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Tales from Four Towns - Death, Destruction, Crime and Notable News from 19th Century Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. By Paul Robinson
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This unique compendium is based on more than two hundred nineteenth century news stories and gives a fascinating glimpse into the Black Country at its industrial peak. From short news snippets to... More > longer articles, the stories range from sad to amusing to truly shocking. The stories include all manner of crime, from petty theft to brutal murder, along with accidents and disasters in and around the canals, railways, collieries, factories, streets and homes of the area. Further articles tell of the diseases that afflicted the towns, how they were spread and eventually controlled. Unlike some general interest local history books, precise sources are quoted for every article. The book also includes a handy list of almost five hundred surnames, streets and businesses mentioned in the text, to assist those who wish to engage in further research. Please note that many of the stories are unsuitable for children.< Less
Tales From Four Towns - Death, Destruction, Crime and Notable News From 19th Century Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. By Paul Robinson
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This unique compendium is based on more than two hundred nineteenth century news stories and gives a fascinating glimpse into the Black Country at its industrial peak. From short news snippets to... More > longer articles, the stories range from sad to amusing to truly shocking. The stories include all manner of crime, from petty theft to brutal murder, along with accidents and disasters in and around the canals, railways, collieries, factories, streets and homes of the area. Further articles tell of the diseases that afflicted the towns, how they were spread and eventually controlled. Unlike some general interest local history books, precise sources are quoted for every article. The book also includes a handy list of almost five hundred surnames, streets and businesses mentioned in the text, to assist those who wish to engage in further research. Please note that many of the stories are unsuitable for children.< Less
Tales of Old Dudley - A Catalogue of Crime, Accident & Misfortune By Paul Robinson
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This fascinating book details hundreds of crimes and accidents that happened in Dudley and its neighbourhood during the nineteenth century. It includes accounts of explosions, fires, floods and other... More > accidents, in industrial and residential settings, as well as mishaps on the roads, canals and railways. Separate chapters deal with murders, suicides, robberies and issues of public health, with the words of the individuals concerned used where possible. Information about locations and the people involved have been cross-checked with various sources and comprehensive references are included to assist family historians and other researchers. While famous criminal cases and accidents in the Black Country have been retold many times, the vast majority of the events in this book have not appeared in print since they were first reported and therefore represent a fresh source of information for those with an interest in the history of the town.< Less
It Happened In Brewood By Paul Robinson
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This collection of stories from nineteenth century Brewood tells of the accidents, crime, drunkenness, poverty and brutality that affected the lives of hundreds of ordinary people. It covers a wide... More > range of crimes from minor thefts and assaults, to the most serious offences - with those found guilty facing anything from a fine of a few shillings to a path to the gallows. Fascinating details about pubs, shops and properties are also included, along with descriptions of entertainment, matters of public health, the poor and the Workhouse. Discover the Workhouse master who could butcher a pig in record time, the disinherited aristocrat who beat his wife and Brewood's cow-powered 'Demolition Derby'!< Less
Dudley in Old Advertisements By Paul Robinson
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Take a look back at the shops and industries of Dudley in Victorian times, through dozens of advertisements. Fascinating facts about each business, the people involved and the products they made or... More > sold serve to conjure up a unique view of the town at the heart of the Black Country.< Less
It Happened In Brewood By Paul Robinson
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This collection of stories from nineteenth century Brewood tells of the accidents, crime, drunkenness, poverty and brutality that affected the lives of hundreds of ordinary people. It covers a wide... More > range of crimes from minor thefts and assaults, to the most serious offences - with those found guilty facing anything from a fine of a few shillings to a path to the gallows. Fascinating details about pubs, shops and properties are also included, along with descriptions of entertainment, matters of public health, the poor and the Workhouse. Discover the Workhouse master who could butcher a pig in record time, the disinherited aristocrat who beat his wife and Brewood's cow-powered 'Demolition Derby'! Other local interest books by the same author available at lulu.com : + Coven In Times Past + Crime & Chaos In Victorian Penkridge + Tales From Four Towns - Death, Destruction, Crime and Notable News from 19th Century Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton< Less
Crime and Calamity in Old Rugeley and Cannock By Paul Robinson
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This book details hundreds of events that happened in and around Rugeley and Cannock in the Victorian era. Almost none of these stories have appeared in print since they were first reported upon.... More > Separate chapters cover accidents on the railways, roads and canals as well as mishaps in the workplace and at home. Discover remarkable happenings which took place at some of the best known places in the vicinity and get a glimpse into the lives of real people of the age, from the highest positions in society to the very lowest. Read fascinating stories about fires, floods, crashes and explosions, accounts of cruelty, neglect and squalor, and details of crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. Learn of suicide pacts and accidental shootings and follow the trail of dangerous stalkers and brazen fraudsters. You'll meet fighting vicars, heroic firemen, a naked bridegroom, rabid dogs and thieving children as well as uncovering the exploits of one of the most remarkable women Rugeley has ever produced!< Less
Crime And Chaos In Victorian Penkridge By Paul Robinson
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This collection of stories from nineteenth century Penkridge covers a diverse range of events, from drunken brawls to burglary, drownings, railway accidents, child neglect and animal cruelty. It... More > includes surprising revelations about poverty and neglect in the village, tragic loss of life and a number of gruesome and unexplained deaths. Read about the activities of the village fire-fighters and policemen, and how the local courts and workhouse dealt with those who wouldn't obey the law or couldn't look after themselves. Meet brazen fraudsters, runaway husbands, feuding families and the foul-mouthed fighting women of Penkridge past!< Less
Crime and Chaos In Victorian Penkridge By Paul Robinson
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This collection of stories from nineteenth century Penkridge covers a diverse range of events, from drunken brawls to burglary, drownings, railway accidents, child neglect and animal cruelty. It... More > includes surprising revelations about poverty and neglect in the village, tragic loss of life and a number of gruesome and unexplained deaths. Read about the activities of the village fire-fighters and policemen, and how the local courts and workhouse dealt with those who wouldn't obey the law or couldn't look after themselves. Meet brazen fraudsters, runaway husbands, feuding families and the foul-mouthed fighting women of Penkridge past!< Less
The Rise, Fall and Redemption of James Fairweather By Paul Robinson
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The book 'Six Years in the Prisons of England', published anonymously in the 1860s, offers a fascinating glimpse into the harshness of Victorian prison life. Written by a once wealthy and respectable... More > Dundee jute merchant, the author's first-hand account describes the conditions under which he and fellow convicts were kept and exposes the many failings in the prison system of the day. Now, a century and a half after his story was first told, the author is identified and the events leading to his fall from grace, his imprisonment and subsequent release are laid out alongside the original text. 'The Rise, Fall and Redemption of James Fairweather' provides a detailed and unique accompaniment to a fascinating human story and an important social commentary.< Less

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