Famous People - from The Black Country & Surrounding area

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Famous People - from The Black Country & Surrounding area

Postby mallosa » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:07 pm


Sam Allardyce born 1954, he grew up on Dudley's Wren's Nest estate - football manager and former professional player.

Dolly Allen: Blackcountry Commedienne - born Doris Evelyn Baugh, at Wordsley Workhouse 9th April 1906. She was orphaned just 10 days later & adopted by William and Elizabeth Parker, who renamed her Dorothy. She grew up at 78 Stourbridge Road, Halesowen
see here for an earlier tribute

Francis Asbury : Born 1745 Hampstead Bridge, Staffordshire

Mick Aston : Born Michael Antony Aston - 1 July 1946 Oldbury, West Midlands - English archaeologist and he of the stripy jumper on Time Team.

Thomas Attwood: Born 1783 - British economist and strong campaigner for electoral reform.

John Badley b1783 Dudley, Worcestershire - Surgeon

Rev. George Barrs: Curate at Rowley ( 1800 - 1840 )
http://www.blackcountrysociety.co.uk/ar ... ebarrs.htm

Steve Bloomer b1874 Bridge Street, Cradley - King of Goal Scorers - Derby County Footballer.

Leslie Bridgewater Born 1893 Belle Vale,Halesowen and died in 1975 - Famous Composer.
This British Composer's only feature film score was 1949s Train of Events, but Bridgewater did contribute film scores for such Merton Park Studios documentaries as:
Progress, Looking Through, Down to Earth, and The Village That Found Itself.
While best known as the conductor of his own orchestra, he also composed a fairly well known piano concerto which was recorded on Paxton 78s.

Madeleine Carroll Born Edith Madeleine Carroll 1906 West Bromwich, Staffordshire - British actress

Sir John Chalstrey born Tipton 1931 - Pioneering surgeon and Lord Mayor of London in 1995-96

Paul Chance born 1958 Wednesbury, Staffordshire - Boxer
Info from Susysan ....
I would like to nominate my brother in law Paul Chance. (The Wednesbury Whippet) born in Wednesbury in 1958. He was a boxer in the late 70's and 80's, he lived and was brought up in Friar Park Wednesbury.
He went to Woodgreen school. He sparred with Johnny Owen and Barry Mcguigan.

Samuel Cook:Local agitator for reform in Industry, Politics and Church matters
Born 15th July 1786 in Trowbridge
Died 8th December 1861 aged 75 years
On the 8th May 1819 he opened a drapery shop in High Street, Dudley
(founding what was to become F.W Cook Ltd)
See here
and here

John Cornfield Born 1827 Hurst Hill, Sedgley - Coseley's Poet

Edith Cotterill born 1916 Tipton - Blackcountry Nurse
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/peopl ... 79185.html

Billy Dainty born 1927 Wolverhampton Street, Dudley - Comedian and Pantomime star

Abraham Darby
b1678 Wrens Nest, Sedgley, Staffs - Grandfather of the famous bridge builder

Joe Darby born 1862 Windmill End, Dudley - Champion Jumper of the World
http://www.expressandstar.com/millenniu ... /1932.html

Joe Davies born born 1889 Tipton - War Veteran
http://www.laws.sandwell.gov.uk/ccm/nav ... -veterans/

Sister Dora born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison 1832 Hauxwell,Yorkshire (died 1878 Walsall) - Church of England nun and a nurse in Walsall, West Midlands.

Duncan Edwards: Born 1936 Dudley - Footballer

Reuben Farley Born 1826 West Bromwich - First Mayor of West Bromwich
http://www.friendsofdartmouthpark.org.u ... farley.pdf

Nick Gillingham MBE: Born 1967 Walsall, West Midlands - One of the Worlds most successful swimmers

Robert Hancock Believed to have been born in Oldbury 1729/1730 - Premier Engraver and Porcelain Printing pioneer
http://www.blackcountrybugle.co.uk/blac ... p?id=72259

Sir Cedric Hardwicke Born 1893 in Lye, Worcestershire - Actor

Nigel Hemming Born 1957 and grew up in the village of Kinver, Staffordshire - exceptional portrait painter of dogs.
From an early age he showed a keen interest in painting - his rural up-bringing resulting in his choice of wild birds and landscape as subjects for his work...'
http://www.collectorsprints.co.uk/artis ... zAodszvyqA

Lenny Henry:
Born 1958 Dudley - Writer, Comedian and Actor

Sir Rowland Hill Born 1795 Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire - Postal Reformer
http://chestofbooks.com/reference/Ameri ... -Hill.html

Jack Holden Born John Thomas Holden 1907 Bilston, Staffordshire - Legendary marathon runner (won 57 major championships including the 1950 European and Commonwealth marathons)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen ... 051668.ece

Noddy Holder: (Slade) Born 1946 Walsall

Eric Hollies: Born William Eric Hollies 5th June 1911, Old Hill - English cricketer, best remembered for bowling out Aussie DON BRADMAN for a 'duck' 0 in the DON'S last test appearance.

Jerome K. Jerome: Born 1859, Caldmore, Walsall - Writer and Humorist

Jack Judge: (christened John) born Oldbury, Worcestershire 1872 died 1938 West Bromwich - music-hall entertainer, and composer of popular songs.
Resident Pyjama wrote:
Jack Judge and the Drowning story.
Jack Judge was getting ready to go off to work in April 1904 when he heard shouting from the back of their house from the canal , some ladies had gathered to witness some children who had fallen into the canal whilst playing there, Jack ran down to the scene to be told what had happened.
Seeing the two children (James Lockland and two year old Annie Locklan;his neighbours kids) he jumped straight in and headed for the children Jimmy (as he was called) was sinking fast under the dirty canal water,whilst Annie in her pram was under water, after some splashing he managed to grab Annie who was now out of the pram and he got her to the gathered crowd on the tow path.
There was no sign of Jimmy as he searched below the dark dank waters, he had to come up for a breather before again searching below the polluted waters, at last he saw the boy trapped below his sisters pram at the bottom of the canal bed, with great force the man got the child free and pulled him to the safety of the bank.
When they got Jimmy out he was unconscious and needed the kiss of life again Jack saved the boy.
The Strange thing about this is that one of the Lockland family had in 1876 saved a young Jack Judge from drowning in the same canal in Low town when he had fallen in himself and was drowning (I don't know if this was John Lockland - Jimmy's dad or one of his brothers). My connection to this is Annie was my great Aunt.
There is a Judge Close and Tipperary Walk just Off Canal Street Lowtown, Oldbury already named in his honour.
http://www.expressandstar.com/2007/02/2 ... gend-jack/

Sue Lawley born 1946 Sedgley, Staffordshire - English broadcaster

Josie Lawrence b1959 Old Hill, West Midlands - British comedienne and actress.
Sharon tells us that she and Josie attended Rowley Regis Grammar School at the same time
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a1424 ... nders.html

Phil Lynott:
(Thin Lizzie) Born 1949 West Bromwich

John McHugh: Born 1912 Wolverhampton - Wolverhampton Opera Sensation
http://www.blackcountrybugle.co.uk/blac ... p?id=72812

Major Albert Nichols born 1914 West Bromwich - Cycle Maker
http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bu ... chols.html

Janice Nicholls from Wednesbury born 24/1/1946, well known as the "o'll give it foive" girl on THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS

Thomas Offley born in Stafford in 1505 - Lord Mayor of London in 1556

Ronnie O'Sullivan: (Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan) b1972 Wordsley - English professional snooker player

Phil Parkes b1947 West Bromwich - Footballer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Parke ... _born_1947)

William Perry b1819 Tipton - Boxer (known as the Tipton Slasher)

Robert Plant:
(Led Zeppelin ) born 1948, West Bromwich & grew up in Halesowen.

Eli L. Postin born 1908 Dudley - former English professional footballer

Lisa Potts: Born 1975

Don Powell Born 1946 Bilston, Staffs - Drummer who founded rock group Slade
info from RachelK:
My mum Polly trained as a nurse in Wolverhampton, qualified in '72 or '73 I think. (I've got her badges and that in my jewellery box) Unfortunately, around this time Don Powell, the drummer from Slade, was injured in a bad car crash. I think he was in a coma for a while, and my mum nursed him. My other cousin (sis of aforementioned Roy's ex wife) was a big Slade fan and begged my mum to try and get some memorabilia from Don. Well apparently mum cut off some of his hair to give to her. Whether or not he was awake at the time I don't know! Not the most ethical of nursing practise I suppose, but hey, it was the 70's. Thankfully Don recovered from his injuries albeit with memory loss!

Dorothy Edith Round born 1908 Dudley, Worcestershire - Wimbledon Champion
http://www.tennisfame.com/famer.aspx?pg ... hof_id=183

Kevin A. Rowland born 1953 Wolverhampton - English singer-songwriter and frontman for pop band Dexys Midnight Runners
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/stor ... 20,00.html

William Shenstone Born 1714 Leasowes, Halesowen, Shropshire - English poet

Frank Skinnerborn 1957 Sandwell General Hospital & grew up in Oldbury - Writer & Comedian

Tommy Smart born 20 Sept 1896 Blackheath - Aston Villa and England full back

John Sparry of Wallheath - Raconteur, Historian and Jazz Musician
http://www.exclaim.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk ... index.html

Robin Gregory Stubbs born 1941 Quinton - Pupil of Castle Road junior school, Oldbury and English former professional footballer

Meera Syal (MBE) Born 1961 Wolverhampton - comedienne

James Whale Born 1889 Dudley, Worcestershire - British film director

Julie Walters CBE born as Julia Mary Walters 1950 Smethwick - English actress and novelist.

Captain Matthew Webb born 1848 Dawley, Shropshire - Local Hero
After reading about Matthew Webb, I did a bit more research and traced him, his father and grandfather on various Census
Found this poem

A Shropshire Lad Composed by
The Late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.
Here's the link: http://www.shropshiremining.org.uk/capt ... lery.shtml
Here's another link

Francis Brett Young Born June 29th 1884, The Laurels, Hales Owen - One of England's greatest regional novelists.
His series of novels set in Birmingham (his North Bromwich), the industrial Black Country and its green borderlands portray a vibrant picture of life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
More than this, they are also good stories with an appeal for today’s readers.
http://www.qlhs.org.uk/oracle/brett-you ... -young.htm

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Postby Blancsanglier » Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:14 am

Mick Aston lived in Oldbury, he of the stripy jumper on Time Team.

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Postby sparkstopper » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:03 am

ERIC HOLLIES b.5th June 1911, Old Hill.
Born William Eric Hollies,played for Warwickshire & England and is famous
for bowling out Aussie DON BRADMAN for a 'duck' 0 in the DON'S last test
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Postby mallosa » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:55 pm

Thanks both, I've added above :wink:
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