Step back in time on the Walsall Jubilee Walk!

Walsall Science and Art Institute Foundation Stone Laying 20 June 1887

Stuart Williams of Walsall Local History Centre will be leading a guided local history walk across Walsall town centre next week on Thursday 12 April, to celebrate this year’s Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II – and members of the public are invited to join him as he steps back in time!

The distance on foot is short – from Bradford Place (pictured above, where the foundation stone of Walsall Science & Art Institue was laid to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee on 20 June 1887) to Lichfield Street – but it spans the centuries, with a huge amount of history from the origins of streets and changes in the town centre via Sister Dora and the Great War to Walsall Council’s move from the Guild Hall to the Council House.

It also includes such remarkable royal events as Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II’s proclamation plus many other royal visits and occasions! Not to mention that infamous Walsall Hippo…

The Jubilee Walk also supports Walsall Town Centre Management’s ‘Know Your Town Day’, when people can find out more about the shops, services and facilities available to them, as well as viewing stalls and enjoying children’s activities or entertainment from 10am to 2pm.

The walk will start at 12.30pm from the steps of Walsall Cenotaph in Bradford Place, and takes about an hour.

To keep the party manageable, places are limited to 25, and advance booking is essential. Telephone 01922 721305 to book a place on the walk.

Walsall Local History Centre is currently showing its Diamond Jubilee exhibition ‘Walsall and the Royal Family’ until 30 April.

Walsall Local History Centre, Essex Street, Walsall, WS3 3QD. Tel: 01922 721305.

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