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Black Country Muse

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Welcome to the New Look Forum section of the website. You will find many subjects and stories in the different catrgories. We have endeavoured to maintain the thread for each, which makes it easier to use, and follow, and ask for your help, in only posting items under the correct headings. There is also a section should you need help in your research.





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Black Country General History.TopicsPostsLast updated
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Blackcountry Factual History.


Some historical facts, events, places, names, and dates, all within the area known as The Black Country. Almost 300 years of struggle, strife, and the harsh and grim reality of life in the period. Our ancesters must have been a rough tough lot.
18122
2 months ago
by Alaska.
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Memorabilia From the past.


Many Tales and Storie's from the past, of the work and Social History of the region, Some of the Characters, Places, Events, in fact, anything that may help you with your family research and history, and some facts you may not already know.
20131
1 months ago
by Alaska.
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Halesowen and Hasbury History.


From the 12th century to more modern times, Halesowen, a Town unsure of it's identity within the region, has produced a history of nailmaking, mining, button making, some notable characters, and, like everywhere else, a bit of crime. Take a look.
1146
8 months ago
by Alaska.
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Dead and Buried.


Most died before their alloted time, from overwork, sickness, and malnutrition. Unscrupulous employers, poor wages, and unsanitary conditions, finished off the others. Only the Coffin makers and the grave diggers whistled on the way to work.
1266
over a year ago
by EL Berto

Black Country Social History.TopicsPostsLast updated
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Living and Working Conditions.


From birth to the grave, with many hardships and troubles in between. How our Ancesters put up with half of what they had to endure, I will never know. The phrase, " The good old days ", wouldn't have cut much ice if they could speak today.
18109
1 months ago
by Alaska.
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Beliefs and other Oddities.


Some strange behaviour and weird customs from the past, leading us to believe our ancesters may have been a bit on the funny side. What do you believe in, God, Ghosts, or Quack Doctors, our dear departed ancesters could do all three and not bat an eyelid.
1471
9 months ago
by Alaska.
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Ghostly Footsteps.


Just a few old tales from around the region that may keep you amused. If there's an old one from your area, that isn't posted, send me the details, and I will list it for you. Sorry folks, I don't do the modern stuff, far too many ways to fake it all.
810
11 months ago
by Pedro

Black Country Miscellaneous Subjects.TopicsPostsLast updated
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Tale's from the region.


Some very sad, others quite funny, but most of them will enable you to understand how our ancesters lived: or died. These selected stories come from all parts of the Black Country. Members are invited to add to the subject matter. Click the blue Button.
21142
5 months ago
by Andy Galaxy
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Words from the Dead.


What does one do, to pass the time, before or after a a Wedding, Christening, or a Funeral. Have a good look around the old gravestones thats what. Well thats what I generally do, looking for any interesting words of wisdom. Add your own if you wish.
624
10 days ago
by Sarah Keigh
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Genealogy Researching.


Once you get the bug, its difficult to stop, so here are a few tips on the basics, and a few examples of just how difficult it can be at times. Enter the name of a relative in the search box, and see if anything comes up. There is help available.
343
10 months ago
by Raymond Hadley
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Can you Help ?


A place to post a request for that bit of information you may lack. All in the best possible taste, via a private message, or through admin, if you are a bit shy about posting your request or picture. Copyrighted material though, should be avoided.
4287
13 days ago
by mavis

Black Country Transport.TopicsPostsLast updated
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Carriages of Convenience.


By Foot, Horse, Cart, Coach, Canal, and then Bicycle, our Ancesters made their way around the region. Then came Steam power, the Railways, Tramcars, and finally the Internal Combustion Engine. I wonder what comes next.
1048
10 months ago
by Dufty

Black Country Murders.TopicsPostsLast updated
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The Ultimate Crime.


This section contains a collection of vile and very nasty Murders, events that shocked the local population and sometimes the whole Country. Foul Murders page above, and biography of local Hangman George Smith, see " Executioners Page "
2297
1 months ago
by Alaska.
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Other Crimes and Punishments.


Drunkeness, dishonesty, general misbehaviour, our Ancesters were quite adapted to do any of them. Sometimes, all at the same time. Not only the men either. the woman, at times. were even worse. Over 190 tales of Murder and mayhem. See Prison Conditions.
24202
8 months ago
by Alaska.
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Transported Criminals.


The periods to be served when Transported, varied from 7 years to life. Even so, those serving a short term, very often, never came back. There were those whose luck ran out completely, and never got to see the delights of Australia or Tasmania
323
over a year ago
by jeanffrench
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Murder Case Reviews


Extra information and background on some of the cases covered, a closer look at some of the motives, and a few questions that seem to have not been asked. 22 updated murder stories.
2026
over a year ago
by Alaska.

Black Country Mining HistoryTopicsPostsLast updated
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Mining History.


Not just Coal, but Ironstone, Limestone, and Fireclay were mined in the region. From the 16th Century onwards, untold Men, and some Women, gave their lives for profit. I recommend you read the Disaster and Death topic. The weekly wage, 15/-.
27177
1 months ago
by Alaska.
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Accidents from around the Country.


From other mining area's around the Country, here is a selection of a few accidents, involving children, supposed sabotage, stupidity, and a touching affection for a steam engine. Most of which may bring a few tears to your eyes.
1014
9 months ago
by Alaska.
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Mining Deaths before the 1837 records.


Many deaths prior to the records, remain unfound, unless you stumble on a Parish burial register. It won't tell you what caused the death, nor the occupation of the deceased. You may find this section useful.
13
over a year ago
by Alaska.

The Black Country at War. TopicsPostsLast updated
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For King/Queen and Country.


Do you have a relative, who willingly put themselves in the line of fire, in the defence of our mighty Empire. Did they give their all, in some far flung foreign land, or some vast expanse of an unforgiving Ocean. This section has Colour Illustrations
1021
over a year ago
by Paul
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Black Country Heroes.


Some of the stories of the men of the region who gave long and faithful service in defence of the realm. If you wish to have something added to the subject, do please let me know.
33
over a year ago
by Alaska.
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The Firing Squad.


For 361 men, the War produced not a proud and glorious end, but a Court Marshal, and a dawn march to a place of execution. Discipline was a priority, and maintaining it, a controversial and much discussed subject ever since. Even civilians were not immune
59
10 months ago
by Alaska.
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No Heroes Here.


There were some men who genuinely were not fit enough to be Soldiers. There were however, those who used every excuse they could find, to avoid any Military Service at all. Eternal shame, or Admiration for refusing to fight, make your own mind up.
22
10 months ago
by Alaska.