'Black Country Society'

Books & Sponsored Publications

The Black Country Society sponsors the publication of a number of books each year.

Each publication has some relationship to this historic and unique area of the UK.

There is already a variety of books with a wide range of topics available for purchase. These include places of interest, landmarks, famous characters, exceptional individuals, workers, business and political leaders, recipes, poetry, sport and even a translation of the Bible.

History and Industry mainly but we also have unique limited editions about rivers and canals.

Click the button (left) to visit the website pages and view the variety of publications sponsored and available from The Black Country Society.

NB. At this time of restricted travel please be patient for delivery of any books ordered. We will endeavour to despatch your order within 7 days of it being placed.

If you wish to purchase a copy of any of the listed publications, complete the PayPal or Credit card options listed on the 'Books for Sale' pages.

Are You an Author?

The Black Country Society are interested and welcome the submission of Features, Articles and Stories about 'the Blackcountry', to be considered for publication with the authors permission in the society quarterly magazine 'The Blackcountryman' and on the website.

Please use the 'Contact' Page of the website for all enquiries.

White Shirt - Black Country

The second edition of this book is now in print and throughout its pages extends the information on individual footballers, goals scored and results achieved. Patrick Talbot, the author, has brought the book into the 21st century with additional information about all the players previously listed and with mention of the women’s game.


This book is printed throughout in full colour and has gone up in size to 140 pages packed full of information about football and the amazing individuals who as Black Country men have contributed more than any other area to the national side.

We are sure it will make a great read for all those interested in the history of sport and football in particular..


The following extracts are some of the highlights contained in the full text of 140 pages.


“Fred Wheldon, of Aston Villa, was a tall lean man, who often played in golf stockings. A tremendous story that is told about him dates from the early part of his career. A referee in those days would be dressed rather formally in a jacket on the field of play. In one game, Fred hit a shot at goal which struck the referee in the pocket in which he kept matches to light his pipe, and set his jacket alight!

Fred was an excellent County cricketer. He was Worcestershire’s wicket keeper and made 93 First Class dismissals, while scoring 4,869 runs, including three county centuries.


ALBERT WILKES, of Aston Villa became Grand Master of the Dartmouth Lodge of Freemasons. He also won the Royal Humane Society’s Award for diving into a West Bromwich park pool to save a young boy from drowning.

Visit the Gift/Book Shop page to purchase at the introductory price of £12.00


Author - Graham Beckley


Graham Beckley took over 300 photographs following the course of the river Stour, from tributaries rising in the Clent Hills to where the Stour joins the river Severn at Stourport.

His book is packed with 120 pages of full colour images and descriptive text, indicating the course and use of the river and in recent times the necessary management to prevent the damage caused by pollution. All images are cross referenced with Location, Time/Date taken and grid reference.

PRICE: £16.00 incl. packaging

Black Country Society

West Midlands, UK


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