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Published on February 11th, 2015 | by Steph Clarke

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Growing up in Wednesfield. Memories of a Resident

I was born and I grew up in the village of Wednesfield there was  my parents and two older sisters.  My brother was born later.

We lived in a tiny terrace house and there were several houses which all backed onto a yard. On our Birthdays all the parents  made jellies and trifles for the party and we had tables and chairs outside in the yard.  We all went to Neachells Lane School. During the school holidays the children all played together in the yard, skipping, football and many more games, and most times our parents would join in with us.

We also made a little stage and danced and sang for our parents.

Every year Wednesfield had a Carnival for the people of Wednesfield and the children from the yard entered the contest, our parents made our clothes and dressed us up and we very often won a prize.  With the winnings we were took to the seaside usually Blackpool so we could ride the donkeys.

In 1953 we celebrated the Coronation with a big party, unfortunately we could not have the party outside in the yard because it was raining. The council was good enough to loan us the Wednesfield Institute so we had a great time with jelly and trifles singing dancing and playing games. Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.

One by one we moved from the yard because the houses were condemned but we all kept in touch with each other.  Anyone who was born and bred in Wednesfield always refer to it as the “village”.

We all had many happy memories which we will never forget.

Jacqueline (Tonks) Lewis

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I have nearly always lived in Wednesfield, I moved away briefly but missed the sense of community and so swiftly moved back! I honestly believe Wednesfield has more to offer than the residents often give it credit for and wanted to do something to redress the balance of negativity around where we live. Working for a media company using the internet and social media as a marketing tool I had the skills and passion to help set up WV11.co.uk so did!



One Response to Growing up in Wednesfield. Memories of a Resident

  1. Kerry Baxter says:

    HI Remember the yard was it a arch entrance ?some houses and use to be a yard for council one family I remember craven had a Daughter marry one of the shops was that side Salts Shel
    lton’s hubbull’s across the road wotton’s oaks howes

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