Fliers at the Fiery Holes
WHILE trawling through some of my paperwork I came across this rare cartoon which featured my grandfather Bill Richards – a keen pigeon fancier, hence the birds he is carrying – as well as a host of others such as secretary Bill Owen, Sid Beaton and Joe Osbourne of the fictional Fiery Holes Flying club which was in Moxley, but here is pitched as being in Bilston.
I wonder how many of your readers will know any of these characters from their monikers and names.
As everyone knows the public house got its name from being built on the site where red hot slag was tipped from the nearby furnaces into the hollows. At one stage, David Rose in the 19th century operated not only a colliery on his Victoria and Albert site in Moxley, but an ironstone mine and ironworks, fireclay pit and brickworks, producing 20,000 tons of pig iron in 1852.
Sadly the pub which my granddad Bill Richards drank in regularly during his lifetime before he died has now declined and been turned into The Fiery Grill and Curry House restaurant. Mark Dabbs Walsall