Fred In The Shed

I was searching through my collection of local photographs the other evening when I came across this award winning study of the Black Country’s violin-playing tramp Harold Thompson. A classic image of the region. It was taken in 1961 by the late Express & Star photographer Peter Garland. The picture […]

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Hard To Swallow

This tale of a “British Restaurant” is an hard one to swallow. Do you remember the British or Civic Restaurants?” as they were known. British Restaurants  were inaugurated in 1941, to provide a substantial cheap meal   for the general public, and there were originally  five such restaurants in Wolverhampton, situated […]

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Call it Tripe!

The old cattle market for which Wolverhampton at one time was famous, was held from 1849 on a site adjoining the existing abattoir site in Cleveland Road. The market was held weekly for the sale of Horses and cattle, and in the earlier years of its existence was reputed to […]

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I Remember Dudley Street

A forward looking plan was submitted of which it was said; this plan when adopted in its final form will enable future developments to take place in a systematic and orderley manner. Each step will make its contribution to the shape of things to come Only in this way can […]

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I Remember The Star & Garter

The Star and Garter No one in their right mind today, would consider demolishing  this wonderful piece of 19th century enterprise built at the end of the European War in (1815) and more lavishly re-built in 1837. But that’s exactly what a group of wealthy Wulfrunians did with the Corporations […]

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Lost Wolverhampton

Once Stately, Once  Noble, now the subject of pity, this  Prince amongst  Towns.  Now doleful city. I offer you my homage due, and pray that you will  rise anew. To see once again through the eyes of a dove , and look across the town I love, a place once much admired, I see […]

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I Remember

People are always asking me what, where, or how things  happened in Wolverhampton, so to mark the  75th anniversary of my birth, I shall  do a series of small posts entitled “I REMEMBER”. A trip down memory lane for those  who remember Dudley Street in the days before the many […]

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