Big New Station – Brings Big News For Wolverhampton.

Galliford Try to deliver more than a railway station to the city

The contractor appointed to build City of Wolverhampton’s new railway station has committed to deliver further social and economic benefits to the city.

Galliford Try is one of the UK’s leading construction groups, responsible regionally for major projects such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

They have started early site works in preparation for the start of demolition of the existing railway station – with the new station building expected to be completed in 2020.

During that time Galliford Try will implement a Community Benefits Plan in the city, covering a range of education, employment and supply chain activity.

Targets include 27 activities focused on either education, apprentices and employment, 203 apprentice weeks, 8 work placements, and using 50% or more local labour.

Galliford Try have also pledged their support to city homelessness initiatives – The Church at Broad Street, which provides a bed for the night for homeless people, and the Good Shepherd Ministry, which feeds homeless people.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “Galliford Try has been tasked with delivering a railway station the City of Wolverhampton can be proud of.

“They have a crucial part to play in the city’s £150 million Interchange project.

“It is also great to see a major company like them make such a strong commitment to the people of the City of Wolverhampton through their corporate social responsibility channels.”

Simon Burton, Managing Director of Galliford Try West Midlands and South West, said: “As a responsible contractor, investing in the local economy and skills is a vital part of what we do. We are delighted to be able to engage with the Council on the Community Benefits Plan and look forward to working with them to achieve our targets going forward.”

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New Railway Station – nightime

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Wednesfield and the Suffragettes Movement!

At the last Wednesfield History Society meeting. There was a small band of Members who were interested in any local Wednesfield History around the Suffragettes. I have been exploring possible links with the Wolverhampton Archives team.

Here is what I have found out.

I can confirm that, as yet, we have no evidence of a prominent suffragette residing within Wednesfield.  It is apparent that there was support as evidenced by the following quote, taken from an article by George J Barnsby, which states:

 

“At the end of April, Gladice Keevil was announcing her plans for May. She was bringing Mrs. Pethwick-Lawrence into Wolverhampton on Wednesday the 3rd to a meeting at Victoria Hall and the next day there was a meeting in the Market Square. There was also to be an open-air meeting the following Saturday in the Market place. Gladice was in Wolverhampton the whole of that week holding Market place meetings on Saturday, Monday, Thursday and Friday with a meeting at Wednesfield on the Tuesday and Tettenhall the next day.”

 

(Gladice was the National Organiser for the WSPU and established a regional office in Birmingham.)

 

Archives tell me that that they “ do hold a small bound volume of the Wolverhampton Women’s Suffrage Society Annual Reports 1909-1915 which provides a list of names of members of the society and where their meetings are being held.  However, the names do not have corresponding addresses and none of the meetings take place in Wednesfield.”

 

Archives go on to say “ The reports do note that there is much more support than it appears by simply viewing the membership lists but that many women are not comfortable formally joining the Society. The Red Books for 1914 -1918 show that the Society is still in existence during the war years but does not have a Wednesfield Branch (it does have a Blakenhall one).”

 

I am so indebted to the Archives team and Claire Jones the Archive Assistan, for assisting me in finding this information.

Now we know that some of The Members of the Wednesfield Local History Society regularly use the Archives – Perhaps if they find any snippets they can be kept, and repoted to the next History Society meeting.

The exhibition that is currently displayed in the Archives shows a newspaper article entitled Sulphur v Suffragettes and discusses sulphur being thrown at Suffragettes in Wolverhampton in March 1904.

 

Perhaps I can suggest that if you live in Wednesfield and have never visited the Wolverhampton Archives you do so! It’s a really great place to spend an hour looking at our Local History.

The Photograph is of Emma Sproson or Red Emma, a Leading Wolverhampton Suffragette, and the first Woman elected on Wolverhampton Council….

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Latest Bus New from NXWM

Service update – Friday 2nd March – 8.40am

Due to the current road conditions across the West Midlands, the following services are currently diverted and running with delays. 

If your service is not listed it is running to the normal route. It may be running slower than normal as our drivers do their best to keep you safe in the difficult conditions today.

Service 1  (Acocks Green) – unable to serve Shirley Road, Pool Farm Road, Pollard Road. Buses will use Olton Boulevard East, Gospel Lane im both directions.

Service 2 (Yardley Wood) – running city to Yadley only.

Service 3 (Wolverhampton) – unable to serve White Oak Drive buses will use Oak Hill and Castlecroft Road in both directions.

Service 3 (Yardley Wood) – unable to serve Ravenshill Road, School Road. Operating via Priory Road in both directions.

Service 4H – service suspended until further notice.

Service 4M – terminating at Blackheath.

Service 5 (Acocks Green) – unable to serve New Road – Churchill Road – Widney Lane. To – From Solihull to use from Solihull Town Centre Warwick Road, Lode Lane, Princes Way, Monkspath Hall Road.

Service 7 (Walsall) – serving main roads only via Northgate.

Service 7A (Walsall) – terminating at Walton Road via Northgate

Service 7 (Perry Barr) – unable to serve Witton Lodge Road, buses will terminate at Perry Common Ring (halfway down Witton Lodge Road).

Service 8A & 8C – service suspended until further notice.

Service 9 – using Express Way, Manor Way and Manor Lane.

Service 11 (Wolverhampton) – unable to serve Dickens Road at Scotlands – Using Cannock Road and Underhill Lane in both directions.

Service 14 – unable to serve Cardigan Street.

Service 18 – service suspended until further notice.

Service 22 – unable to serve Jiggins Lane and using Clapgate Lane.

Service 23 – unable to serve Stevens Avenue and using Clapgate Lane.

Service 24 – buses will terminate at Punchbowl.

Services 27 / 27A (Wolverhampton) – main Road Only – unable to serve Northway and Gospal End Road, buses will continue along Wolverhampton Road to Sedgley Both direction

Service 27 (Yardley Wood) – service suspended until further notice.

Service 28 – unable to serve Dyas Road and Scott Arms. At hawthorn Road buses will use Kingstanding Road and terminate.

Service 29 (Birmingham Central) – terminating at Barnes Hill, not serving Stonehouse Hill

Service 33 – unable to serve Pheasey and warren farm road. Buses will use Kingstanding road and terminate at Kingstanding circle.

Service 35 – running between Parsons Hill and Birmingham only.

Service 40 – unable to serve Hallam Street and Friar Park.

Service 44 – unable to serve Havills Hawthorn.

Service 45 (West Bromwich) – unable to serve Charlemout Farm and Milton Street.

Service 45 – buses will terminate at Cotteridge.

Service 46 – at Well Street buses will continue up to the traffic lights and onto Constitution Hill.

Service 47 – buses will terminate at Cotteridge.

Service 47 (West Bromwich) – unable to serve Milfields.

Services 48 & 48A – unable to serve Lightwood Hill and will use Norman Road.

Service 49 (West Bromwich) -unable to use Brandhall diverted via Wolverhampton road to and from Bearwood.

Service 49 (Yardley Wood) – service suspended until further notice.

Service 50A -service suspended until further notice.

Service 52 – unable to serve Beeches Estate. Buses will use Walsall Road towards Scott arms.

Service 52A– unable to serve Beeches Estate. Buses will use Walsall Road towards Scott arms.

Service 54 (Perry Barr) – service suspended until further notice.

Service 58 – unable to serve Gilberstone Avenue and Clay Lane.

Service 59 – unable to serve Griffiths Drive.

Service 63 – terminating at Rubery Flyover

Service 65 – unable to serve Witton Lodge Road to terminus, buses will use Streetly Road, Shortheath Road, Perry common, Witton Lodge Road to terminate at Perry Common ring.

Service 69 – unable to serve Coppice Farm estate and Ridge Lane buses will use Lichfield Road to New Invention.

Service 72 – unable to serve Marston Green Station.

Service 76 – normal line of route to Raddelbarn Road, then buses will use Oak Tree Lane.

Service 77 – unable to serve George Freddrick Road.

Services 80 & 80A – unable to serve Devonshire Road, buses will use High Street,to West Bromwich.

Service 81 – main Road Only – unable to serve Northway and Gospal End Road buses will continue along Wolverhampton Road to Sedgley in both directions. Unable to serve Vicarge Road, Forest Road.

Service 82 (West Bromwich) – unable to serve Bearwood bus station.

Service 82 (Wolverhampton) – unable to serve Wrens Nest Estate.

Service 84 – service suspended until further notice.

Service 89 (Walsall) – unable to serve Trevor Road, buses will use Wolverhampton Road in both directions.

Service 98 – terminating at Longbridge Island.

Service 101 – buses will terminate at Uplands Pub.

Service 120 – unable to use City Road and will use Birmingham New Road in both directions. Unable to use Dudley bus station and Flourance road.

Service 120A – unable to serve Portyway Hill diverted via Whiteheath to and from Blackheath.

Service 121 – unable to use City Road and will use Birmingham New Road in both directions. Unable to use Dudley bus station and Flourance road.

Service 127 – unable to serve Bleakhouse Estate, Service diverted via Wolverhampton Road, and Cakemore Road in both directions.Unable to Serve Portland road diverted via Sandon road and Hagley Road.Unable to use Dudley bus station.

Service 128 – unable to serve Portland road buses will use Sandon Road and Hagley Road.

Service 140 – using Express Way, Manor Way and Manor Lane.

Service 205 – unable to serve trading estate and Russell’s Hall estate.

Service 222 – main roads only, unable to serve Russells Hall and Pensnett Estate.

Service 241 – unable to serve Dudley bus station.

Service 243 – unable to serve Bower Lane,Mogul Lane,buses will use Quarry Bank, High Street in both directions.

Service 244 – unable to serve Mucklow Hill or Welsh House Farm. Buses will use main road only. Buffrey Road and Dudley bus station not being served.

Service 246 – unable to serve Dudley bus station.

Service 255 – unable to serve The Portway and Standhills Road buses will continue along Kingswinford High Street in both directions.

Service 257 – unable to service Stickley Lane and Aintree Way buses will use Zoar Street, Lake Street and Milking Bank both directions.

Service 276 – unable to serve Belmont Road. To Stourbridge, at cross walks, Cemetery Road, Springfield Avenue,  Brook Holloway to normal route. From Stourbridge at Wynall Lane, Brook Holloway, Springfield Avenue,  Cemetery road, Cross walks and not Grange Road. Buffrey road not being used. Dudley Bus station not being used.

Service 289 – unable to serve Brickhouse and Rowley hospital.

Service 934 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Service 935 –  unable to serve George Freddrick Road.

Service 936 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Services 937 & 937A – unable to serve Walton Road, Walsall Wood Road, Lancaster Avenue  and Broadmeadow.

Service 997 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Service X3 – unable to serve Hillhook buses will go via Mere Green Island and Lichfield Road.

Service X4 – unable to serve Falcon Lodge. At Reddicap Heath Road buss will continue to IIsland ( anvil pub ) and onto Springfield Road.

Service X5 – unable to serve Roughley Estate. At mere green Island buses will use Mere Green Road and Little Sutton Road.

Service X10 – unable to serve Mucklow Hill.

Service X12 – unable to serve Rowood Drive and will continue along Damson Lane.

Service X14 – unable to serve Falcon Lodge. Buses will use Rectory road, Hollyfield Road, Reddicap Heath Road and Springfield Road.

Service X51 – unable to serve Cannock. Buses starting from Bloxwich to City.

Service X61 – buses will terminate at Northfield.

Service X64 – buses will terminate at Weoley Park.

Service X96 – running between Dudley to Stourbridge only.

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Latest Public Information on Buses!

Wednesfield Residents This Was the latest News about buses NXWM at 6.000am Friday the 2nd March 2018

Service update – Friday 2nd March – 6am

Due to the current road conditions across the West Midlands, the following services are currently diverted and running with delays –   

Service 2 (Wolverhampton) – buses will terminate at Showll Circle due road condition on Bushbury Hill.

Service 2 – unable to serve Langston Road, Arlington Road, Prince of Wales Road, using Yardley Wood Road in both directions.

Service 3 (Wolverhampton) – unable to serve White Oak Drive buses will use Oak Hill and Castlecroft Road in both directions.

Service 3 (Yardley Wood) – unable to serve Ravenshill Road, School Road. Operating via Priory Road in both directions.

Service 4H – terminating at Blackheath.

Service 4M – terminating at Blackheath.

Service 5 (West Bromwich) – unable to serve Pheasey buses will use Queslett Road in both directions.

Service 7 (Walsall) – serving main roads only via Northgate.

Service 7A (Walsall) – terminating at Walton Road via Northgate

Service 7 (Perry Barr) – unable to serve Witton Lodge Road, buses will terminate at Perry Common Ring (halfway down Witton Lodge Road).

Service 11 (Wolverhampton) – unable to serve Dickens Road at Scotlands – Using Cannock Road and Underhill Lane in both directions.

Service 18 – service is terminating at Black Horse Northfield.

Services 27 / 27A (Wolverhampton) – main Road Only – unable to serve Northway and Gospal End Road, buses will continue along Wolverhampton Road to Sedgley Both direction

Service 27 (Yardley Wood) – service suspended until further notice.

Service 28 – unable to serve Dyas Road and Scott Arms. At hawthorn Road buses will use Kingstanding Road and terminate.

Service 33 – unable to serve Pheasey and warren farm road. Buses will use Kingstanding road and terminate at Kingstanding circle.

Service 35 – running between Parsons Hill and Birmingham only.

Service 46 – at Well Street buses will continue up to the traffic lights and onto Constitution Hill.

Service 49 (West Bromwich) -unable to use Brandhall diverted via Wolverhampton road to and from Bearwood.

Service 49 (Yardley Wood) – service suspended until further notice.

Service 50 – running between Maypole and Birmingham only.

Service 50A -service suspended until further notice.

Service 52 – unable to serve Beeches Estate. Buses will use Walsall Road towards Scott arms.

Service 52A– unable to serve Beeches Estate. Buses will use Walsall Road towards Scott arms.

Service 54 – unable to serve Coven and will use the A449.

Service 58 – unable to serve Gilberstone Avenue and Clay Lane.

Service 59 – unable to serve Griffiths Drive.

Service 65 – unable to serve Witton Lodge Road to terminus, buses will use Streetly Road, Shortheath Road, Perry common, Witton Lodge Road to terminate at Perry Common ring.

Service 69 – unable to serve Coppice Farm estate and Ridge Lane buses will use Lichfield Road to New Invention.

Service 72 – unable to serve Marston Green Station.

Service 76 – service suspended until further notice.

Services 80 & 80A – unable to serve Devonshire Road, buses will use High Street,to West Bromwich.

Service 81 – main Road Only – unable to serve Northway and Gospal End Road buses will continue along Wolverhampton Road to Sedgley in both directions. Unable to serve Vicarge Road, Forest Road.

Service 82 – unable to serve Sanpits and New Street Station diverted via Icknield Street, Heaton Street and Hockley Circus.

Service 84 – service suspended until further notice.

Service 87 – unable to serve Sanpits and New Street Station diverted via Icknield Street, Heaton Street and Hockley Circus.

Service 89 (Walsall) – unable to serve Trevor Road, buses will use Wolverhampton Road in both directions.

Service 120 – unable to use City Road and will use Birmingham New Road in both directions. Unable to use Dudley bus station and Flourance road.

Service 120A – unable to serve Portyway Hill diverted via Whiteheath to and from Blackheath.

Service 121 – unable to use City Road and will use Birmingham New Road in both directions. Unable to use Dudley bus station and Flourance road.

Service 127 – unable to serve Bleakhouse Estate, Service diverted via Wolverhampton Road, and Cakemore Road in both directions.Unable to Serve Portland road diverted via Sandon road and Hagley Road.Unable to use Dudley bus station.

Service 128 – unable to serve Portland road buses will use Sandon Road and Hagley Road.

Service 140 – unable to serve Dudley bus station.

Service 241 – unable to serve Dudley bus station.

Service 243 – unable to serve Bower Lane,Mogul Lane,buses will use Quarry Bank, High Street in both directions.

Service 244 – unable to serve Mucklow Hill or Welsh House Farm. Buses will use main road only. Buffrey Road and Dudley bus station not being served.

Service 246 – unable to serve Dudley bus station.

Service 255 – unable to serve The Portway and Standhills Road buses will continue along Kingswinford High Street in both directions.

Service 257 – unable to service Stickley Lane and Aintree Way buses will use Zoar Street, Lake Street and Milking Bank both directions.

Service 276 – unable to serve Belmont Road. To Stourbridge, at cross walks, Cemetery Road, Springfield Avenue,  Brook Holloway to normal route. From Stourbridge at Wynall Lane, Brook Holloway, Springfield Avenue,  Cemetery road, Cross walks and not Grange Road. Buffrey road not being used. Dudley Bus station not being used.

Service 289 – unable to serve Brickhouse and Rowley hospital.

Service 934 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Service 936 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Service 997 – unable to serve Pheasey.

Service X3 – unable to serve Hillhook buses will go via Mere Green Island and Lichfield Road.

Service X4 – unable to serve Falcon Lodge. At Reddicap Heath Road buss will continue to IIsland ( anvil pub ) and onto Springfield Road.

Service X5 – unable to serve Roughley Estate. At mere green Island buses will use Mere Green Road and Little Sutton Road.

Service X10 – unable to serve Mucklow Hill.

Service X12 – unable to serve Rowood Drive and will continue along Damson Lane.

Service X14 – unable to serve Falcon Lodge. Buses will use Rectory road, Hollyfield Road, Reddicap Heath Road and Springfield Road.

Service X51 – unable to serve Cannock. Buses starting from Bloxwich to City.

Service X61 – buses will terminate at Northfield.

Service X96 – unable to use Dudley bus station, instead buses will use Wrens Nest and Wollaston.

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Wednesfield Tragic Accident – Locomotive Driver Kills Step Son!

I am indebted to Jackie Harrison one of my constituents in Wednesfield North who sends me the most interesting of history snippets about our Wednesfield!

Now would you believe this very sad, but ironic piece of information which was published in the Manchester Evening News on 17th September 1877.

A Locomotive working on the Wednesfield coal fields struck and killed a young man. The accident resulted in young Alfred Griffiths, he was a cleaner in the Locomotive Department at Ashmore Colliery,  losing his life. Alfred had the misfortune of tripping  on some points, then being  struck by the Locomotive….

Now here is the tragic bit, the Locomotive was being driven by his Step-Father….now that would have caused some pain in the family…Plus in this day and age there would have been much soul searching about the bad luck, or was it engine driver incompetence?

It turns out that the Locomotive driver had run up one or two of these incidents previously, because the Manchester Evening News declared, that this was “the third person killed by this driver!”

I think Jackie must be tasked to find out the name of the driver so we can complete this news article! What do you think!

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Wednesfield and Essington – Not Part Of Housing Growth Strategy!

A meeting of Council Leaders from across the Greater Birmingham and Black Country area on Tuesday 20th February 2018 has agreed to the publication of an important technical study into where housing growth in and around the conurbation might be accommodated in the future. 

“Councillor Phil Bateman asked “if the study had come to any conclusions  about Wednesfield or the Green Belt surrounding Essington. The information I received was that The Study does not propose any strategic growth locations which affect the Wednesfield or Essington areas.”

The commissioning of the study – by consultants GL Hearn and Wood- was agreed in December 2016.  This followed early work that sought to respond to the shortfall in land to accommodate Birmingham’s housing growth as well as emerging evidence on the likely scale of housing growth for the Black Country. The study reflects Government policy that authorities should cooperate in planning positively to seek to meet needs across their Housing Market Area (HMA, the area within which households are likely to move).  The study has covered 14 authorities across Birmingham, the Black Country and surrounding areas. It came to the conclusion that thre should be about 250,000homes by 2036. There is however a short fall of land available that would equate to about 60,000 homes.  

The study has taken the following steps.

         It has considered the extent to which increases in densities on existing and emerging sites might increase the capacity for new homes and help to reduce the shortfall.    Then the study has considered the capacity for major new developments firstly beyond and then within the West Midlands Green Belt.  This produced a list of 24 broad locations for potential development, with 11 of these identified for priority analysis.  As a strategic piece of work, the study focuses on major developments.  It is important to recognise that such developments (and the locations for them) might not meet all of the area’s needs.  All authorities will have consider how their housing needs might best be accommodated.  

Whilst the study raises important challenges, it is a study and does not make policies. 

That will be for the Councils through their Local Plans.  The mechanism for the Black Country is the Review of the Black Country Core Strategy.  That has been through its first round of consultation and officers are presently considering the representations received. The next stage will be for the authorities to compile their own up-to-date evidence and this will be brought together with the HMA study to help determine next steps.  The process will proceed in stages with Cabinet decisions at each stage, and with other wider Member involvement and public consultation.

 The full study will be published on the Black Country Core Strategy dedicated website; found here  http://blackcountrycorestrategy.dudley.gov.uk/

 

Wednesfield North Councillors - Phil Bateman, Mary Bateman and Rita Potter.

Wednesfield North News….

Birmingham International Airport has a new air route to Amritsar, it’s the only direct air service from the UK to Amritsar, the home of the Sikh religions Golden Temple. It is a bit of a coupe for Birmingham to win this air route. Both the business community here in the West Midlands and Air India who are operating the route hope it will be a huge success. It will certainly allow our Sikh community to be a little closer to their historic community home, making the journey quicker and easier for them.

Pinfold Bridge Wednesfield I have been asked by residents  enquiring about the proposed 7.5 Tonne weight limit in Wednesfield Village Centre.  The proposed restriction is a 7.5 tonne HGV environmental weight limit.  The new restriction will replace the existing structural weight limit which is no longer required as Pinfold Bridge has been strengthened.  The new 7.5 Tonne environmental weight limit will apply to HGV’s and will not apply to buses and coaches and so will have no impacts on existing bus services or routing.  The signage for the weight restriction will depict an HGV which is in accordance with DfT standards.

Ashmore Park I am receiving reports that a drain covers have been removed from a number of roads, please keep your eyes open, and let me know if you have had a drain cover go missing in your street.

Coppice High School I understand that Janice Fletcher the Head Teacher of Coppice High School has announced that she is leaving the school later in the year. The announcement has drawn some mixed comments from residents. However your three Councillors wish her well into the future.

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Insulting Letter? Well That was the view of Heath Town Council!

Wednesfield History Society is a growing group of residents who are interested in the history of the Village, as well as its future development. At the latest meeting we had a number of great snippets of news. This one didn’t quite make the night!

But Jackie Harrison who researched it kindly let me have the ‘insulting letter’ comment that made the Birmingham Dispatch back in January 1914. Just as the First World War was on the horizon….

It is a fascinating look at yesteryear, and shows that the local neighbourhoods were very much competitive with each other. There is more little gems from our History Society meeting which will make these pages over this week….

The History of Ashmore Park.

From the Councillor Phil Bateman Archives-First published in April 2006 –

Ashmore Park Estate is an important part of Wednesfield North. But I am not sure how many people in the area know how it got its name. I am informed that there once stood Ashmore Hall and its estate.
The Hall was once in the ownership of a member of the Leveson family who had vast property holdings in the area including the Moat House at Willenhall. There was a lake which it is believed refers to a large pool which once lay on the north side of where the Pool Hayes School stands today but which was filled in when development of that area took place during the 1960’s.
So whilst we all know how Ashmore Park is today I doubt if many people living on or near the estate knows of its important historical past. Whilst some local history is taught in schools it is I think great to know that right at the heart of our little community is a medieval moated site.It is the only surviving visible moat in the City of Wolverhampton and you can see it as a dip in front of the ‘bottom shops’ the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. It is a locally Listed site and was approved in March 2000.
Ashmore Park was one of the estates which Lady Wulfruna gave to St. Peter’s Church at Wolverhampton in 994 and a moated farmhouse was built here, probably in the 13th century.They also speculate that the house may have been used as a summer retreat for the Dean of Wolverhampton or as a hostel for visitors. Both of these were quite common medieval uses for outlying estates but there is no actual evidence of such use here. The old farmhouse was probably taken down when a new one was built in the early 19th century; that new one was demolished in 1957.The Ashmore Park Estate was a council housing estate built, in the 1950s, by the then Wolverhampton Borough Council outside its own boundaries; the boundaries were later stretched a bit to incorporate the estate into the borough.

We are very lucky to have been successful in getting resources to protect and explain about this important heritage site in our community.

The Campaign for Ashmore Park Enterprise managed to get £50,000 from Heritage Lottery funding to promote this site.There are information boards that are erected and the local library that stands alongside the site has interpretation and other display items in the Library. This makes it a place for local schools to visit and learn about the history of the area.

I still think that we can make much more of this important heritage site, that can be translated into a little more economic growth for the commercial advantage of the shopping parade. History is a very valuable commodity in this day and age.


Author: Phil Bateman

Article Date: 9th April 2006

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Wednesfield & Willenhall Rivalry!- “Cheeky Ned Seized Billy’s Thumb and Bit It to the Bone!”

This is why I like going to Wednesfield History Society so much!

Not is it just a meeting, it is also full of great Wednesfield people who like a laugh, but are serious about the Village history!

Last night was a great meeting it had a little bit of everything!

It was full for a start. During the course of the evening there was a great poem read by Jackie Harrison. It was written by an unknown person. But it dealt with the long time rivalry between Wednesfield and Willenhall.

Jackie Harrison read it perfectly, and it amused us all…..it was about a cockfighting!

Please enjoy the poem….you can let me have your comments also. Thanks Jackie for the reading and thank you Ray Fellows for the hard work you do in making our evenings a success.

 

At Wednesfield at one village wake,
the cockers all did meet
at Billy Lane’s, the cockfighter’s,
to have a special treat.
For Charley Mason’s spangled cock
was matched to fight a red
that came from Will’n’all, o’er the fields,
and belonged to cheeky Ned.
Two finer birds in any cockpit
there never yet was seen,
though the Wednesfield men declared
their cock was sure to win.
The cocks fought well, and feathers flew
all round about the pit,
while blood from both of ‘em did flow
yet neither would submit.
At last the spangled Wedgefield bird
began to show defeat,
when Billy Lane he up and swore
the bird should not be beat.
For he would fight the biggest man
that came from Will’n’all town,
And on the word, old cheeky Ned
got up and knocked him down.
To fight they went like bull dogs
as it is very well known,
til cheeky Ned seized Billy’s thumb
and bit it to the bone.
At this the Wednesfield men began
their comrade’s part to take,
and never was a fiercer fight
fought at a village wake.
They beat the men from Will’n’all
back to their town again,
and long they will remember
this Wednesfield wake and main.

 

Anonymous – 20th Century