Paul Ford of Walsall Local History Centre.

New public talk investigates history of Walsall’s coroner

Paul Ford of Walsall Local History Centre.
Paul Ford of Walsall Local History Centre.

What is the history of the Walsall coroner? For that matter, what does a coroner actually do?

Walsall residents can now find out at the town’s Local History Centre in Essex Street, courtesy of a new talk by Archivist Paul Ford.

Using some of the coroner’s old case files from the early 1900s, Paul plans to reveal how these fascinating and rarely-seen documents which are preserved at the centre can be a source of both family and local history.

Paul Ford said: “How did Walsall Police try to identify the mysterious lady discovered floating in the canal at the Pleck in 1915 – the main clue being two tram tickets from Bristol that are still in the case papers? And how did Ryecroft and Walsall rally round a mother after a military aircraft crashed into her garden in Brewer St, killing her family? All this and more can be found in the coroner’s files.”

The talk takes place on Monday 7 November, 7.30pm – 9pm and is repeated on Friday 18 November 2.30pm – 4pm. Admission costs just £1.50.  Advance booking is essential, telephone 01922 721305.

Walsall Local History Centre is the Archives & Local Studies service for the Walsall borough.

For more information call in, telephone 01922 721305 or check out the centre’s website: http://www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre

Walsall Local History Centre is in Essex Street, Walsall WS2 7AS.

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