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Over the next few months, we will be making some changes. All images from these websites will be added to our gravestones database.
We will be providing a database of all the photos listed on this website, as well as others that had not been added previously.
We will be adding a significant amount of content to this website in the next few months, so please stop by again.
Thank you for visiting this website to which I am adding a wealth of information and resources specific to the Black Country.
The three aims of this website are:
1) to provide a lasting memory of our ancestors, their lives and the areas in which they lived
2) to provide a source of information for anyone researching their own family history and
3) to offer a professional, affordable research service to anyone whose roots lie predominantly within the Black Country and who, for various reasons may not be able to conduct their own research into relatives who may have passed on. The Funeral Guide offers some interesting reading material for funerals. I am also able to assist with 'brick walls' or any other problems encountered. Please see the 'Research' page of this website.
Most of the content on this website is from my own collection, however, I will gladly add any contributions you may wish to make - an old photo or snippet of information - everything will be gratefully accepted. In particular, any photos you have of buildings which are long gone or are soon to go would be really helpful. The speed at which our heritage is being taken away from us in the name of progress is terribly sad and I want to create a tardis of lasting memories before it is too late!
Do take a look at the 'old' photos - you may spot one of your ancestors, someone you know or even a younger you! Take a peek at the 'Miscellany/Memorabilia' section and you will enter a treasure trove of nostalgia.
I hope this evokes as many happy memories for you as it has for me. Enjoy this step back in time!
Happy searching and thank you again for visiting my site.
All images are scanned copies of the original postcard or photograph in my collection. Where an image has been supplied by a third party, credit is given accordingly.
I have upgraded this website and with access now to an unlimited number of pages, will be able to add a lot more scanned postcard/photographic images and information. I have recently purchased some very rare postcards, so do come back soon.
N.B. With sincere thanks to Colin Brownhill for providing the location and additional information about the Procession in the above photograph. It was taken in Cradley Heath High Street, looking towards Upper High Street. The Procession features, amongst others, the Boys Brigade, Boy Scouts and the gentlemen in the double-breasted jackets are firemen. They are wearing Merryweather helmets which were a type of helmet introduced in the Victorian era - the helmets were made of brass or nickel and had an impressive ornate badge. The shop at the end of the street was Stanley's Wine Merchants - this is supported by the Gilbey's sign. The photo was taken by E Beech of the Imperial Studio, Cradley Heath. A conservative estimate of the year is 1913 to 1915. Another photograph of this Procession appears in 'Black Country Postcards'.
The four websites currently have over 2000 images relating to the Black Country, possibly the largest private collection of Black Country images online. However, please note that all websites are works in progress and are added to when time allows, so the collection of images will continue to grow. In addition to this, we also have a gravestone database containing the names of over 7000 individuals.
The websites have been online for less than five years, but we have already received over 75000 visits.
The four connected sites are:
Nearly 600 old postcards, memorabilia and a treasure trove of images and true stories which evoke memories of the past. Page Rank 3 (Website established December 2008).
If you want to showcase your photographs on the Internet or have a story or memories of the Black Country that you would like to share with the world, we can help to make this possible. Also, we believe in supporting local Charities and organisations involved with the heritage and preservation of the Black Country and will provide free webspace for the promotion of your cause. (Website established October 2009).
Due to the overwhelming response to Black Country Churchyards we had to create two more websites as detailed below. (Website established February 2009).
We published this website in July 2011 and already have over 500 photographs online. It is our aim to photograph every Commonwealth War Grave and Private Memorial in the Black Country by August 2014 - the centenary of the beginning of the Great War.
A huge 'Thank You' to everyone who has visited these websites and made them the success they are today. Special thanks also to all who have taken the time to contact me with their kind comments - it truly is appreciated.
This website is dedicated to the memory of all those I have loved and lost.
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