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Willenhall town in Staffordshire, where I was raised (the West Midlands they call it now) although in danger from the heritage free brigade who believe that every town centre should be turned into a supermarket should not be consigned to a landfill site until we have told the world of its heritage in the history of our country. This book charts the history of Willenhall finding an iron age plateau fort through to the Victorian era taking in the Romans, the Knights Templar etc on the way. We discover that there is a roman road running straight through the market place, which in itself is a classic mediaeval elongated triangle shape, the town centre itself is still in the classic Roman layout even today, we can even trace the four gates, north south east and west. We discover that in its day Willenhall was an important Roman spa destination having hot springs - Bath was not the only one - then later both for the infirm who were helped by the Knights Templar at their headquarters in what we call Little London and the pilgrims who walked the countryside clocking up points for when they went to the Kingdom of Heaven, Willenhall has its own pilgrim badge, this is even built into the town's coat of arms. Does anyone know? It also has a previously unknown chantry chapel with its own holy well, a building that has been ignored historically. It took - part time - over five years to investigate the history of Willenhall and it all started when I wondered - I have always been fascinated by history -  why there is a stretch of road named 'Temple Bar' - literally meaning the 'gateway to the temple'. What temple? Why would anyone name a street 'the gateway to the temple' if there isn't a temple? I found the temple, but at that tiime I had no idea that I was starting a fascinating journey and that I would find a very important community that has been forgotten by history.I am pitching the price at 99p only, I am not interested in the money I simply want my town to get the recognition it deserves before it is too late.

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