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Author Archives: Brownhills Bob
Five years ago, when I started this blog, one of the largest looming topics was that of the then proposed new Tesco Store in Brownhills – we’d been through a consultation, and the proposal was to build a large hypermarket fronting the High Street.
Originally posted on The Plastic Hippo:
Telegraph.co.uk In imagined nostalgia, there was a time when a community was defined by its pub, church, post office and school and life in merry old England revolved from cradle to grave with reassuring…
Reader Esther Allen has been in touch to let me know about a wonderful thing she’s starting tomorrow, a new buggy strolling group at Chasewater that takes place every Monday from tomorrow, 14th April 2014.
This is an interesting question from reader and friend of the blog Peter, and I’m intrigued to to see what readers make of it – we’re all aware that there’s a local tradition of Working Men’s and politically affiliated clubs locally, that now seems largely to have drawn to a close – but how early did this start?
Originally posted on The Plastic Hippo:
Image via telegraph.co.uk Regardless of hysterical media frenzy, the fate of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport remains completely and utterly inconsequential and even if Maria Miller resigns or is banished…
It’s always nice to kick off a new historical thread here on the blog, and this one will be particularly wonderful to curate, as I know there’s a lot of local interest in the old cricketing history of Walsall Wood.
Last weekend, I revisited for the first time in ages the subject that was once so prominent here – Chasewater dam – but not in reference to the recent renovations, but to the creation of the reservoir and the failure of the earthwork dam in 1799.
I notice that the National Newspaper Archive is still growing; there are now copies of the Lichfield Mercury online well into the 1950s, and it was while fishing through them in an idle moment this week that I found the following article, from the 26th October, 1951 – an altogether sleepier time I feel.
Hi folks. I’m hearing about a bad accident up on the A5 near the White Horse Pub last night. I’ve asked West Midlands Police for information. Anyone got details? Please email me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. I’ll put all … Continue reading
Chasewater has been, as any long-term reader here knows, a continual and recurring obsession of mine – I love the place; I grew up with it, visiting regularly I came to love its air of faded, end-of-the-pier decay and beautiful, often unexpected wildlife.
I’ve noticed over the five years that this blog has been running that it brings out often hidden sides to readers, and uncovers talents folk didn’t know they had – the young David Evans of late has been discovering a new talent for a genteel, polite form of Urban Exploration.
This is a quick heads up to a post on a blog I love by a chap I have a great deal of regard for, Warren Parry – ‘The Ogley Dirt Farmer’ – is a longstanding friend of the blog, a keen metal detectorist, photographer and investigator of local history.
I’ve had an interesting enquiry from Laura Watkins, about the cemetery in Barnetts Lane, Brownhills, and it’s a little unusual in nature.
David Evans has been busy – not content with turning up the astounding swimming pool photo, he also found time yesterday to nip back to the remarkable barn at Dairy Farm, in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood, to take some more photographs following the remarkable comment received from Joe Headley in response to the original article.
Here’s one I suspect may trigger a few memories – unearthed by the young David Evans, it’s an image of Walsall Wood Primary School’s swimming pool, which I think is long demolished – I’m not familiar with it myself, but it seems a lot like one Millfield had – and may still do.