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    Cradley Heath's 'Flying Physiician'

    When Doctor Tibbetts Travelled in Style! Although dark and faded, the photograph here will bring back memories, for some of our older readers, of a Cradley...

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    Some Ghosts of the Rowley Coal Rush

    Little physical evidence remains of ther great 'Coal Rush' which turned Blackheath into a boom town during the early decades of the 19th Century.  Careful...

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    The Oldbury Murder - 1828

    The savage slaying of a local lawman by Black Country 'badman' - Billy Sugar Researched and written by Bob Taylor Oldbury's old "Whimsey Inn" was a...

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    The Dunstall Hall Murder

    The dreadful end of a young Smestow wife in 1877 Researched and written by Bob Taylor The precincts of Stafford Gaol proved to be the final resting place for...

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    Wife Murder at Willenhall - 1872

    Featuring the first 'Private' hanging at Stafford Gaol! Researched and written by Bob Taylor The victim was a Moxley lass, Edwards from Willenhall, came, but...

  • Crime and Punishment at Stafford

    In an era when many citizens of this country feel that present-day penalties for law-breaking are pitifully inadequate and the fabric of our society is being...

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    Old Hill Nailers - 1869

    OVER a century ago, our Black Country ancestors were concerned with a start reality of survival, as the following account of a journalist's visit to Old Hill,...

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    The Darlaston Ripper

    Unsolved Black Country Murders Despite the many murderers who paid the full penalty on Stafford scaffold during the 19th century, several slayers in the county...

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    Old Wordsley Poaching Days

    A Kingswinford reader described for us "The Wordsley Scene" - early in the century and introduced us to some of the characters of the village... My...

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    Theatre Royal Bilston

    The last Music Hall of the Black Country Researched and written by Albert Sargent Through memory-packed decades Bilston Theatre Royal could guarantee a 'full...

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    Dudley Curiosities

    An intimate insight into the social and political life of 19th century Dudley was preserved in a unique book which was published well over one hundred years...

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    The Final Chapter in the Nine Locks Story

    One suitably sombre Sunday morning in 1981, Brierley Hill served its last links with the coal mining era which so influenced the town and the lifestyle of its...