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.

Lower Horseley Fields

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…


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…


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,…


On The Heath

It was a strange location, for our first station. Does anyone recall Old Heath town before the upheaval of the 1950′s  its   industrial heritage still intact, with its many Victorian terraces and courts, and the  three Churches offering solace to the working class folk that lived there. Wednesfield Heath blossomed thanks to coal mining and with the opening of the…


A Man Well Noticed By His Absence

Ask any old Wuffler today, if he or she has heard of the name Villiers. The majority  will yes, and mention the once great engineering works in the street that bears  the same name in Blakenhall. Not all though a few will associate the Villers mark on our town  with Charles Pelham Villiers who to this day holds the record…


Early Flying Machines In Wolverhampton

I have many stories recounting the life and times of  the many Victorian family owned emporiums scattered across our town over the years. This story is  just one of them. Most Wulfrunians today will recognise No 83 Darlington the Pertemps Recruitment Centre building on the corner of Red Lion Street. I myself though and many older folk  will recall it…