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The Old Bell Inn at Bloxwich and the Aston Villa

June 17, 2015 in Articles, Bloxwich, Football, Pubs by Stuart Williams

The original Tudor Bell Inn Bloxwich, mid-late 1800s (from a copy by W. Meikle)

The original Tudor Bell Inn Bloxwich, mid-late 1800s (from a copy by W. Meikle)

Staff member and author Stuart Williams has been delving into the writings of the late Walsall local historian William ‘Billy’ Meikle again, and has come up with his latest joint article with Billy, ‘The Old Bell Inn at Bloxwich and the Aston Villa’.

In the ‘good old days’ of Bloxwich, the village was famed for the number and variety of its pubs, some dating back centuries. The Bell Inn, on the corner of The Green (formerly the Short Heath, which was enclosed as a park to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee), was one such.

The present building dates ‘only’ from the early 1900s, but the original Bell Inn was a Tudor building, a picturesque little place.

The article may be found under the Articles menu above, or directly via the following link:

http://webwalsall.com/local-history-centre/?page_id=589

New article: When Wellington gave Boney the Boot

June 16, 2015 in Anniversaries, Napoleonic Wars by Stuart Williams

The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler II

The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler II

Our Collections Librarian, Cath Yates, noting the arrival of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this Thursday, has penned a small but timely article for this blog, entitled ‘When Wellington gave Boney the Boot’.

Illustrated from the collections of Walsall Local History Centre, it may now be found via the Articles menu above, or via the following link:

http://webwalsall.com/local-history-centre/?page_id=564

It reflects on a few of the local connections with that most memorable of battles in the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.