Coseley - An Unofficial History, by Raymond Smout

Coseley - An Unofficial History, by Raymond Smout
Coseley - An Unofficial History, by Raymond Smout

Published by The Kates Hill Press in 2007 as part of their 'Pocketful of Memories' series, 52 pages. A5 size booklet (N6157)

In this booklet the author provides a brief history of Coseley in the West Midlands, as well as an account of his youth growing up in the area.

From the rear side cover: This booklet.... brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of a bygone age through the words of writers for whom those times were a reality. In this booklet Raymond describes the Coseley of his youth. But first he takes the reader through his 'unofficial history'; he charts its beginnings in the ancient Manor of Sedgley, the immense changes brought about by the industrial revolution, its heyday when it was governed by its own Urban District Council, and its eventual demise as Coseley was lost in urban reconfiguration to three differ­ent towns.

Raymond's great grandfather was a founding member of Coseley UDC and it is a story he tells with pride, interspersing the history with anecdotes of people and events. Read about the wakes and of bye gone pubs, of Dr Baker the local philanthropist, of Hannah Johnson Cox and the tragic Coseley Tunnel murder, of the 1912 coal strike and the building of the Brummagem New Road .... across which Coseley still stands.

The booklet is in good overall condition. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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