Wednesfield’s well-known local historian Ray Fellows is set to publish his new book covering the history of Wednesfield this month.
In the book, entitled ‘Wednesfield Our Heritage’ Ray not only deals with local history, but also talks about heritage sites and buildings that Wednesfield has lost over the years and those that we are in danger of losing.
Covering buildings fromÂ the regal Cinema in 1962, the Ideal Cinema (Smack) in 1990 and Sidebothams’s in the 1990’s, to Alcock’s Farm / Larry’s Tyres in 2011 and the soon to be demolishedÂ Tivoli Theatre / Temperance Hall as part of Sainsbury’s car park extension.
Book available 26th January
‘Wednesfield Our Heritage’ will be on sale at High Street News (Wednesfield) and Waterstones (Wolverhampton) from Thursday 26th JanuaryÂ and RayÂ will be promoting the book in-store at Waterstones at 1pm.
The following in an excerpt from the book, describing Wednesfield around 1948-1950…
A stranger approaching Wednesfield for the first time will probably do so viaÂ the main Wolverhampton â€“ Bloxwich Road. The distance is only two miles â€“Â a three penny ride on the trolley bus and the feeling of turning ones back onÂ Wolverhampton was not immediately apparent. Just beyond New Cross HospitalÂ however, a hump backed bridge over the canal affords a momentary glimpse ofÂ the general lie of the town, and very soon the narrow high street and the cluster ofÂ houses built around the parish church unmistakeably reveal Wednesfieldâ€™s villageÂ origin.Â
A brief stay in the town will also reveal equally unmistakeably, that Wednesfield wasÂ in every sense a separate community, exhibiting sturdy independence and a strongÂ sense of civic pride. These virtues, desirably in any town have been stimulated inÂ Wednesfield by threats of encroachment and absorption by neighbouring towns.Â Wednesfield is one of the oldest, if not the oldest of the Black Country townships, forÂ it has had a separate existence and identity for upwards of a thousand years.