A night on the old Wednesbury track – call out for one night stand stories

Wednesbury rail line

© Copyright John Winder and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

What do one night stands have to do with Wednesbury?

Like a lot of people who grew up in the small Black Country town of Wednesbury, I had no idea about the so-called “reputation” of the isolated alley ways and bridges that parallel the old derelict rail line.

It wasn’t until I had a conversation with a few old friends from the Wednesbury area who told me about the rumours. Apparently the small area had an almost underground/urban legend-like reputation for couples using it for their one night stand escapades. It boggles my mind why certain residents (and non residents, I’m sure) thought the location was somehow appropriate?

After thinking about it for a while,I recalled a vague memory of my friend and I cycling down the alley that links Hydes Rd with Brunswick Park Rd (See map below) and as we approached the end, an old woman walking past shouted out to us in a thick Black Country dialect, “yow dow wanna gew daan there too late, the pearvearts tek it owva!”

Translated – you don’t want to go down there too late, the perverts take it over!

What confuses most people is the fact there is nothing “smutty” or sinister about the area at all. But if you think about it, if you’re going to have a one night stand, the more isolated and non-sinister the better, right?

 

map view of Wednesbury tracks

Map view of the three specific locations

a – The Alley
b – The Disused Rail Track
c – The Old Wooden Bridge

What is my goal? (No innuendo implied)

 

1960s wednesbury rail

© Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

After recently speaking to a retired rail worker from Walsall (a town that was once linked to Wednesbury by that very rail line), I found out that this reputation actually dates back to the late 1950s – And it was after hearing this, I almost immediately became hooked on the subject.

Another factor that fueled my interest is a study currently being conducted by an American university on the nature of one night stands, and the professor involved was looking for student “testimonials”. Reading this made the idea even more fascinating for me.

I want to eventually post a Wednesbury ‘rail track one night stand’ story every week and hopefully help create a wider perspective of this strange urban phenomenon.

Do you have a story (personal or not)?

If you are willing to share your personal story about the “going ons” of the old Wednesbury rail track, or maybe one you have just heard about, then a written letter (or scan your letter and send via email) would be preferred.

I’m not expecting identities to be revealed, so don’t worry about your letters being anonymous. The story is what’s important, not who the person is whose telling it.

If you feel uncomfortable with letters, then an email will do too (but an old school letter is always best).

Each story will be posted anonymously on this blog over the course of the next few months.

 

Post your letter to

Wednesbury Track Story,

2 Cofton Park Close,

Longbridge,

Birmingham,

B45 8De

 

Or email us via our Contact Us page.

 

note: no contact or identity details from contributors will be published before or after the duration of this project.

Stories Submitted so far

Shag Alley

A Virgin’s Mistake

The No Show

The Peeping Tom

The German Temp

Katie or Kathy?

The Wodensborough Ghost

My Husband and I

Matthew E. Carter

About 

Film-maker and writer for the Black Country Cinema collective. My films often revolve around the changing cultural identity of the UK. An avid cinephile with a love for Eastern Cinema.

  7 comments for “A night on the old Wednesbury track – call out for one night stand stories

  1. Danny McNally
    22/07/2014 at 15:00

    The cemetery in brunswick park had a reputation for one nighters too and around St Barts church. Wednesbury was pretty much one big secret orgy.

  2. Kirsty
    22/07/2014 at 17:43

    Is that the ally near the old news agents opposite the park? If so why would anyone do something like that there? Always smelt like piss and stale booze.

  3. 23/07/2014 at 09:10

    The area is also known for hauntings. Similar with lover’s walk, which is closer to the Saint Bart’s Church.

    http://thehistoryofwednesbury.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/haunted-wednesbury/

    The One night stands reputation was mostly just urban legend, I think maybe one or two occasions it may have happened and because it is such a small town, things escalated.

    • Matthew E. Carter
      23/07/2014 at 11:20

      There has always been an urban legend aspect to it. May I ask, how certain are you that it only happened one or two times? (I won’t ask how you know haha)

      • 23/07/2014 at 13:42

        Obviously I’m not too sure exactly, I’m only guessing of course. The whole Brunswick area had a reputation for it at one point, but off the top of my head I can’t imagine that heaps of people went there for a bit of hanky panky. I could be wrong though. Interested to see what type of responses you get.

        • Matthew E. Carter
          23/07/2014 at 17:50

          Fair point. It’s such an unusual location in general, with or without the escapades. Any response would be interesting.

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