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Category Archives: News
Here’s a thing I’ve been trying to get round to for a while now, but scanning booklets is a time consuming and laborious job – but in this case, very much a worthwhile one.
The Stymaster has just pointed out on twatter that he thinks the demolition of the old St John’s School in Walsall Wood may be underway. If anyone is in the area (I’m not, sadly) any chance of a few pictures? … Continue reading
I have been sent this remarkable and incredibly thorough piece of research into the historical and mapping record for Pepper Alley by Hilary Little, who you’ll remember as the driving force behind the project to record the history and fabric of the lost beer house, the Royal Oak, in Bullings Heath, Waslall Wood.
As is usual, today I visited Erdington Bike Jumble, the yearly tat-bazaar for cyclists that always takes place the first Saturday in March.
I’m amazed (and very, very pleased) that the material I featured here from Richard Starbuck back in January has spawned such a wonderful train of comment and contribution.
Back in January of this year, the young David Evans started talking to the Proffitt family about Councillor William Henry Proffitt, who was a highly respected member of Brownhills Urban District Council for many years.
I’ve been meaning to point this out for a couple of weeks now, but haven’t got around to it – it seems that Walsall Council’s interactive map tool for planning and other geographic searches on their website has been upgraded, and now works far more intuitively.
Sometimes, the most innocuous posts throw up extraordinary responses. – and so it was with the photos I featured here from Richard Starbuck back in January.
This is an article that’s taken an awful lot of work to prepare – the young David Evans has been toiling on it for some time now, as well as other related matters, and it ties up a number of disparate threads relating to Streets Corner in Walsall Wood, and the families who lived in the thatched cottage that famously stood there for years.
Here’s another great instalment from the series I started a couple of months ago, chronicling the memories of Walsall Wood lady Audrey Proffitt, carefully and faithfully transcribed by reader and Walsall Wood correspondent David Evans.
Recently, I noted here on the blog the great Brownhills Councillor and public servant Hyla John Holland – this remarkable and clearly very civic minded man campaigned hard for part of Brownhills Common to become a park.
Here’s something I received yesterday from Hilary Little, the historian who helped reveal the lost history of the Royal Oak in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood – this is sure to cause consternation amongst those amongst us researching the history of Walsall Wood.
Today, spring showed her hand a little – just a little – the sun came out, and so did I – a little quick maintenance to show the bike some love, then I loaded up the saddlebag and headed off to the floodplains of the Tame to see how they were bearing up under the exceptionally wet weather.
That there young David Evans has been very busy – not content to loaf around convalescing like any normal person after his recent operation, he’s been preparing some new local history projects, and updating others.
[caption id="attachment_17624" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image generously supplied by David Evans.[/caption] Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, I featured a poem that had been found in the personal effects of his father in law by Facebook user Jim Simpson, which he originally posted in the Brownhills Past and Present Facebook group.
Here’s an important appeal from local activist and Local Committee stalwart Brian Stringer – Brian does a huge amount for Brownhills, from promoting the Staffordshire Hoard to working on the Canal Festival. In between all this he finds time to be a top local author, too.
Here’s a quick one – a lovely photo sent in by Marion Jones from her father’s collection – a photo of a grassfire on the land that would become Clayhanger Common, but it’s not the grassfire itself (and this is a fine picture of that), it’s what’s going on in the background.
I have a very strained relationship with the work I do here on the Brownhills Blog – although readership is still increasing, and there is a wonderful degree of reader participation, sometimes I struggle to understand if any of this stuff is at all relevant or makes even the slightest bit of difference.