Cheslyn Hay & DLHS – 12th November 2017

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EVENTS Great Wyrley LHS are holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday, 18th November at Harrison’s Sports and Social Club in Wharwell Lane, Great Wyrley, from 11am to 4pm and the theme is ‘The Seventies’. We will be supporting them as usual with a display.

Bridgtown LHS are holding a ‘Local Area Quiz’ compiled by Derek Davies OBE next Wednesday, 15th November at the Bethel Church, Union Street, starting at 10am. £1 admission.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are appealing to all bowling enthusiasts to review all of the photographs in our Bowls Volumes in an effort to name any of the unnamed players. If successful we intend to extend such gatherings in other aspects of the village.

REQUESTS Petra and Nicole from Germany are researchers into the Edalji case and raises questions about the unpopularity of Shapurji with one incident in particular. It concerns a baby, Joseph Whitehouse, who died and was buried on 31st August 1895, and Shapurji refused to have the hymn the family wanted at the ceremony. There is nothing recorded in the local newspapers, so can any of our many Whitehouse researchers enlighten us please?

Request from Debra, at the Base this week, who asks for information on her family tree of the Cheslyn Hay Towle family who married into the Steadmans. Charles Steadman (1860-1922) married Mirenda Stokes (1863-1932) and their daughter Mirenda (1899-1918) married Edward Towle and had a son Charlie (1909- 1985).

RESPONSES Further to last week’s Dorothy’s enquiry on her Stokes/Allen/Steadman/ Craddock connections, our researcher Vi points out that there is confusion as there were two Joseph Stokes, both born in Cheslyn Hay around the same time. However Vi and Andrew have been able to supply most of the answers for Dorothy and provide her with her Stokes family tree going back to 1762.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs of the Steadman family including Jack in the First World War plus George, Sarah, Evelyn, Annie & Ernie, Renee, Don, Will & Ethel Steadman (PE-STE-8, 9, 10), the Ridgway family with Gladys, Alice, Job & Geoff Ridgway (PE-RID-19), Blowers Dart team with Rex Wiggin, Frank Bowen, Bernard Hassall, – Farmer, Ray Connelly, Joe Wright & Dicky Plant (GW-PPB-9) and two of the Coronation Party in the Red Lion in 1953 with only Jean Parry, Janet Marshall, Alan Courtney, Harold Sambrook, Mike Belcher, Brian Parry & Muriel Malpass named (PB-RDL-12, 13) and Dean Swift’s Latin inscription at the Four Crosses pub (PB-FOU-3). Also 19 photographs for the Roger Moore Collection (PE-MOO-45 to 63) including Roger, Christine, Tanny, Dorrie Moore, Brian Davies, Pauline Brown, Angela & Marion Kidd, Heather Goodman, Roger Haywood, Alan Lane, Pat Young, Minnie & Frank Kingston and Arthur Waldron. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS More copies of deeds now being donated. This week we have received the deeds to 126 Littlewood Lane going back to 1925. Also a series of personal letters dated 1902-3 written by Samuel Lowe to his wife Beatrice nee Hawkins (1869-1955) just prior to their divorce.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington

Two newspaper reports from the Staffordshire Advertiser. One naming seven men, all from Wyrley, charged with a causing a riot and together with assaults at Shareshill Wake (2 Nov 1839). Also full details of five Shareshill properties for auction including ‘A dwelling house now used as a beer shop called ‘The Bulls Head’ with a butcher’s shop, outbuildings and yard’.


16th November 1967 Meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60 Club mentioning Mrs D Smith, Mr W Kingston, Nurse Brookes, Nurse Wooton, Mrs Collins, Mrs G Plant, Mrs Whitehouse and Mr and Mrs J Edwards.

17th November 1917 Details of Lance Corporal A Russell, sixth son of Henry and Mary Russell, Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay. Deeply mourned by his mother, dad, sisters and brothers.

17th November 1917 A large gathering assembled at the Working Men’s Club Assembly Rooms. Those named are Mr F J Altree, Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Harvey, Mrs G Brown, George Fletcher, Mr Bown and Mr H Horton.

17th November 1917 A remarkable incident happened on Sunday afternoon in the township with a horse belonging to Mr H Stokes starting from Hill Street.

MEMORIES We now complete the interview by Robert Jones with Mrs Joyce Cooper (nee Walley) dated January 2005, when Robert was researching his Jones family history with stories from and about Herbert Norman, Alfred ‘Granny’ Jones, William Jones, and the number of suicides in the local pools.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES We are renewing our interests in developing our Shareshill and Essington connections and would appreciate more photographs and archive material in these areas.
GENERAL NEWS We have a full set of 24 editions of the Family Tree magazines for 2015 & 2016 which are ideal for researchers. Available FREE to members to collect from the Base.

MARGARET MATTHEWS A long standing member, Margaret, has recently passed away on October 25th aged 87 years. She was the daughter of the Cheslyn Hay caretaker of the local cemetery in Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, Mr Joseph Middleton, and she served as secretary for Arnold Hawkins of Hawkins Tileries for many years. Margaret has always been a prominent citizen involved with village life and will be sadly missed. Funeral will be at the East Chapel, Bushbury Crematorium on Monday, November 20th at 11.30am.

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