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Virtual Heritage Group 

Recordings of meetings


The recordings of the Virtual Heritage Group presentations are available to Society members only for one month following the meeting, when they can be accessed through the button below. The normal Society password will be required. After one month they will be publicly available on this page.

An Ecclesiastical Affair - Chris Baker                                        

Wednesday February 8th 2023 

This presentation tells the story of events in the Black Country village of Pensnett in the 1860s and 1870s -  about the relationship of the vicar of Pensnett in 1870 with a teenage pupil teacher at the church school, an illicit trip to the circus in Birmingham,  a clergy discipline trial, a series of anonymous and scurrilous pamphlets and letters circulating in Pensnett about the incident, and a nationally reported libel trial. And what happened afterwards.

Amongst other things the presentation describes a series of anonymous letters and pamphlets that were circulating around the village. Copies of these can be accessed using the button below.

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