Sometimes the strangest stories contain a grain of truth..

Sometimes the oddest of family tales can turn out to hold more than a grain of the truth…

Some 20 years ago, my late grandmother, Annie, told my aunt and I that when Annie first moved to her house in the suburbs of Wolverhampton (in 1946)  she had been told that someone used to keep elephants in their back garden in nearby Coalway Road.

My aunt and I fell about laughing – as you do – and said that they’d been pulling her leg.

I’d completely forgotten this story until I went to a  Local History Fair at Wolverhampton Archive.

One of the speakers was that excellent local historian Ned Williams  – if you ever have the chance to attend one of his talks, then please do so – who spoke about Broncho Bill’s circus and mentioned that Broncho Bill had owned a house in Coalway Road – and overwintered his elephants in the garden.

Moral:  isn’t there something in the Bible about the wheat amongst the chaff?
Nanny is no longer with us – but wherever you are, Nanny, I’m sorry I laughed!

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