Some history of Wollaston
More information will follow for Wollaston. I have probably created this page as there is a link from one or more other pages within the website. In the meantime, I have uploaded photographs and newspaper articles so there is something for you to browse at the moment. I realise this is frustrating but I am always updating the website but it takes so long to undertake each element - and there is only me working on it!
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Related Newspaper Articles
"It has been reported to the police that Mrs. Elizabeth Pearce, of High Street, Wollaston, died on Thursday from the effects of an operation
for the removal of cancer. Chloroform had been administered to the deceased before the operation, which was conducted by three medical men. The deceased was 37 years of age.
Information has been forwarded to the coroner."
"Death from Chloroform"
Dudley Mercury, Stourbridge, Brierley Hill, and County Express : May 1st 1880 Page 8
"William Riley, manager of a branch shop at this place for Mr. Corvesor, grocer, Dudley, was on Monday found hanging dead in the cellar of his
house. Appearances went to show that he had endeavoured to save himself when too late. Nobody saw Riley after Sunday morning, and it is supposed he committed suicide on that
day. Mr. Docker held an inquest at the Riflemen Inn on Wednesday, and a verdict of "Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity" was returned. Evidence was given
to show that deceased was once an inmate of an asylum. As certain reports have been current regarding him, his employer wished it to be stated that his accounts were found
Dudley Mercury, Stourbridge, Brierley Hill, and County Express : July 6th 1878 Page 8
"I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do."
"A large number of people congregated at the High Park, Wollaston, on Monday last, on the occasion of the Wollaston Fêtes and Picnic being
held there. It will no doubt be remembered that fêtes were held last year for the purpose of raising sufficient funds for the purchase of a watering cart for the parish,
and these proved such a success that it was decided to make the affair an annual one. The weather at last year's fête happened to be delightful, but unfortunately
on Monday the elements were most unpropitious. This, however did not affect the performances of the fireworks display, neither did it prevent the light fantastic toe being
tripped to the merry strains of Messrs. Heathcock's Military Band. The programme was a very lengthy one, containing about forty items. It consisted of songs by Misses
Steele and Fullwood, Messrs. Breeze, Mudd, J. T. Young, McMillan, and Morgan; selections by the Wollaston Handbell Ringers, and glees by the Wollaston Glee Party. There
were two performances by the Brothers De Vola, and the Alabama Minstrels, and others too numerous to mention. The chief attraction was the illuminations, and processions of
fairies and gipsies round the park, chanting songs. These processions were very effective. The brothers De Vola, in their double trapeze and flying ring performances were
very successful, and being local artistes excited considerable interest among the spectators. The Wollaston Handbell Ringers met with a very enthusiastic reception, and were
loudly applauded. The performers were ably accompanied by Mr. P. H. Webb. At the conclusion of the programme there were several balloon ascents, followed by a capital
display of fireworks. The fêtes were undoubtedly a success, but had the weather improved a little during the afternoon there would have been a better attendance. The
committee had gone to a great deal of trouble in arranging the fêtes, and it must have been very disappointing to them to have had such unfavourable weather. The
fêtes were repeated by desire on Thursday. A more glorious day could not be wished for, and consequently the al fresco performances were seen at their best. Crowds
thronged to what was certainly a delightful fête champetre."
"Fêtes at Wollaston"
Dudley Mercury, Stourbridge, Brierley Hill, and County Express : August 11th 1888 Page 3