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Wombourne line carried passengers for just seven years 

25 Jul 17

BUGLE reader Ramon Williams of Kidderminster has sent in this fine photograph of a steam train that he took some 60-odd years ago.


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Summer brings wild new colour to Sandwell spaces 

25 Jul 17

WILD flowers in a glorious array of colours have begun to spring up at open spaces and grass verges across the borough of Sandwell.


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Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

24 Jul 17

IN THE mid-1970s, Wolves’ goalkeeper Phil Parkes made his record-breaking 127th consecutive League appearance for the club; the team played afternoon games due to the electricity strike in the UK.


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Wolverhampton supplier promised unrivalled service in the 1950s 

24 Jul 17

LAST WEEK we featured pictures from the 1950s of the Wolverhampton wholesale grocery suppliers G.


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Abraham Darby to have Woodsetton memorial 

23 Jul 17

I FIRST GOT the idea for a memorial to Abraham Darby I last October after reading about him and what he had achieved and his place of birth.


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Permanent memorial to VC hero Thomas Barratt 

22 Jul 17

DUDLEY Council are planning a ceremony for the unveiling of a Victoria Cross memorial paving stone for Thomas Barratt, who was born in Coseley.


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World’s first 200mph car built in Wolverhampton 

22 Jul 17

THE SUNBEAM 1000hp car is among the most iconic feats of Black Country engineering.


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Do you remember this old pub? 

21 Jul 17

THERE is something of a mystery about this sketch of an old pub and we hope readers may be able to solve it.


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Flying the Black Country flag at the Houses of Parliament 

20 Jul 17

FOUR of the Black Country’s MPs flew the Black Country flag at Westminster last week to help bring Black Country Day to the nation’s seat of power.


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Greatest gathering of Pat Collins funfair vehicles set for steam… 

20 Jul 17

THIS YEAR the Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society’s annual Steam and Country Rally at Woodside Farm, Welland, takes place 28th, 29th and 30th July and will feature an unprecedented display of steam engines and other equipment once owned by the legendary…


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Cradley youngsters who had some dark days ahead of them 

20 Jul 17

THEY say that schooldays are the best days of your life not everyone would agree, but it’s fair to say that these youngsters, if we’re right in thinking that they were pictured in the 1920s, certainly had some tougher times ahead of them.


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Choir impress sell-out crowd 

19 Jul 17

Cradley Heath Male Voice Choir performed a one hour concert in the Singing Caverns for the Dudley Canal Trust on July 8.


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Wrestling favourites at Dudley’s theatre on the hill 

19 Jul 17

‘THE MEN’S sport that women admire’ that’s how wrestling was described by promoter Jerry Jeary when he put on bouts at Dudley’s Hippodrome back in the 1950s and ’60s.


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Old image of West Bromwich scale works 

19 Jul 17

THIS rare old image comes to us courtesy of West Bromwich historian Terry Price, and relates to one of the town’s best known companies of old.


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Bilston palace from the golden age of cinema 

19 Jul 17

THE INTER-WAR years were a golden age of cinema with many grand picture houses built across the Black Country.


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Three in a row for new-look Darlaston 

19 Jul 17

WARSTONES 1DARLASTON TOWN 4IN FRONT of a strong travelling contingent of fans who made the trip to Penkridge, Darlaston made it three consecutive pre-season friendly wins on the road as they prepare ready for League action on Saturday 5 August…


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Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

18 Jul 17

Albion relegated as Wolves miss out on Wembley twice!AFTER an eight-match tour of Australia and New Zealand and a trip to Sweden for Wolves, and a similar tour of Sweden for Albion, it was back to the bread and butter of league football and…


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More legal documents uncovered in the case of Old Hill mine… 

18 Jul 17

AT THE beginning of June, in Bugle 1293, we told the story of Pearson’s Colliery and the Oldhill Colliery Company, thanks to a bundle of legal papers now in the possession of John Taylor of Kidderminster.


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Mementoes of the night Wolves slammed Spartak 

17 Jul 17

FOLLOWING on from my article of June 21st featuring Colin Shepherd’s ticket stubs from 1966 World Cup matches at Villa Park, Colin has shared his autograph book with me.


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Chace Terrace miner’s life and work enshrined in his old watch 

16 Jul 17

OLDER readers may remember Sam Castle’s second-hand shop in central Wolverhampton back in the 1960s All nice articles bought and sold.


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Put some colour in the Black Country! 

16 Jul 17

THE rise of adult colouring books is a phenomena that it’s fair to say few of us saw coming, but it shows no sign of slowing down.


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Pop across the border – Brum band were Black Country faves 

15 Jul 17

ONE significant aspect of the 1960s local live music scene was the camaraderie between Black Country and Birmingham pop groups.


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Confessions of a Ashford Dairies delivery man 

15 Jul 17

ASHFORD DAIRIES and their Fiesta brand of ice cream and desserts were once a household name and the Stourbridge firm has featured several times in the Bugle over the years.


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Great War Victoria Cross hero killed in action 100 years ago 

14 Jul 17

THOMAS BARRATT was born on May 5, 1895, to James and Sarah Barratt.


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Wolverhampton 1903 – The biggest exhibition outside London 

13 Jul 17

OUR STRIKING front cover photograph this week takes us back more than a century to the Wolverhampton Art Industrial Exhibition of 1902.


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Mystery over letter 

13 Jul 17

In last week’s Bugle (July 5) we carried a letter headlined Mystery why Ramrods didn’t make the big time.


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Can you help put a name to these faces from past? 

12 Jul 17

I’ve been looking through some photographs left by my late uncle Mike Johnson, and came across this one of a class of pupils at Oldswinford School in1914.


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The mystery of the missing Walsall hall 

12 Jul 17

BIRCHILLS HALL once stood between the two routes from Walsall to Bloxwich (Green Lane and Bloxwich Road), under what was the site of Tube Investments and Talbot Stead, but is now an industrial estate just to the north of the TK Maxx store.


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New-look Darlaston ready for action 

12 Jul 17

IT’S FULL steam ahead at Darlaston Town as they prepare for the start of the new football season.


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Albion v Wolves – the history of the Black Country derby 

11 Jul 17

SEASON 1971-72, continuedPRIOR to the return fixture at Molineux in mid-April, Albion ended a six-match losing run with a 1-0 victory over high-flying Liverpool and they also had an excellent spell whereby they lost only three matches in fifteen…


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Ghost from a Wolverhampton factory disaster? 

11 Jul 17

I ONCE had a foundry in the Black Country; it was located in an old industrial area that dated back to the 18th century.


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Wolverhampton butcher began business when he was only 17 

11 Jul 17

THESE PICTURES from the Bugle collection tell the story of a remarkable young man who typified the Black Country entrepreneurial spirit.


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Wolverhampton’s citizen soldiers who served both at home and… 

10 Jul 17

There have been citizen soldiers in Wolverhampton since the Napoleonic Wars, when the Staffordshire Yeomanry was raised as a cavalry regiment, on July 4, 1794, to defend the county against a feared invasion by the French.


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Bikes, beer and the Plant family of Brierley Hill 

10 Jul 17

FAMILY legend has it that 21-year-old Nelson Plant and 19-year-old Lilian Fanny Ryder ran away to Chester to get married.


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Condolences from colleagues and friends on the death of Dudley… 

10 Jul 17

EARLIER this year, in Bugle 1280 (March 8) we looked at the long and distinguished career in local politics of William Charles William, the railway worker and trade unionist who served two terms as Mayor of Dudley in the 1930s.


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Sketches of lost Tipton and West Bromwich landmarks 

9 Jul 17

ON PAGE 12, Walsall archivist Paul Ford laments that there are no known images of Birchalls Hall.


Sport
Going down to Liverpool with Dudley’s Woolworths cricket team 

9 Jul 17

WE CELEBRATE Black Country cricket of the past once again with a brace of rare colour snaps from the early 1960s.


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One season, three teams, six trophies for Smethwick works 

8 Jul 17

HERE’S a fine example of a works football club from the days when every firm of a decent size was represented on the pitch.


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Husband and wife bowl over all comers in Tipton tournament 

7 Jul 17

THE 52nd Jonah Whitehouse Memorial bowls tournament (formerly the Tipton Carnival Tournament) was held on Sunday June 25 at Victoria Park in Tipton.


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Victorian elders’ Dudley daytrip puzzler 

7 Jul 17

EVERY so often we’re presented with a photograph that comes with virtually no background information, but so much character that it’s too good not to share.


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Dark days and forgotten heroes at Tipton Library 

6 Jul 17

THERE is plenty going on at Tipton Library in the coming weeks.


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Trams may well be the future – but it’s all been done… 

6 Jul 17

THE tram is very much the future of public transport, with plans to widen our current Wolverhampton to Birmingham route to take in a new line to Dudley and beyond over the next few years.


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Changing times: the view from Dudley castle 40 years ago 

6 Jul 17

DUDLEY CASTLE has stood guard over the town for centuries but for anyone standing atop its battlements, the view over the last half century or so has been transformed.


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Mystery why Ramrods didn’t make the big time 

5 Jul 17

I went to see a local band at the Robin 2 in Bilston some weeks ago Danny Cannon and the Ramrods.


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Can you help fill gaps on Dudley Girls High School photograph 

5 Jul 17

I enclose a photograph of the 3s class, Dudley Girls High School, taken in 1947.


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Brother’s two boys inherited malt house site 

5 Jul 17

Re Webbs of Wordsley.


Sport
Worcestershire County Cricket League 

5 Jul 17

Summary of resultsSaturday July 1BEWDLEY beat Himley to win the Second XI Knock-out trophy last Monday scoring over 200 in the process.


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Wednesbury Rugby Club needs you! 

5 Jul 17

WEDNESBURY Rugby Club are recruiting players for the coming season we are looking for players with proven experience, but also people who have never played rugby but would like to give it a go.


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Wolverhampton family’s links to Indian tea plantations 

5 Jul 17

AS A NATION of tea drinkers, our forebears probably took for granted the supply chain of the humble leaf, a distance of nine thousand miles from India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to the shelves of the corner shop even though, amongst the first …


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Fierce rivals contested Sankey cricket trophy 

4 Jul 17

WE’RE NOW at the height of the cricket season, a sport that has long enjoyed a strong tradition here in the Black Country.







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