OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a meeting of a handful of people, including the current owners and previous occupants of The Dell, 6 Rosemary Road . The get together will be this Tuesday, 19th July, around 10.30am through to 1pm and anyone who has any information or photographs or are just interested in the area will be most welcome.
REQUESTS Neil Benton from Yorkshire emails a request after a recent visit wishing to know the burial place of Bernard Hassalland/or other members of the family. Neil adds ‘I know Bernard died in June 1981 in Cannock , but in which graveyard he was buried, or if he was even buried, I have no idea.’ We can research the local cemeteries, but can anyone help Neil in his quest?
RESPONSES More on the William Bowen enquiry. We now have information on the extended Bowen family with William Robert Bowen who was a member of the Bowen family living at 11 Hatherton Street together with John Henry, George Whitefield, Charles Albert and Frank Bowen. William died on the village, being buried in the Cheslyn Hay cemetery on 7th November 1919 aged 25.
Following the enquiry as to whom Benton ‘s Lane was named after, Percy Carpenter emails ‘As Kath Perry has stated Benton ‘s Lane is named after the farming family who owned much of the land and also did some small scale mining. I include an extract of the Indenture for the handover of some of the Bentons ‘ land to the Wesleyans relating to the mid 19th century churches there and I have the original vellum from which it is extracted.’ A copy of this extract is now in our archives.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two superb photographs of the Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay railway station packed with local families on the platform ready for a day out at the seaside in the 1920s and five photos recording the final days at Gilpins in 1992. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Newspaper report of the retirement of Mr T P Riley, Headmaster of the Great Wyrley Secondary School and a Home Office Civil Defence booklet on Basic First Aid from the war years.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
21st July 1966 Since moving to Alberta , Canada , in 1907, a Cheslyn Hay man, now 86 years-old, lost all connections with his family in England . Now, Mr Humphrey Wolloxall, is trying to trace relatives, however distant they may be and has given details of all the relatives he knows around Cheslyn Hay.
21st July 1966 ‘Glancing backwards’ 12th July 1941 An article published 25 years ago concerning 50 workmen from the Nook and Wyrley Collieries with Mr Fred Hough and Mr Fred Thomas.
22nd July 1916 Mr and Mrs George Massey, of Saredon Road , Cheslyn Hay, with news of their son, Sapper George Massey, being badly wounded.
MEMORIES Our memories this week are derived from two emails received the same day, linking our history into our current everyday lives with Diana emailing about Westwood’s butcher’s shop and Keith on a recent discovery with Hawkins Colliery.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 22 An excellent photograph of a smart gathering at the Cheslyn Hay WMC of 68 officials, bowls, darts and snooker players dated 1932 and including Percy & Jack Webb, Harry Hicken and Herbert Hudson. Can also be viewed on our Facebook Page.
APPEAL We have received a plea from Staffordshire Libraries asking for volunteers to help to ensure our local libraries stay open. Any age, and as little as two hours a week, please contact either myself, or by phone 01785 278311 or visit their websitewww.staffordshire.gov.uk/volunteerinyourlibrary.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES A petition to the Licensing Justices requesting licensed premises in Upper Landywood at the address of Fern Cottage dated 10th February 1908, showing all 206 signatures (or their marks) with occupations and all names printed are as signed.