THE BLACK PATCH Roamers, could come and go, as are the ways of nomad souls. Free and easy, a simple life, trading favours, or life advice. Life on The Patch, was peaceful, compared to lives of urban people. From 1860, it was Romany ground, before the lawyers, poked around. Queen Henty, of Romany tribe, possessed, all of the land rights. Roma caravans, parked in place, before locals, invaded their space. Land buyers ran to make a grab, as big furore of battles were had. Allotted to factories and dwellings, planned for exploiting and selling. It was a scam, an unfair eviction, Henty swore, an oath of affliction. ‘Do NOT visit ‘Black Patch Park’ especially at night, in the dark. An eerie apparition you will see, this; The Curse of Queen Henty. It is the haunt of travelling folk, heed her warning, it is no joke. Believe this caution, to be true, or Henty will creep up on you. Victoria Healing ~ 18.4.2022 The Black Patch
Don’t make Queen Henty turn in her grave.
Queen HENTY (Sentinia Smith), was buried with her husband (in an unmarked gravestone) in the churchyard of St. Mary’s Church, Handsworth, Birmingham. Henty is said to have placed a curse on anyone who builds over the Black Patch.
The Black Patch Park is where Charles Chaplin was born. The son of Hannah Hill, a Romani-Traveller Woman.
‘Free as a breeze, free like a bird in the woodland wild,
free like a gypsy, free like a child’
~ Elyse Sommer.
BLACK PATCH PARK
By Order of The Peaky Blinders
I was Inspired to research the history of Romany folk who had lived in Birmingham, after watching ‘The Peaky Blinders’ series. There will always be a special place in my heart, for the Brummy people and the country where I was born that I will always call home.
Time is the great author.
It always writes the perfect ending ~ Charlie Chaplin