History of the website.

The website is now over 22 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:

May 22: A new addition to the articles menu is a section about the Wolverhampton Red Book and Directory, which also includes photos and adverts from the early 1900s, the 1920s and 30s, and the 1940s and 1950s. Further additions have been made to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers: S. Giffiths & Sons, Cyrus Price, George Price and Thomas Skidmore & Son. The story of H. M. Hobson Limited in Aircraft Components in the museum transport hall has been extended, as has the story of Crosbie's Paints in Part 3 of Industries alongside the BCN, and Bilston Road Wharves in Part 2 and Griffin Works in Part 5. The story of the Star and Garter Hotel in the Exhibition Services Hall has also been extended, as has A Stroll Along Old Bilston Street in Old Photos and Images of Wolverhampton and the Surrounding Area. A new addition to Dudley in the Past is Schools in the Borough of Dudley which is accessible from Into the 20th Century. The public houses section in The Story of Walsall has been extended as has The Second Half of the 19th Century and Walsall Arboretum in Recent Times.

April 22: Additions have been made to the story of The Engraving Company in the museum Printing Hall and the Old Shop From Pipers Row in Lost Buildings. Additions have also been made to the story of Churches and Religion in Dudley in the Past and to the following sections in The Annals of Tipton: Industries, Palethorpes and the history of the Revo Electric Company Limited. The section on bricks and pots in the industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been greatly extended and additions have been made to the story of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, in Take Over in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury. The sections on Enoch Pinson Limited and W. M. Pinson Limited in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers have been extended as has the history of John Harper & Company Limited, which is also in the Willenhall industries section. The story of Kirkpatrick Limited in the Industries section in The Story of Walsall has also been extended. Additions have been made to The EEC and The Company's Products in the story of the E.C.C. in the museum Electrical Engineering Hall.

March 22: Additions have been made to the story of the Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition in the articles menu. The following sections in Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the Articles menu and the Education menu have been updated and extended: The 1980s and The 1990s, and a new section called Bereavements has been added. Additions have been made to the following sections in Dudley in the Past: Beginnings, 12th to the 14th century, The Civil War, Eighteenth Century, References, and Early Industries which is a new addition to the 15th to the 17th century, also Industries which includes the following sections: Glass Making, Coal, Iron Ore and Limestone mining, Iron Works, Beans Industries, BSR, N. Hingley and Sons, H. and T. Danks and Edwin Danks, and Round Oak Iron and Steel Works. Toll Roads, and The Stage Coach Era have been added to the Nineteenth Century, also in Dudley in the Past. The Education section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended and an image of a fine painting of Darlaston Town Railway Station, by Ray Jones, has been added to the Darlaston railways section.

February 22: Into the Twentieth Century in Coseley Through the Ages has been extended. The story of Queen Victoria's visit to Wolverhampton in the articles menu has been updated. Photos have been added to the story of the Exchange Building in Lost Buildings of Wolverhampton. The Industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended with the addition of a bulletin produced by John Harper & Company Limited in June 1951. Additions have been made to the Final Years in the story of the E.C.C. in the museum Electrical Engineering Hall. Additions have been made to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: the Second Half of the 19th Century, Into the 20th Century, and the Growth of Shopping in Park Street. The story about Charles Richards & Sons Limited in the industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. The following sections in The History of Wednesbury have been extended: The Borough Council and its works, Pubs, and Into the 21st Century. A photograph of the Old Stags Head pub has been added to Upper Penn in the 19th Century.

January 22: A new addition to Willenhall Through the Ages and Life in the 19th Century is The Town Centre in the 1840s. Additions have been made to the following sections in Dudley in the Past: Dudley Priory, the Nineteenth Century, Into the Twentieth Century, 1912 Directory part one, 1912 Directory part two, 1912 Directory part three, Schools in 1912, Dudley Castle, and The Guest Hospital. Additions have been made to the following sections in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers: John Waine, Arthur Shaw & Company Limited, Chubb, Josiah Parkes & Sons Limited, John Worrall and Sons Limited, H & T Vaughan and Yale Security products Limited. The Industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended with the addition of a booklet produced by John Harper & Company Limited. Photos and a share certificate have been added to the section on the Symphony Gramophone and Radio Company Limited in the museum electrical and electronic engineering hall also Churches and Religion and the story of  Edwin Richards & Sons in the Other Industries section in The History of Wednesbury have been extended.

December 21: An Arthur Shaw & Company price list has been added to section 'S' in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers, along with Samuel Bucknell and Stephen Sheldon with additions to Cyril Kieft, Oakden and Sons LimitedJosiah Parkes & Sons Limited, George Price, Thomas Skidmore & Son, and B. & P. Walters. The following sections in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended: Early Growth, Iron and Steel Making, Bricks and Pots in the Industries section, A New Town Hall, Into the 20th Century, Cinemas, The Inter-War Years, the Second World War, The History of the Public House, part of the Darlaston Pubs section, Recent Times and The Old Town Centre, which is also in Recent Times. The story of the Guest Hospital has been added to Nineteenth Century in Dudley in the Past and the References section has been extended. The Annals of Tipton has been extended with additions to Churches and Religion and the Cinemas Section in The Twentieth Century, The history of Palethorpes, Industries, and The Horseley Company. The history of the Chromographic Enamel Company Limited in the enamel signs section of the museum metalware hall has been extended.

November 21:  Dudley in the Past has been extended with the following sections: Nineteenth Century, Local Railways, Local Canals, Excerpts from Michael Billing's 1855 Directory, An 1861 List of Trades Men and Trades Women and References. A new addition to the Penn menu is Penn in 1843 with the following sections: Penn Road and Manor Road, Pinfold Lane, Warstones Road, Church Hill, Vicarage Road and Mount Road. The Muchall to Penn Road  and the Hollybush section in Upper Penn in the 19th Century, also in the Penn menu have been updated. The section about public houses in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended, as have the following sections: Religion and Churches, The Development of Local Government, Into the 20th Century, Life in the 19th Century, The Industrial Town, and Local Personalities and Prominent Families. A Joshua Bigwood plate levelling machine has been added to the straightening machines section in the story of Joshua Bigwood & Son Limited. Darlaston Pubs and The History of the Public House in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended.

October 21: Additions have been made to The Growth of the Town and Public Houses in The History of Wednesbury and also to The 1916 Zeppelin Raids. Dudley in the Past has been extended with the following sections: Churches and Religion and The Eighteenth Century. Additions have also been made to the story of Samuel Platt Limited in the industries section in  A Brief History of Darlaston and to The 1990s in Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Philip Starkey of Bloxwich and Whitfield Safes of Birmingham have been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key MakersImages of Wolverhampton in Old Postcards in the Old Photographs and Images of Wolverhampton and the Surrounding Area menu, in the Articles, Town History and Bibliography menu, has been enlarged. Photos have been added to the story of Joshua Bigwood & Son Limited in the museum engineering hall. The story of Neptune Forge, Chain, Anchor and Engine Works in the industries section in The Annals of Tipton has been extended.  The story of the Cannon Foundry has also been added to the metalware and holloware section in the museum metalware hall.

September 21: Additions have been made to The Shops at the Southern End of Worcester Street in Lost Buildings of Wolverhampton. The section on Butler's Pubs, in the story of W. Butler & Company Limited, in the museum food hall, has been extended. Additions have been made to the following sections in The Story of Walsall: Into the 19th Century, Public Houses, Second Half of the 19th Century, Other Methodists in Churches and Religion, and Industry. The Darlaston Pubs section and Photographs of Darlaston Pubs in A Brief History of Darlaston have been updated, as has Appendix 1 in the story of Urban Dairy Farms in Darlaston Green in the Early 1900s in More Articles About Darlaston's Past. The story of the Joshua Bigwood pipe bending machine has also been updated with the addition of more and larger photos. Additions have been made to the 1980s section in Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic. The following additions have been made to Dudley in the Past: The Civil War, The Castle, and The Priory. The 2021 Turner Wolverhampton Reunion has been added to the Rallies section in the museum transport hall.

August 21: Additions have been made to the following sections in Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic, The National Foundry College, The Early Years, The Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, The 1950s and 1960s, and Images of  'C Bock'. The story of Beans Industries, Triplex Foundry and Palethorpes in the industries section of The Annals of Tipton have been extended, as has The Twentieth Century with the addition of the 1912 report on the health and hygiene of the town. There are two new additions to Dudley in the Past, the 15th to the 17th century and the story of iron smelter Dud Dudley. Early Photographic Studios in Wolverhampton has a new image by Sarah Williams. Photographs of an E. Bates lock have been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. The following sections in The Story of Walsall have been extended: Recent Times, Parish Churches and Chapels of Ease, Into the 20th Century, The Leather Industry. Additions have been made to the story of the Liverpool Overhead Railway in the Electric Construction Corporation section of the story of Thomas Parker in the museum Electrical and Electronic Engineering Hall.

July 21: The story of F. H. Lloyds of James Bridge Steel WorksEarly 1930s part 1, the Early 1930s part 2 and The Later Years and also The Steel Nut and Joseph Hampton Limited in the industries section of A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended as has F. H. Lloyds of James Bridge Steel Works in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury along with the story of William Sanders & Company. Additions have been made to the story of Reade Brothers in the museum other trades hall and to the history of Davies Brothers & Company Limited at Crown Works in part 7 of Industries Alongside the BCN. A new addition to Dudley in the Past is the 12th to the 14th century. A Yale advert for padlocks, from 1929, has been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers as has a A photograph of a fine example of a  George Cheadle door lock, Chas. P. Mathews, and an extension to the section about James Butler & Company and the section about Enoch Tonks. The commemoration section in the story of Thomas Parker in the museum electrical and electronic engineering hall has been updated.

June 21: The industries section and the Lee Howl story in The Annals of Tipton have been extended, as has Notable 19th Century Darlastonians in A Brief History of Darlaston. The following sections in  Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic have also been extended: Beginnings, The Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, The 1980s and The 1990s. A new section, People in the News has been added to The 1990s. The history of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company and the history of tube making in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury have been extended, as has the businesses in the early 20th century section, The Growth of the Town, and The Borough Council and its Works. The story of the Great Western pub in the pubs menu has been updated. The following sections in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers have been extended: Arthur Shaw & Company Limited and Humphrey & J. Fox, Century Locks Limited. Additions have been made to Recent Times, The Early Twentieth Century, The George Hotel, and the Second Half of the 19th Century in The Story of Walsall. Several photos have been added to the history of the Efandem Company Limited in the museum Electrical and Electronic Engineering Hall.

May 21: Additions have been made to the story of John Harper & Company Limited, Enoch Tonks & Sons Limited, Job Tarbuck, Cyrus Price, Josiah Pedley, George Anslow and Enoch Hadley in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. Additions have also been made to the story of The Steel Nut & Joseph Hampton Limited and the story of the Bentley Hall Brick Company Limited in the Rubery Owen section, in the industries section of A Brief History of Darlaston and to the industries section in Coseley Through the Ages and to Into the 21st Century in The History of Wednesbury. Into the 19th Century in The Story of Walsall and Into the 20th Century in Willenhall Through the Ages have also been extended. Photographs have been added to the story of Turner sports cars in the cars section in the museum transport hall and DMW motorcycles. The history of Joseph Evans & Sons has been extended as has the section on surviving pumps. The sections on the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, 1950s and 1960s, The 1970s, and 'C Block' in Images of Wolverhampton Polytechnic have also been extended and the first Students' Union magazine has been added.