Our next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. It is our annual Social Evening. There will be the usual refreshments followed by a presentation by member Eric Greenwood entitled “A Voyage Around My Grandfather – A Chauffeur’s Tale”.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events but on this occasion tickets must be purchased (£7.00 each including refreshments) in advance. Please contact us in good time if you want to join us on the night. Annual membership £10
It has been my experience and probably that of my parent’s generation too, that domestic toilets were normally indoors. Many of the houses built in Hagley during the 1930’s had an integral toilet but which was entered from outside. However, as a child I can just recall visiting an uncle who lived in rural Shropshire who had an old house with stone flagged floors and no indoor toilet. His family used a ‘privy’ at the bottom of the garden which when built would have been regarded as state of the art and a great improvement on what went before.
And so it was, as we were told by our speaker this month Derek Clarke, that when the Birmingham Back to Backs in Inge Street were built in 1801 they were provided with three privies and two wash houses to cater for the needs of up to 100 people. As most of the neighbours both lived and worked at home these shared facilities made for a very close knit community. Both men and women were skilled craftspeople and were involved in metal, glass, wood and leather work. We know that there was a widow who worked as a pearl button driller and one Herbert Oldfield, a glass eye maker. The last remaining example of a Back to Back in Birmingham belongs to the National Trust and can be visited by appointment.
Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 8.00pm. It is our annual Social Evening. There will be the usual refreshments followed by a presentation by member Eric Greenwood entitled “A Voyage Around My Grandfather – A Chauffeur’s Tale”. Visitors are most welcome at all our events but on this occasion tickets must be purchased in advance – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.
The idea for this new publication was originally developed by the late Dr Peter Bloore, who lived in Middlefield Lane. He was a member of Hagley Historical and Field Society and also Hagley Parish Archivist. His widow offered the file to the Archive Group and they decided that they would continue his research and aim at publishing a summary of his work plus contributions from people, who lived or had lived in the Lane or had first hand knowledge of the residents. The results are now available as an illustrated book of fifty-two pages.
The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.
The book “Hagley Miscellanea” by John-Homery Folkes, the architect of St.Saviour’s Hall, was first published in 1974. It was for private circulation and only 25 copies were printed. Forty years later it is considered sufficiently interesting to merit this reprint. The author (born 1906) has gathered a wide range of reminiscences that together give a picture of Hagley’s inhabitants, houses, industries, celebrations and entertainments in the century and more before the explosion of house-building in the 1960s.
The book includes: the early days of the railway station; the building of St. Saviour’s church and planning the cemetery; houses large and small; an attempt at encroachment in Church Street; the Rifle Corps and the Range; the nursemaid question!; Hagley celebrities; the Sunday postal delivery and church attendance and an eyewitness account of the fire at Hagley Hall on Christmas Eve 1925. The “Illustrations” section includes the programme for the Coronation Celebration of June 1911.
The book is priced at £5 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.
The Society has now launched a new book entitled ‘Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918’, researched and written by local author and member, Pat Dunn. It is based on the ‘Hagley Parish Magazines’ of the period and describes how the people of Hagley dealt with the problems presented by the Great War on the Home Front. The people and places featured on the front cover of June’s issue of the Hagley Village News feature in the book along with many others.
The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased at the Hagley Library or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.