|Did Violet do much
travelling around the Black Country in the 1920s?
Not really, because money was very tight, even then, as
cheap as travel was, you couldn’t do a great deal.
Mother used to have some cousins at Stourbridge. One lot
of cousins were butchers and the other people, I think
he was something at sea - in the Merchant Navy. Mother
used to take us to Stourbridge quite a lot. But there
again we used to travel on the bus. No, it must have
been a tram. We used to change at Dudley. It could have
been Midland Red - that was probably how we got there -
by bus. But, as I say, mostly Mother used to take us to
We used to go to Sedgley as well.
Relatives of my father - their name was Fox and they
were butchers. They had a shop in Sedgley. It was next
door to a cinema. I think it was Sedgley Bull Ring. We
used to go there to visit Dad’s cousin. We used to go on
the tram to Sedgley; one tram used to end in this Bull
Ring at Sedgley.
I think I’ve told you down Horseley
Fields, where the trams used to run, they’d got the
poles like the trolleybuses had. At Horseley Fields they
were only the single decker trams because the railway
runs across Horseley Fields - the London, Euston line.
(The Lorain stud contact system used on the local
tramways was converted to overhead operation in 1921).
I remember at night we used to as
kids watch the tram poles. If it was a frosty night,
you’d get sparks. I know it used to keep us awake. In
those days they used to run till about twelve o’clock.
Then when the trolleybuses came into operation, they
lowered the roadway to accommodate them. Under the
bridge they put handrails to protect the pedestrians.