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Hi, hope you can point me in the right direction. At our museum we have several large cast iron containers marked with ‘British Ordinance 1858’ on the front but with ‘G. Robinson, Stourbridge’ on the side. We are trying to find out about the manufacturer ‘G. Robinson’ and their role with the British Army. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can extend my information search?
Thanks, Derek Craig, Heritage Gardener, Collections Department,
Howick Historical Village, New Zealand
(Rec'd 4th Nov 09)

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My name is David Law from Queensland, Australia. I am currently in possession of my grandfathers blacksmiths vice and on it is stamped
     "I. NASH & SONS
       NO(u)RJRVISE(f)Z
        STOURBRIDGE
        ENGLAND"
The bracketed letters represent the other possible letters, it is a bad stamp so difficult to tell.  Also, the V contains an 'i' inside. Any information you can provide will be great.  
Thanks you very much, David Law
(Rec'd 29 Aug 09)
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Hello, I am trying to find any information with regards to the history of my home and surrounding properties. I live at 45 Clifton Street, Stourbridge and have been told that the house dates back to around 1890. Does anyone know any history with regards to this road and if possible our house? I have looked at the 1911 cencus but there isn't a number 45 on there and quite a few house names I don't recognise. Many Thanks, Gemma Dhaliwal (Rec'd 24t Aug 09)
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Can anyone direct me to any information about the James Foster Engineering Works? An ancestor of mine - Charles Worth Pearce, was there in 1813. Clearly it no longer exists but was it taken over by another company? Are there any pictures of the works or newspaper reports?
Elizabeth Norton (Rec'd 10 May 09)
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Hi, I am trying to find current address and phone details for Michael and Joanne Harris. In the 1980's they were living with their parents, Bill and Jan at 165 Bridgnorth Road, Stourbridge. Their parents also had a local butcher's shop at that time but I believe that Micheal's father has since retired. Does anyone have any contact details? Deb Frank, Australia (Rec'd 4 Feb 09)
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Hello, can anyone help me, I have an old photo of some old cottages next to the Carlisle Hall in Theatre Road, Stourbridge. Can anyone tell if these were known as the "Seven Houses" or "Seven Houses Row"? Thanks, Maureen (Rec'd 18 Jan 09)
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Where did the name Ounty John (as in Ounty John Lane, Pedmore) originate?

Roger Adams (Rec'd 13 Aug 08)
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Hi there, I am looking for my penfiend who was in the army in Germany, his name is Terence Mark Wiley, we lost touch it be nice to here from him again my name back then was Sandie Yarnall I am now Sandra Nidd. thanks, Sandie
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Hello. I wonder if anyone can help me please? I am looking for Sally Martin on behalf of a friend of mine. She was or stil is married to Kevin Martin. I believe she has a son called Christopher and a sister called Gill. She lived in New Street, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill but she has moved. If Sally is reading this, or if anyone knows of Sally's whereabouts please would you get in touch as soon as possible to juliealhunt@hotmail.com. Thanks. (Rec'd 29 May 08)
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Hello,
I have a grandfather clock that’s made by J. Blurton of Stourbridge. I cannot find any reference to this man in any clock journal. Any info on a date he was making clocks would be great.
Thank you Brian Carroll ( Australia ) carrollb@bigpond.net.au (Rec'd 22 May 08)

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Hi, My name is Monam Hached. I'm Tunisian and I'm an MA holder from the University of Warwick since 1990. I'm desperately looking for the whereabouts of a very dear friend of mine from Stourbridge. Her maiden name is Helen Shilvock. Her father's name is Derek. We last met in September 1990 and I think she got married to somebody from Hong Kong named Aaron. I'll be very grateful to have of her news and know she's doing well.
Lots of thanks, Monam (Rec'd 23rd Mar 08)
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Hi I am from Vancouver, Canada, and would like to know the whereabouts of Cleone Ashford, daughter of "Ashford Dairy" family. Last contact 1955 Thank You, Alan Ryder (Rec'd 9 Mar 08)
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I am looking for information on anything or anyone regarding the children's home that was in oldswinford stourbridge west midlands between 1961-1966 from what i remember it was west hill nursery just round the corner from the cross public house. Please get in touch i am still in stourbridge area
Rosemary and Wendy Mitton (Rec'd 14th Dec 07)
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Horse Drawn Coaches and Omnibus run by Gardener Family along with two or more Inns in Starbridge and Kidderminster Circa 1835 to 1865, any information greatly appriciated. Please contact: royandjudith@optusnet.com.au (Rec'd 21 Oct 07)
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Hi my maternal grandparents came from Stourbridge there names were Alice Beasley nee Hope and William Beasley they had three children William Thomas born 1908 in 19 Duke Street ,Alice born 1812 in 4 House 9 Court Angel Street Stourbridge and one other child a girl I believe does anybody have any infomation about these address and what is in place now
Sally sal.jon@tiscali.co.uk (Rec'd 31 Jan 07)
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I have an old early Victorian longcase clock-The arch dial has the name J A s Edwards Stourbridge. The small 's' is like an apostrophe and I guess means the name is a shortened version of James. I cannot track down a James Edwards of Stourbridge. The town seemsto be more famous for its glass! Can anyone help? Thanks, John (Rec'd 22 Jan 07)
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Not sure if you can help, my sister has moved down to Brighton with her little boy, and I am looking to start a camp blanket off for him, and would love to find a woven badge with a Stourbridge logo or coat of arms for me to sew on. Have you any ideas? Thanks, Claire (rec'd 30th Jan 07)
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Hello! I'm writing from Brazil, San Paulo, SP.
I'm an architect and we are restoring the site of a San Paulo Gas Company, 1890, were an english group built the first gasometer of San Paulo. The site is nowadays protected by Department of Historical Buildings. After years of abandon, we are restoring the english features of the buildings. It is an important presence of the english culture and industrial heritage in Brazil.
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I found a yellow brick during our works, with the inscription: "J.B. Fisher & Co - Stourbridge", an I decided to look for more information about, or at least to inform people interested in Stourbridge history, that we have "earth of Stourbridge" in the basement of our gasometer! I wanna know if someone have any idea about this "J.B. Fisher & Co". Why bricks are sent into Brazil?

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If someone want to know more about that, email me, please. Thanks a lot, arch. Luís Antonio Magnani restarq@uol.com.br (rec'd 1st Sept 06)
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Hi there, I am a manager at Wyncroft Nursing Home in Kingswinford and we are about to open a new unit for people with dementia related illnesses Just 8 beds.I would like to know if you can be of any assistance in providing us with a history board with some information and pictures of the old Round Oak steelworks as a lot of Kingswinford people would have worked there sometime in their working lives. The idea would be to stimulate memory and encourage people to talk of the past. Can you help me please? The unit opens in December. I am hoping to get a little publicity too for the home by mentioning people who help in the local paper so that I can thank people.
yours sincerely wendy averall manager (rec'd 7th Nov 06)
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Hello web site visitors, I have recently moved into a new home in Lawrence Street Stambermill, Stourbridge. The street is a mixture of Edwardian, Victorian and now, modern houses. I am looking to learn more about the street, perhaps you may have lived nearby as a child and have fond memory's of playing near to the Stour and the surrounding areas. My own house stood derelict for a time, so you may have explored my garden. Any old photographs would be a real bonus. Thank you for taking the time to read and get your thinking caps on. Melanie (May 05)
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Does anyone have any information on the Wollaston School in Bridgnorth Road, noted on the 1771 census of Stourbridge? Was this a 'dame' school, do any records exist? It seems to have disappeared by the 1881 Census - did it become part of another school? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks for your help Pam J (Rec'd 21 Feb 05)
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Could anyone give me information on the maker of a fireclay bath, the name appears to be, F T Rufford Stourbridge, any information on the manufacturer would be of interest ie when in business, where, when closed, and anything known about the bath would be helpful, thank you, Cecil Findlay email: CECILFINDLAY@aol.com I was hoping you could provide some information on a old anvil I have in my possesion. The markings on the side are as follows:
STOURBRIDGE, I NASH & SON
WOR
Alan O'Connor, Melbourne, Australia Email: aoconnor@smorgonsteel.com.au
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I have been asked about a teddy bear which appears to have been made in the 1950s and is labeled Pixie Toys, Stourbridge. I have never heard of the company and would be interested in any information regarding them. Regards, David Jackson
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Hi my name is Jan Price from South Wales. E.mail address wcottage@poetess.freeserve.co.uk I have bought a large victorian colliery managers house and the porcelain victorian bath was made by Rufford and Co Stourbridge. I wondered who they were and if they are still there?? I would be grateful for any information....Jan Price
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Dear Sirs, I recently found three old firebricks, stamped as follows:- E. J. and J. Pearson Harris and Pearson Trotter, Haines and Corbett Ltd I would like to know when these companies existed, eg 1866 until 1934, especially the dates that the companies closed down. I live in South Australia, in a suburb of Adelaide called Mitcham, and these firebricks were found on an old quarry site which was active around 1840 - 1860. The stone quarried was used in the construction of St. Michael's Anglican Church, Mitcham, between 1848 and 1852. Yours Faithfully, Richard Irving irvineth@ozemail.com.au
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Hello, I have a friend who was born in the Mary Stevens Maternity Hospital 44 Years ago. To be able to make a correct astrological view it is important to know the exact time of his birth. I have been told, that the maternity does no longer exist. Does anyone have an idea as how i could get acces to their records of birth? Katharina Giger, Zürich, Switzerland mail: riedo.giger@dplanet.ch Thank you.
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The island of Nevis, in the Caribbean, has numerous historical sites. We are in the process of clearing many of these sites and restoring some of them. At one site in particular, The Eden Browne Estate, we found oven bricks with the name RUFFORD STOURBRIDGE stamped on them.

I have a large post vice which bears the name "Attwoods Best, Stourbridge", which I am trying to research. Can you give me any information about the Attwood company or a succeeding company.

Lou Degginger,Kansas City, Missouri

I believe the time period would have been around 1690's.
Can any one tell me about this brick company?
 
John Guilbert Executive Director, Nevis Historical & Conservation Society nhcs@caribsurf.com Website: www.nevis-nhcs.org
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I COLLECT 1900 ENGLISH OAK BISCUIT BARRELS, I FOUND 2 HALF PENNY STAMPS WITH THE STAMP OF YOUR CITY ON THE STAMPS IN ONE OF THE BARRELS CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THESE STAMPS. BEST REGARDS SALVATORE IAIA, HERMOSA BEACH CALIFORNIA USA email: salonea@aol.com
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Can I ask a couple of questions ? Is there a Wollaston War Memorial or are the names all contained on a Stourbridge memorial ? Other than the census were there 'directories' published from 1900 on ? Here there were commercial directories in most communities that listed names and addresses and were used in business in various ways. Would the Library have copies ? I have discovered that my Grandfather had two brothers who outlived him, he died in 1948, and were completely unknown to the family apparently ! My wife says we are a weird family !
Please don't go to any trouble in this. Sincerely, Francis Smith, Canada
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Dear Sirs, I visited your website about Stourbridge. I have many Stourbridge WW1 washtubs. Made by John Hill. I wonder this item and whom I contact for taking information about this items in Stourbridge (antique shopper, etc.). I send the photos.

Thanks for help, Regards, Ahmet Özel
Istanbul-TURKEY email: ahmetozel@yahoo.com

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