Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 19th April 2020

Virtual Tours by Malcolm Podmore
Although we’re all in lockdown and unable to visit our favourite historical sites, there are still ways in which we can ‘escape’ the four walls of our homes. Lots of organisations have virtual tours of their buildings or sites that we can enjoy through our pc’s, laptops, iPads and smartphones. Here are just a few.  Eyerevoloution offer 360 virtual tours of some of the Royal houses including Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House and St Georges Chapel Windsor, as well as others.  All are listed.

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

Cannock Advertiser  16th April 1970  Cannock Rural Council is investigating the possibility of filling in the “Old Falls” hole” a water filled pit in Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay.  Full story.

16th April 1970   Pupils of Great Wyrley Secondary School arrived back after the Easter holidays on Tuesday to find a hole at the back of the school hall. Full story.

16th April 1970  The standards of the old Boys Brigade have been found in a disused cupboard in the Salem.  

Cannock Courier

This Weeks Edition in 1920 is Missing from the Archives

St Georges Day 23rd April  An article by Peter Cadman on thebackground of St George has been included to commemorate our Patron Saint.

General News  More sad news this week another of one our long standing members has passed away .  Bill Lowe, aged 90 and founder of Lowe Properties Ltd based in Sutton Coldfield, regularly visited the Salem to meet up with ourselves and his local friends over the years and has provided us with copies of many photographs, personal letters, artifacts and memorabilia of the Hawkins family.  He was a direct descendant of Joseph Hawkins through his second son, Edward, whose daughter Beatrice (1869 – 1955) married Samuel Lowe.  He was a fount of knowledge concerning Cheslyn Hay’s leading family which he imparted with a wonderfully dry sense of humour.  His visits will certainly be missed.


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