Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 31st December 2017

EVENTS  Nothing this week but we are starting off the New Year with ‘Rogers New Year’s Party’ on Thursday 11th January beginning at 10.00am.

OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm to everyone for research or just viewing our archives and photographs.  Also our researchers and committee are available for help and any enquiries.

REQUESTS  Three enquiries to start the New Year with.  Firstly one from Marion in Wales who emails ‘I have a little puzzle that someone may be able to help with in the New Year.  I’ve been going through my family history stuff and came across some information given to my mother by her cousin Reg Plant about the family of Simeon and Lucy Tuft.  I think the date on the letter is 2000 or 2002.  Reg states that Simeon’s daughter Eliza lived in a caravan near the Red Lion.  I have looked at the census for 1871 and Eliza is still at home.  In 1881 she seems to be a general servant in London with the Atkins family!!  However, her sister Hannah is a general servant at the Red Lion.  So was it Hannah living in the caravan?  Does anyone know anything about this caravan?  How did Eliza come to be in London?  By 1892 she is married to Charles Smith in Wednesbury.  Reg also states that the Tufts had relatives in Tettenhall and he mentions a Charles Tuft, stating that his cottage is still in existence.  It would be great to connect the two families, as it has been impossible to go back beyond Simeon’s mother Catherine. Hope someone can help me.’  Unfortunately Reg, who was a very reliable source of information on many aspects of our village, passed away a few years ago, but I know we have a few members who have researched the Tuft family so any information will be gratefully received.

And the next request is from Graham and is a straight forward one and he asks ‘Why is the New Inn in Station Street referred to as the New Inns?’

Finally the third one is a really intriguing one.  It comes from Paul who stumbled across a gravestone in the Great Wyrley Cemetery in Station Street.  It is for Verdun Eric Ingram who was born on 16 May 1916 and he died 11 October 1965 aged 49.  Now the battle of Verdun raged from 21 Feb to 18 December 1916, claiming over 300,000 lives and Paul obviously assumes that there is a definite link but what is the story behind it all?

RESPONSES  Following on  from Peter Stallard’s appeal for his classmates of 1965 Peter Cadman forwards details of his cousin Lynda Hemmingsley, now Lynda Williscroft, after making contact with her.

No more stories have been received on the local character Joe Wilkes, but Janet Carpenter says that her mother Ann Marshall worked with Joe’s wife, Doris, at William Perks’ shop.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  

Two newspaper reports on the death of Private John Haycox (misspelt as Haycock in both reports in the Walsall Observer 3 & 15 July 1915) and a story of the recently mentioned W L Griffin of Wedges Mills raising a charter to the Queen to re-establish a weekly market in Cannock every Friday after it had fallen into disuse.  It is stated that Cannock has had a weekly market since Henry III’s reign (Staffs Advertiser 1 Dec 1838).  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.


28th December 1967  Full information of the lives of Mr and Mrs Edgar Herriot of Cheslyn Hay and now Stable Lane, Calf Heath.

28th December 1967  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council objecting to the transfer of Wedges Mills from Cheslyn Hay, to the Parish of Saredon.

29th December 1917  Sad death of Mrs Margaret Holt of Hill Street.

29th December 1917  Sarah Eaton and Susannah Jones were charged with using bad language in Station Street, Low Street and in High Street with full details.

29th December 1917  Details of the Christmas vacationthis year.

29th December 1917  On Christmas morning a large congregation was present at Salem Church, with the Rev R T Rowley.  Full information.

29th December 1917  The annual Christmas Don Tournament at the Working Men’s Club and Institute was held last week when over 100 competitors entered for prizes offered by the Tournament Committee.  All winners named with amounts won.

29th December 1917  On Christmas Day Cheslyn Hay Institute football team beat Landywood Institute with details.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This January we commemorate the death of 17449 George H Davies of the 7th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who died on 14th November 1917 aged 28, brother of Edward Davies of 96 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Cheslyn Hay Cemetery.

GENERAL NEWS  Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive this newsletter with full details under all the headings every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.


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