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My top ten of Bilston's most famous people

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

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RECENTLY there have been articles sent into The Bugle, from around the Black Country, of famous people associated to their towns, which have been very interesting.

So I would like to give my 10 famous people from Bilston. They are:-

1. Sir Henry Newbolt, a famous Victorian poet who was knighted for his services to poetry during the First World War.

2. Don Powell, drummer with Slade who was a founder member of the Vendors who went on to become The N. Betweens, then Ambrose Slade and on to Slade. He is still drumming with Slade 2. He lived at Stowlawn and attended Etheridge school in the late 50s/early 60s.

3. David Daker, born 1937, TV actor, best known as Harry Crawford in the TV series Boon.

4. John Wilkinson, an 18th century ironmaster who built the world's first blast furnace at Bilston and was deeply involved among many other things with Abraham Darby in building the world's first iron bridge in Shropshire.

5. Doctor Slim, who had a practice in Bradley Bilston and who was the brother of Field Marshall Viscount Slim, one of our great Second World War soldiers and Governor General of Australia.

6. Hugh Walters, born Walter Llewellyn Hughes in 1910 and died 1993. A school master and author he lived all his life in Bilston.

7. James Fleet, born 1954, an actor who played Tom in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and was Hugo Horton in the TV series The Vicar of Dibley.

8. Stan Crowther, 1935-2014, footballer who played for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton.

9. Bert Williams, 1920-2014, goalkeeper who played for Walsall from 1937-1945, and Wolverhampton Wanderers from 1945-1959, also England from 1949-1955.

10. Lord Bilston: Dennis Turner, born 1942 died 2014, was MP for Wolverhampton South East from 1987-2005. He was made a Lord in 2005, lived all his life in Bradley Bilston, and died in his beloved Bradley.

Philip Clements,

14, Jordan Place,

Bradley, Bilston, WV14 8PE.


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