Welcome

My family are from Birmingham and the Black Country. The name refers to a seam of coal which ran under a good part of south Staffordshire and parts of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

I went to schools in Wednesfield when it was part of Staffordshire and used to see narrowboats full of coal being taken from the Cannock Chase coalfield to feed the industry in the Black Country. Initially trainined to be an accountant at Bass Mitchell and Butlers, in Springfield Brewery, I then changed career and qualified as a Solicitor, spending most of my time in Magistrates’ Courts, rising to be Clerk to the Justices and the Chief Executive.

I retired in 2005 when Magistrates’ Courts were taken over by the Civil Service. Lecturing is a particular pleasure and much enjoyment comes from occasional lecturing at Teesside University in the Business School. During this time much voluntary work has been undertaken, particularly with Scouting, Forensic Science and for over thirty years as a member of the Rotary Club of Darlington.

Some of my interests are shown on the pages of this site.

Medieval

Medieval


I started 15th Century re-enactment 1990’s and found a niche and fondness for medieval food, which has been a hobby since joining.

17th Century

17th Century


My first interest in the 17th Century arose because of my visits to Mosely Old Hall and Boscobel which were local buildings in my childhood.

Historic Food

Historic Food


My re-enactment work interested me in food history and preparation and inspired me to achieve accuracy and authenticity in cooking.

Family History

Family History


The search for one’s roots is present in most people, not least in me.

Community Rail

Community Rail


Railways are ‘in my blood’, my parents both having worked on the Great Western Railway.

Black Country Flag

The Black Country


To find out more about the Black Country and it's history click the flag above.