. The story of Joseph Devey and his cycles and the story of the Humber Cycles manufactured in Wolverhampton has been extended in the cycles section in the museum transport hall. The industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended.

January 19: Some details of Fisher & Company who made locks in Wolverhampton, has been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. A detailed account of Jack Turner's early career has been added to the Turner Sports Car section in the museum transport hall. Additions have been made to the pubs section in Shops and Pubs in Old Penn, and to Penn Village in the 20th Century. More photos have been added to the story of Light Delivery Vehicles (LDV), the history of Turner Sports Cars and the story of DKR Scooters Limited, all in the museum transport hall. Additions have been made to the history of the Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company, John Harper and Company Limited and Henry Harrison and Sons Limited in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. Additions have also been made to The Industrial Town in Willenhall Through the Ages. The story of Comrade Cycles in the industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended, as has part three of the history of Rubery Owen. The story of Wednesbury's pubs in The History of Wednesbury has also been extended. A brief history of Brownhills and  A brief history of Pelsall have been added to Recent Times in The Story of Walsall.

December 18: The story of the Patent Shaft Steel Works and Old Park Works has been greatly extended in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury: The Early Years, Old Park Works, Take Over, Development Schemes, The Factory in the Late 1970s, and Closure. Additions have been made to the following sections in the story of William Butler & Company Limited: More Changes, A New Order, and Further Expansion. Additions have also been made to The Early Years in the story of local historian, the late Jim Boulton, in Lives of Local People. The story of Her Majesty's Theatre in Walsall, in Into the 19th Century, in The Story of Walsall has been extended. Photos have been added to the pubs section, the history of Samuel Platts, and the story of Rubery Owen & Company Limited in the Industries section, and to Churches and Chapels, and Recent Times in A Brief History of Darlaston. Additions have been made to the following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages: Public Houses, Life in the 19th Century, The Development of Local Government, and Religion and Churches.

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.