People of Tettenhall A - I

People of Tettenhall A - I

Badger, William

Lorem ipsum In 1774 described as “of this parish and usher (or teacher) to the Charity School”. Thought to have started a school in the village, where many children could not read or write, around 1776..

Banks, Edward

Lorem ipsum Local poet, early 20th Century. Responsible for poems such as “The Churchyard at Tettenhall”

Blythe, John

Lorem ipsum Keeper of Tettenhall’s gate who in 1844 was fined 40 shillings for delaying the Holyhead mail coach for up to seven minutes each morning!.

Brereton, Sir William

Lorem ipsum In 1643, the Parliamentary general, whose raid on Wolverhampton and Tettenhall, damaged St Peter’s Church, stripping lead off the roof and threatened to remove a famous bronze statue and melt it down for munitions..

Brindley, James

Lorem ipsum 18th Century almost legendary canal builder whose new waterway brought fresh prosperity to Tettenhall. He had a reported habit of going to bed when a problem occurred and not getting up again until it was solved. The Swan and the Mermaid pubs were named in honour of his new waterway.

Chaceporc, Peter

Lorem ipsum 13th Century Dean of Tettenhall. Fined for hunting the King’s deers!

Critchlow, George

Lorem ipsum19th Century Headmaster of the Church of England School, Tettenhall Wood for more than 40 years. “A headmaster of the old school who did so much to make England”.

Duncalfe, Jack Carpenter

Lorem ipsum Born in Codsall who was accused of stealing a bible. He denied this saying that if it were true his hands would rot off. They duly did and he died in great misery years later. His story probably led to the creation of Tettenhall’s Armless Woman myth about a seamstress who had a similar fate

BCotes, Sir Merton Russell

Lorem ipsum Son of a Tettenhall publican – ‘Gentleman’ Cotes – he became a famous hotelier and founder of the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth.

Dekyn Family

Lorem ipsumNotorious family who lived in Tettenhall at the start of the 15th Century and did their best to keep the population of the village down. Henry Dekyn was wanted for killing three people, his brother John was wanted for murder and their father, Adam, while armed with a coat of mail, sword and dagger was accused of beating, ill treating and horribly maiming one John de Barnhurst of Tetenhalle. The family went to ground and over time suffered various fates. Henry was killed during a Sheriff’s arrest but Adam was never found.

Fitton, Mary

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Her grave is still believed to be in Tettenhall Church, as recorded in the parish registers. A renowned beauty, she is thought to be the legendary “Dark lady of the Sonnets” about whom Shakespeare wrote some of his most moving verse.

Fowler, Henry Hartley

Lorem ipsumThe first Lord of Wolverhampton, a lawyer who entered politics and rose to become Secretary of State for the Colonies. He married the sister of Colonel Thorneycroft of Tettenhall Towers, and one of their daughters was the Victorian novelist Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, author of Fuel of Fire.

Harrison, Richard

Lorem ipsum Had been active in the King’s garrison at Lichfield during the English Civil War and was made the Minister at Tettenhall.

But some local residents famously successfully petitioned Oliver Cromwell to have him removed as a former Royalist supporter.

Hickman, Sir Alfred

Lorem ipsum Member of Parliament and iron foundry industrialist. His family also owned Wergs Hall, Wightwick Hall and Tinacre Hall.

Hinkes, Miss

Lorem ipsum Theodosia Strong minded village benefactor who gave two of her fields for gardens for the poor and land at Tettenhall Wood for a school.

Holyoake, Francis

Lorem ipsum Tettenhall resident, solicitor and founder of a bank, was chairman of the Wolverhampton Turnpike Trust, the body responsible for major changes to the route of the old London to Holyhead Road through the village. The road had been turnpiked in 1749.

People of Tettenhall A–IPeople of Tettenhall J–SPeople of Tettenhall T–ZThe Wrottesley Family

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