This page is a treasure trove of miscellaneous information in the form of newspaper cuttings, National Registration Cards and old driving licences etc. You may even find one of your ancestors mentioned in the newspaper articles! I will continue to add to this page so please check back soon.
A rare postcard showing a bonfire constructed in Old Hill to celebrate the Coronation in 1911 of King George V and Queen Mary.
Fire Service, Cradley Heath.
This photograph is dated around the 1940's/50's. Do you recognise anybody? Please let me know if you can put names to any of these gentlemen.
The year 1915 saw the beginnings of Toc H. Originally set up as a soldier's club in Belgium, it took its name from the club, Talbot House - the initials of which were Toc H in a signallers' language. Please see this link for more information:
A wonderful reminder of Woolworths. How sad that this Aladdin's Cave of a store is no longer on our High Streets. This card is a lovely reminder of the company.
An Official Programme for Old Hill Hospital Carnival Week, September 30th to October 6th 1929. With sincere thanks to Carol for this fascinating piece of history.
The text which appears above is as follows:
ROWLEY REGIS FIRE BRIGADE
Brigade formed 1901.
First Drill in Powke Lane School Yard.
First Fire, 20th August, 1902.
4th July, 1906. - Boiler Explosion at Pens.
23rd August, 1907. - Several Firemen fell into water up to waist.
27th August 1909. - "Dennis" attended first Fire.
3rd August, 1912. - Chief and two men fell into 4 feet of water.
18th June, 1913. - Rowley Church gutted. Bells and records saved.
12th March 1915. - Pony burnt to death, Waterfall Lane.
23rd December, 1921. - Captain Longfellow fell into canal.
14th October, 1925. - Seven horses roasted alive in Powke Lane.
5th December, 1928. - Lieutenant Cook fell into 5 feet of water at Kendricks.
Total fires attended, 320.
24th June, 1929. - W. Willetts Esq., J.P., C.C., D.C., said: : - "Neither wise men nor fools can work without tools."
1923-29 - Chairman of Brigade, T. Thornton Esq.
The following articles are taken from The County Advertiser And Herald, Saturday, February 29, 1936.
This is a very interesting article bearing in mind the current cost of gas!
Dr J. A. Cameron who died in 1936.
An interesting letter sent by Frederick W. Green Solicitor, to his Client in 1934.
The following may not be that old but I still find them fascinating.
Coronation 1902. King and Queen approaching the Abbey.
This medal was made to commemorate the Coronation on 26 June 1902 of King Edward VII. He was born Albert Edward on 9 November 1841 and died 6 May 1910.
The Edwardian period was named after King Edward VII and covered his reign. However, this was short - he succeeded his mother Queen Victoria in January 1901 and died in 1910. The changes that made 20th century Britain a very different country from that of the 19th century took place during this period.
His Late Majesty, King Edward The Peacemaker.
The Funeral of King Edward VII. King George V and the German Emperor are at the head of the Royal band of mourners entering Hyde Park, May 20th, 1910.
Memoriam Card in respect of King George V who died 20th January 1936.
Issued by the Makers of Pears Soap on the occasion of the Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 12th May 1937.
The Government passed the National Registration Act on 15 July 1915. It was brought into force in order that a count of the men between the ages of 15 and 65 could be obtained including the trades in which they were engaged. It was a step towards encouraging recruitment into the army and the results of the census became available by the middle of September 1915.
The inside pages of the National Registration Act Certificate.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcasting to Europe June 1942.
This is the outer cover of a World War 2 National Registration Identity Card introduced by the government under the National Registration Act 1939. The blue card was introduced for adults in 1943 but before that, adult identity cards were brown, the same as children's cards. Identity cards gave the owner's name, address and previous addresses and had to be carried at all times by every civilian and child. A National Registration number was allocated to each person and this was written on the inside of the card. It was validated by a stamp applied by the local registration office.
Identity cards had to be produced with a ration book when people claimed their share of food or clothes. The cards were also necessary in the event that families became separated in an air raid or if children were evacuated to another part of the country. Please also see the notice to the owner of the card.
The British wartime identity card scheme was abolished in 1952.
A telegram sent during a period of National Service.
The Soldier's Release Book on completion of National Service.
Motor Fuel rationing was in force in Britain for five months following the Suez Crisis of 1956. On 14 May 1957, rationing was lifted.
A Driving Licence from the 1960's.
Inside cover of Driving Licence.
Back cover of Driving Licence.
Another Driving Licence from the 1960's.
An envelope from c1918 with the Great Western Railway Company logo embossed on the reverse.
Birthday Card c1916.
Christmas Card c1916.
Three French postcards produced during the period of the First World War.
The Burial Laws Amendment Act of 1880.
An interesting article re Burial Boards.
A card presented with the 'Weekly Welcome' during World War I.
An Ovoline Van from the 1930's.
The business was founded in 1877 by Mr R. F. Brett and it concentrated on the supply and service of the requirements for oil lighting. The company was joined by Mr R. F. Brett's son, Mr R. E. Brett in 1895 and the firm expanded. However, paraffin declined in importance due to the growth of gas and electric lighting so a new direction was needed.
The company started the manufacture and distribution of oils and lubricating greases with the advent of petrol driven transport and the increase in industrial mechanisation. Star Oil and Grease Company based at Lincoln was acquired after the end of the First World War by Tyne Lubricants which had been taken over by the Brett family in 1912. New offices, works and a laboratory were built in 1927 and Mr Ernest Brett joined the company in 1938. The company has undergone several changes over the years but has remained in the Brett family throughout. In November 1991, the company acquired Velvetone Oil and Chemical Co Ltd of Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
Many thanks to Amy for providing this vintage perfume card produced by J Grossmith & Son for Phul - Nana Perfumery. This fragrance encompassed a wide range of beauty products and was sold in the 1920's and 1930's. The reverse of the card is shown below. Please note that the word Moyley was a printing error and should read Moxley.
This is a Christmas Card that was sent in 1917 by Dolly Edge of 6, Cox's Lane, Old Hill, Staffs.
This is a Christmas Card that was sent in 1918 by Miss Lily Woodcock of 62, Elbow Street, Old Hill, Staffs. She appears on the 1911 Census with her parents Frank and Ann Elizabeth and sisters Amy, Annie and Dora. Lily is aged 15 and is a Shoe Binder.
Are either Dolly Edge or Lily Woodcock one of your ancestors?
This is an unusual Christmas Card from World War 1. The emblem shown below indicates that this card related to the 40th Division of the British Expeditionary Force.
Festival Of Britain Crown Piece.
Crown Piece to commemorate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II June 1953.
Information supplied when Britain's first Decimal Coins were introduced.
An interesting letter from Barclays Bank Limited. A photograph of the building in Upper High Street, Cradley Heath will be available on a new site shortly.
Another interesting letter sent to customers of the National Coal Board in 1961.
A Coal Distribution Order of 1943.
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