What would you use the money for if you won a million or more on the lottery? In the old days the richest person and most influential member of the community was the Lord of the Manor. You could buy a posh house, buy that title and lord it over the community you live in. Some people would want to move away and start a new life. How about you? What would you do with a fortune?
Yesterday, I photographed the local manor house. That would be where the local lord of the manor would have lived hundreds of years ago. The area was largely a rural community then. The lord of manor would have been the land owner renting out land to local farmers and small holders. People scraping a living off the land. Much of what they produced went to the lord who’s title would have been bestowed upon him by grateful royalty or maybe on an ancestor.
Imagine for a moment, that you lived in a small village and was fairly self-sufficient, producing your own food. You even produce enough to sell to the Lord of the Manor and the rest of the village.
St Pauls church
The church in the photograph is St Paul’s in Wood Green, Wednesbury, near to junction 9 of the M6 motorway. The church was built in 1874 and partly endowed by the Elwell family who owned the local forge. It’s built from red sandstone and in 1888 a spire, clock and a peal of bells were added. How do I know all this? I have a book published in 1908 full of facts from Victorian times about the town that I live in. The town was prosperous then and they built churches, the Town Hall (1871), Art Gallery (1891), parks, baths and much more.