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.

Post 121 - The Man on the oss is 150 years old today

Wolverhampton’s “Man on the ‘Oss” is 150 years old this year.

  Wolverhampton’s “Man on the ‘Oss” is 150 years old this year!   Arrowsmith’s cartoon shows the captured Crimean Cannon, soon to be replaced with the statue of the Prince Consort which remains there today in 2015. After the death of Albert, the Prince Consort, in 1861 steps were taken in Wolverhampton to erect a statue in his memory. In 1864…

Post 120 - Colourful Characters Of Pipers Row

Colourful Characters Of Pipers Row

Kathy Thomas guides one of her fathers prized ponies back down Lichfield Street to the “Barley Mow” in the 1930’s.   Now one of the main aims of “Lost Wolverhampton” is to research and record the social history of the town. and when we study the streets and yards, and the remarkable characters of old who frequented them, we are…

Post 119 - Such A shame to see the fox go

Such A Shame To See The Fox Go

After the minimal protest “The Old Fox” has gone and North Street is once more bereft. While I grieve for the loss of the “Fox” ( Late Wanderer) I grieve for myself too. For what I have lost for and for what is past and can never be brought back. Another piece of my childhood Jigsaw has been lost forever.…

Post 118 Life With The Lions

LIFE WITH THE LIONS

“Howes Life” with the Lions   When my Aunt featured in the Lions Den at Bostock & Wombwells, Menagerie, in 1930 It was to be the last time this popular attraction would visit our town.   This lively sketch of the old Market Place, dated 1793, by artist Thomas Rowlandson, looking up High Green towards the church, is one of the…

Post 117 North Street's Gone West

North Street’s – Gone West

WHAT’S HAPPENED TO NORTH STREET? North Street. dominated by the Telephone exchange ,on one side and the Civic Centre on the other – is not really a street any more since the ring road came and cut it in half. Today in 2015, with Wadhams Hill gone, The Town Hall, Civic Hall , and Giffard House, are now isolated and parted from…

Post 116 - Grandma's Fruit Shoip

GRANDMA’S FRUIT SHOP

This brief history of a little fruit shop in Horseley Fields was sent to me in 2015, from Malcolm Smith. A proud Wulfrunian of 70 years standing (as he put it), now exiled in Cornwall. And it came about when Malcolm who had signed up to Lost Wolverhampton sent this favourable comment. Blimey! What memories in those photos, especially North…

Pictures From The Past 6

Victoria Street – THEN and NOW

VICTORIA STREET  Royal Today in Name Only It has been said many times Heritage is not just something on display in museums or town archives. Here again in Wolverhampton on most streets that  that surround us in our everyday lives,  you will probably find  a building or business  to remind us  of something else that was there in the past. Victoria Street…

The Future Hides The Past

THE FUTURE HIDES THE PAST

Memories last longer than Dreams- Lets share them! Here in Wolverhampton everything that surrounds us in our everyday lives, every street, supermarket, football ground, university and park, even the land your house is built on is a reminder of something else that was there in the past.     The hoardings surrounding the work in progress, tells me that they are…

Pictures From The Past 4

OUR PAST IS ALL AROUND US

OUR PAST IS ALL  AROUND US. It has been said many times Heritage is not just something on display in museums or town archives. Here again in Wolverhampton everything that surrounds us in our everyday lives, every street, supermarket, football ground, university and park, even the land your house is built on Is a reminder of something else that was there…

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AND EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

OUR PAST IS ALL AROUND US It has been said many times Heritage is not just something on display in museums or town archives. Here in Wolverhampton everything that surrounds us in our everyday lives, every street, supermarket, football ground, university and park, even the land your house is built on Is a reminder of something else that was there in…