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Memories of Bilston old pram lady

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

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RE Margaret Owen's letter in The Bugle (June 19 edition) and K L Parton's letter in The Bugle (June 26 edition) about the old pram lady who used to sit outside the main doors of the old Market Hall in Church Street, Bilston.

My memories were of a small person, over 70 years old, with a very old pram. She wore a Victorian style soft felt hat which partly hid her hair and face which was very hairy. Did she look like Ena Sharples? No, she didn't.

I think she sat on a small wooden stool at the foot of her pram, but she always wore long old clothes and all you could see of her was her hands and old fashioned laced-up boots.

People used to put old halfpennies and pennies in her tin but for 2d in old money she would give you a small linen lavender bag for your mother. Where she sat was a very cold spot in the shadow of the Market Hall. The sun never got round to the front where she was till after 4pm by which time she had gone.

Older Bilston folk thought she lived in a cottage in or near Hickman Park, but I'm not sure about this.

Mr F. Evans,

17 Mount Road, Willenhall.

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