The new Flames of Bengal restaurant in Brierley Hill. Behind the frontage is a clean and well laid out restaurant A new restaurant Flames of Bengal opened in Brierley Hill on 12th August. It is located at the south end of the High Street near to the Catholic Church and occupying the former premises of […]
Despite dire predictions, Brierley Hill in Bloom is still looking good. How about some support for our sponsors – the more who support Bloom, the more we can do.
Good news that Wordsley School are interested in helping to raise funds to restore Brierley Hill war memorial. But this raises questions about what conservation actually is and who should decide on the route to take.
A visit to the Bull and Bladder in Brierley Hill for a pint of Bathams triggered a line of enquiry which revealed some fantastic Brierley Hill artwork and the story of the remarkable Gibbons family and their contribution to the town.
High summer temperatures; a feeling of injustice; heavy handed policing; insensitive politicians. Classic ingredients for public unrest. In August 1914, in Quarry Bank, hard pressed workers were outraged when shopkeepers increased food prices upon the outbreak of war. Even more so when two of the shop-keepers were local councillors. Cue the Quarry Bank Riots!
On the day war broke out the men of the Brierley Hill Territorial force were summoned by bugle to the Drill Hall in Pearson Street. Now ASDA car park. Crowds gathered at Five Ways and at the corner of Pearson Street and High Street – singing patriotic songs. This blog posting describes the events and contains the Country Express article from 1914. I found the section headed “The Departure” incredibly moving.
The second of the historic Great War documents discovered during renovation work at St Michael’s last week was the Delph Roll of Honour.
During the Great War the Delph was a very strong community in its own right. It had its own brickworks, mines, scouts, pubs (of course) and, importantly, church.
It was at the Mission Church that, on Sunday 15th June 1919, the congregation stayed behind after the evening service to consider how to commemorate Delph men who had served in the war.
An email from Rev David Hoskin last Friday asked if it would be possible to pop up to St Michael’s. The church is undergoing some restoration work thanks to local benefactor Tony Whittaker. During the work Tony’s son had come across some old documents – relating to the Great War – lying under a pile of ‘junk’ on the church balcony. The press had been called and could I go up in case my recent research on the war memorial was helpful.
It was enormously exciting to see this terrific find.
Minutes of the meeting of Community First Brierley Hill held on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at St Michael’s Church commencing at 7pm. Present David Hoskin, Peter Plant, Tim Sunter As there were only three members of the panel present the meeting was not quorate. However, in view of the fact that there were five applications […]
In and around Brierley Hill we have 3 conservation areas, 2 scheduled ancient monuments, 10 grade II listed buildings and 25 locally listed buildings. It is important that we protect and preserve these. I wonder can you name them?