History of the website.

The website is now over 17 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.


Events

The 2017 Penn History Fair will be held on June 9th and 10th at Penn United Reformed Church, 333 Penn Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5QF.

Read about the history fair

The latest additions to the website over the last year:

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.

November 16: The story of the 1902 Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition has been added to the articles menu and the museum entrance hall. The story of Josiah Parkes in the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers has been greatly extended, and a new section, telling the story of Bradley & Foster, has been added to Iron and Steel Making in A Brief History of Darlaston, as has more information on John and George Addenbrooke.  The History of Wednesbury has been extended, with additions to the following sections: Industry, Tube Making, Education, Local Government, and also to the industries section in Willenhall Through the Ages. The story of Penn Village in the 20th century in the Penn Menu has been greatly extended with some new photos, and additions have been made to the story of the farms and fields of Upper Penn. Several photos have been added to the story of the Zeppelin air raid in January, 1916. A new addition to the articles menu, and the exhibition is the first part of Some Wolverhampton Shops in the late Nineteenth Century. Additions have also been made to Wolf and Shacklock motorcycles.

October 16: Additions have been made to Into the Twentieth Century, and the 21st Century Rebuild in the Recent Times section of A Brief History of Darlaston. Additions have also been made to Into the Twentieth Century in Willenhall Through the Ages. The story of Wolverhampton Corporation's electrically powered trams has been added to A Public Transport Revolution. Additions have also been made to the story of Turner cars in the museum transport hall. The story of Crabtree Limited in the late 1940s, and product details from Kirkpatrick's 1925 catalogue have been added to the Industry section in The Story of Walsall. Further additions have been made to the story of The Liverpool Overhead Railway in the Thomas Parker section, the Products page in the story of Electric Construction Company, the products page in the history of the Turner Manufacturing Company Limited, in the museum Engineering Hall, and the story of Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss in Industries Alongside the BCN, in the museum Other Trades Hall. Additions have been made to the following parts of the bicycle section in the museum transport hall: Joseph Devey, and Cogent / Wearwell. The story of Josiah Parkes in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers in the museum has been extended.

September 16: Additions have been made to the pubs section, the Bentley section, Iron and Steel, The Inter-War Years, and the story of Bentley Hall Brickworks in A Brief History of Darlaston, and to religion and churches, and Canals, Roads and Railways in Willenhall Through the Ages. The 1960s, a Decade of Change has been extended, as has the story of Ceres Works, and Bayliss, Jones & Bayliss in Industry Alongside the BCN. More products have been added to the Crabtree products page in the industries section of The Story of Walsall, along with a section on Crabtree's magazine, and the Royal visit to Lincoln Works in 1962.  The history of the Chromographic Enamel Company Limited in the enamel signs section in the museum metalware hall has been greatly extended. The story of John Harper & Company Limited, Samuel Parkes, and H. & T. Vaughan in the Gazetter of Lock and Keymakers has also been extended, along with the following sections: Joseph and John Waine, Anglo American, Charles Aubin, Samuel Baker, David Bate and Jonah Banks, George Harley, Cyrus Price, SquireImperialLowe and Fletcher, and A. Lewis, John Worrall, Kieft, Goodwin, Legge. The Turner Wolverhampton Reunion has been added to the rallies section in the museum transport hall.

August 16: Several adverts, and text have been added to the industries section, Iron and Steel Making, Keay, Charles Richards, The Woden, Samuel Platt, Recent Times, Bentley, World War 2, and Into the Twentieth Century in A Brief History of Darlaston. Sections on trams, the people who returned from the First World War, cinemas, and the post war years have also been added, and the W.W.1 casualties section has been extended. Some adverts have been added to the story of Thomas Parker Limited in the Thomas Parker section. A new addition to the museum's entrance hall is the story of Tarmac the construction company. Additions have also been made to the industries section, Sanders Switchgear, and the Richard Garbett page in A history of Wednesbury. A 1911 catalogue has been added to the history of Joseph Evans in the museum engineering hall. Additions have been made to the story of Cogent/Wearwell bicycles in the museum transport hall, and to the story of Turner Sports Cars. Photos of a corrugating machine have been added to the Bigwood section in the museum engineering hall.

July 16: The Willenhall entry in the 1818 Staffordshire General & Commercial Directory has been added to Life in the 19th Century in Willenhall Through the Ages. Details of a patent have been added to the Elwell-Parker section in the story of Thomas Parker. A new addition to the articles menu is the story of Wolverhampton's House of Correction. Additions have been made to the Griffin Works section in industry alongside the BCN. A new article, Inventive Genius in Electrical Engineering: ECC of Wolverhampton has been added to the articles menu and to the story of Thomas Parker. The story of James Russell & Sons Limited in the tubes section in A history of Wednesbury has been extended. Some images have been added to Recent Times in A Brief History of Darlaston. The story of Mander-Kidd inks has been added to the Manders section in the museum entrance hall. Three new additions to the articles menu are: The story of Steelway, Long Ago Days When Carts Trundled Over the Cobbles, and The Workers Who Toiled In the Heat of the Factories, all by Dr. Carl Chinn. Additions have been made to From California And Montana With Lots 'N Between in In Between Times.

June 16: Additions have been made to the following sections in A Brief History of Darlaston: Nail Making and Clock Making, New Roads and a Canal, Notable People, Recent TimesIndustries, Charles Richards, Wilkins and Mitchell, David Etchells, GKN, Wellman, Smith & Owen, Rubery Owen, Rubery Owen Group, Nuts and Bolts (Darlaston) Limited, Iron and Steel Making, and Garringtons. The story of 'Iron Mad' John Wilkinson in the articles menu has been updated. The following sections of the story of Thomas Parker have been updated: Early Years, Metropolitan Railway, and Return to Coalbrookdale. The Rollings family story in the family history section has been updated. Additions have been made to the following sections in A history of Wednesbury: F. H. Lloyd, and Industries. The story of The Old Steam Mill in industry alongside the BCN has been brought up-to-date. Additions have been made to Into the Twentieth Century in Willenhall Through the Ages, and to Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss, also in industry alongside the BCN.

May 16: The story of the building of Chubb's new factory at Heath Town has been added to the Chubb menu in the museum engineering hall, and to the Chubb story in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. An article about the rebuilding and re-equipping of the Parker Foundry has been added to the History of F. H. Lloyds in A history of Wednesbury. An addition has been made to the story of Star cars, and Wearwell Cycles in the museum transport hall. Additions have also been made to the life story of Jim Boulton in Lives of Local People and to the history of ABC Couplers in the railways section in the museum transport hall, and also to the history of F. H. Lloyd & Company Limited in the Wednesbury industries section. Additions have been made to the following company histories in the bicycles section in the museum transport hall: Empire, Viking, and Star, and also to the history of the Villiers Engineering Company Limited in the museum engineering hall. The Black Country Towns menu has been extended with the addition of an article by Dr. Carl Chinn about place names, and a new section on the history of Tipton.

April 16: Several sections in the The Story of Walsall have been enlarged: The story of Johnson Brothers & Company Limited, Industries,  iron and steel, foundries, the leather industry, The George Hotel, Pubs, St. Matthew's Church, Parish Churches, Early 19th Century, Hospitals, Schools, The Inter-War YearsLate 19th Century, and Recent Times. A new addition to the Walsall section is Walsall in Old Postcards 2. The pubs section and the industries section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been updated. The story of Mill Street Goods Depot has been updated, as has the story of Turner cars, Frisky cars, and TB cars in the museum transport hall. Additions have been made to the history of John Harper and Company in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. A new addition to the articles menu is Wolverhampton Girls' High School - The First 50 Years.  Additions have also been made to the ECC section in the story of Thomas Parker, and the story of a boiler explosion at Carter's works has been added to Years of Growth in A Brief History of Darlaston. Photos have been added to Diamond Motorcycles, and Clyno cars, both in the museum transport hall.