It seems I’ve been a bit lax here on the Brownhills Blog. Reader Alan Harvey sent the above image for readers to peruse, and made the following plaintive request:
Great blog but you need more on Norton Canes, you know ‘Life in the Northern Wastes of Brownhills!’
I have attached a photo of Norton Square in 1909, not very clear I’m afraid. It shows a band marching past, the T.A. I suspect.
Alan, you’re quite right, I don’t have much on The Canes, mainly because I don’t have personal connections there, so rely on what comes in. We have, of course, covered the Conduit Colliery and a few other tales, as well as David Evans’ great work on the Chapel there.
You’ll be pleased to know that in coming weeks I have some great material lined up including a stunning historical description of the village and other stuff relating to the collieries.
However, I’m always open. I’d love to feature more Norton material, so if any readers have got photos, tales or other historical gems from over the water, please do drop me a line on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
This blog is for everyone, and I welcome any history from the area.