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1933 ‘ the corporations’ trumpets have sounded the Last post over Deanery Hall and its walls are levelled to the ground. We now await with misgivings the municipal monster which will at some vague distant date succeed....The house was by no means tottering...to the outside world W’ton is a place to avoid.

Industrial Institute for the Blind Inaugural Meeting.
Institution started for the employment of the blind in making baskets and caning chairs and other works. Alexandra Street, St Marks are the premises. Mrs Whitehouse was instrumental in developing a home teaching society and setting up the institution.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 24th  January 1883


Smallpox
Wolverhampton Chronicle 10th  & 31st January 1883

The Old Theatre Royal Buildings had been purchased by Andrew Potter of the Melbourne Works, North Road, or so he thought for 2,000 and he sent a deposit but this was returned. It was thought he was going to pull the building down and make warehouse stores on the spot. His business was making waggon covers , horse clothing etc and they have been repurchased for a free library. The Mayor being instrumental in this as they have been looking for a location for a new Free Library.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 27 January 1897

In Dudley Street was a pub called the Pack Horse offering accommodation for both horse and man. Drovers and customers at the market on Wednesday and Saturday which took place in the adjoining streets. It was also the favoured pub for the old manufacturers and professionals who would adjourn to a private room at the back of the pub. John Newell, formerly of the Castle Inn, became landlord in 1827 and was there until his death in 1833. He was a genial host, by all accounts and well-liked. There being no closing time, gambling would often go on all night in pubs.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 18 May 1887

The fourth anniversary of the Sun Bicycle Association was held on the 31st December at their club house, Mr Turner’s, the Sun Inn, Commercial Inn. The first year there were 12 members, this year upwards of 60. Mr McGregor was the chairman.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 7 January 1874

Yesterday at the Police Court, three boys were fined 1s each for trundling hoops, thereby obstructing traffic. There was a proper place for this sort of pleasure and the street was not it, the Magistrates said.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 30 March 1870

A new crossing has been put in in Chapel Ash, it is oak blocks covered in tar laid on a cemented bed and covered with tar again. It is said to last twelve years and was laid by the prismatic wood block company of Worcester.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 24 March 1897

On the 4 August 1847, two waggoners were up in court one charged with leaving his waggon unattended and the other for driving without reins (against the law). Robert Mann employed by John James of Shrewsbury, left his waggon to join Ellis. Mann was intoxicated. The temptation was a group of women riding on Ellis’s waggon. Ellis worked for William Mannox, egg dealer of Wolverhampton.

By the late nineteenth century the NSPCC had arrived in Wolverhampton and cases of neglect of children were brought to court. The evidence they provided gives a shocking picture of the lifestyle of those who were worst off. John Spilsbury of Bell Street, formerly of Brooke Street, a paperhanger, and his wife, Sarah Ann, slept in one room with their six children. The children were barely clad and dirty. The bed clothing was bags and flocks and other stinking material. Some of the children worked as a crossing sweeper in Darlington Street. Wolverhampton Chronicle 9 January 1895.
James Faulkner, brick maker and Sarah Ann Walker, of Green Lane, had four children and had had to pawn the bed clothing. The children had had to beg bread from the neighbours. Wolverhampton Chronicle 16 January 1895.
Kate Eagleton of 1 Court, Worcester Street. The mother had been a drinker but lately had improved. One child was barefoot and his feet encrusted with dirt. Another boy was sitting on the floor with nothing on except a pair of trousers and part of a shirt. One child was wearing just part of a shirt. There were two rooms in the house, dirty. The children were immediately taken to the workhouse.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 16 January 1895

Advertisement from the Wolverhampton Chronicle 1845. The Swift Packet was established in 1843 and in this advertisement, for passengers and parcels, they are arranged to sail from the first of April, Sundays excepted, at the following times. From the Station, at the bottom of Railway Street, Wolverhampton at 9am, 1pm, 4pm and 6.30pm and from the Station, Friday Bridge, Birmingham at the same times. Fares from Wolverhampton to Birmingham for a chief cabin are 2s 6d and for a second cabin 1s 2d.

Bridge built at the High Level Station. Anyone crossing the line in future will be prosecuted.
Wolverhampton Chronicle 17 October 1883

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