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Updated 17 February 2016
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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 13 'AGM - The River Teme' by Brian Draper
May 11 'King Richard III , The Monster, Myth and Man' by Mary Bodfish
June 8 'Mills on the Dowles Brook' by Tim Booth
July 13 'Hugely Huggable History of the Teddy Bear' by Dr Gillian White
August 10 'To be announced' by Dr Terry Daniels
September 14 'Lunatick Astronomy' by Andrew Lound
October 12

'Skeletons in the Cupboard' by John Turrell

November 9 'Village Memories' by Terry Church
December 14

Christmas Social with Brian Dakin and friends - note change of venue to Langley Park Lodge and by ticket, only for members

April 20 Walk in Satan's Footsteps
May 18 Selly Manor and other venues [Coach]
June 15 Bosworth and Leicester, Richard III Exhibition [Coach]
August 17 Walk along Dowles Brook
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