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Bilboe Branch History Page

The spelling BILBOE occurs occasionally in the medieval records.

William Bilboo and Margaret Mills of Crayford Kent are married in 1754 and by 1768 they are living in Shorne Kent after which the family consistently use the surname Bilboe.


Benjamin Bilboe of Bilston (1900-1951) pictured above, leading local figure of the Unemployed Workers Movement, Mayor for Bilston 1947. Born into an Ironbridge family that travelled the fairs, Ben Bilboe settled in Bilston and became a leader of the Unemployed Workers Movement of the 1930s. He objected to the payment of poverty wages that were well below the trade union rates. These workings became known as ‘Poverty Bonk’. In 1933 he gave an inflammatory speech outside the police station in Mount Pleasant and was arrested, spending polling day in the police cells, from where he was duly elected to the New Town ward. Bilboe proved a militant councillor urging better housing and social services as well as championing the cause of rural workers. During the war Ben joined the forces, but was invalided out to become the Civil Defence Officer at Bridgnorth. After the war he returned to Bilston where he became mayor in 1947 and an alderman of both Bilston UDC and Staffordshire County Council. He remained totally committed to the poor and considered his Council work a full-time job and scraped a subsistence where he could. In 1951 he died suddenly at the age of 49 and his funeral was well attended, such was the respect he had achieved in the town. Bilboe Road in Bilston was named after the firebrand socialist. text reproduced in part by kind permission of Wolves Beat http://www.wolves-beat.co.uk/

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Bilboe main branch around Kent and Staffordshire from 1750

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