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Lichfield Live 18 Jun 15
All aboard for coal train day at Chasewater Railway
Some of Chasewater Railway’s coal trucks.
Birmingham Live 29 May 15
Coal Chamber + SOIL + The Defiled + DOPE @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th May 2015
It’s not often you get value for money these days but tonight for a mere £20 we have four, yes four bands, almost a mini-festival.
Sedgleyscene 11 May 15
The Rise and Fall of the Whitehouses of Turls Hill
Sedgley residents can uncover the fascinating story behind the rise and fall of one of Woodsetton’s most influential families at the Sedgley Local History Society meeting this Thursday, 14th May.
Black Country Bugle 30 Apr 15
Walsall bathed under a tropical sea,The marine life in fossilisation;Landscape carved by glacialisation,Walsall rich in geodiversity.
Black Country Bugle 8 Apr 15
Memories of hopscotch and catching tram to Lickey Hills
IT was with much interest that I read The Bugle articles on childhood in the 1940s and 1950s.
365 days of biking 6 Apr 15
April 5th – At Chasewater, a sinkhole has opened up in the car…
April 5th – At Chasewater, a sinkhole has opened up in the car park, yards from the M6 Toll.
Black Country Bugle 5 Apr 15
My Willenhall Dad dredged canal in winter of 1947 for coal
I READ the letters in The Bugle about the harsh winter of 1947 and, while I don’t actually recollect anything about it as I would have been only two or three at the time, I do recall my mother telling us the following story.
Black Country Bugle 26 Mar 15
Tragedy of the Pelsall Hall Colliery disaster
FOR centuries coal was the cornerstone of the Black Country, with hundreds of collieries, large and small, dotted across our region.
Black Country Bugle 22 Mar 15
We collected coal on sledge in West Bromwich in 1947
DURING the winter of 1946/7 I was stationed at the Old Panzer Barracks in Herford, Germany.
Black Country Bugle 13 Mar 15
From coal crisis to Beeching axe at Bescot shed
BY THE 1880s the growing crisis of coal transport was such that it could take 8 to 20 days for coal to get from Cannock to Birmingham! These delays also led to coal wagon shortages and the London North Western Railway’s customers began turning their …
Narrowboat Oakfield 11 Mar 15
Hurrah for Dusty.
Just as we were running very low on Diesel along came Dusty to fill us up and while he was breasted up with us another boater stopped by for coal.
Black Country Bugle 26 Feb 15
Coal became like gold in the winter of 1947
THE article and letters in The Bugle recently about the winter of 1947 brought back many memories.
Two Black Country Birders 19 Feb 15
The weather was pretty good Tuesday so we headed out to do one of our favourite walks to Kinver along the canal adjacent to the River Stour.
365 days of biking 2 Feb 15
February 1st – Just on the rough side of Brownhills Common, a…
February 1st – Just on the rough side of Brownhills Common, a handful of yards from Coppice Lane, there’s a deep void in the land through the trees It may be the remnant of early surface mining, or the later evidence of hamfisted mineral …
Stickymackhouse 30 Jan 15
Walsall player 196. John Benjamin “Jack” Barnes
John Benjamin “Jack” Barnes (28 April 1908 – 1 April 2008) was an English footballer who played as an outside left for several Football League clubs, as well as for non-League side Atherstone Town.
Narrowboat Oakfield 30 Jan 15
I popped to the shop for a few essentials before it began to snow luckily.
Birmingham Post 5 Jan 15
Andrew Whitehead: It’s beginning to look a lot like biomass
Drax Power is the operator of the second largest coal power station in Europe, and has an ambitious corporate strategy, based on gradually converting a number of its generating units to become predominantly a biomass-fuelled power generator…
Russ L 4 Jan 15
End-Of-Year-Count 2014: Popular music gigs
Gig-going frequency has actually picked up a bit, for the first time in a fair old while.
Black Country Bugle 25 Dec 14
My favourite present was pink and yellow Eddy Merckz bike
I WAS born in 1961, like many of my friends, at St.
Birmingham Post 23 Dec 14
Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Roundhouse serves reminder of canal network’s heritage
Building constructed by Corporation of Birmingham was a mineral and coal wharf for the railway…
Narrowboat Oakfield 10 Dec 14
Mark came by on Calisto so we got our coal and fuel from him.
Localise WM 8 Dec 14
Human-scale, decentralised technologies
In 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.
Express & Star 30 Nov 14
Author on quest to identify mine victim
The story of the 22 miners who went to work in a Black Country coal mine 140 years ago and never made it home, is the subject of a new book by a local historian.
BrownhillsBob 22 Nov 14
A few weeks ago, I shared here a mining plan of how workings in the Robbins coal seam under Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Brownhills affected the railway line above it, showing the coal mine excavations in great detail under the village.
Wheats Wildlife 16 Nov 14
An Interesting Day
As the rain and the wind continues we have to jump at any chance to conduct a bird ringing session.
Black Country Bugle 12 Nov 14
Was Ewart a friend or a foe to Smethwick gang?
RE the letter in The Bugle (September 11 edition) about growing up in West Bromwich by Ewart J.
Narrowboat Oakfield 10 Nov 14
Onto the Oxford Canal.
Mark came by bringing much needed coal and diesel for us, so we topped up with water too, all essentials on board now.
Narrowboat Oakfield 7 Nov 14
Just past Bridge 14 leading up to Bedworth, the old Navigation Inn which had suffered a fire, is now a very impressive residence.
BBC News 4 Nov 14
Jobs promise for former coal mine
Up to 1,000 jobs could be created on the site of the former Daw Mill colliery, according to developers.
Black Country Bugle 4 Nov 14
Dudley attraction celebrates 25 years
THE Black Country Living Museum’s mine is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, having taken more than 4 million visitors back in time and ‘into the thick’.
Birds of Shustoke Reservoir Warkwidkshire 21 Oct 14
Tuesday 21st October
At a bit of a loose end today! I spent a pleasant morning around the reservoir.
Tamworth Herald 12 Oct 14
Herald History: When ‘King Coal’ sent strong men burrowing…
WHAT do these names have in common?Tamworth, Baddesley, Tame Valley, Peel, Alvecote, Glascote, Amington, Beauchamp, Pooley Hall, North Warwickshire, Dexter, Hall End, Daw Mill, Birch Coppice, Kingsbury and Measham?The answer is, of course, they were …
Mike Maynard 30 Sep 14
Photography: Moorcroft Wood
I went to Moorcroft Wood on Sunday.
Transition Stourbridge 28 Sep 14
FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas – Saturday 11th October
FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas 2014 A documentary about fracking in the UK Date: Saturday 11th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR Cost: Donations Can UK communities protect their …
BrownhillsBob 28 Sep 14
Men of the underground
Over on Facebook this weekend, there’s been lots of interest in Walsall Wood Colliery, following the posting of these two cracking images of a press article recording the closure of our last truly local coal mine.
BrownhillsBob 28 Sep 14
What lies beneath
Way back at the beginning of August, I shared a partial scan of a document I’d acquired – a mining plan of how workings in the Robbins coal seam under Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Brownhills affected the railway line above.
Sutton Coldfield Observer 28 Sep 14
Doctor Who, series 8, episode 6 review: The Caretaker
It’s that time in the series for the episode where The Doctor has to pass himself off as a normal human being and despite threatening to be too ‘soapy’ there was a lot of ground to cover in this heavily character driven installment.
Tamworth Herald 25 Sep 14
Tamworth golf course left to drift away
THE council say that the reason they are closing the course early is because of the reduction in members.
Lichfield Mercury 21 Sep 14
Pages from the Past – September 15 1939
THESEextracts include an article about the safeguarding of cathedral treasures following the outbreak of World War II and adverts for Waite’s coal merchants and Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.
TheBusinessDesk 16 Sep 14
St Modwen gets nod on Notts residential scheme
DEVELOPER St Modwen has revealed that Gedling Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a residential development on a former British Coal site in Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire…
Black Country Bugle 15 Sep 14
I remember going to West Bromwich yard to get pram full of coal
FOLLOWING on from my letter about shops in Spon Lane, West Bromwich, in The Bugle (September 4 edition) I also have many memories of growing up there after reading Mike Fenton’s article in The Bugle (August 7 edition).
Sutton Coldfield Observer 30 Aug 14
Dr Who debut for Perry Barr actor
Peter Capaldi’s first Doctor Who episode aired last weekend, but today (Saturday, August 30) it is the turn of Perry Barr-raised Samuel Anderson, who makes his debut as Danny Pink.
Stickymackhouse 25 Aug 14
Syndey Slater Guy
The Early Years Sydney was born on 31st October, 1884 in Wolverhampton.
Vintage Vixen 22 Aug 14
Charity Shop Tourism – Chazzing in the Black Country
Fire up the camper! We haven’t been charity shopping (aka chazzing) since Tuesday.
Black Country Bugle 19 Aug 14
I waved to the passing trains when I lived near Wednesbury wharf
WITH reference to your letter about the Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf in The Bugle (July 31 edition).
Chasewater Stuff's Blog 16 Aug 14
Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean Junction Railway
Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway A substantial stone overbridge near Drybrook (Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway).
Black Country Bugle 15 Aug 14
My Dudley Grandfather was miner – and clog dancer
I AM trying to find out some information relating to my Grandfather, Samuel Houlston, who was born in Dudley in 1865 at 91 St James Terrace.
Black Country Bugle 14 Aug 14
Thanks for Bugle readers’ help with Wednesbury wharf questions
WITH reference to my original letter published in The Bugle (June 26 edition) about Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf.
Chasewater Stuff's Blog 6 Aug 14
Narrow Gauge Railways – Eaton Hall Railway
Narrow Gauge Railways Eaton Hall Railway ‘New’ Katie The 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899) commissioned Sir Arthur Percival Heywood to construct the narrow gauge, 15 inch railway at Eaton in 1895.
Coventry Telegraph 6 Aug 14
Campaigners’ delight after Coal Authority confirms Warwickshire drilling plan has been ditched
Licence application for underground coal burning formally withdrawn, as campaign group looks to protect site in future…