Sketches of the Wolverhampton Area

My own Backyard - Sketches of the Wolverhampton Area

The Wolverhampton sketch collection started following my idea to draw my own Christmas card in the 1980s.

I developed a fad for looking at old Wolverhampton scenes – lots of which have been reproduced in some fascinating books. Now social media has boomed there is even a Facebook page dedicated to them.

In fact I've been gently chastised for posting my Penn Toll Gate drawing on there – the administration of the pages promptly pointed out it was not the place for artwork. Upsettingly for them nearly 100 folk clicked on 'Like' !!

For starters on here the first batch includes the naughty Penn Toll Gate drawing and some old railway sketches. The railway is of particular interest to me as my Dad used to fire the steam locomotives that shipped passengers and then goods between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

The scenes here were shortly before Beeching cuts closed them completely in the late 1960s.


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Wightwick Lock - February 2021

Built c1770 by Brindley, Simcock and Dadford, engineers. It is constructed in brick with stone dressings. The bridge has segmental arch with ashlar jambs, hood and coping and an oval plate with lettering: WIGHTWICK/NO 57/ BRIDGE.

The lock has single upper and double lower gates; and an overflow to south.

It was one of James Brindley's first locks.


Penn Road Toll Gate 1870

The sketch is sourced from an old photo of the old toll house on Penn Road that can be viewed on the history website. It was published in the Wolverhampton Journal.

By Rail to Wombourn - 2001

A series of four sketches depicting our local railway heritage.

Rail Car no. 15 - Himley Station 1925

This was sketch 1 of a set of 4 drawn in 2001 entitled 'By Rail to Wombourn'.

Oxley Branch Signal Box in the 1950s

This was sketch 2 of a set of 4 drawn in 2001 entitled 'By Rail to Wombourn'.

Himley Station 1956 - No. 9318

This was sketch 3 of a set of 4 drawn in 2001 entitled 'By Rail to Wombourn'.


No.6944 - Tettenhall Station 1957

This was sketch 4 of a set of 4 drawn in 2001 entitled 'By Rail to Wombourn'.

Tettenhall Station




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