How the land­mark build­ings look to­day a cen­tury af­ter Lloyd Ge­orge’s visit

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By JOHN WORK­MAN

MANY changes can be ex­pected over a cen­tury; a hun­dred years of im­prove­ments in trans­port, health, hous­ing, the list is end­less.

That is why it is some­times dif­fi­cult to as­sem­ble a story that needs pic­tures of con­tem­po­rary build­ings to re­flect the age that the story em­anates from. So many have been de­stroyed in the name of progress, their mod­ern re­place­ments a poor sub­sti­tute in al­most ev­ery case.

With the cen­te­nary of David Lloyd Ge­orge’s fa­mous speech at the Grand The­atre in Wolver­hamp­ton very much in our thoughts, some of the land­mark build­ings that played an im­por­tant role in his his­toric and tri­umphant visit to the bor­ough in late Novem­ber 1918 have been re­vis­ited, and thank­fully if the Prime Min­is­ter who took us to vic­tory in the Great War was able to re­turn him­self, he would no doubt be pleas­antly sur­prised.

On Fri­day Novem­ber 23 2018 the Grand The­atre was the set­ting of a his­tory les­son to which the Mayor of Wolver­hamp­ton Cllr. Phil Page and the May­oress Mrs Elaine Hadley-pow­ell to­gether with a smat­ter­ing of jour­nal­ist, coun­cil­lors, of­fi­cers and his­to­rian Tom Larkin were in at­ten­dance. They heard a nar­ra­tion of the fa­mous speech to mark this spe­cial oc­ca­sion. As for the bricks and mor­tar of the the­atre, from the out­side at least Lloyd Ge­orge would have recog­nised it.

How­ever the Low Level Sta­tion where Lloyd Ge­orge be­gan his visit last wit­nessed a train leav­ing a plat­form in 1968. To­day the sta­tion build­ings are used for an­other pur­pose and you have to con­cen­trate hard to imag­ine the PM’S train ar­riv­ing amidst a furore of ex­pec­tant Black Coun­try folk chant­ing his name and cheer­ing ev­ery move he made 100 years ago.

The Grand The­atre, Wolver­hamp­ton, Fri­day Novem­ber 23, 2018

The Mount in Tet­ten­hall is where Lloyd Ge­orge and his wife stayed the night be­fore his fa­mous speech. To­day The Mount is a ho­tel (above) and we have to thank Mr Ish­er­wood for point­ing out that we used the wrong pic­ture for The Mount in the fea­ture pub­lished in Bu­gle 1369

Low Level Sta­tion as it is to­day

Mayor and May­oress of Wolver­hamp­ton with Tom Larkin

A re­con­sti­tuted plat­form at Low Level Sta­tion

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