*Source: Omniture (UK 6 month average August '14 - January '15)

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'Willenhall on old Picture Postcards' by Eric Woolley Published 1991, by Reflections of a Bygone Age, Nottingham. ISBN 0-946245-40-0.

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Brave youngster is helped by Birmingham Children's Hospital

The registers of the Catholic church of St Mary, Willenhall, Baptisms 1864-date, Marriages 1864-date & Confirmations 1860-date remain with the incumbent. Earlier entries for Willenhall Catholics may be found in the Most Holy Trinity, Bilston registers.

The area has many green spaces including the village green, Coppice Farm open space, the Wyrley & Essington canal, Sneyd reservoir (developed to provide water to the locks of the former Wyrley branch of the canal), Sneyd Wharf and Rough Wood Nature Reserve.

'The Second World War in Willenhall' by Willenhall History Society Published 1995, by Willenhall History Society. ISBN 0-9523137-4-X.

By the late 1970s, the local industry was in decline, and by the year 2000 most of the town's lock-makers had closed or relocated. The former Yale factory was demolished in 2009 and replaced by a Morrisons supermarket which opened in January 2010.

'Trinity Methodist Church. A Brief History from the Formation of Union Street Chapel in 1805 until 1996' by Horace Davis Published by Willenhall History Society, 1997.

A transcription of the section on Willenhall from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)

The entertainment industry in Willenhall was boosted in 1914 by the opening of the town's first cinema, the Coliseum. It was followed a year later by the Picture House. A third cinema, the Dale Cinema, opened in the town in 1932. However, the closure of The Dale at the end of 1967 signalled the end of cinemas in Willenhall after 53 years. The building was later converted into a bingo hall and since December 1999 has been a J D Wetherspoon public house.

Businessman and his partner attached a single padlock to a Birmingham bridge - and this is what happened

'Street Names of Willenhall' by Horace Davis & Willenhall History Society Published 1995, by Walsall Local History Centre. ISBN 0-946652-39-2.

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A transcript of the Monumental Inscriptions of Wood Street Cemetery, Willenhall, has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

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Walsall Local History Centre holds copies of the following local newspaper covering Willenhall: Willenhall Reporter 1885-1887

'The Trades Directory of Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, Bilston, Willenhall, Sedgley, Tipton, Wednesbury, Darlaston & Moxley' was published by Jones & Co, London, in 1862.

Hackwood states that the invention was "a hawthorn bush which was pushed out the top of his chimney."[2]

The epidemic shocked the town into improving conditions, and in 1854 the Willenhall Local Board of Health was founded, a forerunner of Willenhall Urban District Council which took over in 1894.

The area is served by New Invention Library[3] in The Square, which opened in 2007, replacing the old Forest Gate Library. Two doctors surgeries and a dentist's practice exist in the village.

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Willenhall is home to three secondary schools. St Thomas More Catholic School is located near to the border of Bilston and Darlaston, Willenhall School Sports College (renamed from Willenhall Comprehensive School, and moved from Bilston Road) is located on the town's Lodge Farm estate and Pool Hayes Academy is located on the town's Summer Hayes Estate. There is also Moseley Park school located on the Moseley road in Willenhall, near Portobello, and Stow Heath Primary School.

This was erected, as an inscription upon it testifies, as a memorial to the late Joseph Tonks, surgeon. "whose generous and unsparing devotion in the cause of alleviating human suffering" was "deemed worthy of public record."[9]

Poor housing and lack of any proper sanitation led to a cholera epidemic in 1849 when 292 people died. Many of those who died were buried in the Cholera Burial Ground "on land at the bottom of Doctors Piece." A commemorative plaque at the site reads:

Photograph of Trinity Methodist Church, Union Street Chapel (2) December 2003

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'A Short History of Lockmaking in Willenhall' by G Varndell Published 1978, by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Library & Museum Services.

'The Willenhall Red Book' was published by A Cartwright & Sons, Willenhall, in 1914, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1933, 1934 & 1935.

'Images of England - Willenhall to Horseley Fields' by Alex Brew. Published 1998, by Tempus Publishing, Dursley. ISBN 0-7524-1510-7.


Dad-of-one George Griffin, 71, suffered fatal heart attack after build up of fluids

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Stella Downing flew into rage after going around to victim's house

The town is historically famous for the manufacture of locks and keys. As early as 1770 Willenhall contained 148 skilled locksmiths and its coat of arms reflects the importance of this industry to its growth.[3] It was home to the National Union of Lock and Metal Workers from 1889 until 2004. Its motto is Salus Populi Suprema Lex - The welfare of the people is the highest law.

Willenhall became part of Wolverhampton Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

Football returned to Willenhall in 1953 with the formation of Willenhall Town F.C., who play at a site on Noose Lane and play in the local leagues.

Walsall Local History Centre holds microfiche copies of the cemetery registers of Wood Street, Willenhall, 1857-1986, and Bentley Cemetery, 1900-1971.