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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.
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
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.
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.\ Continue reading
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
Here’s an interesting query from Laura Masters at Walsall Housing Group which I’m hoping readers may be able to help with.
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.
The story of the abandoned Shire Oak Reservoir is a recurrent theme from the very earliest days of the Brownhills Blog.
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.
Record attendance watch Walsall Wood crash out of FA Vase in Guernsey: more spectators than four League Two games
Reblogged from 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, and … Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Reblogged from 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 stag … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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