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The village of Pelsall is located 12 miles north of Birmingham, West
Midlands, in the area traditionally known as the Black Country. The village was
founded in 994, as recalled by the Millennium Stone erected in 1994. Pictures of
the village can be seen on the "Pelsall Online" website:
http://www.crutchleyhistory.co.uk/pelsall/. The village has remained famous
for the Pelsall Hall colliery disaster of 1872, in which 22 men and boys lost
their lives. The mine was flooded on 14 November, probably after a miner
inadvertently pierced an old, forgotten gallery. It took six days to pump the
water and recover the bodies of the dead miners. The funerals took place on 25
November and attracted several sightseers to Pelsall, described as "a dull
dreary and desolate village with its bare bleak common of swags and pitfalls".
Fifteen widows and forty-five orphans were helped by a fund set up in the
village. The record of the disaster was published by A. Thomkinson and was put
in electronic format by Alan Dean for the Cannock Chase Mining Historical
According to "Express and Star", 9 October 2006, a unique flag made especially for the village of Pelsall has been torn down from its pole and stolen by thieves. The flag was snatched from its position in High Street between 6.30 last night and 10am today. The pole itself has been damaged by fire and the manual pulley destroyed beyond repair. The black and white flag cost £100 and was designed by former villager David Pugh. It celebrates the surroundings of the area and features a bridge with a canal passing beneath and greenery. The flag was officially unveiled at Pelsall Carnival in July and has since been flown at full mast on a permanent basis. http://www.expressandstar.co.uk/2006/10/09/yobs-snatch-soldier-tribute-flag/
So, thanks to whoever stole the flag, we know that Pelsall has a flag, or had a flag.
Ivan Sache, 16 October 2006
A scan of the flag was provided to me by Councillor Gary Perry. Cllr Perry
has indicated that Pelsall may look to fly the flag again.
Philip Tibbetts, 20 September 2009