Various people have been badgering me for a while to start a local history blog for the Walsall area.

I’ve resisted this up till now because of other commitments, but I thought to myself this week, “Why not?  After all, it would be a good excuse to dust off all my old – by definition – local history articles…”  And add a bit of commentary on happenings and matters historical and heritage across the borough and beyond.

So here it is, for good or ill (you judge!) – The Borough Blog.

I’ve made a point of not calling this “The Walsall Blog” or using any other specific place name, even though a lot of the history will be that of the town of Walsall.  That’s because Walsall Metropolitan Borough is not a place, it’s an administrative district, and I know only too well that pride of place lies within all of the towns and villages, no matter how large or small, within that district.

They are all unique, and have their own character, their good points and bad points – and they are certainly not all Walsall, which is, in its own right, an ancient early medieval market town with a fascinating and colourful, if not always happy, history.

Incidentally, this is not the only blog in this area covering history – there’s my other effort flying the flag for the even more ancient village of Bloxwich and district, The Bloxidge Tallygraph, and the excellent Brownhills Bob’s Brownhills Blog which, amongst other things, has given local history in the Brownhills area a much-needed boost online.  So go and have a look at those after you’ve been here, will you?

Speaking of history, many of the old photographs you see here are kindly provided by Walsall Local History Centre, the archives and local studies service for Walsall Metropolitan Borough – for which grateful thanks. You’ll find many more on their excellent photo website – Walsall A Click in Time.

Anyway, enough waffle for now.  On with the history!

Stuart Williams