History of the website.

The website is now over 20 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:

April 20: Additions have been made to the story of the Horseley Company in the industries section of The Annals of Tipton. The following sections in The Story of Walsall have been extended: Second Half of the 19th Century, the story of Pat Collins, The First World War and the story of the new Town Hall in The Early Twentieth Century. The story of James Gibbons Limited and also their 1952 catalogue in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers has been extended along with the sections about John Harper & Company Limited, J. Legge & Company Limited, Anglo-American Lock Company Limited, Henry Squire & Sons Limited, Thomas Morgan & Sons Limited and Enoch Pinson Limited. The story of Samuel Mills Slater and his wife, Mary Julia Slater, along with the story of John George Rose in Notable 19th Century Darlastonians and also the Darlaston pubs section in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. The following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages have been extended: C and L Hill Limited, Religion and Churches, Into the 20th Century and Life in the 19th Century.

March 20: A new addition to the Cycles Section in the museum transport hall is Harry Lester from Walsall. The hospitals section in The Story of Walsall has been extended and a some adverts of shops from 1902 have been added to Early Twentieth Century. The section on St. Peter's Collegiate Church and the section on St. Peter's Gardens in listed buildings have both been extended. The story of St. Catherine's Convalescent Home, Penn has been added to the articles menu, the Penn menu, and the exhibition health services menu. Additions have been made to Evans Pumps Today in the story of Joseph Evans in the museum engineering hall. Additions have also been made to the story of Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss in part 1 of industries alongside the BCN. The story of the lost shops at the southern end of Worcester Street in lost buildings of Wolverhampton has been extended. More photographs have been added to the Brownhills section in Recent Times in The Story of Walsall. A section about Tipton's annual carnival in the 1990s has been added to The Twentieth Century in The Annals of Tipton.

February 20: The story of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Thorneycroft of Tettenhall Towers has been added to Lives of Local People and the Tettenhall menu. The history of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, Other Industries, Public Houses, The Growth of the Town and the Contents section in The History of Wednesbury have been extended. Additions have been made to the history of Shrubbery Ironworks in part 2 of the Industries Alongside the BCN section in the museum other trades hall. A new addition to the Tipton menu is Tipton Adverts Through Time. The following sections in Darlaston industries in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended: GKN, and Garringtons Limited, as well as the industries section itself. Additions have also been made to the following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages: Life in the 19th Century and The Industrial Town. The following sections in The Story of Walsall have been extended: Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, John Lea and Taylor's Music Shop, Roads, Canals and Railways, Public Houses, Industry, The Leather Industry, Iron Foundries and Iron and Steel. The story of Sankeys of Bilston has been extended and also added to the museum engineering hall. The story of St. Luke's Church, Bilston has been added to the religion menu.

January 20: The story of Darlaston's canals and the references section in A Brief History of Darlaston have been extended, as has the section about Slater Street School in education, Notable Nineteenth Century Darlastonians and Into the Twentieth Century as well as the section on A. G. Sutherland Limited in subsidiaries of Rubery Owen & Company Limited in the industries section. The following sections in Industries Alongside the BCN have also been extended: part 3 the story of Adolphe Crosbie; part 5 the story of T and C Clark & Company Limited. The following sections have been added or extended in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers: Bracher and Gripper, Hobbs & Company, Chubb, and Phillips & Son. A new addition to Into The 20th Century in The Story of Walsall  is the story of the Growth of Shopping in Park Street. The story of the Mond Gas Works in The Growing Town section of The Annals of Tipton has been extended. A new addition to the Articles About Wednesbury menu is Adverts from 1916 and 1917. The story of Reade Brothers and Company Limited, manufacturing chemists, in the chemists menu in the chemists section in Bantock Arcade in the exhibition has been extended.

December 19: A brief history of Foster Brothers, tube manufacturers, has been added to the tubes section in the industries section in The History of Wednesbury. The story of Beans Industries and Palethorpes in the industries section of The Annals of Tipton has been extended, as has the industries section itself and The Twentieth Century. Additions have been made to Guy Motors Commercial vehicles in the Guy commercial section and Guy buses in the Guy bus section in the museum transport hall. Additions have also been made to the story of Viking Cycles in the cycles section in the museum transport hall. The section on the 1902 Art and Industrial exhibition in the articles menu, has also been extended. A new addition to the articles menu is an article and photographs about local demolitions and projects carried out by W Hayden & Son Limited. Into the 20th Century, Public Houses and The Development of Local Government in Willenhall Through the Ages have been extended. The story of Henry Harrison and Sons Limited in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers has also been extended.

November 19: The story of Cornelius Whitehouse in The History of Wednesbury has been extended and added to the Lives of Local People. The early industries section, also in The History of Wednesbury has been extended with the addition of local potteries. Life in the 19th Century in Willenhall Through the Ages has been extended, as has the story of Garringtons in A Brief History of Darlaston. The following additions have been made to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key MakersCarpenter and Tildesley and Young and Smith. The story of Whitehead Brothers (Wolverhampton) Limited has been added to the printers section in the museum printing hall. A brief description of Ford Electronics Limited has been added to Part 5 of Industries Alongside the BCN in the museum other trades hall and the Transport Services Hall in the Exhibition of Commerce and Services. Additions have been made to the section on the shops at the southern end of Worcester Street that is in Lost Buildings. C. H. Robbins & Son has been added to the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. An early industrial photo has been added to the section about boiler explosions and additions have been made to John Thomas's article about St. Peter's chancel.

October 19: The details about St. George's Church and graveyard in the listed buildings section have been updated. The following sections have been added to The Annals of Tipton: The Growing Town, Public Houses, the Tipton section from Harrison and Harrod and Company's 1861 Staffordshire Directory, the Tipton section from Kelly's 1912 Staffordshire Directory, The Twentieth Century, A Terrible Explosion, Cinemas, Ocker Hill Power Station, Zeppelin Raids, the References section, The Development of Local Government, the story of Vono, the story of Revo and the Contents page have also been updated. Additions have been made to the following parts of the industries section in The History of Wednesbury: Tube Making and Hill Top Foundry, and also to the section on Shops and Businesses in the early 20th Century and to Churches and Religion. A new section about Urban dairy farms in Darlaston Green in the early 1900s has been added to the More articles about Darlaston's past menu. More photos have been added to the story of Diamond Motorcycles in the museum transport hall.

September 19: The story of Tony Smith and his family has been added to the Tipton section along with a new Tipton menu. The story of The Local Board, the Industries section, the history of The Steel Nut & Joseph Hampton Limited, the history of Wilkes Limited, and the Post War Years in A Brief History of Darlaston has been extended. A new addition to More Articles About Darlaston's Past is Some Old Darlaston Street Names. The story of The Weldless Steel Tube Company Limited in museum engineering hall 3 has been extended. The story of Reade Brothers & Company Limited in the museum other trades hall and the exhibition chemists section has also been extended. Additions have been made to the story of J. Banks & Company Limited, John Harper & Company Limited, W. M. Pinson and Son Limited, Arthur Shaw and Company Limited, and Joseph Waine & Company Limited in the Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers. The following sections in Willenhall Through the Ages have again been extended: Industrial Town, Religion and Churches, and Into the 20th Century. The 2019 Turner Wolverhampton Reunion has been added to the rallies section in the museum transport hall.

August 19: The story of Tipton's industries has been added to The Annals of Tipton along with histories of coal mining, local ironworks, Beans Industries, the Horseley Company, Neptune Forge, Chain, Anchor and Engine Works, Lee, Howl & Company Limited, James Keir & Company, Revo, Roads and Railways, and the references section. The following sections in The Story of Walsall have been extended: Into the 19th Century, Sister Dora, Industry, Cholera, and The Second Half of the 19th Century. The section about the workhouse and cholera in Willenhall Through the Ages has also been extended, as has the GKN section, World War Two, and the story of Wilkins and Mitchell Limited in A Brief History of Darlaston. The following sections in The History of Wednesbury have also been extended: Some shops and businesses in the early 20th century, The Borough Council and Its Works, The Growth of the Town, Into the 21st Century, Churches and Religion, the story of the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, and Old Park Works, in the Other Industries section, and Roads, Canals and Railways.

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.