The Edalji Vase

Out of the blue came a phone call from one of our members, his words were “would you like something from the Edalji’s?” Naturally I replied yes. It conspired that this lady (which I shall come to) had befriended the daughter of the Reverend Edalji, Maud. Before Maud went to London to be with her brother George, she thanked this lady and gave her as a token of friendship, a vase. The lady was a Mrs Laura Edmunds, who in turn gave it to her daughter Gladys Bate after passing away in 1984 her son Robert acquired it.

The story goes on that after the Rev Edalji died in 1918, Charlotte, Edalji’s wife moved to Shropshire after clearing out the Vicarage, Maude accompanied her mother to Coalbrookdale to get her settled in, on returning Maude gave Mrs Edmunds the vase before moving to London to look after her brother George and that ends this little story, but where was the vase made, the dates which I was given were probably around 1918-1920. Is it foreign or perhaps English?

GWLHS – Newsletter January 2019

Our thanks to Lesley Flint from the Museum of Cannock Chase for an interesting talk. It bought back memories of miners, coal fires and toast done by the fire on a cold winter’s day.
A reminder that the centre is open every fourth Thursday for anyone to come and look at our records, photographs, or just for a cuppa and a natter.
We are always on the lookout for your photographs we can copy them and return them.

Does anyone recognise any of these children? It was taken on a trip to London 1985. They must be in their forties now!!
After putting the photo on Facebook, we managed to get most of the names.
L-R: David Walton, Frances Bedford (Nee Wiggin), ?, Jonathan Edwards, ?, Darroll Wheatley, Helen Cooper, ? , Dawn Boulton (Nee Kendrick).


This bill is for the wiring of the organ at the Jacobs Hall Lane Church in 1954.

This was inside the brochure for the opening of the new organ on 29th April 1954.

Unfortunately the church was destroyed by fire on the night of the 2nd –3rd of May 1984, thought to be an electrical fault.

Did you see Great Wyrley on the Great Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo? Our Paul Ford did a grand job, although only a small portion of what was filmed, was actually shown on the programme.
There will be a full report and photographs of the day it was filmed in the Summer Magazine.
We were asked not to publish any comments or photographs until the programme had aired.