ST MARY'S Church, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, is hosting a special event to launch a new book on the early history of the town this Saturday (March 15) at 10.30am.
The book, The Origins of Stourbridge, by local historian Roy Peacock, covers the development of the town from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. Roy is originally from Kent but he settled in Stourbridge in his 30s and became fascinated by the history of the area. He was head of history at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, and chief examiner in history for the Cambridge Examinations Syndicate.
Since retirement in 1994 he has written a number of books on leading figures in the history of his adopted town – The Seventeenth Century Foleys;Iron, Wealth and Vision 1580-1716; James Foster of Stourbridge (1786-1853); and Ernest and Mary Stevens: The Continuing Legacy.
In 2009 Roy became president of the Black Country Society.
Now Roy has turned to the history of Stourbridge itself, tracing its very earliest origins from the paleolithic era, through the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, the coming of the Romans, the rise of old kingdom of Mercia, the Anglo-Saxon era and the Norman Conquest, through to the late medieval period.
The book is 120 pages, with many illustrations and diagrams, and is priced at £12.95, with a special offer of £10 at the book launch. The book is also available through the church website, www.stmaryschurch oldswinford.org.uk