Fliers at the Fiery Holes

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

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

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