2013 New year quiz!

The weather’s awful, it’s been a very wet Christmas, so I thought I’d give blog readers something to chew on over the new year week. Here’s a picture quiz to tease and provoke debate.

Answers to most of the questions can be found in the past articles of this blog, my 365daysofbiking tumblr, or by going exploring. If an answer seems obvious, it probably is…

Just to make it interesting, I’ll offer the prize of a case of Backyard Beer (or something nice to equal value if you’re a non-drinker) to the winner. There will also be sub prizes of books to people who come up with particularly good answers. The books will go on a totally arbitrary basis for contributions that catch my eye.

To give everyone a sporting chance, comments will open at 8pm tonight.

Points will be awarded to the first person to comment the correct answer to any question. All questions worth one point unless stated. After that, no points will be handed out for answering it again. I will tot up the scores as we go. Answers will only be accepted as comments to this post, and my decision will be open and final.

Remember to include the number of the question in your comment, otherwise it won’t be counted!

Don’t worry if your comment is held in moderation, I will take the submission time if necessary.

I don’t expect anyone to get lots right. If the result is a draw, I’ll hold a tie breaker. What form that will take will depend on the result.

The competition will close at 12 noon, Saturday 5th January 2013, but I’ll leave it for fun, reference and interest. My decisions will be final, and I’m doing this for fun. Please be sporting.

All images are from the local area unless stated – where they’re not, they’ll be from no more than a few miles away.

Good luck!

mysteryquiz02Question 1: Where is the above ornate house plaque (Street, bonus point for house number)?

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Question 2: Where is the above boarded up oval window?

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Question 3: Hand made and stamped W. Gilbert bricks. Where are they laid?

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Question 4: The above artwork is at Catshill Junction. Who made it, what is it called and when was it unveiled?

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Question 5: Where is this corridor?

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Question 6: What sculpture is this sign guarding, who was the artist, and why is the sign ironic? Correct spelling essential, please.

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Question 7: Further afield, this isn’t local, but it’s near, and I don’t expect anyone to get it… but where is this splendid roofline? 2 points to the correct answer.

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Question 8: Where’s this date plaque, and why is now a bit odd?

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Question 9: Groovy mosaic. But where?

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Question 10: Who are these chaps?

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Question 11: Where is this notch in the canal bank (under which bridge) and what’s it for?

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Question 12: Where’s this manhole? It’s supposed to be bolted down, but isn’t. Why should it be bolted?

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Question 13: Where was Chasewater Heaths signal box formerly in use on the British Rail network?

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Question 14: What are these people doing and where are they?

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Question 15: Further afield, but still in the borough. Where was this?

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Question 16: This horizontal barcode sign is actually on the Chester Road at Shire Oak. What was it’s purpose? Amey clearly don’t know their Streely from their elbows.

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Question 17: An interesting variety of chimneys. Which building do they crown?

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Question 18: Where and what’s the significance (historically)?

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Question 19: What are these men celebrating the completion of?

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Question 20: Who are these dapper local businessmen, and why was Sally their poster girl? (one point for each part)

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Question 21: This derelict corn mill was demolished several decades ago. Where was it?

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Question 22: Where is this tail fin sticking out? Street name and house number, please.

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Question 23: Not in the immediate locality, but near, where is this splendid cow? Street name will do.

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Question 24: Where is this, and who would feel the effects if it were operated?

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Question 25: Who’s this lady?

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Question 26: When and where was this, and why weren’t we invited?

mysteryquiz29Question 27: Where is this, and where was it mistaken for?

mysteryquiz30Question 28: Where is this washtub, and what was it used for?

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124 Responses to 2013 New year quiz!

  1. fred butler says:

    i only know one deffinately < question 25 she was a dear relation of mine Mrs Win Williams who untill her 80;s kept the sweet shop in Walsall Wood, some low life later on burgled the shop but she kept on , lovely memories of a lovely old lady
    Regards,
    Fred Butler Chasetown..

  2. Julielem says:

    Q4 . Local sculptors..Julie Edwards & Ron Thompson and is it called Cycle of Life, unveiled 12 December 2005?

  3. julielem2002 says:

    Q17 Brownhills Council House?

  4. karen says:

    Number 5, Central Boys School

  5. karen says:

    Is number 5 The Black Country Museum

  6. julielem2002 says:

    Q27. Black Cock bridge..don’t know what it was mistaken for though

  7. julielem2002 says:

    Q26. The site of the Staffordshire Hoard on June 4th to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee organised by Hammerwich Council

  8. fred butler says:

    bob,
    I think no 6 is the sculpture at Chasewater by Brian Blumen (( have you ever seen the Bluemen, they are a band from Boston USA who look like later day smurfs) This sculpture was movved fro by the lake to tis new location some years ago. When it was first put in Chasewater I think ATV today filmed the ; unveiling:

    Fred Butler.

  9. Grande Pablo says:

    All from memory:
    Q5 – I remember you went for a mooch somewhere…was it Brownhills Comp?
    Q15 – Is the now demolised Norit sports stick manufacturer, opposite the new 100 Hatherton eyesore.
    Q17 – Looks like what is now the Library/Doctors etc in Brownhills – I forget what it’s called…
    Q26 – Is a beacon in the field where the hoard was found just off the A5. It was lit for the Queens Jubille beacon frenzy I recall, but invites were private for the local councillors of Hammerwich & surrounding ‘parishes’.
    Q27 – was it the Black Cock Bridge, but mistaken for Daw End?
    Of course, I may have just made it all up.

    • Wow… Epic!
      Q5 – Karen got that one. The Annexe, Central Boys School or Activities Centre, whichever you want to call it.
      Q15 – Excellent! You breezed that one! The company still exist and moved to Digbeth, Birmingham, which I found out the day I wrote ‘I can’t imagine such a company surfing today’ in my 365daysofbiking journal.
      Q17 – Not The Parkview Centre/Council House, no…
      Q26 – Bang on. Recorded on the blog at the time.
      Q27 – Close, but no cigar. Answer is not too far away.

      Bold effort, you bagged Q15 and Q26. You are currently in the lead with two.

  10. oakparkrunner says:

    Question 25 Mrs Williams who kept a small shop in Walsall Wood, it now forms part of the Drunken Duck Public House

    Question 13 was at Hademore level Crossing at Whittington Lichfield.

    Question 14 Giving out bread and soup to children outside Westleyan Chapel in Walsall Wood during the 1926 strike

    Question 11 dont now what bridge but was used to close a section of canal by fitting planks in the slot to corispond with another slot on the opposite side of the bridge.

    Question 21 bottom of Mill road next to the canal Brownhills.

    Question 17 Blind guess on this one Warreners Arms public house Brownhills

    • I knew that as a railway and Walsall Wood buff, you’d do well.

      Q25 – Quite right, but Fred beat you to that one.
      Q13 – Correct. I mentioned it in my 365daysofbiking over the summer, and mentioned how I used to wait at Hademore crossing and have shouted conversations with the signalman. Inside knowledge works wonders!
      Q14 – Yes, correct again. This one featured in a couple of blog posts as I couldn’t work out where the picture was taken.
      Q11 – You’re right about the purpose, but I need the location, please. I believe this can be worked out detective style or maybe by taking a walk…
      Q21 – No, the Catshill Mill still stands – it was converted into flats. The two buildings are very similar though.
      Q17 – Congratulations. The pink eaves, one extended pot and cross detail on the stacks are a real give-away.

      Well done! You’re currently in the lead with 3 points.

  11. oakparkrunner says:

    Question 24 There is one of these on the canal towpath on the walsall wood side of t he Clayhanger bridge. If operated it would flood the house and yard which used to belong to Jones in Clayhanger Road.

  12. pedro says:

    Question 13…? (click to enlarge)

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/82903943

  13. pedro says:

    Question 23…At the back of this house in Lullington?…click to enlarge

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/20400358

  14. So… scores on the doors:

    Oakparkrunner is currently leading with 4 points.
    Grande Pablo is second on 2 points.
    Fred Butler, Karen, and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    Questions 4,5,13,14,15,17,25 & 26 have gone.

    Questions 6,11 and 27 are there for the taking.

    I think some are easy and will leave you kicking yourselves. If you go for a walk or drive tomorrow, I think 1,2,8,9,18 are really easy for the observant and I’m surprised nobody has got them.

    Some of the more obscure questions, the answers are in past articles. Think laterally. Some can work with the help of things like Google Earth/maps.

    Cheers for being such good sports!
    Keep head scratching, and I’ll settle up the scores again on Sunday night.

    Cheers
    Bob

  15. Andy Dennis says:

    Oh well, gere goes…
    Q3. On the bridge at Ogley Junction? (Have you missed this or have I?)
    Q6. The irony is that it was designed for children to play on; did so myself.
    Q11. Under the cross-over bridge at Catshill Junction going towards Walsall Wood, where the toll used to be.
    Q19. They had completed the drift from the Cannock Chase collieries to Anglesey Wharf.
    Q27. It is a view of Black Cock Bridge, but the article referred to said it was Pelsall Road Bridge (which crosses the canal near to the old Grove Colliery).
    Two to get.
    Thanks, Bob and Happy New Year!
    Andy

    • Q3: Nope, sorry
      Q6: Quite correct, but I needed the artist’s name
      Q11: No, not there
      Q19: Yes, well spotted. Thought you might get that.
      Q27: I’m going to give you this. It’s actually Lime Lane, but it was in a Pelsall book. You clearly meant Lime Lane. Well done.

      Happy new year to you too, Andy. Thanks for all your wonderful contributions to the blog. Always enjoyable and precise.

  16. Pedro says:

    Q6…on a roundabout?

  17. Andy Dennis says:

    Q2. I knew this was on a factory somewhere could even call to mind its shape, but the penny has just dropped. It’s in Chase Road, JSF Stainless Ltd (stil there?).

  18. emell says:

    Q23. Conduit street Lichfield “Butchers Row” i think…

  19. Question 9: Groovy mosaic. But where?
    Ravens Court – a tricky question as most people try to ignore the depressing place as they pass by!

    • Oh, well played. I thought that would be first to go. It’s so Brownhills. Spent ages looking at it as a kid. There are three – two one side, one the other.
      I now wonder if they were drawn, or someone just handed a tiler mosaic tiles and told hime to ‘do something with that, Bill.’ – such are the things that trouble me these days.
      The excellent Brownhills exile Flipsy has an image of one on Flickr:

      Tiles

  20. Question 21: This derelict corn mill was demolished several decades ago. Where was it?

    In the Grove Pit area overlooking the Cannock Extension Canal near the S-bend bridge?

    • Excellent, another correct answer. Kids of a certain age will recall playing in the derelict shell. Always wondered if it was built by the same people as the Catshill Flour Mill.

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  22. emell says:

    Q.20 Craddocks Cash and Carry, Lichfield Rd Brownhills.

    • emell – thats right and you pointed me to this……

      Graham, Roy and Lorin Craddock, directors of A.H. Craddock Limited.

      Sally Wise, the ‘wise, average housewife’ was the mascot of North of England Wholesale Grocers Association (NEWGA) of which Craddocks were part.
      (I only know this because I spotted the contribution on BBBB….. after the clue from emell)

    • Yes, of course. Lovely image of the three chaps. The only word is dapper. Smart just doesn’t cover. Sadly, you only get one point as you needed the Sally wise detail that BrownhillsDavidNotBob supplied… but since you gave him the clue you can have one each.

  23. Tim says:

    Q 22………60A Lindon rd……….Painted the inside of this top flat a few years ago, building belongs to Steve Watson (frequents the Drunken Duck) and he told me it’s a complete shell but I didn’t have a look through the ceiling hatch to confirm this!

    • Rose Burnell says:

      Q20 already answered I know but just have to say look at my lovely handsome grandad in the middle :-) x

      P.S. I asked him about Sally and he hadn’t got the foggiest so thanks for the answer!

      • Sally Wise was a big thing, believe it or not. I completely forgot about it until Tony Turner dug it out. Love how all the grocers in the graphic are wearing aprons.
        Anyone remember the countrywide ‘Price Check’ campaign? (not Newga specific)?
        Must say, all three chaps look dapper in that one. One on the left has a bit of a Buddy Holly thing going on…
        I’ll be scoring up later (totals, that is)
        Bob

      • Rose Burnell says:

        2 is one of the windows of the canoe centre by tesco on silver at.

        9 The mosaic is in the side of shoe zone in ravens court.

      • Rose Burnell says:

        2 is one of the windows of the canoe centre by tesco on silver at.

        9 The mosaic is in the side of shoe zone in ravens court

    • 100% correct. Lovely detail, there. Used to be Neville’s barbershop, and Maurice Baker’s workshop for a while. Never knew what the joke was about, though.

  24. Scores so far:

    Oakparkrunner has 4 points.
    Andy Dennis has 4 points.
    BrownhillsDavidNotBob has 3 points.
    Emell has 2 points.
    Grande has 2 points.
    Fred Butler has 2 points.
    Karen,Tim and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    Questions 2,4,5,6,9,13,14,15,17,18,20,21,22,23,25,26,27 and 30 have gone.

    Question 11 needs to be thought about rationally. I will say as a clue that it’s between Catshill Junction and Chasewater. There is a clue in the image to the actual location.

    I think some are easy and will leave you kicking yourselves. If you go for a walk or drive tomorrow, I think 1,8,18 are really easy for the observant and I’m still surprised nobody has got them.

    I’m quite surprised nobody has had a pop at 10. The image is from the blog.

    The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, although it may take a bit of thought to answer the bolting aspect.

    I’ve talked about 16. Fairly recently.

    Are you all perhaps thinking about 18 a bit too deeply?

    Question 28 was part of a large feature here in the last 12 months.

    Question 29 (int the latter post) is featured by a reader of this blog on a certain photo-sharing website I’m fond of. I never knew about it, and it’s a remarkable spot.

    Some of the more obscure questions, the answers are in past articles. Think laterally. Some can work with the help of things like Google Earth/maps.

    I’m loving the way you’ve all got into this. Thank you!

    Keep looking – as they say, the truth is out there.

    Cheers
    Bob

  25. Andy Dennis says:

    Q28. I left this as it seemed so easy it must already have gone. It is (or was) outside the house a little way off Green Lane, Walsall Wood, more or less opposite the Black Cock. It had been the Royal Oak, Bullings Heath, as wonderfully researched by David Evans – http://brownhillsbob.com/2012/08/26/the-royal-oak-bullings-heath-explorations-in-local-history-2/) – who tells us it was used for washing glasses.

  26. Pedro says:

    Q12…thought of Shire Oak Reservoir, but the manhole cover shown is square and raised. It should be bolted to stop Brownhills Bob from going down and having a look!

  27. pedro says:

    Q8…something that was built in 1874 seems to be Collier’s Cottage, a former Lock Keeper’s Cottage…

    122 Pelsall Road, Brownhills

  28. Andy Dennis says:

    Q8. I genuinely don’t know the answer, but maybe the fact of Walsall Wood Colliery opening in 1874 is a clue?
    Q18. I don’t want to take all the easy ones. Many readers will have passed this a thousand times and more as it’s on one of the busiest roads on the patch and pretty much stares you in the face.

    • It’s not a clue, no, and when you realise where it is, you’ll kick yourself. Even more prominent than q18. It’s actually mentioned in a prominent local history book. There’s something oddly distinctive about the placement and shape, too.

  29. Grande Pablo says:

    Q18 wouldn’t be on the side of the Wheel Inn on Lindon Road?

  30. caz says:

    Hi Bob, why have i not logged in for a few days…i’ve been missing the fun.
    q4 catshill junction artwork called ‘the cycle of life’ made from malleable cast iron by Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of ‘planet art’ was unveiled on 12th December 2005.

  31. Andy Dennis says:

    Q8. Well, well, well. The scene of a childhood battle! The story I was told, being too young to remember is that I was parked outside Holmes’s fruit and veg in my pram. As Mum pushed off another pram came the other way and its occupant picked up a carrot and offered it to me. No second invitation was needed. There followed a trial of strength between my tiny fingers and an increasingly exasperated mother!
    Anyway, it’s along that stretch of old shops, a few doors from Claridges. Downes used to be along there before Ravenscourt. It’s the keystone to an arch that is no more. I can remember a small van (A30?) being cajoled through the arch and being reveresed rather tentatively onto the High Street while pedestrians backed up along the pavement.
    I guess it’s like the wheel – it’s always been there and for that reason gets no attention, until some chap puts a sketch of it on page 51 of his book. Another “bravo, Gerald!” moment.

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  33. oakparkrunner says:

    Question 6 is the sculpure by Bryan Blumer, called Monkey Pull, designed as a childrens climbing frame, now situated on the island at Chasewater Park entrance.

    Question 11 I think is under the cast iron bridge at Anglesey basin, used to close a section of canal by blocking the water flow with wooden planks in the slot and a corrisponding one on the opposite side of the canal.

  34. Clive says:

    Q15, Hi Bob, I believe this photo was the building of; Arnold Miller, maker of umberellas, location the corner of Hatherton st and Littleton st, Walsall.

  35. Clive says:

    Q23. The photo of the cows head are on the front of the Savers shop, Conduit st, next to st Mary Church, Lichfield. just by where they hold the market.

  36. dave cottle says:

    the answer to question 29 is no 1 vernon avenue on the junction of gt. charles st. formerly belonging to the teece family.

  37. Latest scores on the doors:

    Andy Dennis has 6 points.
    Fred Butler has 4 points.
    Oakparkrunner has 4 points.


    BrownhillsDavidNotBob has 3 points.
    Grande Pablo has 3 points.
    Dave Cottle has 2 points.
    Emell has 2 points.


Karen,Tim. Pedro and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    All questions except 1,3,7,12 and 16 have gone.

    Andy Dennis has mentioned the answer to question 1 in a very recent piece of research.
    Question 3 is staring you in the face. It’s on the Anglesey branch, and may be a later addition.
    Question 7 is to the north east of Brownhills. It has watery connotations.
    The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, although it may take a bit of thought to answer the bolting aspect. Come on folks, where did I go nosing around?
    I’ve talked about 16. It’s featured on my 365daysofbiking, and from my post about that, you can click through to a browsable thumbnail archive. Go for it.

    There’s a whole lot of real ale – brewed in Brownhills – at stake here. Noted ale-arse The Stymaster raves about Backyard’s Hoard Ale. There are five questions left, and with a concerted effort, a back marker could clinch it!

    Thanks for all being such good sports.

    There’s more quirky stuff in our area than we could really imagine. I have enough material for another quiz, which I may run over easter if you’re up for it. Let me know what you think.

    Cheers

    Bob

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  39. Angela Hodgkinson says:

    Love the quiz, only just found it.

    I think that Q12 is an access cover at Chasewater. I could only find one reference to cover being bolted down, to prevent a heavy flow the from blowing through it.

  40. All questions except 1,3,7,12 and 16 have gone.
    ■Andy Dennis has mentioned the answer to question 1 in a very recent piece of research.
    ■Question 3 is staring you in the face. It’s on the Anglesey branch, and may be a later addition.
    ■Question 7 is to the north east of Brownhills. It has watery connotations.
    ■The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, although it may take a bit of thought to answer the bolting aspect. Come on folks, where did I go nosing around?
    ■I’ve talked about 16. It’s featured on my 365daysofbiking, and from my post about that, you can click through to a browsable thumbnail archive. Go for it.

    BrownhillsBob says five to go – I say, are the following pointing in the right direction or signs of desperation?

    Q1 – near a pub that should provide mint sauce?
    Q3 – under Telford’s super highway?
    Q7 – still have no idea…..
    Q12 – is this hard to SPOT ?
    Q16 – for a drive-by laser zap ?

    • Naughty, but go on, since it’s you…

      Q1. Near, yes.
      Q3. Yes. One of a Brownhillian kind.
      Q7. Think of a place with an odd, water related name between here and lichfield. Then go exploring on street view.
      Q12. Angela has the area, so no; but oddly, it was a story you contributed to. There was a big fat clue at the top of the last results post!
      q16. Yes, but nothing to do with speed.

      OK?

  41. Clive says:

    Q12. Hi Bob, the manhole cover is opposite Harley close on the Lindon Road. theres an under ground storm water resevior. The bolts on the lid are to stop it being blown off by the water presure.

  42. Angela Hodgkinson says:

    Q16 – To automatically assess road maintenance. Unique marker used to record location of the defect etc.

  43. Last chance, folks.

    The competition closes at 12 Noon today, 5th January 2012. Answers received after that time will not be counted.

    Running scores:
    Andy Dennis has 6 points.
    Fred Butler has 4 points.
    Oakparkrunner has 4 points.

BrownhillsDavidNotBob has 3 points.
    Grande Pablo has 3 points.
    Emell has 3 points.
    Dave Cottle has 2 points.
    

Karen, Tim, Pedro, Angela Hodgkinson and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    Only questions 1,3,7 and 12 Remain.

    Additional clues to the remaining questions can be found in answer to BrownhillsDaveNot Bob’s fishing expedition at:

    http://brownhillsbob.com/2012/12/29/2013-new-year-quiz/#comment-14822

    Andy Dennis has mentioned the answer to question 1 in a very recent piece of research.
    Question 3 is staring you in the face. It’s on the Anglesey branch, and may be a later addition.
    Question 7 is to the north east of Brownhills. It has water connotations.
    The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, and now we know why it should be bolted, to prevent water from blowing the top off.

    Cheers
, and good luck

    Bob

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  45. Right folks, competition has now closed. Thanks for all your entries. We’ll have a winner shortly…

  46. warren says:

    HA HA! I GOT NUMBER 7 WHILE OUT TODAY. ITS ON THE WALSALL ROAD TO WALL LANE, NAMED ALDERWAY COTTAGES I THINK. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

  47. warren says:

    sorry for the caps lock i was trying to type up while my dad was blasting my ear down the phone lol..i was actually taking a photo at the disused level crossing down the road when i spied the roof-line. i thought i know i have seen that before.

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  49. dave cottle says:

    thanks bob didnt expect a prize but will be greatly appreciated cheers my address is

    [address removed]

    • No problem, Dave, it was a great answer! Give me about a week to sort out the postage. Would you like Memories of Brownhills Past, or A Picture Tour of Rushall, Brownhills and Pelsall?

      Cheers
      Bob

      • dave cottle says:

        Thanks Bob would like memories of Brownhills Past please..PS. keep up the good work
        regards dave.

      • dave cottle says:

        thanks Bob,have just received my book many thanks for the time and trouble you have gone to
        to make this all worth while regards dave.

  50. Toney Ferriman says:

    Do you mind if I share this with my Facebook group? I always give credit where it is due, and I find this fascinating.

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