Author(s): Alec Brew
For 300 years, the name Molineux has been indelibly linked with the town of Wolverhampton, known throughout the world as the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC—though only for the last 130 of those years.
Built in 1720 as one of the finest private homes in the town, with large formal gardens, Molineux became in turn a hotel with pleasure gardens, as well as a home for major exhibitions, cricket and boxing matches, and the home of cycle racing in this country; however, then the local football club moved in and began developing a stadium in which the Wolves won famous victories against top European teams in floodlit friendlies, and inspired the creation of the European Cup.
After both the hotel and the team and stadium fell into the depths of decay, they eventually re-emerged as the home of the city’s archives, and a magnificent home for a re-energised team that brought back European football and local pride.
Molineux 300 Years traces this historic transformation—from the first development of the property to its current incarnation—through a impressive selection of photographs and images.
|235 x 165 mm
|12 December 2019
|103 colour and black-and-white photographs
Alec Brew is an aviation author with over thirty books published, including a dozen on local aviation history. The founder of the Boulton Paul Association, Brew organised the preservation of their Balliol cockpit, serial WN149, now incorporated in a full-scale model of the aircraft at an RAF museum. He is the co-ordinator of Wolverhampton's Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre where a further two Balliol cockpits have been preserved and are to be restored.