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A Random collection of old pictures from other places in the Black Country.
Wellington Road, Bilston.
A street scene with a tram Wellington Road, in Bilston, c1904.
The above postcard is one of the earliest John Price of Bilston postcards (nr.4) - their early cards were printed in Germany where German printers had developed this colour printing process, after 1904 Price's usually printed their postcard views in-house with their own plant at the Bilston works,
John Price & Sons of Bilston produced several hundred splendid local views from all around the Black Country, views after about 1912 were usually reproduced in black and white, production of postcards ceased around 1930.
Willenhall Road, Bilston c1904
Published by John Price nr. 73.
Another postcard view of Bilston, this is looking north along Willenhall Road [Mount Pleasant], it shows tram lines and the newly constructed Drill Hall on the very left.
The Hall was built in 1901 for the 6th Staffordshire Regiment of the Territorial Army who occupied it until 1936.
A rather quirky looking building for the time, is now a Grade II listed building, in recent times it has been used as a club venue and is now well known as 'The Robin 2', a live music venue.
Centre left in the picture is the 'Theatre Royal', built in 1902 to replace an earlier theatre, used also as a cinema in the earlier years, it reverted back to live theatre in 1936, closed in 1957 and was demolished in 1961.
Some of the more distant buildings on the left do still exist.
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