The past, by George!

Brownhills George continues his patient work of converting and uploading his remarkable and breathtaking images of Brownhills history on to Panoramio. The collection in this unique poster’s gallery is growing steadily, and is forming a wonderful resource into a period of history not much recorded anywhere. If you’re not following it, please do.

George includes in his gallery fantastic descriptions of the images he uploads, and I’d like to thank him, yet again, for his painstaking and generous work. I include some images below, that many Brownhills readers will find surprising, and will certainly trigger memories.

Click on any image to visit it in it’s gallery page and view the comments, or browse George’s handiwork on his main gallery.

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Brownhills Market in it’s mid-term home. I believe it stared up by Ralph Ferrie’s old yard behind the Station Hotel, then moved to the site of the current Tesco at the back of Pier Street Clinic. It was then moved, with the new development, to the foot of Pier Street. We’d be interested in a dat for this; there’s some debate on the date of the image. Photo kindly uploaded to Panoramio by Brownills George. Click on the image to visit it at Panoramio and view a larger version.

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This is a remarkable picture from the mid-80s. This is taken from beside the old RKG Pressings factory, where the new houses are now, looking towards Catshill Junction and the Clayhanger Bridge canal overflow to the left. This is during the reclamation and landscaping of the old tip. I’m surprised any pictures of this exist. Photo kindly uploaded to Panoramio by Brownills George. Click on the image to visit it at Panoramio and view a larger version.

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Pertaining to the recent interest in the Memorial Hall, and old picture. Note the foundation stone. Photo kindly uploaded to Panoramio by Brownills George. Click on the image to visit it at Panoramio and view a larger version.

Read about the construction of Brownhills Memorial Hall.

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I’d forgotten this greengrocers existed. It was near Starbuck’s butchers, and next door to Provost – today it’s a cafe, I believe.Note the arch, now bricked up, which Gerald Reece mentions in ‘A Walk Into History’ and formed a question in the New Year Quiz. Photo kindly uploaded to Panoramio by Brownills George. Click on the image to visit it at Panoramio and view a larger version.

Reader Andy Dennis had a bit of a fracas outside this greengrocer, and Starbucks Butchers was nearby.

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The rebuilding of Clayhanger Bridge, which was, I believe, in the early 90s. Note the landscaped mound behind. The canal was stopped up with fabric dames, a technique still see today. Photo kindly uploaded to Panoramio by Brownills George. Click on the image to visit it at Panoramio and view a larger version.

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7 Responses to The past, by George!

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    a big thankyou to George. Very interesting local photos; much appreciated
    David

  2. Dave Fellows says:

    Holmes grocers shop! Was married into the family for a while.. Had a shop in Walsall Wood and Cahasetown to.

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