Churches

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Sole Survivor of the Organ Battle

This is how I recall the area around St John’s Square in my youth and the lasting impression I had from my first look inside St John’s Church, when I saw for the first time Wolverhamptons celebrated artists Barney’s Alter-piece, “The Descent from the Cross” on its  backdrop of oak. I am happy to acknowledge as the source of this…

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A Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration To Remember

SHAMROCK RECIPIENTS: Father William Rooney assisted by Altar-boy William Howe giving Shamrock to schoolchildren at St Patrick’s Church, Wolverhampton, this morning on the occasion of St Patrick’s Day 1949. The flag of St Patrick adorned the pulpit in St Patrick’s Church, Wolverhampton today as the large congregation attended High Mass in honour of Ireland’s patron saint. The Rev. Canon M.R.…

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Chapel Ash Today, Looks Sad And Tired

But once upon a time it was twice in-spired! Advert – “NOW 1879-80 – Charles Clark coach and carriage builder Chapel Ash.” Chapel Ash was well established on this main arterial route, through Wolverhampton, as a fine residential and commercial centre, when the above Advert appeared in ‘Stevens Directory’, which listed all commercial businesses in the Town at the time.…

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The Elephant Never Forgets

Query Corner “Hello Billy, I found your email address on your blog – which I stumbled across by accident. I moved from Wolverhampton more than thirty years ago but often look at the City websites to keep up-to-date. For many years, I have been trying to find someone with knowledge of the Stafford Street area of Wolverhampton. For some years…

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Wholesale Destruction

After leaving school in 1952 I found employment with H.Goodhall Ltd, in the Wholesale Market in Wolverhampton as a groundsman and porter. I would say the first three years working here in the market (before a break for National Service) were the best three years of my working life. The hand bell that rang out daily at 3.00p.m. around St…

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A Wartime Memory Of Saint Peters Church

Now here in the 21st Century, I still feel close to St Peters. My forebears had already lived close by St Peters Church for over a century. When my parents married and settled in Nursery Street, in 1936; I was born there the following year. From our house No. 11, on the south side of Nursery Street the tower of…