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?
b – The Disused Rail Track
c – The Old Wooden Bridge
What is my goal? (No innuendo implied)
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,
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.