Great Wyrley Local History Society August 2019 Newsletter

We welcomed Nigel Wiggin from Old Hall Tableware to our August Meeting. He brought with him an amazing amount of Old Hall tableware. The wedding present of the 60’s and 70’s!

I received this email a week ago, does anyone remember Hartwells Shop?

Hi. Spent a great day yesterday in Great Wyrley. My Mothers family lived here and we looked up some of the places my Mother remembers from her time living here as an evacuee from the Second World War, and on family visits. My family name was Hartwell and my Great Grandma owned the shop Hartwells (Grocery shop I believe) at 179 Walsall Rd. Hartwell Lane used to run alongside the shop, although we noticed it has been renamed and Hartwell Lane has been moved 100 yds away. Does anyone have any old photos or recollections?  It would be great to find out more about the family history. The shop was run from about 1900 to 1940ish I think. By Mary Ann Hartwell & Tom Hartwell. They had 7 children. Lily, Annie (Morris), Will, Doris (Tait) May, Agnes (Snape) and my Grandma Elsie (Smith). Mary Ann & Tom lived at ‘Ashleigh’ just up the road from the shop on the Walsall Rd. Thank you all for your comments so far.


I have also received an email from Jenni Bond (nee Homeshaw) who now lives in Tasmania. Sadly she informed me her sister Jacqueline died a few weeks ago. She also sent  the photograph below. Her father is on the left next to him is the Reverend Parker, and she thinks the man with the medals and moustache may be Colonel Monkton. Do you recognise any of the others?


The NEW BOOK has gone to the printers, they did us two specimen copies one with colour where possible, and one totally black and white. We have decided to go with the colour, although it adds to the cost we think it is worth it.

Future Speakers and other events                                              

September 19th Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor

October 5th Annual Exhibition at Cheslyn Hay Village Hall

October 17th The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish

November 16th Annual Event at Harrison’s

November 21st Coins P. Griffiths

December 19th Christmas Social


January 16th  Scandalous women Janis Lomas

February 20th History of Lichfield

March 19th Dukes & Duchesses of Sutherland Steve Booth