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 […]
Billy commented on the post, Tales of Carribee Island Part 2: A Doctor In the House 1 month, 3 weeks ago
You will have to give me their names Jackie perhaps I may recall them.
Billy wrote a new post, Tales of Carribee Island Part 2: A Doctor In the House 1 month, 4 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 […]
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]
One of the most personal decisions in a person’s life is the nature of what happens to them once they shuffle from this mortal coil. In present times, many people choose cremation over burial, partly due to its m […]
So right John, sorry if I, implied it did.
So now I reckon I shall have to do a sequel from the Mitre to the Old barrel on the east side, and the Red House down to Boots Chemist on the west side.
Anyway, thanks for the comment always appreciated.
Isn’t it funny where a good read of an old newspaper can get you?
The date is Monday, January 23rd, 1933 and the headlines cry, “It’s just not cricket!”
The main evening story in the Express and Star […]
Wolverhampton Hippodrome was formerly the old Empire Palace Theatre
But what caused the fall… of the old Wolverhampton music hall?
The tragic loss of this majestic Queen Square icon happened sixty-two years […]
Billy commented on the post, THE WOLVERHAMPTON INNER RING-ROAD – Is No Friend Of Mine! 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Nice one David Glad we stirred some pleasant memories for you.
Thank you for the comment Malcom – Sorry to say I don’t recall any of the names probably because I may have been at the dairy long before the people you mention.
But nevertheless it may stir memories for other members. Please keep in touch.
Hello Bea – Welcome to “Lost Wolverhampton” I have memories and stories of all the locations you mention Please keep in touch.
We also have a face book group “Lost Wolverhampton” join us if you are able, you will find it quite rewarding
Best Wishes Billy.
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