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1916 Greengrocers Brought to Life

WW1 Family

28 July 2014

History repeats itself, as the 1916 Greengrocers was brought back to life this weekend at the Museum.

The great grandson of an early 20th century greengrocer was pleasantly surprised to find out that his Grandmother’s shop will have a place in history, as the building is restored to its former glory, complete with costumed characters at a Living Museum.

The original two up two down building, once occupying 39 Lower Lichfield Street in Willenhall has long since been demolished, but a brick-by-original-brick replica has been at Black Country Living Museum for over 20 years. After extensive research by the Museum’s curators, it was discovered that the home actually served as a greengrocers and was run and lived in by a Gertrude and William Adey and their two children from 1916 until at least 1932.

A public appeal for more information culminated in a very surprising call for Gertrude’s great grandson Andrew Adey, who had no knowledge of the building at the museum or its restoration into a 1916 greengrocer shop.

“I’ve been researching my family tree on and off for thirty or so years,” comments Andrew, now living in Wolverhampton and working as a dentist, “to learn that the Black Country Living Museum is going to recreate a part of it is very exciting.2

As part of our WW1 commemorative programme, a costumed character will be teaching visitors about the life of Gertrude Adey while her husband was away at war.

Find out more about Gertrude's husband, Private William Adey during WW1

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