The Francis Frith Collection.
You are here:


Dudley photos

Displaying the first of 47 old photos of Dudley.   View all Dudley photos

View all 47 photos of Dudley

Dudley maps

Historic maps of Dudley and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Dudley maps

Dudley area books

Displaying 1 of 9 books about Dudley and the local area.   View all books for this area

Memories of Dudley

Dudley memories
Read and share Dudley memories

Displaying a selection of personal memories of Dudley.
Add your memory of Dudley or of a photo of Dudley.


My Early Years Living in Dudley, West Midlands.

The Entrance to Dudley Zoo, Castle Hill c1950, Dudley
Enlarge photo |  More about this photo

I was born in Dudley West Midlands, up till the age of 7 yrs old I lived in Cannock staffs.
when my Dad changed jobs we came back to Dudley, My mother became a church
Caretakers for the Congration church, which isn't there now, we moved from there
and went to live in The high street, on the Highside, which is now a Garden,
I remember my mum taking me to Dudley zoo about 3 times a year, I always loved
the Polar Bears, I went to Park girls School, a Victorian School, which they pulled down
it was a lovely school, Miss Napier was the Headmistress. I left in 1958,In 1960,
I left with my Mother and her sisters to live in Worthing Sx. I have been here 54 yrs
I meet my late husband in 1961 and we married in 1966,dudley will always be my
home, (My dad is buried in Dudley Cemetary,
I have lost touch with a lot of my Schoolfriends in Dudley.I still have relations... Read more

Midland Bank

The Market Place c1955, Dudley
Enlarge photo |  More about this photo

I used to use this bank when I was a student at Dudley Colege from 1967-1970.

The Cinema

Castle Hill Road c1960, Dudley
Enlarge photo |  More about this photo

We used to use both Dudley cinemas a lot when we were students from 1967-70. The trouble was that we had to be back at our hall of residence by 10 o'clock, and nearly always missed the ends of the films. I catch up with them on the TV now!

Fatso & Friend

The Zoo, The Lions c1965, Dudley
Enlarge photo |  More about this photo

It was 1970 before I found myself working in theis enclosure with 'Fatso' the male lion and his mate, whose name I, unfortunately cannot remember. I began working at Dudley zoo in 1970 as the Giraffe Keeper and was moved to the 'Cat Round' some three months later. I was responsible for the care of the lion and tiger enclosures, which were large pits as illustrated, a by-product of the open cast mining that had taken place there. The bears were housed in similar, if somewhat larger, ravines.

I left Dudley Zoo in 1971, but continued to work as a zoo keeper until my early retirement in 2003 in Australia.

But, Dudley was my first and I remember my first encounters with the big cats very clearly....

Wolverhampton Street Community

Wolverhampton Street seemed to almost be a village on its own. There was Burgins and Bytherways newagents, Masseys wet fish shop, Davis's grocers, Smiths greengrocers, Sherratts electrical, Bryans diy, Robinsons cakes, Abrhams cobblers, Hoffs and Falcon furniture shops, Wainwrights bike shop, Edwards butchers, Parkes electrical repairs and Piolis ice cream shop and cafe and hairdressers, Shelleys and Ackroyds chemists, Davenports beers and the West End public house to name a few. Other shops I remember but forgot their names... a haberdashery on the corner of the Belper, and another sweet shop and wet fish shop and book shop by Wainwrights bikes, and a wool shop towards Eve Hill...There was also Bays pop factory and Midlands Counties dairyand Fosters haulage offices. Although the main garage for Foster brothers was in Stafford Street and was run by my dad Gerald and his brother George where they ran up to 15 articulated lorries. Does anyone else remember this little community?

West Midlands memories

Walking Home From School

I remember walking to Brierley Hill Grammar school and back home to Pensnett most days, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. We walked up Mill Street then down the High Street, with Chattin and Hortons, Woolworths to buy gob stoppers, if we had the coupons and the cash, past the Town Hall where the Saturday Night 'hop' was held, past the Odeon and Danilo, down the hill to the end of Bent Street and then the Earl of Dudley's steel works (do you remember the wonderful red sky when the furnace was 'let out' at night?). Sharp left through the railway shunting yard and down the railway line (which ran to the Baggeridge Pits). The line ran along an embankment between the Fens and Middle pools. These were reservoirs to feed the canals. As I walked home to Chapel Street one memorable day I watched an adder give birth to its brood as it lay on the embakment in the sun. The pools and fields were a wonderful adventure playground... Read more

Sedgmore's Grand Colliery Exhibition

Bull Ring 1968, Sedgley
Enlarge photo |  More about this photo

The Bull Ring, Sedgley, that is the location where on a fateful night in April 1906, The Sedgmore’s Grand Colliery Exhibition Travelling Show, set up in Sedgley on its way to the Wolverhampton Annual Suntide Fair, burnt to the ground. The Show had been built up over many years by my Great Great Grandfather William James Sedgmore who, being born in 1841 in Cornwall, moved to South Wales and there married Thurza Venn in July 1867. I have been quietly researching over the years but as Sedgley was the final port of call for the Exhibition, I thought it fair to post this memory in the hope that someone may be aware of the Show and would like to pass on information to John Sedgmore Blundell

© Copyright 1998-2014 Frith Content Inc. All rights reserved.