Here’s one I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but the sheer labour of it has been off-putting; but now I have access to a professional scanner, it’s a lot easier to scan publications like W Henry Robinson’s ‘Guide to Walsall – an illustrated guide’, which was published in 1889 and is a captivating gazetteer and document of a growing town and its life.
The book was given to me by a great friend a couple of years ago, and she obtained it from her late father’s personal effects. I know the book isn’t rare, as I know of at least three other copies, and I question if this copy really is 125 years old, or a later reissue; but the writing is clearly unaltered.
We have a historical, religious, architectural, economic, social and geographic tour of Walsall. Covered are important buildings, industries, clubs, places of worship, people and their histories. The very recent (then) story of Sister Dora is the book’s finale; there’s even a section on the geology of the town.
There are excellent drawings and photos.
It’s clearly and nicely written, and very, very comprehensive. I’ll not comment directly on the content, as I’d like readers to explore it for themselves, and then comment here, or mail me if you prefer: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
You can download a copy of the entire book at the link below. It’s near enough 30 megabytes, so may take a while on slow connections – note the text is searchable, and I’ve rotated all images for best viewing.
Thanks to the donor for such a fine book, and please do comment what you find of interest.