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LLHS celebrated its 20th ANNIVERSARY on 14th February 2016

The history of LLHS compiled for the 20th Anniversary may be read here. [Adobe pdf in separate window]

Members of Langley Local History Society celebrating the 20th Anniversary with cake at their meeting on 10th February 2016.

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Langley Local History Society was started at Langley Library in February 1996 for members to exchange and record their reminiscences. These were published as 'Langley and Langley Green Recalled' in 1996 and 'Langley and Round About' in 1997.

LLHS has produced a series of books on life in Langley, Langley Green, Causeway Green and Rood End:

'Making and Moving in Langley' Transport and industry, 1999 Out of print
'Playing and Performing in Langley' Sport and entertainment. 2004
'Selling and Shopping in Langley' Shops, traders and services; growth of Langley, 2013

In November 2007 we launched 'The Fallen of Oldbury, Langley & Warley 1914 - 1918'. This includes details of over 550 men with an Oldbury connection who gave their lives in WW1.

LLHS has bought a collection of over 200 postcards of Oldbury, Langley and Warley. In 2010 we published a selection of 50 of these cards illustrating Oldbury, Langley and Warley in the period 1900 to 1925 under the title "Just a card to say ..."

These books are available through this website - see publications

Just a few of the members of LLHS on a walk to explore the line of the Netherton Tunnel in April 2014. Bob Broadbent is explaining the old quarries on Darby's Hill. We look fairly friendly - why not join us?

The society arranges a programme of monthly talks and visits to local historical sites. There is no charge for membership, but a charge of 1.50 for members and £2.00 for non-members is made at monthly meetings, including refreshments. All are welcome.

Meetings are held on the

second Wednesday of the month at 10.45 at Salvation Army Centre, Pound Road, Oldbury. Coffee is available before the meeting from 10.30.

Contact: via this website



April 12 AGM - 'Costumes and Culture of South West China' by Jill Nicklin
May 10 'The King's Loosebox' by Mary Bodfish
June 14 'Mills on the Dowles Brook' by Tim Booth
July 12 'Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575' by Dr Gillian White
August 9 'Birmingham's Outer Circle' by David Humphries
September 13 'Chair's Talk - to be announced' by Dr Terry Daniels
October 11

'The Bluebird Toffee Factory at Hunnington' by Julian Hunt

November 8 'A Day in Court' by Dave Berry
December 13

Christmas Social - 'Boar's Head to Bing', Christmas music by Richard Churchley. Note change of venue to Langley Park Lodge, and by ticket, for members only

May 17 Walk around Netherton with Rob Broadbent
May 31 Teme Valley and Ludlow Coach Tour with Brian Draper
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