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Trade customers please get in touch before ordering online. This major new work has been published in conjunction with the Society’s Heritage Lottery Fund award. It has been well-documented by John Hale, who has researched the 720 names on the Dudley War Memorial. Aside from an alphabetical list of the names and the information John has unearthed, there is much more information, including the story of how the memorial came to be. This book is not a traditional study of industrial history. Instead Michael, President of the Black Country Society for 2013-14, uses the portrait of nail-makers and nail-making created by Halesowen author Francis Brett Young, across nine novels set between 1800 and 1930.
This account allows the real people, real places and real lives to tell the story. The Great War diary of Ted Galley span almost 20 years, they cover the latter phases of the Boer War as well as the Great War. They reveal the courage, loyalty and determination of a regular soldier, conveying graphic descriptions of military action and astute comment on events. Private Galley fought at Gheluvelt in 1914 and in 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. William Perry is one of those Black Country legends who crosses the boundaries of both sport and Black Country history. His transformation into the Tipton Slasher and bare knuckle boxing’s Champion of England is a remarkable tale. This is Ron’s eighth and probably last book of photographs from this most Black Country of Black Country areas.
It has been a very popular seller so far and for a good reason. The images portray the rich industrial heritage of the area, but as important, focuses on many of the characters living in the area through their own photographs. There are images showing industrial decline, the loss of old buildings as well as the creation of new developments. This book is about the Foley dynasty and the fortune that originated with its patriarch Richard Foley, born in Dudley in 1580. Richard followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the iron trade as a nailer, but over the years made the transition to ironmaster and acquired a number of forges and furnaces in and around Dudley and Stourbridge. He was a respected member of the community in Dudley being elected Mayor at the age of 36 and building an almshouse for the poor. This book tells the story of Ocker Hill Power Station, its machinery and men from 1897 to 1977.