Brierley Hill: The Old Days

People contributed newspaper cuttings, internet research, lists of former industrial businesses, old family and work photos, and images of types of industrial machinery. They told us stories of a bygone age, of a prosperous beautiful town which lives on in their memories. 

These all contributed to our understanding of the past and Brierley Hillness.

Images and memories

Below are a selection of scanned photos and extracts from audio recordings which give a sense of Brierley Hill before the late 1970s.

View from Chapel Street Estate when Round Oak Steel Works still dominated the landscape. Contributed by John Timmins

“All the big firms they all had a social club. I mean Round Oak social club we used to go dancing there as a teenager, I used to have dances every Friday night… and then Marsh’s one, that’s still standing… and they all had their football teams, and the cricket teams and they used to have outings and children’s parties… I can remember going to children’s parties at the brickyard where dad worked. So it was very much involved, there was all this involvement… There was this sort of sense of pride…and competition.”

 Jeanette Grazier, Stourbridge (from audio recording)

Listen to a clip of Jeanette sharing these memories.


 Image of Round Oak Farm, Merry Hill. Contributed by Pete Glews (associated memory below)

“It was a farm of grassed-over pit banks… Ken Thomas (the farmer) used to keep Devon Red cattle… so in those fields on a nice sunny evening you could have the light reflecting off these Devon Red cattle… it was lovely. When they moved out… saw Cis once, that’s his wife, and, you know… apparently the story was she never came back to Merry Hill when they left… she never saw it. “Hello Cis, how you doing?” “Oh, alright”, she says “Not come back have yer? “No”, she says “they’ve put some shops there haven’t they?”

Dave Galley, Brierley Hill (from audio recording)

Listen to a clip of Dave telling this story.


“And at one time of day when it was Brierley Hill the park was lovely… along the front by the war cenotaph there was always lovely gardens. They were Brierley Hill gardeners who used to be based down in Wordsley… but their main thing was the front of Brierley Hill. There were benches and flower gardens and grassing. It hasn’t been looked after for years”.

 Dennis Andrews, Brierley Hill (from audio recording)

 Newspaper cuttings about historic events in Brierley Hill, contributed by David Newton

“Fire brickworks they mainly were, mainly centred on Brettal Lane and The Delph […] My gran worked there as a brick moulder until she was in her 60s. And lots of my family worked in that particular one. Over the road from that it was known as George Kings, down The Delph there was at least two that I can think of and also every brickyard had its own clay pit or clay mine, if you like, so they’d mine the clay locally and then use it in the brickyards.”

 Jeanette Grazier, Stourbridge (from audio recording)

Jeanette tells us more about the brickworks.


Picture taken by member of Dudley MIND

“The solider on the top (Stanley Harley), he worked at Round Oak Steel Works, but it was the ‘Earl’s’ in those days… it was never called Round Oak Steel Works, it was the ‘Earl’s’… and he’d been through the first world war and he was in one of the Guards… and they had him as the model for that.”

 Dennis Andrews, Brierley Hill (from audio recording)


Jeanette tells us about the High Street shops and vibrancy of town.


“When the Earl of Dudley arrives to open it (The Danilo, built 1937) there’s crowds outside, but they are all looking the other way, waiting for George Formby to come up from Quarry Bank…”

Dave Galley, Brierley Hill (from audio recording)


“(George Formby) put his head through the curtains and said “turned out nice again” and the whole of Brierley Hill erupted.”

Ned Williams, local historian and author (from audio recording)

Ned recounts this important event in the history of Brierley Hill.

More memories…

Round Oak Steel Works Reminiscence


Have you got memories of the town you’d like to share?

Please reply below and add these to the site.


120 Responses to Brierley Hill: The Old Days

  1. Bob Hill says:

    Anyone know Hills shop, bottom of old Fenton St, owned by my Uncle Len, he had 2 lorries.Bob Hill

  2. BRENDA L. WILD says:

    Alan do you know where job and Drusilla Cartwright might have lived in1860s or earlier? Am descended from this branch of Cartwright. Also where Fox Oak colliery might have been located? Am in Canada if you can help would be appreciated.

  3. Bethan Phipps says:

    Sorry it’s the 1871 census not 1861!

  4. Bethan Phipps says:

    I have been researching my family tree and it states that my ancestor Sarah Ann Round traded from 106 High Street from 1861. I am from South Wales and don’t know the area at all. I’m not sure whether it is the High Street Dudley or the High Street Brierley Hill as it just says Woodside on the census and I found two High Street near there. It says that it was near a street ‘Blue Pig Row’ but this doesn’t seem to exist. Does anyone have any ideas where the High Street could be?
    Many thanks

    • Michael Smith says:

      My gran Smith lived in Blue Pig Row , Woodside many years ago, researching my family history, many street names changed over years plus wide roadening took place also,, Type into your computer in Google Maps Holly Hall, Dudley, Zoom into it and look for St Augustines church, to the left of church look for the road A4036 (Highgate Road,) this was High Street, Woodside years ago now Highgate road (A4036) if you schroll down the google map on the right hand side of A4036 you will come to Crossgate Road, the curved part of this road is were Blue Pig Row was years ago, Crossgate road was Cross street years ago. Are you on Facebook if you are I could attach a copy in messenger of an old map of 1880 which will show High Street, Woodside, of that year.

  5. NIcola says:

    Hi, does anyone know the name of the shop that used to be in Campbell Street Brockmoor. Mr Joseph Andrews and Mrs Phoebe Andrews owned it?

    • Robert Brooks says:

      Nicola, my Aunty and Uncle used to live at 62 Campbell St and my aunty informs me that the shop was run or owned (not sure) by a Mrs Cathy Price and when she retired it was taken over by her daughter Mavis. That’s all the information I have been able to find, hope it is of some use. All the best Bob

      • Nicola says:

        Hi Bob,

        Thank you very much for your reply it’s much appreciated. We knew about Mrs Price’s shop and we knew it couldn’t have been that one. We’ve got very limited information at the moment but what I do know is they lived at Number 50 Campbell Street. However we can’t seem to locate that house and we we’re wondering if it’s been knocked down. If you speak to your aunt or uncle again “without sounding cheeky” ask them if they knew of a family called the Andrews’s my grandad was called James and he had 3 brothers Ernie, Stanley and Joseph and they had a sister but not sure on her name. If you can’t do that then that’s fine. Thank you for your time and information.

  6. martin holmes says:

    I’ve recently moved to Brierley Hill. I was looking at the history, which fascinates me.
    I wanted to know. Was the Indoor Market building. I’m keen to has it always been a market? Or was the building something else before ?

    • Sheila Brown says:

      Hi Martin, I am 66 yrs old and was born in Brierley Hill. The market hall has always been a market for as long as I remember. I will ask my mother if she has any further information.

    • Robert Brooks says:

      Dear Martin,
      My name is Robert Brooks I am 70 years of age and was born and bred in Brierley Hill. In all that time the old market has always been as you see it now. I couldn’t tell its exact age, maybe someone else may know that. I hope this little bit of information has been of some help.
      Yours sincerely,

    • Joy adams says:

      I’m 53 …. I remember brierleyhill market … my mum used to take me up on the bus from wordsley regularly … we never had a car so bus or walk was the only option .. I went to hawbush school …
      I believe u tube has some old footage of brierley hill and surrounding areas .. especially the old pubs … and pigeon flying …

  7. Melanie Rotherham says:

    I am trying to find out what 52 high street was in the 50s up to 2011 any one know

    • Robert Brooks says:

      I don’t know what it was trading as in the fifties, there was a bit of news in one of the free papers the other night. 52 High street is a cafe trading as “Jennys”, it is up for sale at £100.000. Sorry I can’t tell you what it was before but I will keep on trying. All the best Bob

  8. Stephanie says:

    Does anyone remember reg Morris he was married to Janet Cartwright?

  9. alan hinton says:

    Hi Jean, I rem EJ s very well in Turners Lane as my Granddad was the engineer there, and when they moved to Moor St, it is good that the entrance gate has been preserved, good memories of being young, Regards Alan.

  10. alan hinton says:

    Hi Jackie, Yep, it is a small world, Dot was my wife but we were divorced in 1983 so I moved out, then she sold No 69, as you say, Nan and Granddad next door No 71 and Mom Dad and Brother No 73, also that you live close to my Dad, I have lived in Devon now for 33 years. Regards Alan.

  11. alan hinton says:

    Hi Sheila, yep, that was me, have to say regrettably, cannot remember you though, flat was No 27 moved out of there around 1973 / 4. You will have to tell me a bit about yourself to see if I can rem you. Regards Alan.

  12. alan hinton says:

    Hi Derek, the headmaster at that time was an old chap called Mr Darcy Jones, the last year was Mr Yates the next Was Mr Gregory, the next down was a Mrs Brough, she moved to South Africa, but the very first year was a Miss Hancock, frightening woman to young children.

  13. alan hinton says:

    sorry Shiela my last name is Hinton

  14. alan hinton says:

    Hi Shiela, yep knew Irene and Ron well, they lived 4 doors up from me we were 69 so they must have been number 77, the house they live (lived) in an old woman called Agnes lived in, loadsa stories from the Drunken Row and the people up there.

    • Sheila Slater says:

      Hi Alan Hinton, Were you married to Dot, and lived in Brick kiln Court flats ?

    • Jackie Parkes says:

      Hello Alan , just reading your blog and noticed we too lived at 69 High Street ( Drunken Row ). We had it off Dot in 1985 and lived next door to your grandparents , Lillian and Wilf. Your mom and dad and brother further down .I now live about 6 doors away from Stan….small world ….lol 🙂

  15. Mandy Pickett says:

    Hi Andy, nice to hear from you. I very rarely go onto this site myself so quite a surprise for me as I’d forgotten all about the comment I’d made originally. We must be related – would love to see the photos but don’t know how we do this. Would probably involve scanning them etc and you might not want to do that, I understand. Best wishes Mandy.

  16. john spruce says:

    When did the old Turks head close

  17. Alan Cadman says:

    I was born in 236 Moor Lane in 1956. The family moved to Brockmoor in 1966; where I lived until 1983.

  18. Andy Higgs says:

    Hi Alan.
    My grandparents used to live at 268 Moor St.
    They were Joe and Elsie Timmins (Elsie nee Pickett).
    Joe worked at Round Oak Steel Works (The Earl’s).
    They were regulars at Brierley Hill Labour Club.
    Reading the posts here is like being back in their house when I was 12!

    • Mandy Pickett says:

      Hi, Andy,
      My Dad was Josiah Pickett born 1918 so I think we are connected in some way.

      Dad’s brothers and sister were Frank, George, Lillian and Bertha? that I can remember but there were step-children too and they were all born in Brockmoor. The pub at the Black Country Museum was their local.

      Dad worked at the brickworks in Brierley Hill and I used to go with him sometimes to switch on the pump on a Sunday or the pit would flood. Various names for the brickworks The Planet, Price-Pearson Refractories being two of them but I was only 7 – 10 years old but do remember the tramp in the warm kiln and the women doing ‘men’ jobs.

      Hope we have a connection not many Picketts around.

      All the best, Mandy Pickett.

      • Andy Higgs says:

        Hi Mandy,
        Sorry, I’ve not visited this site in ages.
        I’m pretty sure we may well be related as I asked my aunt some family history a while ago and she gave me some old photos.
        I have one of Joe and Dorothy Pickett with a their little girl, Mandy.
        I also have one of Frank Pickett in military uniform.
        Small world!

      • Andy Higgs says:

        Hi Mandy,
        I’m sure we are very much related.
        The way my aunt (Ruby) explained it is:
        Josiah was Elsie’s brother. She was born 1909.
        Elsie (my Nan) often mentioned Aunt Lil Spiers and I may have met her when I was very young.
        Sorry to hear about your daughter; MS can be bad.
        I’m more than happy to send the pictures to you but not sure how.
        Elsie and Josiah were full siblings (amongst others) – Richard and Beatrice were the step brother and sister.
        Have a think about how I might get the pictures to you.
        Take care,

        • mandy pickett says:

          Hi Andy, So nice to offer the pictures they will be so interesting. If you mean actual photos that you can hold in your hand, perhaps there’s somewhere local – pub or something – where we could meet up. I am in Pedmore but anywhere that’s not too far for either of us. See you soon? Mandy

      • carol dunn says:

        hi my brother Harold dunn worked at the brickworks fom when left school till he did his national service then went back to work there when he was demobed

    • Audrey Dimmock says:

      Hi Alan, Was your mom either Ruby or Barbara?

      • Alan says:

        Hi Audrey, nice to hear from you, to answer your question, no. my mom was called Gwen.

      • Mandy Pickett says:

        AHi Audrey, I think it’s Andy Higgs on this site who will have a connection with Ruby and Barbara. They are both relatives of mine too – I think Barbara has MS the same as my daughter. I don’t think that I ever met them but my Auntie Lil Spiers (nee Pickett) used to talk about them when she came round to my mom’s house when I was growing up. My Dad was Josiah Pickett. I wish I could remember the actual connection and how we are related, it might have something to do with my Dad having stepbrothers/sisters that I never met. Please keep me informed. Mandy Pickett.

      • Andy Higgs says:

        Hi Audrey,
        Yes, Barbara Timmins.
        Unfortunately, Mom passed away in 2011.
        Did you know her?

  19. (Mrs) Stella Roberts says:

    My Grandparents Lived in Pedmore Road in the 1920’s. My uncle was born there in 1926 in a house called “Tarmac House”, my gran said it was a huge house, and mum told me she had to walk several miles to school. Grandad was an engineer and worked for Constable Hart. His name was Samuel Smart and my gran was called lilian, my mum was called Rita.

  20. Colleen Dodd says:

    Hi Alan just come across your website while looking for information on a place (homes) called Jackaroo Court or as someone has told me the tailway bridge in Brockmoor was called Tackaroo bridge. I believe that the houses were between Moor St and North St. any information would be appreciated as my ancestors lived there .
    Regards Colleen

    • Jackie Parkes says:

      Hello Colleen , just seen you post regarding the houses on Tackeroo Bridge. My Great Grandparents lived in those houses too. Theirs was on Moor Street almost opposite the entrance to North Street. Terraced houses whose front door opened directly onto the footpath. It probably wasn’t so bad then as there wouldn’t have been so much traffic then. My Great Grandparents surname was Fellows and their house was either first or second house from the bridge. More terraced houses formed a square at the back , all surrounding a central yard. The houses were knocked down in the late 1950’s and replaced with modern homes. My late father was a frequent visitor as a child and mentioned surnames of Snead , and Salt from other houses. I hope this has been some interest to you….Jackie

    • Maureen Davies says:

      Hi colleen I used to l94 Moor Lane I remember my mom talking about tachyon bridge. I also remember a lady called mrs salt who lived I the houses opposite north street she used to get coach trips up to the pantomimes when we were children

      • Maureen Davies says:

        Hi colleen I used to l94 Moor Lane I remember my mom talking about tacaroo bridge. I also remember a lady called mrs salt who lived I the houses opposite north street she used to get coach trips up to the pantomimes when we were children

    • diane homer says:

      Ii also have ancestors listed as living at 1 jackeroo 3 court which makes it sound like tenement buildings no records at Dudley archives have you been able to find out more
      regards diane

  21. Alan says:

    Hi Sheila, I do remember Harold very well, my younger years was spent in the Delph with my grandparents due to my parents working, used to fish in the canal and there was Harold Thompson, my grandad worked at EJ & J Pearsons in the Delph and on the way in would give Harold a bottle of tea every morning and to ask him to keep an eye on me playing and fishing by the canal, there was some talk of him being some relation to my gran, who knows, could tell you a bit more about Harold and his life but that is another story.


    • jiddlediddle says:

      Hi, I used to work in the offices of E.J. & J. Pearson from 1966 until the offices moved down to Moor Street, I worked there until 1970 and left when I was pregnant with my first born. I remember Harold Thompson too, we used to give him some of our sandwiches from lunchtime.

  22. Alan says:

    Hi Sheila, Yep do remember Shakespears being a laundry, the name of the chemist was Emmetts, and yes Ted Perry you are right, got my memory working again lol, do you remember Wilf The Cobbler over by The Commercial by the bus stop? I was born and bred up The Drunken Row and used to play with Jack Fullers kids in their garden as it was only over the fence. I now live in Devon been here for 34 years but my dad still lives in Brockmoor.


    • Sheila Brown says:

      Just one more thing Alan, do you remember Harold Thompson, the tramp who used to sleep in the brickworks down the Delph?

      • Maureen Davies says:

        Hi shelia I remember Harold ThoMason he was a cousin of my mother

      • carol dunn says:

        hi my name is carol i used to live in Corbett i remember Harold very well he lived in an old air raid shelter we used to take him food when we had some spare

        • Derek Marsden says:

          Hi Carol, I lived in Delph Road until about 1960, our garden backed onto the gardens of Corbett Road. We then moved to Brockmoor, there is a cemetery at Brockmoor Church which is on the main road heading to where the steel works used to be. Hope this helps. Best wishes Derek.

    • Nicky Kelly says:

      Hi Alan, my aunty Irene and ron lives up the drunken row. They have lived here since 1960. What’s your last name please.

    • barry pearce says:

      hi alan my name is barry pearce i aws born in the old commecial i remember a lot about the old days wish it was like that now My dads name was ernie pearce i bet a lot of people remember him as the steward of baldwins club down cresett lane

      • Brian Bennett says:

        I knew Ernie very well, used to work with him at Baldwins,1957 till it closed. He was a great bloke, always jovial and funny.

  23. Sheila Brown says:

    Hi Alan,

    Yes, I remember allmof those places. I think the paper shop was Ted Perrys, and there was Annie Conns fruit and veg shop over the road, on the corner. My brother and I used tonpay up “the back lane” which was the lane between the post office and ShAkespeares. Do you rmember when Shakespeares was the laundry? Depends now old you are, but the local Policeman was Jack Fuller, when I was little, and the Police house was in Norwood Road. All the kids were scared to death of him.
    Lovely memories.
    Thank you for those x

    • Sheila Brown says:

      Hi again, I think I recall the cobbler you mentioned, but not his name. I can vaguely
      rmember the shop by the Commercial. I can remember Mr Harris, the ice cream man, and was fascinated by a growth on his hand which looked like another thumb, I couldn’t take my eyes off it when he was scooping ice cream onto the cones. Silly things we remember! I lived inStation Road, on the opposite side of the road to Hortons shop, there was also Wilkinsons shop over The Green, opposite the big sign boards on the station wall. I went to Brockmoor Infants and Junior School, and Mr Blomley was the Head of the Juniors. Very happy memories.
      My mom still lives in Brierley Hill, and remembers the Nast House, but has no idea why it was known by that name.
      (please excuse typos). X

      • Maureen Davies says:

        Hi Sheila I was also at brockmoor and remember Mr
        Bromley well I remember a lot of the placos well that you mention.

    • Lynn campini says:

      Hi Sheila I was born in Campbell street and remember all that you have mentioned. I can remember the laundry by the post office and the Viking chip shop on the corner by Percy’s the paper shop. Can you remember the co op shop opposite the commercial pub along with the cross keys pub and the mansion pub. The cobblers used to be in new town I think and his name was vince if I recall. I went to the little chapel in Campbell street too. Happy days, sorry have only just come across this site thanks for reminding me of my childhood

  24. Alan says:

    Hi Sheila, Thanks for your mems of old Brockmoor we need more of them, do you rem Harrises ice cream and sweet shop opposite Princes shop on the corner of the Drunken Row, then Yarnolds shoe shop next to Harrises then Smallmans the butcher opposite Marys, then the chemist, was it Hewitts?. Opposite the chemist was the News Paper shop, the name eludes me at the moment, round the corner past the old Brockmoor House was Station Rd, with the Post Office and Shakespears electrical shop where I worked repairing Televisions, Radios, Irons etc. Do hope that this adds to your memories.



  25. Sheila Brown says:

    Hi, I used to live in Brockmoor, and also went to Moor Street Chapel, I remember Mr. Footman and there was a panist with very bad arthritis who used tomplay the hymns etc. I can remember her as clear as day, but can’t remember her name. I also remember Prince’s shop in Brockmoor and Mary’s. There was a chemist opposite Mary’s and Annie Conns shop was on the corner. This site has brought back many happy childhood memories. My brother and our mates used to play over the ‘Black Wagon’, which was an area off Moor Lane, but there are houses all over there now.
    I look forward to reading some more posts.


    • Maureen Daviez says:

      Hi sheila I used to live at 194 Moor Lane I also went to the chapel and miss Neil was the pianist my name is Maureen DAVIES was Hadlington

      • Duncan Evans says:

        Hi Maureen when was it that you lived at 194 Moor Lane i used to live at 192 Moor lane from 1959 till 1983 Duncan Evans i also went to the chapel on the corner of Norwood Road and Moor Lane

    • Andy says:

      Pam Barnsley

      I have lived in moor street all my life, was born in 182, in 1939 and still live there. The woman who played the piano was Miss Neil. I used to go there too in the 1940’s

  26. Val says:

    Researching William Clare headmaster of Wesley School Brierley Hill from 1871 and his children Francis and Mary one time teachers at Pensnett Bromley School around 1916. Any info would be wonderful.

  27. Alan says:

    Hi Derek, Nice to hear from you and that my tales about the Delph bring back memories for you, must never forget the old days.
    Sorry to say I do not remember you, but no doubt we would have met at sometime, do you remember some of the names of the area? Clinton, Shepherd, Cadwallader, Turley, Ellis to name but a few, good school friends.

  28. Anthony Moore says:

    Trying to trace George Moore records from 1848.Born Brierley Reply would be appreciated

  29. Alan says:

    Hi, Has anyone noticed the old clock in High St Brierley Hill with the name Jones Bros on it, Jones Brothers was a electrical shop dealing with Television, Radio repairs and general electrics, in the early 60s I used to buy germanium crystals there (the modern equiv of the cats whisker so to speak) to build crystal sets, cost threepence(threpence) I used to build them in an Englands Glory matchbox and sell em to anyone that wanted them for 5 shillings each telling them that they needed a ear phone or ear piece to listen to it and that a telephone ear piece was perfect, little did I know that most telephones in and around Brierley Hill was now short of an ear piece,I was about 12 years old, just a bit of information of the town.

    • Connie Phillips says:

      There were 2 Jones brothers and the one was scarred on the face in the war. The other used to live a few houses from the top of Collis Street. On the corner of King Willliam Street and Collis Street Tom Chattin lived.

      • Kate McGonnell says:

        Fred Jones, injured in WWI, was my Grandfather. Fred still has children, grandchildren and great grandchildren living in locally, elsewhere in the UK, and in the US. I’m now living in the States, but was over at Christmas and made a brief pilgrimage to see the clock. Very nice that the Jones family is remembered.

  30. keileigh says:

    Hi thanks for the reply 🙂 I really would like 2 know why its called the nasty house as its kinda strange that no one actually knows xxx

  31. KIM THOMAS says:


    • Anna says:

      Hello Kim,
      How much do you know about your Millward family? They were big families and many of the men were bricklayers/builders.
      My direct ancestors on the Millward side are:
      Hannah Millward (1845-1931 My Gt Grandmother)
      Her parents: Thomas Millward (1817-1891)
      Mary Ann Corbett (1819-1891)
      Thomas Millward’s parents: Thomas Homer Millward (1770-1857)
      Sarah Bache (1774-1845)
      Thomas Homer Millward’s parents: Joseph Millward (1708-1785)
      Esther Homer (1735-1815)
      There are many branches descending from these people. If you know any of your direct ancestor’s names on the Millward side, I could check to see if they coincide with any in my tree. I think there is a good chance if your Millwards were from Brierley Hill and Kingswinford area.

      • KIM THOMAS says:

        sorry I really not sure I do know that the murder tom millward done in 1931 in b hill was my great uncle tom kim

        • Paul Millward says:

          Hi Kim.
          Tom Millward was my great uncle as well. My Grandad was Sam millward His sons are Derek ,Ron,Bill, Charlie( my Dad) daughters Olive, jean, Margaret, they lived in Springfield road ,Brierley hill. There was another Brother Jimmy, he died when he was about 5 ish he fell of the railway bridge at Silver End. Tom lived in Bull St the ice cream factory was there, dont know if it still is.

      • carol dunn says:

        Any relation to Sandra millward who went to st marys school she must be about 73 now regards carol

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  33. Alan says:

    Hi, Regarding the information you would like about the Nasty House in Brockmoor, I lived up the Drunken Row in Brockmoor for 30 years and I remember two old ladies who also lived up the Drunken Row going to the Nasty House to play crib this was in the early fifties, not to sure as to why it was called that but can prob find out, something seems to come back to me as I think it was not allways a pub, just down the road on the corner of Norwood road was a shop that my dad used to buy parrafin from to put in oil lamps to stop the outside toilet from freezing up in the winter, i do know a fair bit about Brockmoor, a lot is forgot, but the more I think about it it does come back. Hope this bit helps.

  34. Yvonne says:

    I have just stumbled over this blog whilst searching my dads family tree and I was wondering if there is anyone out there from the pensnett area with some local knowledge. My Father’s parents lived in London, but for some reason my late grandmother gave birth to him at 60, high street, pensnett, kingswinford in 1928. My late father never spoke of his childhood, so I have never been able to uncover the truth about his past. I was wondering if the above address was a private residence or a nursing home for mothers to give birth in secret. Thankyou in anticipation for any help!

  35. k. Bayliss says:

    Please can someone explain to me why the Hearty Goodfellows in High St , Brockmoor was called the Nasty House ? Ive asked numerous people from that area , but no one seems to know , yet everyone called it by that name, many thanks

    • Christine Traynier says:

      I’d be interested to know as well Researching my husband’s family at present and a relative of his Charles Henry Roberts ran the pub in 1891 and 1901. Also any information on Thomas Roberts and his wife Agnes Emma who married in 1869. Did they go abroad?

  36. keileigh says:

    hello 🙂 im looking into the history of brockmoor an am really intrigued to find out why the pub in brockmoor was referred to as the nasty house?? i look forward to your replys


  37. Dawn Beese - School Business Manager says:

    Does anyone have any information on the old St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which was destroyed in a fire? I’m currently updating the school website and would like to include a history of the school. Any memories or pictures that people may have of the school would be most welcome.

  38. Pat Cobern says:

    Does anybody remember Mary Ewing Allan, Headmistress of Mill Street Primary School, Brierley Hill 1924-1928. I am doing some research on her life. From this appointment she went on as Headmistress at Red Hall School in Lower Gornal until 1936. She was born in Thornliebank, Renfrewshire in 1875 She arrived, from Scotland,at the Cheslyn Hay School in 1904. Mrs Allan was described as a “Legendary Headmistress” in an article by the Black Country Society. If you have any information about her I would be very grateful. She was a remarkable lady, her first concern was for her pupils.

  39. Mathew Parkes says:

    i have recently moved into the building next door to the Barcleys bank and over the Mary Stevens Charity shop. By a photograph i have seen i have discovered it used to be @H.W Johnson (or Johnsons?). im fascinated by local history but cannot find much information on the building. does anyone have any recollection of this building or any information to pass on. I would be very grateful to hear back.

    Thank you,

  40. Mandy Pickett says:

    Hi, Alan. Thanks for your help. Perhaps my Dad worked at the Planet and then Pearsons. I remember it being called Price Pearson Refractories – we used to have big pieces of cardboard with this name on it in our verandah to wipe our feet on! So, I might be working on the brickworks site after all.
    My brother’s name is Michael Pickett and he went to Stourbridge Grammer School after his 11 plus but I don’t know his junior/infant school – he’s 67 now.
    As a family, we lived in Wollaston so probably not the boy you remember if he was from Brockmoor.

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards, Mandy.

  41. Mandy Pickett says:

    Hello, Alan. Just came across your site when googling Planet Brickworks where my Dad worked in the 50s/60s. He used to take me with him at the weekend when he had to turn the pump on and off to keep the pit from flooding (I suppose). /I remember seeing women working there moving the bricks around and seeing the tramp who used to sleep in the kiln overnight. I was born in 1955 so can’t remember too much.

    My Dad’s name is Josiah Pickett and he was born in 1918 at 62, Back Lane, Brockmoor and died in 1993.

    I now work on the Delph Industrial Estate and wondered whether I am close to the area where I used to go with my Dad to work.

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Mandy,
      Nice to hear from you, in response to your post, the Planet Brickworks was located on the right hand side of the road going towards Kingswinford from Pensnett, not far from Lenches Bridge, it was not in the Delph so quite a way from where you work.
      The main brickworks local to the Delph was EJ &J Pearson, the entrance to the works was just round the corner in Turners Lane by the canal bridge in Delph Road, so I wonder if you have the right name of brickworks, again you mention a tramp, this was probably Harold Thompson, he was at E Js.
      With regard to your dad, there was a lot of people called Pickett in the area at the time,do you have an older brother? I went to school with someone called Pickett from Brockmoor, Back Lane Brockmoor if I recall was a small road running off Station Road, between the small Post Office and a electrical shop called Shakespears,by the Brockmoor House pub, it had small terraced houses towards the bottom on the RHS then opened up to some garages and came out half way up bank street.
      Hope that this helps,please contact me if I can help further.

      • jiddlediddle says:

        Hi Alan,
        I used to work in the offices of E.J. & J. Pearson 1966 – 1970, I remember Harold Thompson too as we used to give him some of our sandwiches from the canteen, E.J. & J.Pearson moved to Moor Street later on they were then called Price-Pearson Ltd and thats where I stayed until leaving in 1970 on maternity leave. I never went back to the offices,after having my children.
        Jean Dudley

  42. Anna says:

    Hello Alan,
    Very interesting to hear about the railyard opposite Foster Street; my 2nd Gt Uncle, Walter Edward Newton (who lived with his parents in Foster Street) became an engine driver. He started off by working as an engine driver for the iron works. He then worked at Stourbridge, first as a locomotive fireman and then later as an engine driver. In 1888 Walter was one of eighteen men to start up the ASLEF union branch at Stourbridge Shed. (I was going to enclose a photo of Stourbridge Shed but I don’t know how to download it to this website!)
    I am sure Walter’s interest in trains must have started when he was a young lad, watching them at the end of his street. Also with Foster Street being sandwiched between the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway line and the Kingswinford branch line, he would have been surrounded by them.

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Anna,
      Let me tell you a bit about myself, as you may be wondering how I know so much of the area.
      I came from Brockmoor, but due to work commitments at the time (parents) I spent my time in the Delph with my grandparents growing up, it was a great time, all my friends and close mates come from the Delph, my relations owned the Rock Tavern at the bottom of Hill St, Hansons pub,I went to school at Mill St infant and juniors, opposite the pub was Potter St and on the corner was a sweet shop owned by my dads gran, anyroadup, say no more.
      I would think that at the time the railway was British Rail till it was all changed by the Beeching bit of the 50s and 60s, but the yard I do believe is still there, just above was the Royal Brierley Crystal Works , glass works in North St.
      You say a relative was involved in the glass trade, my dads uncle Eric Ostin was the man that who did all of the glass for the Queen Coronation 1951/2 , and pictures of him were on the walls of Stuart Crystal showroom in Stourbridge for years, perhaps they were work mates.
      I would love to see the pic you have, if you send mail to me, and attatch them to it I will get it.

      • Derek Marsden says:

        Hi Alan, i also went to Mill St Primary, 1953- 1959 and also stayed at my grans 184 Delph Rd next to the Post Office, we lived further up the Delph between the Duke William and the Black Horse public houses. Your stories remind me of my childhood, gran and grandad worked at E J and J Pearsons, when i took my grandads lunch to work for him he would let me pull the cord to sound the bull for lunchtime. My name is Derek Marsden.

        • Graham Showell says:

          HI Derek, sorry I don’t remember your name, I was in Mill St Primary 1953 -58, and we had 2 Derek’s in class (Single Decker & Double Decker). We’re you one of these? My friend was Philip Roberts, the headmaster was Mr. Yates, and I remember Mr.Weston died while I was in year 6. I still have a a stool I made in that year. Graham Showell.

        • Robert Brooks says:

          Hi Derek,
          I have only just come across this site and your name started me thinking of school and school mates. Like you I went to Mill St infant and junior school, I started there in 1952 and moved on to Bent St hellhole in 1958.
          Going back to Mill St a few names I remember are yours, Michael Pearson, Jennifer Jones, Sandra Wheel, Tommy Baylis, the bully Geff Brewer and the girl I fell in love with but hadn’t the heart to tell her was Susan Roach.
          I used to live in New St right opposite the electric power house, our address was number 33, in New St lived John Knowels, Kenny Bowater, Michael wakeman, Jack Pickett, Pauline Rhodes, Freda Fullward and Mr & Mrs Green who owned the fishing tackle shop on the main road.
          Any way that’s enough for now my name is Robert Brooks.

          • Alan Jones says:

            Hi robert ,,, I knew two robert brooks from bent street and mill street,,,,, I know one died many many years ago,,, mickeal pearson and myself were buddies for many years untill he got married,,, the schools bent street ,, mr wood mr unsworth mr smith (woodwork) with a wooden leg mr tipper mr brooks ,,,, cleaning the headmasters car on friday for half a crown smoking in the shelters,,, mr gregory,,,(come out the boy I name) used to beat us up a bit in the library ,, until we got bigger and braver and we would give him a bit,,,,,, you will no me robert,,, alan jones

            • Robert Brooks says:

              Hi Alan,
              As I said before it’s not very often I go on these sites but it is nice to hear from you. Tell me do you have a brother named John, I remember him as a big guy.
              The other Robert Brooks you mentioned was Robert Henry Brookes, we used to call him Dot. When we left the hellhole Dot and myself started work on the same day on the open hearth furnaces at Round Steel Works. The men we went to work with couldn’t get used to having two Robert Brooks so they name Dot (Arnie Blogs), he went by that name until the day he died from cancer, I think he was about 37 or 38.
              It’s not very often I say I hated anyone but Alf Tipper comes very close to that mark, I couldn’t stand the man.
              If memory serves me right the last time I saw you was in the Talbot pub in Silver End a few years back.
              That’s enough for now, nice to hear from you, hope you and your family are all well.
              Yours sincerely,
              Robert Brooks.

            • Helen Murphy says:

              Hi Alan, i am looking for someone and i think you are related, do you have a son named Nathan? He and i were friends for some time and lost touch, and his dad had same name as you and was from Brierley Hill. If you aren’t i;m sorry to bother you, if you are could you message me at, many thanks.

          • Derek Marsden says:

            Hello Robert, I remember you very well and most of the people you mention, had a bit of a thing for Pauline Rhodes but like you with Susan Roach I never told her. When I left Mill Street I moved on to Quarry Bank Senior School, living in Delph Road it was a lot closer than Bent St. Roger Barnsley and Trevor Davies also went to Quarry Bank. Moved to Kidderminster in 1974 but still love seeing and reading about Brierley Hill. Best wishes Derek.

            • Robert Brooks says:

              Hi Derek,
              Glad you got back to me and sorry it has taken a while to return the call but here goes, let’s see if I can remember anything else about the time we were school mates.
              When we left Mill St school it was about that time when they were knocking all the old slums down (houses) in New St, Derry St, Hill St, Chapel St and all the houses down the Rock Steps.
              My Mother and father were moved to Swanfield Rd on the Swan Estate about a 2 min walk from Audnum school, but I was not allowed to go there and I had to come from Wordsley to Bent St hellhole every day, for the first six months I had to walk there and back as no one in the family had a car. I was amazed that Trevor (Mouse) Davis was sent to Quarry Bank school as he lived in Albion St about 5 mins plus from Bent St hellhole. I see him pretty often he hasn’t changed much
              There was one good thing about living in Wordsley and going to school in Brierley
              Hill, I got to have two lots of mates many of who I still see to this day,
              Pauline Rhodes Mom and Dad lived four doors away from my Mom & Dad and when her Dad died she became a bit of a wild thing. I have not seen her now for some 35 years, she had a daughter (forgotten her name) me and my mate used to call her Jim. I have been told (how true it is) she has been married three or four times and I am sure she came to live somewhere in your neck of the woods, all I know is she moved from this area and I have not heard of her since, She was a good friend and always good for a laugh and joke.
              I have not seen the young love of my life Susan Roach since I was about 16 yrs old. Can you remember a girl in our class by the name of Janet Billingham, turned into a real beauty, she married a guy I have known for years.
              Anyway that’s all for now, hope you and your family are all well and good, who knows we my bump into one another one day.
              Yours sincerely
              Robert Brooks.

              • Derek Marsden says:

                Hi Robert, thanks for replying, I certainly do remember Janet Billingham and a few others, namely Jennifer Jones, Christine Brown (her Dad owned the coffee bar in Brierley Hill high street ) Christine Pugh, David Green, Margaret Taylor, Alan Lowe, Michael Pearson. I used to see a few of the lads when I played football for the Brierley Hill Youth Club but since then completely lost touch with everyone. You are right about Trevor Davis, my Mom worked at Woolworths, the back exit being next to his home. I did see Susan Roach about 10 years ago, she was working in a, chemist shop near the Moor Lane Centre, recognized her straight away. Anyway Robert thanks for bringing back a few memories. Take care, best wishes Derek Marsden.

  43. Anna says:

    Thank you once again Alan for your memories. My Garndmother’s family had a Grocer’s shop at 9/10 Foster Street. The street used to be a dead end, but it’s now called Norwood Road and is extended. Do you know when it ceased to be Foster Street? (Foster street/Norwood Rd is off Moor Street). Just in case, I wonder if you recall any of these surnames: Simpson, Newton, Revill or Kelley?

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Anna,
      I do know Foster St, and Norwood Rd, I can remember the chapel on the corner of Foster St and Moor Lane, my mother used to take me with her to jumble sales there, and a lady who used to be involved with the chapel was called Mrs Footman, she was the sister of a lady called Mrs Prince who had a fruit come grocery shop in High St Brockmoor, she had a daughter called Pat, Mrs Footman also had a shop in High St Brockmoor selling wool and things like that
      Foster St was opposite the Rail yard entrance, the old rail trucks were loaded during the night and shunted around to be collected by the steam loco’s early in the morning, the clattering and banging all through the night could be heard from quite a distance, I do not remember any shops though, only the chapel,I think the road was driven through in the 50s,I can remember the newer houses being built, all council owed.
      The names you mention do not ring any bells, sorry.
      Regards Alan.

      The names do not ring any bells

  44. Anna says:

    Thank you Alan, this is brilliant stuff. First hand experience of an area is priceless. I can picture what it was like. (I know relatives of mine made the chains for the anchor for the Queen Mary.)
    My Gt Grandfather, Thomas Simpson, as well as living in the Delph somewhere as a child, also lived at, The Lye, Back Lane, Delph Rd, 24 New Street, 10 Bell Street and 95 Moor Street. I expect there were even more places than this, but these are ones that showed up on census returns or certificates. What was usually the reason for moving house so often? I assume people rented rather than bought. How would you describe these areas/streets I’ve mentioned? He worked as a glass blower and iron worker for most of his life.
    Thank you Alan for your memories and being happy to share.

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Anna,
      You are welcome to my memories of Brierley Hill and the surrounding area, needs to be passed on before it all gets lost, have to say do not remember Back Lane but my Gran lived at 201 Delph Road next door to the gas works, they moved there from 54 Hill Street, my grandad was the engineer for EJ&J Pearson in the Delph for many years, we had a relation living in New Street, Aunt Sarah she had a shop there a milinary type shop if I remember, a proper type of lady, she was old then, Bell Street, not many houses in it, the Marsh and Baxter slaughter house was in Bell Street and can remember watching the pigs being taken from Seagers Lane into Bell St for slaughter, the New Inn public house was on the corner, still there I believe but closed, have a picture of it with my grandad and Uncle George in the crowd just before a Sunday morning trip to Clent, no women included in those days, around 1928 /1930, Moor Street was at the other end of Bell Street and run into Moor Lane which went to Hawbush then to Wordsley, the library was in Moor St which became a training center for glass blowing and is still there, opposite was a WRVS center but has long gone, if you look at recent pictures you can see the new houses running into the old, running virtually parralell is Fenton Street whick took you to the train station and Brockmoor, perhaps the reason your grandad moved a lot was that somtimes houses came with the job if he had an important position.
      A point to mention, between Delph Lane and Turk Street at the top was a mine owned by a chap called Tinker Round, he used to fetch clay up, perhaps coal as well till he hit a fault line and had to give up, it seems the more I chat about this the more I remember.

  45. Anna says:

    Thank you Alan for describing the cottages. It gives me a better insight into what life was like for the Corbetts and the Millwards, whom both lived in Turk Street at different times. How close was the mining to Turk Street? I assume fairly close for part of it to collapse. I read an article of someone describing the blackcountry in 1850 and it sounded so grim, but obviously there were green areas still around and it sounds as if Turk street was greener than most.
    Yes I have read both books that have been published on John Corbett and visited the chateau in 1984. Fascinating life. His wife, was also called Anna and lived in Somerset around 1900, coincidently in the area I now live. My father lived with his grandmother in Moor Street when he was a toddler and visited his grandmother frequently throughout his childhood. Dad and John Corbett both being baptised at St Micahel’s church in Brierley Hill. I haven’t visited Brierley hill since the late 1980’s. (I have lived most of my life in Somerset.) I have a 1901 map of Brierley Hill and have managed to work out where Turk Street was in relation to today’s maps and I could see that the path running through the Withycombe estate is following the same line as Turk Street.
    Was the Delph Mission church still there when you lived in the area?

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Anna,
      I cannot remember a mission or chapel there but at my age then we would not have taken much notice of it as there were chapels all over, probably due to the visit of John Wesley to the area years before, mining in the area is hard to describe as there were small mines all over and very close to Turk Street, the small ones were called Gin Pits which were walk in mines after the coal, but also there was fireclay mines, bringing fireclay up to make the bricks to line the many furnaces in the area as they could withstand the intense heat of the furnace to make the iron and steel of which the area was well known for, chain making,and ships anchors etc, did you know that close by in Netherton was a foundry called Hingleys and they made the anchors for the Titanic, sorry side tracking, the area was pretty grim in those days with the smoke and the glow of the furnaces, it is said that the devil once stood on Brierley Hill bonk and said that he would never complain about hell again, typical Black Country humour I think, this is how the Black Country name came to be, also Cradley Heath was known as the workshop of the nation.
      As a lad coming from school, I can still vividly remember seeing the clay being brought up in like a large cylinder with water poring out of it, and of cause the clay and pit banks(spoil heaps) where we also used to play, letting fireworks off on them and being told off by the workmen as the banks were rather unstable and you could be buried alive if it slipped, these would have been the banks where your Gran would have picked the coal all around Turk Street.
      Over the back from Turk Street towards Withymoor I can remember smoke coming up from under ground through cracks, this was due to the coal and ash being on fire, went on for years and a lot of the old shafts being capped, at first by timber but then by steel as the mines become worked out, then in the seventies come the open cast mining, this was mainly to clear the old shafts and galleries, let the ground settle and they built Withymoor village and housing estate, gone, all gone, save for the odd tree that was left, some still follow the line of Turk Street but it hard to see.
      This is a long one, hope you have not been to bored,there is still a lot to say about the Delph.

  46. Anna says:

    How kind of you Alan. Bless you. It’s lovely to hear of your memories. You explain it so vividly, I can imagine how it was. What was the housing like in Turk Street? Were they terraced houses and 2 up 2 down, or larger? My Millwards were bricklayers and someone said they would have been well off but according to a black country website, in 1850 they would have been earning 24 shillings a week. This equates to about £90 a week now, so not a great fortune.
    My 3rd Gt Grandmother worked on the pit banks. I assume she would have collected coal from the surface? My closest Millward, was my Gt Grandmother, Hannah Millward married Thomas Simpson. Hannah was the niece of John Corbett, the Salt King.
    Kind Regards

    • Alan Hinton says:

      Hi Anna,
      Nice to hear from you again, Turk Street as I remember was mainly cottage type houses some were close together others not so, a few people had horses because I suppose the fields close by was were they could keep them, at the top, Amblecote Road end, there was a bit of a turn in the road and it went into a narrow track before it came out onto Amblecote road opposite Deeley Street, I do believe that at one time the road collapsed into a pit shaft, but I do not remember that.
      John Corbett used to at one time have a canal barge business and used to take loads to and from Bromsgrove and this got him into the salt trade, he also built Chateau Impney and a few roads were named after him, but again well well before my time.
      Do or did you come from that area or was it just your ancestors, I now live in Devon and have been here for over 30 years but still miss the Black Country a lot, I do come back from time to time and have a wonder about the area around the nine locks and The Goss and it is still brill ma wench.
      Bye for now,

      • carol dunn says:

        hi Alan i also moved to devon in 1985 I came from Corbett road trying to find out if anyone knows if there is a grave yard in brockmoor my dad joseph dunn died in1945 of tb. is buried there he was married to Florence cuneen and had 5 children regards carol

  47. Alan Hinton says:

    Hi Anna,
    Nice to hear from you, I did know a few Millwards in the area but your dates are a bit before my time but no doubt they are relations in some way.
    In Turk St there used to be a small machine workshop, (never did know what they did there) but just behind the gates to this place was an old motor bike in the undergrowth, I scrounged this, but sadly it had no engine, but what a time we had belting down Turk St on this and pushing it all the way back to do it again, the surface of the road was mainly bricks and cobbles at the time, we got filthy dirty but it was great and worth the telling off and no tea, I was about 8 years old at the time, it ended up in the canal because my mate fell of it going up and down the pit banks on it and we could not get it out, probably still there.
    Will look into the Millwards for you if you wish and will let you know.

  48. Alan Hinton says:

    What an interesting site , I was born and raised in Brierley Hill in and around the Delph, does anyone remember the methodist chapel in Hill St and Potter St with all the fighting on a Saturday night well before the flats were built? the Murder Bridge top side of Withymore before the open cast mining took place, EJ&J Pearsons my grandad worked there, Wilf Hinton, I used to play up Turners Lane and Turk St, fishing in the 1st pound of the 9 locks and under the bridge, talking to my mate Harold Thompson the tramp, anyroadup, so many memories, people have suggested I should write about my time there while I can still remember them, never know I just might.

    • SCarter says:

      Hi Alan

      Wonderful to hear your memories about growing up in Brierley Hill. I definitely think you should write them down!! Keep in touch and feel free to share more on this site. Suzanne

    • Dave Wilsdorf says:

      Hi Alan,
      I used to live next door to the Methodist Chapel in Hill Street and the fighting at most was outside the Spread Eagle and occasionally outside the Rock Tavern. I used to play on the canal-side at the bottom of Bradley’s field and around the old air raid shelters that supposed to be bricked up. I used to go scrumping in Turners Lane, and I know not many people can remember Turk Street. I should say that your memories are as good as mine.
      All the Best

      • Alan Hinton says:

        Hi Dave,
        I don’t know if you remember me but we used to go to school together at Mill St infants and junior school, we used to play on an old derelict lorry the other side of a wall where an old house used to be, but had been demolished by then,sorry but cannot remember the name of the road, but it was just below what is now called the Promenade.
        I do remember where you used to live, you used to go down the side of the chapel to a yard and I think that there was a well in the middle of it.
        There was Turners Lane then Delph Lane, Turk St was a little further up Delph Rd and it had a bit of a s’ bend at the top and came out on Amblecote Rd right opposite Deeley St.
        Do you remember the old woman that used to chase us off for scrumping, waving a stick, god help us if she had ever caught us.
        Also do you remember that I once asked you if you could get some real German chocolate because I knew your dad was from Germany or that way, many many happy memories, my Gran lived at 54 Hill St then moved to Delph Rd right next door to the gas works.
        Please stay in touch as I will, there probably is not many of us left.
        Alan .

        • Dave Wilsdorf says:

          Hi Alan. I remember you well. My sincerest of apologies for not getting in touch sooner. I cannot understand how I missed this post. That lorry was in Dean street. Stephen Billingsley lived just along from there. As for German chocolate, well the closest that I ever got to it was chocolate covered cakes and biscuits. Came back from Indonesia to UK permanently end of last year. Still addressed in Stourbridge. I’m on fb if you wish. Glad you remember me.

        • Robert Brooks says:

          Hello Alan, my Mom, Dad Brother and I used to live at number 33 new St. The street name that you can’t remember is “I think” Dean or Deane St, Me and my mates used to play on the same old lorry.
          Anyway all the best,
          Robert brooks

      • Robert Brooks says:

        Dear David,
        I have just come across your name and it’s a name I haven’t heard since I was at Mill St infants and junior school. There was a girl in our class by the name of Mary Wilsdorf who I have not seen since I was eleven years old. Is she related to you in any way, if so please give her my kindest regards.
        Yours sincerely
        Robert Brooks

        • Dave Wilsdorf says:

          Hi Robert, yes, Mary is my sister. I haven’t seen Mary for about 5 years. I spend a lot of time in Indonesia with family. I went to Mill street infants from ’56. Miss Hancocks was mistress. At the end of that year she retired and went to Australia. Miss Whitworth was my next teacher, a fresher from uni. I thought she was brill. A lot of names I cannot remember but, there was Peter Gerard, Philip Chilton, Patrick Clinton, Alan Hinton, Mary Hunt, Susan Harris, Jackie Sheaf, Colin Pawson, Anthony Pugh, David Ellis. They were all in the same class. I do remember others, Pauline Cheese, Jennifer Jones, Jennifer Unwin, Donna Jinks, Robert Pearson. Sorry. But, it’s good to remember. Bye for now.

    • Anna says:

      Hello Alan, I have MILLWARD ancestors who lived in Turk Street, Delph as Bricklayers from 1837-1891, so I was fascinatd to hear you knew of this street and played in it. The 1901 map of the area shows a Mission Church on Turk Street, which John Corbett provided the money for. It would be brilliant to hear of more anecdotes of the area. Anna

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