We regret to announce that with immediate effect, all of Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society’s events, including our normal Tuesday meetings, Chat N Char and Speaker’s Evenings are cancelled until further notice.

There will be a full refund of any tickets already paid for, including Lesley Smith’s visit, and the trip to Ludlow. We will still be happy to undertake research and general enquiries via telephone or email.

 Malcolm Podmore – 07794 418295

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 29th March 2020

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  Hawkins Sports 3, TWH Athletic 0.  Full report

25th March 1970   Deaconess Samson was the guest speaker at last week’s meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Salem Wesley Guild.

25th March 1970  Councillors Seek Action on Flooding in Coppice Lane.

Cannock Chase Courier   27th March 1920   Issue missing.

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington

Birmingham Daily Post  26th March 1970   Telephone subscribers in the Cheslyn Hay District, Near Wallsall, will receive an unexpected call from the operator next week to make sure the areas new Exchange is working properly.   Full story.

Vikings by Peter Cadman
Peter is going to write a series on “The Vikings” for the newsletter for us all to enjoy while we are on Lockdown.

The first recorded Viking attacks occurred along the coast of Northern Europe and Britain in 789 AD. Vikings brutally attack the Monastery of Lindisfarne, an island off the north-east coast of England in 793 AD. They began to attack Scotland in 795 AD. The settlement of the Scottish islands of Orkney and Shetland with the discovery of the Faroe Islands took place in 800 AD. They journey to Ireland and the city of Dublin is founded in 840 AD. Raids on Spain take place in 844 AD. The cities of Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany, are sacked in about 845 AD. In 860 AD a Viking, maybe Rurik the Rus, becomes the ruler of the Russian area of Novogorod. Much of England is invaded and conquered by Vikings from Denmark during the years 865 – 74 AD. A Viking named Harald Finehair becomes (arguably) the first king of Norway in 872 AD. The island of Iceland is settled by Vikings in 874 AD. In England King Alfred agrees a boundary between his kingdom and lands in the north and east of the country, ruled by Vikings. It was known as “Danelaw”. Rollo a Viking leader made inroads into France and occupied territory and ruled over it, Normandy. The year was around 911 AD. In 954 AD the city of York in England, is ruled over by Eric Bloodaxe. He loses his life at the Battle of Stainmore during the same year. By 958 AD Christianity begins to spread across Scandinavia. The king of Denmark, Harald Bluetooth converts to the religion during 958 AD. Greenland is discovered and settled by the Vikings in 982 AD. Eric the Red is believed to have first landed in Greenland. By the year 1000 AD Christianity has spread to Iceland. In the year 1002 AD it is believed the Viking Lief Erikson explored the coast of North America. The Norwegian ruler by 1014 AD is Olaf Haraldsson. A Danish Chieftain known as Cnut becomes king of England in 1016 AD and later becomes king of Norway. (Probably by 1030 AD.) By 1042 AD England is free from Danish rule and two years later in 1046 AD Harald Hardrada becomes king of Norway. Hardrada, perhaps the last Viking King of note, invades England in 1066 AD. His army is defeated at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and Hardrada is killed. However, Duke William of Normandy invades England and defeats the Saxon army at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. The Viking age has drawn to a close.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 22nd March 2020

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser   19th March 1970  Story of Mr. J. Stevenson disturbing burglars breaking into his chemist’s shop after drugs.
19th March 1970  In Memorium
Blurton (Edith) – Treasured memories of a dear wife and mom, died March 23 1965 from husband George, daughter Beryl and grandson Michael.
19th March 1970  Details of the success of the Cheslyn Hay Coffee Box with details of the events and committee members and helpers.

19th March 1970  Bert Walker of 12, Wesley Avenue, Cheslyn Hay, recalling his lifetime of his bowling successes from 1928 to 1966.

Cannock Courier
No reports for Cheslyn Hay this week in 1920

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington

Staffordshire Advertiser   20th March 1920  Excerpt from Cannock Rural Council Meeting Report  with a complaint from Mr E J Pearson and a report from Mr J T H Hall (Sanitary Inspector) of overcrowding at Landywood where in a house of three bedrooms, two of which were small, 16 people were living with husband and wife and 8 children and man and wife and 4 children with 2 more children expected.  

General News
Suspension of services due to Coronavirus including  Staffordshire Record Office, the William Salt Library and the Lichfield History Access Point will all close from 00.01 on Monday 23 March 2020 and the service will be suspended until further notice.
All of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s cultural venues including The Archives  will close from Friday 20th March until further notice.

All of our own scheduled events at the Cheslyn Hay & District Local Histroy Society for the coming months have been postponed until further notice and we will look at re-scheduling as many of these as possible for a later date. If you have purchased a ticket for any of our forthcoming events you will be refunded

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th March 2020

No Events This Week

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  12th March 1970
The funeral service of Mr. William Stephen Whitehouse of 6, Littlewood Road, Cheslyn Hay, took place at Salem Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay, last Friday. 

12th March 1970  Bus services in the Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay areas are to be improved to cater for the new estates with full details.

12th March 1970  A Labourer had been stealing metal from his employer magistrates at Cannock heard on Monday. The labourer Dereck William Mathews, of 68, Mitre Road, Cheslyn Hay, pleaded guilty.  Full story. 

 Cannock Chase Courier  13th March 1920  Richard John Row, Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned for not sending his children to school.  Mr. Cliff, attendance officer, said this is one of the worst families at Cheslyn Hay, and gave full details.

13th March 1920  At the licensing sessions held at Penkridge, on Monday February 9th, a deputation was received from the Cheslyn Hay Temperance Society, representing various denominations and societies, who presented a petition to the effect that Cheslyn Hay was over supplied with drinking facilities to the detriment of the village.  Full story and outcomes of the case concerning the Rose and Crown and the Hatherton Arms.

Bruce in Bristol has emailed us this week re his Walker and Moore families from the States who have traced their ancestors back to the Salem in 1813.  Bruce states “Maria Moore was baptized in the New Connexion in 1813. She married a John Walker 3rd Feb 1834 at St Lukes Cannock and I have the book The BygoneDays of Cheslyn Hay which show John Walker as the occupier of some 30 acres in Tranters Croft 1849.  We can see they had 5 children which look to been baptised  at St Lukes.  We have been unable to find a death of John, and we know that Maria and her 4 sons moved to Broomhill in the late 1870’s.  We are keen to trace John’s parents and what happened to him”.

If anyone can help please email 

and I will pass your replies on to Bruce




Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 8th March 2020

The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday 12th March  is “Drinking Smoke” starting at 10am in the Salem as usual.

Rogers Trip 14th May  SOLD OUT
This year we are visiting  Stokesay Castle and Ludlow on Thursday 14th May 2020 leaving from  Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 9am.
The cost of trip will be £20.00 including entrance to Stokesay Castle.

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  5th March 1970  Pupils from Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay Primary Schools will join forces this Easter, when they go for a week’s holiday on the Isle of Wight. Full story.
5th March 1970  Cannock Dog Show with Miss B Smith, of The Bungalow, Old Landywood Lane, Cheslyn Hay, carrying off many awards.  Full story.

5th March 1970  Dereck Arthur Stanton of Standek Farm, Wolverhampton Road, Cheslyn Hay, pleads guilty in court case.  
Cannock Chase Courier  6th March 1920  William Ansell, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned for assaulting Alfred Barnes.  Full story with witnesses and their statements and a guilty verdict.

6th March 1920 Marriage of Devereux – Deakin at the Congregational Church, Stafford, Lieutenant Clifford Devereux, of Cheslyn Hay, to Fanny Deakin.

6th March 1920  Canadian Wedding of Hosegood – Andrew  at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Regina, Canada.  Miss Lucy Andrew, and Mr. Rowland Hosegood M.C. an ex-officer of the 28th Battalion and son of Dr. and Mrs. Hosegood of Cheslyn Hay.
6th March 1920  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
A committee was formed at the Working Men’s Club, consisting of members of the Victoria Brass Band, Members of the club and others, to organise a scheme to raise funds for the Wolverhampton Women’s Hospital with details of the collections.
Early on Saturday morning a prominent citizen in the name of Mrs. T. Pearson, of Station Street, passed away. Details of his life and funeral.

6th March 1920  Cheslyn Hay woman frightened of her husband.  Lily Parkes, of Cheslyn Hay, made an application for a separation order against her husband, Albert Jaz Parkes, of Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, on account of his ill-treatment.

Funeral Arrangements of two of our former Members are as follows:
Joan Spooner – Tuesday 10th March 1.45pm at St Marks followed by cremation  3pm at Crematorium
Julian Allen  – Thursday 12th March  11.15am at Bushbury Crematorium (West Chapel) 

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 1st March 2020


Rogers Trip 14th May  SOLD OUT
This year we are visiting  Stokesay Castle and Ludlow on Thursday 14th May 2020 leaving from  Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 9am.

Our Salem Base  is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Committee 1pm

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike BelcherCannock Advertiser
26th February 1970
  Story of Michael Jones marrying Marion Smith of 38 Mitre Road and emigrating to Australia.

26th February 1970  A petition signed by 124 people on the Landywood estate has been sent to Staffordshire County Council asking them to take over Coppice Close, one of the estates neglected roads
26th February 1920  The next few months could see the formation of a branch of the Girls Brigade in Cheslyn Hay organised by the Methodist Minister, the Rev. Ronald Hicks.

26th February 1970  Young children in Cheslyn Hay area should not be at a loose end for something to do  during the long summer evenings this year, judging by the number of organisations likely top be formed within the next few months by the Methodist Minister, the Rev. R. Hicks.

26th February 1970  Cannock Rural District Councillors pressed at last week’s meeting for the selling or leasing of land at the Coppice Lane industrial site, Cheslyn Hay.
26th February 1970

Eighty-nine Cheslyn Hay pensioners the majority of them of the village Working Men’s Club, were treating to an evening entertainment by the club on Saturday.
Cannock Courier 28th February 1920
Chat from Cheslyn Hay

 local demobilised soldier in the person of J. Wesley had received an invitation to have a trial with Newport County this Saturday afternoon.
Last week the annual meeting of the Senior Bowling Club was held at the Red Lion hotel, with the club had experiencing a most successful season.
On Thursday evening the Primitive Methodist Church, was filled when a Concert was held in aid of the new organ fund. 

28th February 1920  On Friday afternoon the remains of the late B. Potts, of the Lord Nelson Inn, were laid to rest at the local cemetery.  Full details.
General News  Julian Allen’s Funeral will be held on Thursday 12th March 11.15am at Bushbury Crematorium, West Chapel  and there’ll be a Thanksgiving Service at the Salem at a later date to be announced.