My Postcode History

This free competition gave people in the Black Country a chance to delve into their own local history. Thanks to everyone who entered in June/July 2012 and over the Heritage Open Days weekend in September the same year. The five winners received a history of their postcode (below).

There were four winners in June and July. Nominations were accepted for any part of the local authority areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton (generally but not exclusively the postcodes starting with B, DY, WS or WV).  A sample history was also posted.  Our winners were (click on the postcode below to see the history):

B43 5JD, a group of 1930s-40s semis on Waddington Avenue, Great Barr.
DY5 4LJ, 1920s-30s cottages on Tiled House Lane, Pensnett.
WS10 8SB, a recent development at Bird Brook Close, Darlaston.
WV11 3NQ, a 1950s block of flats on Castlebridge Gardens, Wednesfield.
WV14 6HL, a looping circular street from circa 1950 in Stowlawn, Bilston.

If you have any questions about ‘My Postcode History’ please contact us from this website or post a comment in the box below.

9 responses to “My Postcode History

  1. Why doesn’t this site work now? Disappointed as advertised in press.

  2. Glad you are keen to enter! Sorry for any disappointment – the press story didn’t really make clear that we are advertising the second round of the competition which starts on 6th September. However we will be happy to email you a reminder nearer the time and hope you will still enter. Many thanks.

  3. the press advert tells you you can put your post code in and find out your history of your area no mention of a competition and open to the people of walsall, wires crossed bad comunication, i do not think i will bother.

  4. Just to clarify, this is a Black Country-wide event, so we are accepting entries for postcodes in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley. We would love to be able to give everyone who enters a history of their street, but this could be hundreds of postcodes so unfortunately some entries will be unsuccessful. However it is free to enter, and every postcode has a chance of being a winner.

  5. Fabulous idea – I would love to know more about the Butts in Walsall – all I do know is that the area is named after the fact that it was assigned as a practice area for the King’s archers and is built on limestone pits!

  6. Angela – thanks very much for the comment and best of luck in the draw

  7. Just read your page on B69 4AZ, great stuff ! In your first picture on that page, that white Fiat car is actually my father in laws, they have lived in that house for over 30 years, having lived previously for a number of years further up McKean Road. I myself live two doors away to the left of them, since marrying in 1988, right on the corner of McKean/Century Road, just out of your snapshot unfortunately. Thanks to our friend for linking us to this page and thanks to you also for your interesting information of the area I live in. :)

  8. Thanks very much Neil, glad it was of interest and stay in touch.

  9. i formerly lived at 64 mckean road and was given to believe that jimmy handley actor and comedian once lodged at 64 whilst at local rep but cannot verify this .

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