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  • An industrial town western central England; pop. 256,000

  • Walsall was a borough constituency centred on the town of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

  • The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall is a local government district of West Midlands, England, with the status of a metropolitan borough.

  • Walsall is a large industrial town in the West Midlands of England. It is located northwest of Birmingham and east of Wolverhampton. Historically a part of Staffordshire, Walsall is a component area of the West Midlands conurbation, and is sometimes described as part of the Black Country.

  • (carpet) cover completely, as if with a carpet; "flowers carpeted the meadows"

  • A floor or stair covering made from thick woven fabric, typically shaped to fit a particular room

  • A large rug, typically an oriental one

  • A thick or soft expanse or layer of something

  • form a carpet-like cover (over)

  • (carpeting) rug: floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)

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Walsall in Living Memory (Britain in Old Photographs)

Walsall in Living Memory (Britain in Old Photographs)

This is a superb collection of over 200 photographs selected and informatively captioned by David Vodden. Walsall in Living Memory contains pictures from the author's own and other private sources, many of which have never been published before. Illustrated here are servicemen and civilians, the Anglo-American Friendship Week in February 1945, local industries, Scouting activities, events and familiar landmarks like the power station, the Savoy Cinema and the market. As well as pre-war and wartime images, modern changes are also documented including the rebuilding of Old Square and Digbeth, the development of the Civic Centre, the New Art Gallery, the bus station, Woolworths and the pedestrianisation of Park Street, High Street and Darwall Street. Even the most recent redevelopment of High Street and George Street features here. This is David Vodden's third book on Walsall and it is sure to bring back happy memories to those who know the town, as well as providing a valuable insght into its part for visitors and new residents alike.

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Bristol's Great Fairs

Bristol's Great Fairs

Bristol's Great Fairs had a reputation for wild characters, assault, robbery and all kinds of sex for sale.

Bristol’s Great Fairs are little more than a memory now, recalled only in street names like Horsefair and Haymarket. But in their day, they were regarded as the most crime-ridden and dissolute markets in Britain. And they were so famous that, for centuries, the Navy had to patrol the Bristol Channel at fair time to stop visitors being attacked or kidnapped by pirates and slavers.

The annual Sr James’ Fair in September was such a magnet for traders that, in 1636, 12 Turkish warships were spotted off Cornwall, waiting to waylay people heading to Bristol. And every year there were reports of raiders hanging around the sea approaches to Bristol, looking for rich pickings in slaves or trade goods and navy frigates patrolled regularly to frighten them off.

It may have been St James’ Fair, the best known, which brought one of the many outbreaks of plague to Bristol in the seventeenth century. The City Corporation at the time was deeply concerned that the disease would travel to Bristol on goods brought in from London. It banned all leather goods and upholstery, but the London wholesalers appealed to the government, saying they made most of their annual income at Bristol. The government quashed the Bristol ban, and left the city open to infection.

Historian John Latimer left a wonderfully evocative description of the fair at its height. ‘Blankets and woollens from Yorkshire, silks from Macclesfield, linens from Belfast and Lancashire, carpets from Kidderminster, cutlery from Sheffield, hardware from Walsall and Wolverhampton, china and earthenware from Staffordshire and other counties, cotton stockings from Tewkesbury, lace from Buckinghamshire and Devon, trinkets from Birmingham and London, ribbons from Coventry, buck and hog skins for breeches, hats and caps, millinery, haberdashery, female ornaments, sweetmeats and multitudinous toys from various quarters arrived in heavily ­laden wagons and were joined by equally large contributions from the chief industries of the district.

‘To these again were added nearly all the travelling exhibitions and entertainments then in the country - menageries, circuses, theatres, puppet shows, waxworks, flying coaches, rope-dancers, acrobats, conjurors, pig-faced ladies, living skeletons, and mummers of all sort who attracted patrons by making a perfect din.

‘It need scarcely be added that the scene attracted a too plentiful supply of pickpockets, thieves, thimble-riggers and swindlers of every genus. The fair attracted everyone, from the Duke of Beaufort’s children to the off spring of the rowdy and dangerous Kingswood colliers. There were stalls everywhere and what Latimer calls ‘standing places’, wooden constructions that took a month to build.

But as the years went by, the business side of the fair gradually decreased and the entertainment side increased, as did the number of bush houses (unlicensed drinking dens). The nine-day fair gradually extended to become a fortnight and, as Latimer puts it, a centre of corruption and demoralisation.’

Everyone piously condemned the fair, but made so much money out of it that nothing was done. In 1813, a St James church member even offered ?3,000 - a huge amount then - to have the fair suppressed. It was contemptuously rejected as much less than the profits made.

St James was one of two great Bristol Fairs; the other was St Paul’s, which took place on March 1st at the end of winter. In the weeks leading up to the fairs, civic business was postponed, and householders made some useful cash letting rooms to visitors from all over the country.

The London fashion trade saw the Bristol fairs as a great showcase, and wholesalers of every kind of goods turned up from around the world to see what Britain had to sell. Poet Laureate Robert Southey, who was born in Bristol, went to one fair as a child where a shaved monkey was exhibited as a genuine fairy, and an equally hairless bear was dressed in checked coat and trousers, sat in a chair and labelled as an Ethiopian savage. The Bristol Great Fairs were abolished in 1838 when the thieving and bawdry became too much, even for cash-hungry Bristolians.

As Latimer puts it primly: ‘The decree put an end to saturnalia of which but a faint conception can be formed in our times.’

At a meeting of the Council on the 16th July, 1838, the fair annually held in St. James's Churchyard in the month of September, as well as the March fair held in Temple Street, was abolished ; and fairs for the sale of live stock exclusively were ordered to be held in the cattle market on the two first days of March and September.

Bristol may have had two of the biggest but there were once fairs everywhere; Somerset alone had 94, including Shepton Mallet, where wives were once sold, but also where butchers from Bristol and Bath bought up to 400 fatted calves a day. Bath once had four fairs (one for the King, o

Ladder Sitter dreamer, the Alas-can-tan man

Ladder Sitter dreamer, the Alas-can-tan man

Trademark Fat Trainers; Train Set;Big Hands; Socket; Carpet... Dude was supposed to be looking at himself painting himself in the mirror. The finished piece is a bit trippy. I also started using CHU while painting this piece.

The titling round about this time was heavily vibed from sessions recording audio and mashing up the language.

Ladder Sitter was a phrase invented by friends children. My good friend (who owned the Citroen) had two beautiful girls that would desire, at times, to climb all over their father.

The piece was dedicated to Nonnie Pin and Yaki Nogi, the girls' names for each other.

15ft high and well dank. Since come down i think, near the new college build in Walsall town centre.

aka : In Walsall no-one can hear you scream

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