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Public Appeal for Information! New Shop Openings Planned for 2014


08 April 2014

Plans have recently been put in motion for a new shop development opening here at the Museum in July 2014. One of the many buildings in the canal side village will be transformed into a replica of a Greengrocers shop that was based in Willenhall circa 1916 and we need your help in recreating the shop to full Black Country glory.

The Collections team have to date found research to suggest that the Greengrocers shop was housed at 39 Lower Lichfield Street, Willenhall and traded approximately 1916 – 1932. In 1916, Gertrude Adey (nee Illidge) is listed in the Kelly’s Trade Directory as a Greengrocer from the stated address.  Gertrude married William Adey (circa 1900) and bore two children, William A Adey (born circa 1901) and Gertrude M Adey (born circa 1903).  The building, being a small family business, may have traded under the name of Adey.

We are seeking information regarding either the Adey family, Lower Lichfield Street or the surrounding areas during the early 20th century; you maybe aware of the Adey family still living within the Willenhall area or perhaps you have photographs of Black Country shops and streets pre-1960?

Whatever information, whether it be photographic, historical census or simply recollections of Black Country shop layouts and provisions, we would love to hear from you. Please email responses to or telephone 0121 557 9643 by Monday 28th April 2014. Include name, email, telephone number and few words outlining information and we will be in touch.


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