It was with great sadness yesterday that I learned of the death of local historian and author, David Vodden. David had written quite a few local history books about our area, all packed with great, unusual photos and useful, fascinating information. Walsall Local History Centre announced David’s passing on their twitter stream yesterday.
Sad news for fans of local history in the Walsall area – author & historian David Vodden has passed away. He will be greatly missed.
— Local History Centre (@WalsallLHCentre) March 21, 2012
I’ve featured David’s wonderful book, ‘Around Pelsall & Brownhills in Old Photographs’ extensively here on the Brownhills Blog, and what always impressed me about the work is that, unlike many publications, it included recent history as well as older stuff. The span and eye for detail are wonderful. The book is still available locally, and I commend it to anyone interested in local history.
David and his work will be sadly missed, and my condolences go out to his family and friends.
I never met you David, but thanks, due to your patient, dedicated work, a bit more light was shed onto some unusual corners of our local history. Rest in peace.