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WW1 at Black Country Living Museum

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Commemorating 1914 – 1918, World War One

For the next four years, Black Country Living Museum will be commemorating World War One 1914-18 with a host of activities, research and collections. 

Find out about the history of our buildings during World War One


Springfield Brewery War Memorial

/media/ww1/library/140804_230_img_6254.jpgCommemorating here in equal honour, the Springfield Brewery heroes, who died for freedom.

See the Springfield Brewery Roll of Honour



Anchor Maker's House

The Anchor Maker's House used to stand at 91 Lawrence Lane, Old Hill.

/media/ww1/library/140804_230_anchors.jpgDuring WW1, this building (1911 census) was occupied by

Edward Parkin, Father- Machinist at anchor works –41 at time of outbreak

Miriam Parkin, Mother – 36 at time of outbreak

Harry Parkin, at school – 14 at time of outbreak

Fred Parkin, at school – 8 at time of outbreak

By 1914 they also had another son Thomas William Parkin, born in January 1914.

No military records have been found for Edward Parkin as he did not serve, as he was a married man ‘Conscription during First World War began when the British government passed the Military Service Act in 1916. The act specified that single men aged 18 to 45 years old were liable to be called up for military service’

When conscription was first introduced, in 1916, it was applied to single men and late married ones. In 1916, Edward was two years too old to serve. The age limit was raised in 1918, but this does not seem to have affected him.

This Summer at BCLM,  find out about War babies in this building

Gregory's General Store

Gregory's Store was originally located at 89 and 90 Lawrence Lane, Old Hill. The houses were built by Charles Gregory, who worked at H & T Danks, Netherton.

/media/ww1/library/140804_230_gregorys.jpgIn the early 1900s, the entire building was converted to a double fronted shop with living accommodation upstairs for the Gregory family.

At the outbreak of World War One people nationwide were subject to price hikes and food shortages.The real shortages didn't hit home until 1915, these initial price rises and shortages were a knee jerk reaction to the announcement that Britain was at war. 

This Summer at BCLM, find out about Food Shortages in the Black Country


Toll House

/media/ww1/library/140801_230_toll_house_01.jpgThe Toll House was originally built in 1843. It stood at the Littleworth Gate, Woodsetton on the Sedgley to Tividale Turnpike Road which was authorised by Act of Parliament in 1841. This Toll House probably ceased to be used for collecting tolls in the 1870s.

During WW1, the Toll House was occupied by Lilian Hodgkiss, who moved into the property in 1904 with her mother and siblings. The Toll House has now been relocated, brick by brick to Black Country Living Museum and throughout this Summer, visit the toll house and you can learn about Lilian's life during WW1 as a munitions worker, you can even try on some of the munition workers costumes.

Find out more about Lilian Hodgkiss and our other WW1 Characters


WW1 Events at BCLM

/media/ww1/library/140729_230_our_events.jpgFind out about our latest activities and events taking place at the Museum on our WW1 Events page

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