A family wedding at the Travellers, 1942…

A family do at the rear of the Travellers Rest pub in Walsall Wood in 1942. Is Ben Wolverson, pictured, the man who gave his name to the local road? Image kindly supplied by Robert Fereday.

The subject of lost and fondly remembered pubs often crops up here, as pubs obviously are attached to meany warm community memories – and one particular lost house in Walsall Wood  seems to attract many fond recollections and enquiries.

Thanks to the generosity of reader Robert Fereday, I can share the above image taken in what would have been the courtyard or rear of the Travellers Rest pub, that used to stand on the canalside at Walsall Wood.

Robert said:

Hello Bob,

I thought the attached pictures may be of interest to you.

The first picture was on was taken on the 6th June 1942 at my grandparents Jack and Elouisa’s wedding celebration. It was taken at the rear of the Travellers Rest pub. The gentleman pictured is named as Mr. Ben Wolverson.

The 2nd picture was apparently taken at the Walsall Wood School but I know little else except that my other grandmother and aunts were pictured in the crowd.


Robert Fereday

We have of course covered the Travellers Rest extensively before, and this post from Graham Kenniston and others is worth a read for some great background.

The second picture is a bit of a mystery as I don’t recognise the rooflines from any of the Portman Collection of the same school, but I am wondering if this might be St. Johns. Anyone clarify?

Thanks to Robert for a couple of remarkable images with such wonderful background information. If anyone has anything to add, please do – either comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

Apparently Walsall Wood School, but I have a feeling it may be St. Johns. Can you help? Image kindly supplied by Robert Fereday.

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3 Responses to A family wedding at the Travellers, 1942…

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    the school photo..possibly talen in the church garden rear of St Johns, wit Red Lin pub and the row in the background?…May Day or Commonwealth Empire Day event..or trachers keaving event?. Cant see anyone from Methodist church in this photo. Can readers please help….
    The Travellers Rest is super. There was a councillor Wolverson , I believe….and also a Councillor Fereday!
    Many thanks to Robert
    kind regards

  2. John Anslow says:

    There was a Dr Wolverson in Walsall Wood around the time of the First World War; his name appears on some of my family’s death certificates. My grandfather used to tell the tale that the reason he hadn’t been conscripted in 1916 was that Dr Wolverson had remarked during the medical, “You don’t want to go, do you Harry?” and pronounced him unfit.

  3. Clive says:

    Great photo’s. The one of the Travellers Rest court yard reminds me of the time about 1965, I had a newspaper round and when I went into the court yard to deliver the newspaper there dog came after me, I was frozen to the spot, after about 5 minutes a chap on a bike cycling along the tow path got the dogs intrest, as the dog ran ofter him, I legged it, braking the sound barrier on my exit.

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