A blog about the history and nostalgia of Wolverhampton by local amateur historian… William Howe.

I decided to start this website so that I could share some of my memories of Wolverhampton with others, and see if there were people like me who enjoy talking about the People and Places that contributed to Wolverhampton's rich and colourful past.

The Howl is my blog section of the site, where I write articles that focus on taking a more personal look at the events that have shaped the town, and the people whose lives have been entwined with it throughout the last one hundred years or so.

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Specks On A Dusty Road – Part Seven

“HORSELEY FIELDS ” - a bagful of Nostalgia.     Today as I  wait for my bus at Pipers Row,  Bus Station, I gaze through the glass windows across the ring-road at  St Davids Court and the “Novotel”, and my thoughts instantly return to a time when life around there  was so different. My mind  conjures up lost images of  St James’s Square,  Walsall Street schools and the…

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Specks On A Dusty Road – Part Six

  Billposters were a feature in Wolverhampton in my youth, they fronted almost any bits of waste ground,  adorned many gable ends and they appeared in the most unlikely places. This one in particular was in St Georges Parade which was incidentally the address of The Wolverhampton Billposting Company. Now even today when I recall these  Billposters, my mind goes immediately  back…

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Specks On A Dusty Road – Part Four

Continuing with Worralls and introducing the Stevens – it is now 1894 Introduction – In 1894 John Henry Stevens had travelled from his home In Tipton Staffordshire, to  work in Wolverhampton, as there were still many jobs to be found on the numerous canal wharves around Horseley fields and he  gained  employment  at Pickfords , hauliers off Walsall Street, then…

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Specks On A Dusty Road – Part One

Of the many who indulge in recalling their reminiscences, there are two classes, those who inflict cold, bare stodgy dry facts upon a long-suffering public, and those who have the happy knack of carefully sifting out those incidents that make entreating copy - I have always believed I belong in the latter category. Over these next few weeks on our reborn…

Fish on display in-between the wars in Wolverhampton's original Retail Market, Cheapside.

Friday We Had Fish

Although I have never been a keen angler, throughout my life I have always had a love for fish. It may stem from the fact that my grandfather and my father were at some time connected with the trade. To this day there is nothing I find more interesting  that visiting a Fish market and gazing at the displays of…

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Matters of the Art

In the early 1950′s, my  friend John Neave started as a student printer at the Wolverhampton School of Art; situated then, in the basement of the Art Gallery, under the supervision of John Mills a Liverpudlian – a  Letter press teacher. John holds fond memories of a fellow teacher at the school then living with  his wife in  Codsall, who also…

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The Hidden Secret Of Graseley

Any idea were this large house stands? Approaching it from Lea Road in summer you would have no inkling of its presence, for huge beech trees and chestnuts obscure with their foliage its Strawberry Hill Gothic windows which from the  interior look out onto a snowfall of blossom and curving green lawn. This ancient homestead remains, on of the last,…