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Burntwood Mining Memorial – unveiling today!

Burntwood’s long awaited mining memorial will be unveiled with a carnival atmosphere at Sankey’s Corner at 2pm Saturday – there will be a pig roast, bouncy castle and other attractions, and a decent afternoon out is in prospect.
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Pictures from Woodstock

The news of the WalsallWoodstock festival taking place last Bank Holiday caught me by surprise – I’d seen no publicity for the event, and it was only a good mate mentioning it on Facebook that drew it to my attention – Thankfully, I publicised the event in time for some readers to attend, and reader Clive Roberts went along and had a great time
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When Chasewater became Monaco… and what of the Dolric?

I’ve had a great and fascinating email from Mark Morgon-Shaw, which I’m just going to throw out to readers – this is, I have to say, local history dynamite.
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In the shade

Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler has come upon an interesting football related query after finding something unexpected whilst looking for articles of Brownhills soccer teams as I requested in my post last Sunday.\images Continue reading

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Tesco sends a message to Brownhills: you’re not worth it

I will elaborate on this later, but in case you haven't noticed, the Express & Star is reporting an announcement from Tesco that the plans for a new store in Brownhills are officially dead. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/05/22/jobs-blow-as-tesco-scraps-expansion-of-brownhills-store/ This is exactly what I've … Continue reading

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Photo puzzle – can you help?

Here’s an interesting query from Laura Masters at Walsall Housing Group which I’m hoping readers may be able to help with.
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Hardly run of the mill…

Yesterday’s great post from David Evans made me hanker for a bit more physical geography – we haven’t done much lately and I thought it would be nice to do some old maps and the landscape they contain stuff for a lazy Sunday.

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Putting a lid on it

The story of the abandoned Shire Oak Reservoir is a recurrent theme from the very earliest days of the Brownhills Blog.
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Cracking up

The story of the abandoned Shire Oak Reservoir is a recurrent theme from the very earliest days of the Brownhills Blog. It fascinated me for years, and one of my earliest obsessions was the discovery of it’s history.
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Originally posted on Tyburn Mail:
Walsall Wood have been knocked out of the FA Vase tonight. They lost 3-1 in the quarter-final replay in Guernsey in front of a crowd of 2,597. The attendance was a club record for Guernsey,…

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Having a blast?

Jeepboy wrote: For the past 3 years a loud muffled bang can occasionally be heard eminating from the site of the former rangers hut at the start of the black path in Clayhanger – at first it was thought to be a bird scarer but no sight of it could not be found.

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Urgent help needed with stolen trailer!

The 49th Walsall Scout Group based in Aldridge, overnight on Tuesday/Wednesday (19/20th Feruary 2013), had their Trailer stolen from a smallholding in the Pelsall /Shelfield area.
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New homes planned for Brownhills

I notice from the planning system at Walsall Council, plus coverage in the inky press that there is at last a plan by Walsall Housing Group to build replacement homes on the site formerly occupied by the grim maisonette tenements that stood on the A5 Watling Street between Deakin Avenue and the Black Path.
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Walsall Council withdraws contract from Chase Nursing Home in Brownhills

I received the following press release from Walsall Council yesterday. The old Vicarage has, for some time, been a Nursing Home for people suffering mental health issues. I’m sure readers were as concerned as I was when news surfaced recently of the poor inspection report the facility received, and removing the residents can only be a good thing.

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Paint the whole world…

Readers who’ve been following my 365daysofbiking Tumblr journal will be aware that, of late, I’ve been feeling a little disheartened by the absence of summer and the impending autumn and winter. I get this seasonal sadness at this time every … Continue reading

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Positively palatial

Following the vexed debate here in recent weeks about appropriate parking for bicycles, I had this comment in from reader R. Nuttall that may have dipped under the radar of a few readers, and I think it bears repeating. R. … Continue reading

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Due process: The inquest into the Pelsall Boiler Explosion

Since there’s been so much interest, recollection and speculation upon the question of the Pelsall boiler explosion and its cause, I thought we could feature here the newspaper report of the inquiry into the explosion. The article transcribed below is taken … Continue reading

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The Harrison Dynasty (Part One: The Early Years,1763 to 1841)

Yesterday, in the post about the Pelsall boiler explosion, I mentioned the work being undertaken by top history operative Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler on the nature and extent of the Harrison Empire. Here’s a first instalment of his work on the … Continue reading

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The Rescuers

Lately, we’ve been talking here quite a bit about mine safety, and the dangers of mining to those employed to work underground, digging the black stuff out. With that in mind, and before I continue with the thread commenced by … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Paul Sinha:
Life isn’t always easy is it Aidan ? I imagine that you feel a little hard done by , that the events of the last 12 months have rather conspired against you. What about that…

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The death of a big, big man

I’d like to thank top reader, contributor and friend of the blog Richard Burnell for very kindly transcribing the following article from the Lichfield Mercury of Friday, 9th of February 1906. William Roberts was the almost legendary entrepreneur, brewer and … Continue reading

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The Health of Brownhills.

Taken from the Lichfield Mercury, Friday 15th July 1910. Thanks to reader Peter Pedro Cutler, who found the clipping. This has taken me weeks to transcribe. Please read it through, a better description of the times we couldn’t hope to … Continue reading

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One Man Went To Mow…

Right, call off the sheep… I have been contacted by Helen Borton, organiser of the Chasewater Transport Show, who readers will recall at the weekend was having some hassle getting things done in preparation for the event at the park … Continue reading

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Shenstone murder tragedy, 1929

I noticed there was some interest over this tragic occurrence shown by members of the Stonnall Local History group on Facebook in the last few weeks. Thanks to the efforts of Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, we have located the following two … Continue reading

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Hot metal

Spotted by chance, I came upon this video on YouTube today, and just had to share it with readers of the blog. It features the last large manufacturing employer in Brownhills, Castings PLC and it’s machining arm, CNC Speedwell. This … Continue reading

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Magic and loss

Spare a thought for jazz enthusiast and all round good-egg Peter Barker. Having found and converted the soothing, stunning, seventies sounds of jazz at The Crown in Brownhills, he discovered another recording, and attempted to convert it too. Sadly, the … Continue reading

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Driven to distraction by our roads – Paul Groves tells it like it is

Originally posted on Groves Media:
There has been a welcome burst of safer cycling coverage and campaigns of late. From British Cycling calling for greater mutual respect between all road users, to The Times launching its Cities Fit for Cycling…

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We get by with a little help

Readers who know the blog well, and maybe follow me on Twatter will know that mental health issues and those concerning carers concern me greatly. It’s with that in mind that I run the following release for an innovative and … Continue reading

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Harpers, hairbrushes and sucky fish

Another great piece arrives from top reader and contributor David Evans. Grab a cuppa and tune in… thanks, as ever, to David for his efforts. Without further ado… The end of the second world war brought the time of retirement … Continue reading

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Over in WS5, something interesting stirs…

I notice today that we have a new blog for South Walsall on the scene, the WS5 blog. It needs to find its feet, but there’s certainly some interesting stuff promised there. Run by a keen chap called Dean Hill, … Continue reading

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A great local history book now available!

I had a tipoff today from history ferret and all round top sleuth [Howmuch?], who informed me that Downes Newsagents in Brownhills currently had stock of a book entitled ‘A Picture Tour of Old Pelsall, Rushall and Shelfield’, by John … Continue reading

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The Tallygraph relaunches!

Followers of this shambling rant-fest will know just how much of a high regard I have for other local bloggers in the Walsall and South Staffordshire community. There have always been some real diamonds shining in the dust, and none … Continue reading

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Cop a load of this…

Way back on the 23rd June this year, some two and a half months ago, I posted an article centred around a bike cam video excerpt I captured in the centre of Walsall. This, as I’m sure readers will recall, … Continue reading

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Two great local history books available again

I noticed this week, purely by chance, that two great lost works of local history are at long last available again. Popping into Downes Newsagent midweek, I noticed these two fantastic books for sale. I’ve feature both publications heavily here … Continue reading

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Give me the ‘Ring

I feel attached to Brum – it’s where I spread my wings as a teenager, and I’ve spent years there, shopping, exploring and having fun. The last two decades have seen so much change there, when I was recently given … Continue reading

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Looks familiar…

Wonder where they got that idea? This article is from the Walsall Express & Star, dated Thurday, 21st July 2011. It bears an uncanny commonality with this post, made on Tuesday. Funny how the work has been going on most … Continue reading

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Further indecent exposure incident in Rushall

Further to last week’s police request for information about indecent exposure incidents recently, a third one appears to have occurred further up the old railway at Rushall. If you know who this character may be, please do contact the police. … Continue reading

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Police seek men in connection with local indecent exposure incidents

I received this press release from Walsall Local Policing Unit today. With the light nights and school holidays approaching, it’s best to get the message out and to take extra care. If you know anything, or see anything suspicious, please … Continue reading

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What was lost

Following some interesting comment last week about Walsall’s old railway station, I thought I’d feature it this week. For those too young to recall, it was a handsome building with a huge, airy, circular booking hall and grandiose glass and … Continue reading

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The Regeneration Game (via Pigblog)

I notice tonight that The Stymaster, late of this parish, has been appraising the state of the statues and artworks assembled in Walsall Wood 18 months ago. I’ve never been supportive of them, and still think much better things could … Continue reading

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The orignal Middle Oak…

I’ve received a wonderful email from Micheal Edwards, late of Clayhanger, who wrote so wonderfully a while back about his childhood experiences there. I so pleased to hear from Micheal again, his contributions are always a joy. An addition to … Continue reading

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Mist opportunity

I realise this probably belongs on my still ongoing #365daysofbiking Tumblr project, but these images, captured over two commutes on successive mornings, are just too nice to let go quietly. After a week of grim news, a little summer morning … Continue reading

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The Bloxwich Travel and Leisure Board

From the same genius that brought you Sister Dora’s first live gig in 130 years, revel in the wonder that is this promotional video for tourism in Bloxwich, the hub of the Midlands. Surprised The Tallygraph wasn’t sponsoring… anyone feel … Continue reading

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Mystery solved…

I’m indebted to top reader and comment dynamo D. Evans for solving the mystery of the soup kitchen location in the photo I posted last weekend. Had I realised what an odd little building the old Wesleyan Church was, I’d … Continue reading

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Can’t see the Wood for the trees

At the weekend, in my regular old pictures slot, I scanned the below image from that fine work ‘Coal Mining in Brownhills, Aldridge and Walsall Wood’ by Brian Rollins., of a 1926 miner’s strike soup kitchen in the village. It’s … Continue reading

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A bridge too far?

One of the simpler parts of the Chasewater flood defence and dam protection scheme, sorting the culvert in the railway causeway should have been easy. Originally sketched in for the early part of this year, then delayed until after the … Continue reading

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Common ground

I’m currently trying to find out about he area of Brownhills Common roughly centred around Marklew’s Pond, north of Engine Lane. Today, it’s quiet and a mixture of heath, farmland and wood, but formerly it has been a hive of … Continue reading

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Domesday Reloaded on Midlands Today

Further to my post of yesterday, I’m glad to see the BBC really pushing it’s Domesday Reloaded project. This is a great, in-depth article from Midlands Today, aired on 16th May 2011, featuring David A. Gregory and Staffordshire University. David … Continue reading

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Who lived in a house like this?

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Eighties mystery man…

Whist dipping Flickr last week for urban exploration pictures, I came across an intriguing stream entitled ‘My old scanned pics‘ – I know most of these aren’t Brownhills (although the one that is will bring back memories for many – … Continue reading

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