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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - AROUND BRITAIN -

Find out more about your an­ces­tor’s home with Street­names of Stour­bridge, a rare ti­tle orig­i­nally pub­lished by the Black Coun­try So­ci­ety ( black­coun­tryso­ci­ety.co.uk) in 1988. Re­pro­duced here in this scanned and digi­tised PDF edi­tion, nor­mally sold for £4, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing source of in­for­ma­tion. The A-Z sur­vey – start­ing with Abbey Road and end­ing with the in­for­mally named ‘Z Street’ – con­tains the deriva­tion and his­tory of ev­ery street in and around the area. loriners Matthew Har­vey & Co, Wal­sall Locks and Cart Gear. We have a large col­lec­tion of trade cat­a­logues il­lus­trat­ing prod­ucts of leather, locks and many other in­dus­tries.”

Sandwell’s Com­mu­nity His­tory & Ar­chives Ser­vice, which is based at Smeth­wick Li­brary, also has records of Black Coun­try in­dus­try, such as the Pa­tent Shaft Steel­works of Wed­nes­bury, which man­u­fac­tured aand ex­ported bridges aall over the world aand pro­duced tanks ddur­ing the First WWorld War, and AAc­cles and Pol­lock of Old­bury, tube man­u­fac­tur­ers who ppro­duced the first tubu­lar fu­fur­ni­ture and tubu­lar air­craft sec­tions.

Ar­chiv­ist Matt Skid­more says: “Our most renowned busi­ness ccol­lec­tion is Chance Brothers LLim­ited, which was a lead­ing glass mman­u­fac­turer es­tab­lished in SSmeth­wick by Robert Lu­cas CChance in 1824. I should imag­ine mmost peo­ple in the area will be fafa­mil­iar with Chance Brothers’ oor­na­men­tal glass­ware but the ccom­pany was also re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing the lights and ap­pa­ra­tus for hun­dreds of light­houses, man­u­fac­tur­ing the glass for the Crys­tal Palace and for reglaz­ing the faces of the Palace of West­min­ster clock tower that houses Big Ben. The most pop­u­lar records for re­searchers are the em­ploy­ment records and the light­house or­der books.”

This year they are cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the visit to Smeth­wick of black rights ac­tivist Mal­colm X. Ar­chiv­ist Matt

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The Lady Wul­frun statue and St Peter's Church, Wolver­hamp­ton

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