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John Petty 1919-1973 author, famous for "Five Fags a Day" lived here.

40 Kent Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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The Manor House 1915-1919 In the First World War this house served as a military convalescent hospital. It was staffed and funded by local people. 941 patients were treated during this period.

Manor House, Little Aston Road, Aldridge, United Kingdom

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William 'Billy' Meikle, 1858-1943, local historian artist and photographer. Lived here.

26 Lichfield Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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Walsall The place name of Walsall may derive from the Old English words 'Wealh', meaning a Briton and 'Halh' meaning a nook of land in a hollow. The medieval town of Walsall grew up in a cross shape, with the highest point, Church Hill, at its head, standing 511 feet above sea level. A church has been here since at least 1200 and St. Matthew's Church contains a 13th century inner crypt. Originally Walsall thrived as an important market town. With good supplies of coal, ironstone and limestone, metalworking industries prospered and light metalwork became the traditional industry of Walsall from the 16th century onwards. Bits, stirrups, buckles and spurs were made in and around the town. From this, developed the manufacture of saddlery and leather goods for which Walsall is famous. The Industrial Revolution encouraged industrial growth on a huge scale, exploiting the development of canal and railway networks to transport Walsall's goods everywhere. But Walsall is not just an industrial town. The Arboretum is the green heart of Walsall. A flooded limestone quarry formed its lakes. Opened in 1874. the Arboretum stages the annual Walsall Illuminations which over the years have grown in size and sophistication to become Britain's biggest inland illuminations. Famous inhabitants of Walsall include Jerome K. Jerome, author of 'Three Men in a Boat' and Dorothy Pattison, Sister Dora, a pioneering nurse whose development of Walsall Cottage Hospital, earned her national respect. In 1886 a statue of her was unveiled on The Bridge. This was Great Britain's first public statue of a woman not of royal birth. The people of Walsall, proud of their town's richness in culture, saw the opening of the New Art Gallery Walsall in 2000, as part of a major regeneration of the town centre.

Lichfield Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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Memorial Gardens Laid out by Walsall Borough Council 1951-2 in memory of the dead of Two World Wars. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, Designer.

Memorial Gardens near New Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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The Guildhall On this historic site were two previous Guildhalls. The first was the timbered medieval hall of the Guild of St. John the Baptist, whose Guildsmen controlled the trade and ultimately the Government of the Town. On the suppression of the Guild by Henry VIII in 1546 the Corporation assumed it's municipal functions and took over it's buildings. The hall survived until the mid 18th century when it was rebuilt or extensively remodelled in brick and stone. The only surviving feature of the second Guildhall is the Statue of Justice, dating from 1823. The Guildhall protected and symbolised the independence and borough status of the Town, first incorporated in c.1235. Outside the Guildhall the market has been here since 1220. The High Street was Walsall's only through route, all traffic having to surmount the steep slope of this thoroughfare up to the steps of the Parish Church. The hill is the origin of Walsall. Here we are at the heart of the Ancient Town. The Architect was George Benjamin Nichols of West Bromwich and London. The builder was Charles Burkitt of Wolverhampton. It was the seat of Walsall Government from it's opening on the 1st January 1867 to 27th September 1905, when the Council House in Lichfield Street was built. It continued however to house the Magistrates' Court until 1976. It's major restoration and conversion took place 1985-86.

Sofia's Restaurant - Guildhall, High Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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Police Station 1866 The Police Station housed the charge rooms with cells below connecting to the Guildhall cells and courts. It was vacated in 1966 when the force moved to the Green Lane site.

Sofia's Restaurant - Former Police Station - Goodall Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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Carless Street formerly Oxford Street was renamed in 1923 to the memory of John Henry Carless, awarded a posthumous VC for gallantry in action at sea on 17th November 1917

Carless Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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The damage visible on this wall was caused by the explosion of a Zeppelin bomb at 8.30pm on 31st January, 1916. The explosion fatally injured Mrs S.M. Slater, Mayoress.

Club X, 23 Bradford Street, Walsall, United Kingdom

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In this cemetery is the grave of James Thompson VC c.1829-1891. Serving in the 60th Rifles, the Victoria Cross reflected his conspicuous gallantry at the siege of Lucknow, India on July 9th 1857.

Queen Street Cemetery, Walsall, United Kingdom

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