Billinghams of Cradley Heath BILLINGHAMS OF CRADLEY HEATH



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The Billinghams of Cradley


Updated August 2008

Black Country Poems

By Arthur Raymond Billingham of Brierley Hill 1919-1987

Billinghams Staffordshire Knot

Reprinted from The Black Country Bugle

Brierley Hills Arthur Billingham supplied us with many fine ballards over the past several years and we are very sad to hear of his recent death.

He was a talented word-smith whose compositions always had an unmistakable Black Country ring about them and expressed pride in the place of his birth.

The Staffordshire Knot was from this mould and we publish it now as a tribute to this true Black Country bard whose dialect verse will be sadly missed.

Many many years agoo,

fore the reign of Good Queen Bess,

the wicked lords who ruled the land

held the power of life or jeth.

Their werd was Law, in them days

an just to satisfy a whim,

some poor surf dragged from out his field,

would lose an eye or limb.

Wi rampant privare armies,

theyd pillage rape an raid

an many men they carried off,

wun in stinken dungeons laid.

Then when they felt they wanted

A giggle or a loff

Theyd goo an fetch one poor sod out

An ave is yed chopped off.

Foewer men like these was chained up

Under the shadder of deaths dark fear

Three on um come from sumwheer else

An one from Staffordshire.

And the wicked local tyrant

in search of pleasures new

sed to the quartette mhung in chains

this is wot you`ve gorra do.

Think of a knot so cunning got

asll ang the tuther three

But they must swing at the saeme time.

If yoe dun yoe con goo free.

Then the Staffordshire mon looked puzzled.

But after scrathin at is chin.

Tied such a knot wot quickly

got the tuthers three yeds in..

The bad ode sadist set im free

an anged the tuthers on the spot.

That twisted ropes ever since bin knowed

as The Mon from Staffordshires Knot

An since that time iss bin our badge

an this ballads gorr an angle

A Staffordshire Mon con keep is yed

while lesser mortals dangle.


My thanks to Anthony Billingham son of the late Arthur Raymond Billingham


He was a very intelligent man,in 1930 he obtained a Free Scholarship to King Edward VI Grammar School in Stourbridge ,only a few were given each year.

However, his parents were unable to afford his uniform and he was unable to attend and instead went to Mill Street School in Brierley Hill Staffordshie.

At Sixteen he was involved in an accident at the bottom of Quarry Bank Hill and was trapped under an omnibus . He Lost a leg because of this his

hair turned white within a week.He received £250 in compensation.

This was used to build two houses,89 & 87 Church Street Brierley Hill . 87 was subsequently sold due to financial problems to Mr. Pearson who owned

83 and 85,there being 4 houses in the block.

He worked for Horseley Bridge and Thomas Piggott,of Great Bridge, for Forty Years and became Works Shop Steward for the Boilermakers Union. Negotiating at one time a 10% wage Rise to all

but four workers.The Workers turned this down insisting that it was 10% for all or nothing.He resigned and the new negotiations Settled for 2.5%.He refused to retake the Job when asked.

In 1952 he carried out work of the Dome of Discovery for the Festival of Britain in 1953 in his role as a X-ray Welder.

He was Secretary of the Brierley Hill Rabbit Club for many years to be followed in the position by his wife Winifred and later his son Anthony Richard.At the 1953 Festival of Britain show he

won Best in Show with a Black Dutch Rabbit .He also ran the juvenile section of the Rabbit Club.At its height he had 120 rabbits being reared mainly for show.

He also became Secretary of Brierley Hill Football Club and towards his later years he loaned the club £1000 repayable on his death,however, the club folded before he died

He kept the grass from the penalty spot until his death ,which he tended with a pair of scissors.

He was an amatuer joiner and built a wooden greenhouse by hand which produced 1/10 ton of tomatoes in the first year of cultivation.

A keen gardner he cultivated his own and two other neighbours' gardens .This with the handicap of an artificial leg, to provide for his family during and after the second world war.

He was also a founder member,with his brother Thomas of the Brierley Hill Operatic Society, and was a vice-president for many years.He only carried out a back-stage roll but this gave his son

the bug to go on and become Stage Manager for Quarry Bank Amateur Operatic Society,Halesowen Amateur Operatic Society, and in various back stage capasties for Brierley Hill Operatic Society.

He was also a well know poet and had several poems published in the Black Country Bugle.

At his Funeral at Lower Gornal Cremitorium people where standing outside as there was insufficient room for all the people present.











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