Old photos of the Stourbridge areaThese photos will be of great interest to anyone associated with the town, young and old, across the globe, they will also be of great value for genealogical research as well. Stourbridge.com wishes to remind you that we do not hold the copyright for these photos and are not being published for any form of financial gain. In parts the collections are rather sad, looking at some of the lovely old buildings that have gone over the years, but it's easy to say this with hindsight and we should be grateful for the fine buildings that remain in the town centre. Also, we get genealogy enquiries from all over the world and often people refer to family members having worked in a certain shop in Stourbridge, so maybe this will help when researching family history.
The Harry Cartwright collectionStourbridge in the 1950's and 1960's - a stunning collection of photos taken by the late Harry Cartwright. Stourbridge.com is privileged to have permission to publish a collection of photos taken by the late Harry Cartwright, a Stourbridge resident and keen amateur photographer. An active member of the Stourbridge Photographic Society, Harry took hundreds, if not thousands of photos of Stourbridge and the surrounding area in the late 50s and early 60s, and the end result is a fantastic pictorial chronicle of Stourbridge and how it has changed over the past fifty years. See also: Videos of Stourbridge town centre and ring road in the 60s Anyway, make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy the photos, they are amazing and you will have lots of fun trying to work out where things are today, you might even find your own house! Please take time to go through the equally great collections of Bill Pardoe and Hal as well. We have categorised Harry's photos as follows:
July 2014 - New book of Harry Cartwright photos out now! 83 photos of Hagley, Clent, Belbroughton, Holy Cross, Oldswinford, Pedmore, Ismere, Kinver, Stakenbridge and Lye. All proceeds to the British Heart Foundation £7.50 a copy. Hurry if you want a copy as this is a short production run, although more may be printed in future. Order your copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call Colin on 01384 895838
Other photo collections:
January 2013 - Studley Court postcards, 1915 - 1920 (now Mary Stevens park)
January 2013 - The Eric Worton Collection: Lye and Wollescote
August 2012 - Over 200 new photos of old Stourbridge and the surrounding area (Expired or no copyright)
2011 - The Bill Pardoe Collection
January 2012 - Photos by "Hal" of Stourbridge Only a handful of photos but well worth a look
If you have enjoyed viewing these photos or wish to use them for your own purposes please consider making an online donation on Just Giving, set up by his family to support the British Heart Foundation. Harry Cartwright sadly died at the young age of just 48. His family have granted permission for us to publish his photos so you would not be seeing them without their help. Thank you.
Feb 2015: Local man Colin Wooldridge has published several books of Harry's photos and I am delighted to tell you that he has now raised over £2,100 for the British Heart Foundation, a fantastic achievement.
Please note that the quality of the images is not great, that is because we had to literally photograph the photographs, in the interests of speed, crude but the only practical route in the circumstances and time available. It has taken many hours to put this together, but we think it is well worth the effort for all the world to see these fantastic photos.
More photos of Lye and Stourbridge can be seen at www.lyetown.co.uk, a compilation of photos taken by Bill Hart 1928 - 2009. The photos are for sale through Hart Photography, full contact details are on the website. Bill Hart was one of the very nicest of people and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, including me.
Look out for more collections from other Stourbridge photographers from the past!
See also: Britain from above website - fascinating colleaction of early aerial photos