PAGE AND FORUM UPDATES.
17th June, 2016: An illustrated update, on the 1922 Ammunition Explosion at Dudley Port, which killed 19 young girls. More details added to William Steventon, ( hanged in 1828 ) and Moses Shrimpton. in Worcestershire Hangings and Punishments. Some more old pictures of Wolverhampton and others added to the Gallery.
You will find over 1,300 different stories of numerous Blackcountry Facts, Memorabilia, Murders, Crime and Punishment, Miscellanous Stories, Mining History, Military History, Heroes, and for the end, a few Epitaphs to send you on your way. Hundreds of names, places events and dates to check, hopefully, an aid to your family history research. Contributions about the many subjects welcomed, just contact us and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as we can. Alternatively, you can post a comment on the website in the " Can you help " section.
Only registered Members can add pictures or comment on all the contents of the Gallery.
All the Albums in the Gallery, 25 in total, containing over 2,400 pictures, sketches and maps, are connected to the many Topics to be found on the Forum pages. Places you may remember, places and buildings that have long gone, events, faces, and a whole load of information that may help you, and many others, with their research. Members can post pictures on the subject matter into the appropiate Album, but please ensure the area is indentified and dated. You can also send me, via e-mail, or facebook, any pictures you think would be suitable. Do have a good look around the website, you may be surprised what you find, and good luck with your research.
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Subjects include, Local and National Executioners, Mines and Owners, Ironworking, Steam Engines, older Census Returns, Folklore, Coal Masters, Nailmaking, Foul Murders, Locally sponsered Warships, and Prison Condtions. Names, dates and Events are included in all the many subjects. A Blog page is available, for comments about the site, and how to contact us is easy, a message via my profile page, will find it's way into my email inbox.There are more details about the site, on the Home Page.
New Pages and Additions.
Written some time ago, I have been encourged to review and update this bit of some old Staffordshire Park History. So, complete with a few more pictures and postcards, here is my latest version of the Victorian History of the making of Handsworth Park.
New additions from areas around the Country. Featured this month, Somerset and the daredevil miner.
Executioners. ( Page )
NEW DETAILS, Thomas Taylor, 1786 to 1850, the Stourbridge Hangman, ( The Razor Grinder ) who outdid the exploits of George Smith, and is the most prolific executioner from this region.
BLACKHEATH PAGE UPDATED. 24th March,2015
Another ramble around the Town, and a mysterious old house.
Foul Murders. ( Page )
14, very nasty and messy Murders. Sharp implements as well as some Blunt ones included. Even more in the Ghastly Murders Topic on the Forums.
Unsolved Blackcountry Murders. ( Forum Topic )
17 stories, a mixture of various dastardly deeds that remain unsolved, and the poor victims unavenged. Some from the distant past, and many from more recent times. Who, for instance, brutally slew Esther Baggott, bludgened to death a Dudley money lender, and why did someone snuff out the life of a Pregnant Tennis player.
Words from the Dead. ( Forum Topic )
A bit of prose, fancy words, insults, and a few of the more unusual inscriptions, found on Headstones and Memorials. You wouldn't get away with some of these today, but they can be very funny, as well as bitingly cruel. If you have a favourite one I have not included, get in touch and I will put it in.
Time-Lines. ( Page )
A bit of a tongue in cheek look at History. In two parts, 1800-1816, then 1817 - 1901. A series of dates and events, that you may be able to fit into your family tree research. Some of it may help to explain just why your relatives acted as they did.
As the company running the " Contact me " service is closing down next year, I have decided to dispense with it now. This will save some confusion, for it gives the impression the website is closing as well. It isn't. If you wish to ask a question, ask for help, or have any information, you can either send me a message via my profile page, post your request in the " Can you help " topic, or go to my " Links Page ", where you will find a link to our facebook page. I look forward to hearing from you.