Howard Madeley, local historian, and stalwart of the
Darlaston Local History Society, passed away in the early
part of 2012. He was a keen local historian, ably assisted
by his wife Elsie. Howard worked as a design draughtsman for
Samuel Platt Limited at King's Hill Foundry, and lived in
John Wootton House. He had a large collection of photographs, some
of which he collected, and others that he took himself.
Throughout much of his life he kept a photographic record of
events and changes that took place in the town, including
the demolition of much of the town centre, and the Victorian
houses. He also photographed the new buildings that replaced
them, as the character of the town rapidly changed during
the late 1900s.
His photographs record many long-gone and once-familiar
scenes that will bring back fond memories to those who knew
the old town, and introduce the old Darlaston to others.
Blockall, as seen from the bottom of
Howards photographic collection covers the following
Church Street, Victoria Road, Slater Street,
Street, Bull Stake, Walsall Road, Crescent Road
Blakemore Lane, Campbell Place, Bilston Street,
Green, Bell Street, Cross Street, Booth Street,
Bentley Road South
Street - the demolition of the pumping station