Billy wrote a new post, Tales of Carribee Island Part 3: A Satirical Saviour 1 month, 1 week ago
“No man sympathises with the sorrows of vanity” – Samuel Johnson
The year is 1854 and a cholera epidemic ravages the land, leading to demands for a clean water supply and proper sewage systems, especially in po […]
Of all the methods by which our history can be preserved, one way that is often overlooked is that of the names of the streets and roads around us. Whilst some of these are more obvious, such as Dudley Street, […]
Billy wrote a new post, Tales of Carribee Island Part 2: A Doctor In the House 1 month, 3 weeks ago
His Name was James Gatis…
He was a man of the people and spent all his working life in Wolverhampton fighting for the Irish immigrants of Carribee Island and the poor in other deprived areas of W […]
I smoke weed to flesh out reality, not to make a break. I don’t use cannabis because I hate my job or my life. I don’t smoke weed because I can’t pay my bills. I definitely don’t smoke weed to avoid working on my relationship. As a matter of fact, cannabis has done a lot to help my relationship. I am depressed about the state of the world and Don…[Read more]
The Christian Cross is widely regarded as the best-known symbol of modern-day Christianity. It is directly connected to the crucifix and broadly to a large family of religious cross symbols. The fundamental forms of the Cross are the Latin and the Greek one with numerous other variants. The Cross happens to be a great contradiction. It is an…[Read more]
An Island Far Away?
Despite sounding somewhat similar to the Caribbean Islands, the area of Wolverhampton City Centre once known as “Carribee Island” was no place in the sun!
“CRIBBEY – ISLAND” the place was […]
When my ancestors came over from Ireland during the famine, they came to Wolverhampton. Honoria Beattie gave birth to a son in the yard of the Dog and Partridge in Canal St.
Yes, Marlene, just one of a dozen or so beerhouses in Canal Street in the mid-1800’s an F. Spencer was the licensee at the Dog & Partridge in 1868.
If I may, I have recently published a book via YouCaxton of Oxford and Shrewsbury, called ‘Ironopolis – Standing Up For Wolverhampton’ – part of it is about analysing the ‘original Black Country’, but there are also detailed sections on Caribee Island and other sections of the town such as its very own ‘east end’ at Horsley Fields (the second’e’ was not used as in Horseley back then) and Monmore Green. In the 1800s Caribee Island was infamous and there are many reports about its appalling conditions gleaned from newspaper archives.
There are also detailed sections about coal-mining in the town (yes there was a lot of it), and also its vast iron industry. Around 500 pages in all, so it is quite detailed.
It is available from Amazon, though also I have some copies I am happy to deliver for free in the Wolverhampton area for a reduced £12. If you would like a copy, pls email me on [email protected]
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