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Worcester Cathedral

Solving mystery of the epitaph that got Wordsworth musing

Lying close to the final resting place of nobels is a grave with a rather derogatory one-word epitaph. Chris Upton reports

Medic's pioneering study of public health

Birmingham General Hospital in Summer Lane, another charitable medical institution, where John Darwall became a physician in 1831
Chris Upton looks at the work of a 19th century surgeon who researched the health of Birmingham's factory workers

The perfect place more by accident than design

Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history
With its dark secrets and dastardly deeds, Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history, as Chris Upton reports.

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Worcester Cathedral

Solving mystery of the epitaph that got Wordsworth musing

Lying close to the final resting place of nobels is a grave with a rather derogatory one-word epitaph. Chris Upton reports

Birmingham General Hospital in Summer Lane, another charitable medical institution, where John Darwall became a physician in 1831

Medic's pioneering study of public health

Chris Upton looks at the work of a 19th century surgeon who researched the health of Birmingham's factory workers

Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history

The perfect place more by accident than design

With its dark secrets and dastardly deeds, Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire has a rich history, as Chris Upton reports.

Pictures: Colmore Row and Snow Hill Station through the ages

Colmore Row has always been the centre of Birmingham's financial district and one of the most prestigious addresses in the region

The Blue Bird factory, which was based in Romsley, Halesowen Road, from the 1920s, but on the tin said Hunnington, Worcestershire.

Sweet memories of a tin full of promise

Chris Upton discovers that his childhood toffees didn't come from heaven - but from down the road in Worcestershire

The Stanford Bishop chair while on display at the Royal Museum in Canterbury

Getting to the bottom of a mystery over religious relic

Chris Upton looks at the battle over a chair, once thought to be the oldest in Britain when it was discovered in a Herefordshire church.

George Frederic Muntz

Muntz family distinguished themselves in industry and politics

Chris Upton examines the history of a famous family of Birmingham

Southfield, the former home of industrialist and social campaigner Joseph Sturge, which later became a YWCA hostel, was the scene of a brutal murder in 1959

Grisly past of industrialist's fine mansion

From social campaigners to shocking murders, Chris Upton looks at the varied history of a prominent house in Birmingham.

Dirck van Babwen's 1621 painting, Young Man with Jew's harp

The Black Country origins of an unusual instrument

Historian Chris Upton looks at the Black Country origins of an unusual instrument played by bands such as Black Sabbath and The Who to singer Leonard Cohen

The church at Harbury

Rector's part in the history of animal rights

A poem about a blackbird ruffled a few features for an 18th century Warwickshire vicar, as Chris Upton reports

Owen Street, Bilston, in 1950

Sad end to plan to bring happiness to the Black Country

Chris Upton examines why a Black Country town was unable to pursue its dream of becoming the happiest place in Britain.

Smallbrook Ringway and Birmingham city centre in 1969.

How the West Midlands became the driving force behind an urban revolution

England's obsession with the motorcar has transformed the landscape of our towns and cities forever. Sarah Probert reports

The Charles Hastings Education Centre in Worcester

Explore medicines long and painful past

Chris Upton uncovers the delights of our medical past in two museums in Worcester.

Vauxhall Gardens at Duddeston, Birmingham, which it is thought was created in about 1763.

The rise and fall of city's pleasure zone

It was once Birmingham's pleasure gardens but when less desirable visitors began turning up, the owners swiftly sold up and moved on. Chris Upton looks at the history of Vauxhall Gardens.

Thomas Pritchard's Iron Bridge, near Coalbrookdale

Deluge of water saw bridges 'blown up'

A dramatic flood in 18th century Shropshire changed the face of the county forever. Chris Upton reports.

Sutton Park

Peeling back park's layers of landscape

A Birmingham archaeologist has revealed some of the history of Sutton Park in a new book. Chris Upton reports.

Prime Minister David Lloyd George at The Mount in Wolverhampton with the Manders, hosts to the leader during his Wolverhampton visit

PM launched election battle at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

After the bloody years of the First World War, Prime Minister David Lloyd George chose Wolverhampton to declare a general election. Chris Upton looks back at his prestigious visit to the Black Country.

The remains of Hopton Castle in Shropshire.

Crashes, skirmishes and lives of hardship - the best history books of 2013

In his second piece on the best local history books of 2013, Chris Upton looks at air crashes, wars, drovers and lost pits.

Remains of old Birmingham Library after a fire in 1879

Precious manuscript lost in library blaze

A fire at Birmingham’s Central Library saw the loss of thousands of books. Chris Upton looks at one lesser known manuscript which went up in flames.

Local history books

Diverse analysis of our rich local history

Local history books could be a welcome gift this year. Chris Upton takes a look at some of the best on offer.

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