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Gornal is not exactly an attraction for outsiders, but perhaps there is at least a couple of reasons to know where Gornal is?
The Driving Test Centre, Lower Gornal.
Many good and bad memories will be held of the place following their visit to The Driving Test Centre in Lake Street
Since the 1960's this rather unobtrusive building has been the dread of learner drivers from all over this part of The Black Country.
The Centre was closed on Wednesday, 15th of May, 2019, and has been relocated to Newton House, The Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford.
Coopers Band Road entrance, 2007
Gornal Wood Crematorium.
For the same reasons, Gornal Crematorium, on the outskirts of Gornal Wood will not provoke many good memories.
The Crematorium was commissioned and administered by Dudley Council in 1960, with landscaped memorial gardens and entrances in Forge Road and Cooper's Bank Road.
Gornal 'Crem' is one of the most well-kept and attractive of its kind.
Infectious Diseases Hospital
Before the intense mining had begun in the Cotwall End Valley known as the Dingle, Sedgley Urban District Council built an Infectious Diseases Hospital near to Conquerer's Farm.
Very little is known about it.
The Hospital building was located North of Conquerer's Farm, and just off Cotwall End Road, the Hospital is shown on an Ordinance Survey map c1905 but is not present on earlier or later maps.
Rutland Echo & Leicestershire Advertiser, 26 October 1877.
A newspaper of 1872 reported that a 'hospital' at Gornal Wood treated Small Pox patients, and reported inmates 'escaping' into the community!
Another news report of 1877 records that the hospital was severly damaged by a storm.
It is not known if the above reports refer to the Hospital near Conquerer's farm but it seems likely that it was located elsewhere at that time.
Small Pox, Typhoid and other diseases were rife in the district in the 1870s causing many deaths espcially in infants due to poor sanitation.
See the page on the Typhoid epidemic.
The Royal British Legion Social Club
The British Legion Social Club in 2019
Ruiton Street, Lower Gornal
The British Legion was founded in 1921 to support ex-service personnel principally after the Great War, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1925, and is most associated with Poppy Day..
The Gornal 'Legion is one of a great number of social clubs spread throughout the UK and beyond.
The original club building, set back further from the road, was a wooden hut probably constructed in the early 1950s, however the present club buildings were erected in 1966, featuring a large function room.
In 1959, the new purpose-built medical clinic in Bull Street, was nearing completion, previously this was located in Bank Street.
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