EVENTS This month’s speaker is Rod Lewis, an Official Guide at the National Arboretum, giving a talk on the traumatic events of World War One entitled ‘Shot at Dawn’. This Thursday, 25th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everyone welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week Dr Alan Jones will be present with updates and his latest findings on the Edalji case. Open to all.
REQUESTS An appeal on our website comes from Kathy Ward who is the granddaughter of George Handel Bailey and Violet Bailey (nee Chetwyn) and she is asking for any information on them and, if possible, any photographs as she has never seen them. She is also willing to exchange information on her researches and photographs of some of her Bailey relatives.
Kathy also asks if anyone has any memories of Doris Davies (b1903) who was the older sister of Phyllis Davies who died a few years ago.
And a request on our Facebook page comes from Amelia who asks ‘Does anyone know the history of the cottages on Hobnock Road in Essington? We moved in a couple of years ago and would love to put a date on when they were built and for whom. We have found them on maps dating back to the 1830s with some mention in the deeds of the Squire family living here in the 1900s and they were lock makers.’
RESPONSES We now have a family tree of the Jukes/Dukes family showing our local connections including Susanna Whitehouse, Maria Cox (b1778 Great Wyrley), Elizabeth Benton and Benjamin Hawkins. However Peter, a member and researcher of the same family, points out some confusion as there were two James’s – one born in 1787 with only the fathers name Thomas Jukes shown on the bishops transcript – and one in 1792 is born to James Jukes and Mary. The name of Dukes seem to have disappeared during the 1800s but there are a number of Jukes being recorded as buried in the old graveyard at St Marks as well as the Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay cemeteries throughout the 1900s.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Details of the history of the Cheslyn Hay Waterworks.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser 18th January 1968 A letter from Mr W S Whitehouse, 6 Littlewood Road, Cheslyn Hay.
18th January 1968 Because a 74 year-old sick old man and his family did not have a house, Herbert D Kingston of The Nook, Cheslyn Hay, told Cannock magistrates on Monday he permitted them to live in two caravans on land he owned. Full details of the case.
Cannock Chase Courier – 19th January 1918
On Sunday evening, a memorial service was held at Mount Zion Primitive Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay, in honour and memory of the late William Brownand George Rowland Benton. Stories of both of their lives before they were killed with contributipns from Mr Edward Brough, Mr James Kingston and Mr Thomas Weetman.
MEMORIES This week from Glenys Lomas (nee Hammond) relating stories of her grandfather, Herbert Baker, son of Anne and Phineas Baker, the barber, and details of her grandparents house, 18 Low Street, together with a mystery including her cousin Jane Mansell. Also involved are Alice Pearson (nee Baker), Kath Pearson, Bill Mansell and the Hawkins family with Miss Jean, Mr Harold and his son Adrian.
GENERAL NEWS We’ve had enquiries from last week’s article in the Chronicle for our old friend Mick Drury’s published 200 page book of his life down Littleton Colliery called ‘Boots all my Life’. It’s an excellent read, particularly for any old miners. Please contact Alan Dean 01543 275638 to post the book on to them for £14 plus £4 postage, but for anyone living locally I’ll gladly deliver it just for the £14.