Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th March 2020

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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

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