This is a description of life in
the western extremities of Darlaston in the years
following the First World War. It is based upon the
memories of members of the Flavell and Whitehouse
families who lived in a courtyard in Park Street near to
where the New Junction pub stands today.
At the time most Black Country men
and women had a very basic lifestyle, living in cramped
conditions, due to the shortage of housing caused by the
rapid expansion of the local population in the 19th
century. Life in this part of Darlaston was identical to
life in many areas of the other local industrial towns,
especially those on the South Staffordshire coalfield.
This story is based on the memories of the
late Bill Flavell, the late Harry Flavell, and the late Bill
Whitehouse, who were all born in the old yard.