Black Country Muse



Please Note:  This is not a chat room, nor is it designed for seeking information. Please use the " Can you Help " topic. I welcome all your comments and suggestions, but due to previous abuse of this page, I took it down in 2012. I reserve the right, without notice, to remove any material that is offensive, abusive, or conflicts with the stated aims of the website.

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Reply Jack Brettle
3:53 PM on June 13, 2020 

Hello - I have found Black Country Muse very valuable in providing information on details of the Black Country history which are difficult to find elsewhere (as well as being greatly entertaining).  My surname is Brettle which is rare in most of the country but not in the Black Country: I have created a Google Site at which may be useful to those interested in the Brettle or Brettell name, its Black Country origins, geographical distribution and how it fits in Black Country history.   If you think it useful I would be happy for a reference to the site to appear in Black Country Muse.

10:53 AM on May 29, 2020 
Just found this site.. historical information on Oldbury I found fascinating and brought back many childhood memories of growing up there
4:57 PM on October 26, 2019 

Returned to this site after studying notes made previously , really good and a wealth of information , I especially like the photographs links and coal masters 

thank you 

W E Roberts 

Reply Heleeeen
3:38 PM on June 29, 2012 
just found this site and found it fascinating! Really makes the history come alive. I am researching my ancestry, most of whom lived in RR from the year dot (wanderlust not in the blood apparently), but this site has really helped me add dimension to the characters and their lives. Many thanks
Reply Rich Kendall
5:22 PM on June 27, 2012 
A massive thank you to Dennis for such a fantastic site, and helping me with my queries. And an even bigger thank you for the two photographs of my Great Grand Fathers pub, for which i didnt think any existed. This has led me to follow the line of Owners, and pointed me in the direction of the Marstons group, who bought out Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, who in turn had bought out the Julia Hanson Inc who originally owned "The Round of Beef" Brierley Hill in 1900! "Banks''" or The Wolvo and Dudley Brewies kept Photos of all pubs before they were knocked down, so fingers crossed all assets were passed to Marstons...for which i have two good friends working for. Heres hoping!!!! Thanks again.
Reply Linda Chadderton
1:58 PM on June 21, 2012 
Hello Dennis, Many thanks for your very kind offer with regard to my project. I'll be in touch if I need help with any info. about the past & Wolverhampton. Kind regards, Linda.
Reply Shutter Bug
12:54 PM on May 6, 2012 
Hello BCM, Only just found your site. Can I congratulate on your site, well put together and containing a mass of great historical information about the Blackcountry, too much to look at in one visit. Well done, Keep up the good work.
Reply Garry Cox
5:50 PM on April 20, 2012 
I have found the information contained on this site to very informative - excellent I am currently researching my family (Cox) who lived primarily round Rowley Regis. My Great Great Great Great Grandfather was William Steventon - Billy Sugar convicted and executed in public 1828 - As you see 'quality stock' Regards Garry
Reply CathyB
7:41 PM on April 13, 2012 
Good morning, I am a descendant of Thomas Wall son of Martha Naylor and James Wall. They married in 1843 in Dudley and lived there all their lives. I would love to hear from anyone who has info on this family. Thomas married Emma Smith and later Elizabeth Sadler and they moved to Pilsley in Derbyshire. Regards Cathy
Reply Kelly Faucette
5:16 PM on March 14, 2012 
David Jewkes says...
I really enjoyed this site. My ancestors (Jewkes or Jukes) resided in the Dudley area for many generations between the 1600's and 1800's. I am trying to find more information about my great-great grandfather, William Jewkes. He was born neary Dudley about 1794 and died in a mining accident in 1831. He was married to Jane Woodward. Any information about is life and death would be appreciated.