History of the White Chimneys at Lower Gornal in the county of Staffordshire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


White Chimneys
White Chimneys

Some History of this Pub
The White Chimneys was once an Ansell's house.
© Copyright. Posted on 8th January 2012
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Licensees of this Pub
1900 - 1904 John Bradley
1904 - 1910 Henry Kennedy
1910 - 1916 John Thomas Bird
1916 - 1920 Luke Walters
1920 - 1929 William Edward Darby
1929 - 1934 John Henry ‘Jack’ Jones
1934 - 1938 Edith Gertrude Jones
1938 - 1940 Thomas Sidney Marsh

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Genealogy Connections
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding this pub you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Staffordshire Genealogy.


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Ancient Manor of Sedgley
Genealogy and Gornal
Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry
Sedgley Local History Society

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"Sitting by the chimney corner as we grow old, the commonest things around us take on live meanings and hint at the difference between these driving times and the calm, slow moving days when we were young.”
Rebecca H. Davis

Newspaper Articles
"An inquest was held on Thursday, at the White Chimneys, Gornal Wood, Sedgley, before W. H. Phillips, deputy-coroner, on the body of Mr. William Hicklin, a chemist and druggist, at Gornal, and who came by his death under the following extraordinary circumstances:- A witness named Benjamin Hicklin, stated that, on Tuesday, about two o'clock, the deceased came on the bank of the Red Hall pit, rather intoxicated, and, going to the hovel, drank some beer out of the pit bottles, He turned to go away, and immediately afterwards witness lost sight of him. Seeing the rope shake, he went and looked down the shaft, and saw deceased about ten yards down, lowering himself down by rope. He directly afterwards lost his hold, and fell to the bottom of the shaft, where his body was found lifeless. It appears that the deceased was a powerful man, and took pride in performing the feat of lowering himself down pit shafts by the ropes. On the present occasion it is supposed that the deceased lost his hold in consequence of his inebriated condition. Verdict, "Accidental death."
"Death By Falling Down a Pit" in
Wolverhampton Chronicle 17th March 1855

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