Just a quick one to say a massive thank you to everyone that came out on a bright – but chilly – Saturday to have a walk around one of the less glamorous parts of Wolverhampton this weekend. Thanks too to Wolverhampton Art Gallery for organising it. I had a fantastic time wandering around the remains of Carribee Island talking about some of the rough and ready inhabitants of the area 150 years ago (and some of the even rougher landlords). I hope everyone enjoyed it, and I’d love to do it again soon.

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Comparing old photos and new facing towards Princes Square. Everything you see here now wasn’t even a gleam in the eye of the mid-century Victorian. We’re standing here on the site of a Wolverhampton institution, the Black Horse Inn.
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Imagining Broad Street before it was Broad Street, before the Slade Rooms, before the Chubb factory.

This week I’m off to the humongous Social History Society conference in Lancaster, and next week to the Urban History Group conference in Cambridge, so posts may be quick ones…

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