Express & Star Walsall and wolverhampton
Dave hamilton commented
Only just discovered your site. Absence of transport meant I stayed local to the west midlands.
1968-69 coffee bar in walsall the Del Rio, with the most fantastic juke box. Was 15 at the time, soon I was discovering clubs all over the area. In Walsall There was the George Hotel,later to be shut and reopened as the 'Femina', never the same again, the Caves, the Cavern, the Speakeasy,........etc.
In Brum, Barbarella's and Rebecca's. No such name as 'northern soul' then of course. But my favourite place was the Catacombs in Wolverhampton, Great DJs like Alan S and the late Bob Crocker not to forget Blue Max. main regret is that getting married, fatherhood etc etc etc I lapsed and lost touch with the scene, still had all my sounds though, bet they're worth something now.
1989, went to a Catacombs Reunion in Wolverhampton and heard so many records that I'd not heard before, including Frank Wilson, and when it came on there was a flood of people onto the floor, and i said to my mate, "don't remember this one."
I now know people of about my age (56) who never stopped going and I hear tales of places like the mecca and casino and wish I'd experienced those places.
Tom Baines commented
Great site, feel free to pop onto Black Country Gob and utilise our forums as thats what they're for. I'll add a link to our main page too if you'll do the same.
All the best
My cousin Inga has put me in touch with this site re the 27.01.65 Grass Roots movie 'A Black Country' presented by my uncle Wesley Perrins. Can you help me to get a good copy.
I see you have other info about him
Dave Rainham commented
I'm looking for information on descendants of Matthew and Sarah Billingham. In particular their daughter Eleanor. They lived in the Cradley Heath area
I have just started researching the Billingham's from my fathers mothers side of the family.
My grandmother was Alice Claudine Billingham born 1938 in Cradley Heath and her father was Claude Billingham, I think his father was a George Billingham as far as I can see from census and was born in Hellingdon, Daventry in Northamptonshire. I think his farther was a Samuel Billingham.
I was hoping that maybe someone could shed some light on these names.
Wesley Ruben commented
I have a n old book.
From mission hall cradley heath.
Awarderd to miss eliza billingham.
I like to know who she was.
My BURLEY ancestors of Cradley/Cradley Heath, married into BILLINGHAM line and together were responsible for start of Methodism in the area. Original group began in a nailshop in Tibbetts Garden. Any further info would be appreciated
L popham commented
Came here for more of the Express and Star would like to see nov 1974 when the paper dealt with a shortage of council homes in the city and how they planned to build a large number of prefabs
Add please March24th 1980
Headline - council top of tories shame list - concerns over Wolverhampton taking on far too many staff
Scott Mason commented
I’d like to see published Monday December 1st 1980 ,when the paper posted a front page article on miners accepting a 13p per hour pay rise
Please publish dec 13th 1983 from the leading page running a story on a man who faked a robbery at his pub , this man was my uncle
Looking for front page -Nov 30 1981 when the paper ran a feature on a bus strike across the area by drivers striking against pay
Di Statt commented
I am tracing Henry Guest born Wednesbury1910 May be siblings of Edward,Elizabeth ,John & Samuel Guest. Henry married Ann Holgate 1929 in Manchester. It looks like they were in Newcastle under Lyme in 1961! Anyone connected
Alan B commented
Searching for information on either claire or clare hill/jukes who committed suiside in pool in wednesburyaround crankhall lane wood green area any help would be appreciated thank
I am searching for the following names: Arthur Preece/Cooper m. Ann Marie Gibbs and Elizabeth Holyhead(nee Sheldon) Noah Preece/Cooper m Mary Gould and Agnes Purchase (nee Cooper) Hannah Preece/Cooper m Thomas Davies and Bertie Davies Ann Maria Preece/Cooper m Raymond Bambrick in Australia Reuben Preece/Cooper m Ethel Maud Taylor These are children of Ann Maria Preece and Reuben Cooper, born in the 1930s in Tipton, they did not marry and both surnames were used.
Gav Reid commented
Looking for details of thomas Westwood who married daisy marlow in wednesbury in 1951. daisy was from darlaston. they had a son in 1961 brian t Westwood. daisy's parents were henry and sarah Marlow they lived in Horton st and then beard st darlaston and their children all baptised at st georges darlaston if anyone has any information on Thomas and daisy please contact me
Ellen Toms commented
Teying to connect with anyone knowing of an Emma Smith on their tree. Information is that she was born c. 1928 Wednesbury which has tallied with all census after her marriage to George Smith of Wolverhampton. By error on the 1933 census she entered that she had been married 30 years suggesting that she married c. 1949. First child Alfred born Dec qtr1955 in Sheffield. Husband George died in Sheffield c. 1968. She died in Huddersfield not sure of death date. She had several children all born in Sheffield and at least two birth certificates confirm her former name as Smith. One possibility is the daughter of a Jane Hall and William Smith of Wednesbury but unable to confirm. Unable to find on 1971 and 1981 census
My grandfather Thomas Henry Radford(1890-1972), had cousins in Woverhampton. Archibald 'Archie' Butler who was headteacher at the art school, early 20th Cent., and a sister Violet, who my grandfather corresponded with, lived at Rose cottage. My family would appreciate any further info.
I am searching for the ancestors of Thomas Gibbons,born circa 1913 and transported to Van Diemans Land in 1976.He was a blacksmith by trade. His convict indent states he was a native of Wolverhampton whilst his headstone states native of Staffordshire. Also on the headstone are the place names Woodgreen and Westbury. These somehow appear to go back to his English origins but I have never been able to ascertain their significance. Can anyone help?
Dave sims commented
Im looking for anything on the hales family of wolverhampton who lived in 53 Dale Street 1964 and the in 61 Baker Street 1968.Anyone help? steve