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A Pocketful of Memories: Coseley (An Unofficial History) – Raymond Smout
"Hannah Johnson Cox... astounded the Officer on duty, PC Bailey, by confessing to him that she had just pushed her two infant daughters into the canal, at the tunnel." From The Coseley Tunnel Tragedy. In A Pocketful of Memories - Coseley, RAYMOND SMOUT indeed describes the Coseley of his youth. But first he takes the reader through his ‘unofficial history’; he charts its beginnings in the ancient Manor of Sedgley, the immense changes brought about by the industrial revolution, its heyday when it was governed by its own Urban District Council, and its eventual demise as Coseley was lost in urban reconfiguration to three different towns. Raymond’s great grandfather was a founding member of Coseley UDC and it is a story he tells with pride, interspersing the history with anecdotes of people and events. Read about the wakes and of byegone pubs, of Dr Baker the local philanthropist, of Hannah Johnson Cox and the tragic Coseley Tunnel murder, of the 1912 coal strike and the building of the Brummagem New Road.…across which Coseley still stands. A POCKETFUL OF MEMORIES - COSELEY reminds how it got there. Royalties from this book are being donated to Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville.
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A Pocketful of Memories: Blackheath – Tossie Patrick
"If you'm a gooin hoppin, doa forget to bring me back hop pickin opple." Old Black Country saying in Blackheath TOSSIE PATRICK describes how she revisited the streets of her childhood just before the bulldozers erased them from the landscape. She was moved to record what were, for her, happier times; the school, Christmas, hop-picking.... Recalling characters from the community, as well as from her own family, the Blackheath of the 1930s is brought back to life. Illustrations by Ron Slack
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A Pocketful of Memories: Rowley (Milestones of Memory) – Irene M Davies
"Once, houses, cottages, villas, all nesting cheek by jowl with one another in disorderly array and reaching out from the Church down the hill to the Sir Robert Peel pub was officially Rowley Village" IRENE M DAVIES describes her childhood and youth in the village of Rowley. Written originally for her family as “Milestones of Memory” she set out to record a place and lifestyle that would otherwise be lost forever. In so doing, a vivid picture emerges of people and pass times; through Christmas and bonfire night, Rowley Wake and the chapel the Rowley of the 1920s is brought back to life.
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A Pocketful of Memories: Roseville (Wartime and the Fifties) – Raymond Smout
Raymond Smout, follows on where he left off in his book about Coseley and describes his childhood in the district of Roseville. From his early years when there was a war on to the 1950s he portrays school and leisure, transport, health and local charaters. It is a very different world from today not only in amenities but also in attitudes. Raymond contrasts these with pithy humour to add another valuable title to the series and paint a picture of where we have come from. Royalties from this book are being donated to Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville.
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The New Brutalism – Shaun Hand and Tom Hicks
21st Century Britain. A Brutal, uncaring place marching headlong into fascism? The photographs of Tom Hicks capture the everyday scenes of urban decay, the sort of deterioration we’ve watched as it worsens year in, year out, the familiar, yet uncared for. The poetry of Shaun Hand provide companion pieces to these visual images; verbal images of a society in decay. We’ve watched it worsen year in, year out, the familiar, yet uncared for. This is the New Brutalism, a mix of stark realism and dark humour and profound statement from the collaboration between poet and photographer.