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The Billinghams National Index of Burials 1538 to Present

Billingham Marriages 1580 to Present Check this section lots of information Over 300 marriages listed.

Baptism and Births of Billinghams from 1585 to Present.

Earl of Dudleys Rent Books for Billinghams.

Baptism dates1785-1808 from St Peters Cradley and Burials 1785-1805

Billinghams who lost their lives serving their country WW1 and WW2

Wesley Perrins MBE.

Frederick Allen .

The Conditions the Cradley Chainmakers

The Famous and Infamous Billinghams. Featuring Benny Fiddler, His Grandson Blind Arthur, and more!!

Billingham Family Lines very good section for research you may find a link here.

Benjamin Billingham Son of John and Pheobe Billingham Born 1811-1895.

Joseph Billingham Son of Emmanuel Billingham born 1813.

Benjamin Billingham Son of Emmanuel Billingham

Emmanuel Billingham born 1751

Soloman Billingham Emmanuels Son

Reuben Billingham Solomans Son

Alfred Billingham Reubens Son



The Billinghams of Cradley


Updated February 2006

The Billinghams of Cradley Heath.

Benny Fiddlers Grandson

Blind Arthur.


Arthur James Billingham (Blind Arthur) 1861-1939, with his wife Louisa Billingham (nee Guest) 1862-1927 and their youngest son Joseph. We think that the photo was taken about 1910. Blind Arthur was the son of James Billingham and the Grandson of Benny Fiddler. He was a chainmaker, then a miner, but went blind with cataracts in about 1900. He was then a bookies runner, but not a very good one. Family legend has it that he used to get drunk and betting slips would be put into his pocket without him knowing. In this way he "lost" our share of the inheritance from Benny Fiddlers estate. Nice story, don't know if its true.

My thanks to Adrian Billingham for this information and the photograph.