Black Country History Web Site

Black Country History is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.
The eight partners involved in this website are:
Dudley Archives and Local History Service
Dudley Museums Service
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
Sandwell Museums Service
Walsall Local History Centre
Walsall Museums Service
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service

Contact information for accessibility help

E-mail

[email protected]

Telephone

01902 552055

Postal Address

Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1DU

Map Trails

Click on an image below to see one of our city trails with old photos pinned to an interactive map and take a trip down memory lane! Once the map opens, click and drag with your mouse to move around the map, double click on the map to zoom in.

Bilston Town TrailBilston Town Trail

Bilston Town Trail takes you on a walk around the centre of Bilston to highlight some of its important buildings and old streets. Then takes you out to the industrial areas which made Bilston famous.

John Fullwood TrailJohn Fullwood Trail
John Fullwood was a successful landscape painter, etcher and illustrator. He was born at the family home in Worcester Street Wolverhampton in 1854 and studied at Paris and Birmingham. In the 1870s many of Wolverhampton’s old buildings disappeared under a wave of modernisation and John Fullwood faithfully recorded them before demolition.

Heath Town TrailHeath Town Trail

Heath Town originated as the tiny settlement of “Wednesfield Heath” midway between Wednesfield and Wolverhampton. With the onset of industrialisation in the 18th century it steadily grew and changed.

Molineux TrailMolineux Trail

This trail follows the development of the Molineux area of Wolverhampton from a Flemish wool-workers mansion, to pleasure grounds and finally the Molineux Stadium, home to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for the last 100 years.

Monmore Green TrailMonmore Green Trail

Monmore Green famous for its Greyhound Racing Stadium has been open in Wolverhampton since the 1920′s. This trail shows the Workhouse in Bilston Road, a number of industrial sites and the less well-known East Park, which was opened on 21 September 1896 by Alderman Dickinson for Wolverhampton’s ‘East End’.

West Park TrailWest Park Trail

West Park was first used as a racecourse in 1825 and continued until the lease came to an end in 1878. The first of Wolverhampton’s large parks, it was opened by Mayor John Jones on 6 June 1881. In 1986 the park was put on the English Heritage National Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

Wolverhampton Canal TrailWolverhampton Canal Trail
The Canal Trail takes you on a journey along the Birmingham Main Line Canal from the centre of Wolverhampton highlighting some of the features of interest. Then left at Wolverhampton racecourse at Dunstall Park following the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal towards Newbridge, Compton and Wightwick Manor along the Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve.

Wolverhampton City TrailWolverhampton City Trail
The Wolverhampton City Trail can be started at any point within the iner ring road area. Using old archive photographs to show how the streets and buildings used to look before modern developments transformed the townscape. In the 1880s Wolverhampton’s skyline changed dramatically, the Artisan’s Dwelling Act allowed large scale redevelopment of slum areas and all of the buildings in Lichfield Street were demolished.

Wolverhampton Churches TrailWolverhampton Churches Trail
Wolverhampton contains many churches built by a wide variety of denominations some of the best kept secrets are their amazing interiors. See churches past and present all steeped in history many have fallen prey to demolition due to dwindling congregations or the pressing need for space and road widening. Churches which once stood surrounded open fields still remain to delight today.

Wolverhampton Heritage TrailWolverhampton Heritage Trail
Wolverhampton Heritage Trail showcases the industrial buildings of the 19th century when the economy boomed and the town grew rapidly. It was famous for locks and iron goods of all kinds. From the late 19th century there was an important industry making bicycles and then making motorcars. Many of these buildings can still be seen today.

Wolverhampton Painting TrailWolverhampton Painting Trail
Travel back in time before the invention of cameras and follow a painting trail of Wolverhampton’s, streets, shops, public houses, churches and townscape scenes. There are many beautiful views of Wolverhampton before the industrial revolution from the open countryside that once surrounded it.

Wolverhampton Pub TrailWolverhampton Pub Trail
This Trail focuses on the rich heritage of public houses in the Wolverhampton area dating back over the centuries. These played an important part in the town’s life and trade some are still standing today or are used for other purposes, many have sadly been demolished in the early years of the 20th century.