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What was lost, now restored

I am indebted to a Burnell yet again, as top chap and fellow cyclist Richard contacts me and points out something he noticed that I didn’t – Bullings Heath Grove is now a real place, with street signs and everything.
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Park up, take a pew…

Over the last few weeks, a newspaper clipping found in the Walsall Observer archive by [Howmuch?] has caused a whole heap of interest, reporting the laying of a foundation stone for the ‘new schools at Watling Street’, readers have debated where it might actually relate to.

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It’s a naked place without cricket

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.

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Going Back

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.
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Barnstorming

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.

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In the swim

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.

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Lose yourself in the mapping

If you’re engaged in the local online community, you’ll have no doubt caught up with this already, but for those who haven’t, there’s a new historical mapping resource available online right now, free of charge, and it’s really rather special.Untitled 7 Continue reading

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Dazed

I’ve had a request from the young David Evans to re-run some photos from a post I created in 2011 – David has requested this as new reader and commenter Roger Mosedale has joined us in the last few days, and David feels that he may be able to help with the school photos here.
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Pepper ground

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.

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Under the thatch

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.

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When Mom wasn’t pleased to see me

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.

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That rings a bell…

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.

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On to another level

Way back last summer, the young David Evans started a series of articles here on the Brownhills Blog about Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society, a very highly respected musical ensemble indeed, and a remarkable, often overlooked piece of Brownhills history.
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A fine rate of Exchange

Last week, I posted the first part of a remarkable article by Susan M Luzy about the history of the families connected with the Royal Echange pub in Walsall Wood – this unassuming, but well-loved pub has been the subject of much local historical study, and since the first part of this article was posted, local historians have turned up some remarkable material which Andy Dennis, David Evans and a whole host others are working on in the background.

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A foreign Exchange

The subject of the Royal Echange pub in Walsall Wood, and the families who were connected with it, continues to be the subject of much local historical study – in fact, I don’t think any other pub or building, apart from perhaps The Shire Oak Pub that has generated so much local historical interest.
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Caught on celluloid

I have something remarkable coming up on the blog tomorrow, a film I’ve been tracking down for a while, and thanks to the immense generosity and kindness of local history stalwarts Brian ‘Clayhanger Kid’ Stringer and the Young David Evans, I can present it here on the net for the community to share and debate.

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Please help Age UK if you can

Yesterday, I received this appeal from Mark Fellows of Age UK, who’s compiling a list of services, clubs and activities for those aged 50 plus in our area – first up, he needs contact details for Clayhanger Senior Citizens Club, but also details of any such services for senior citizens in out area.

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The disappearing fish

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2014 New year quiz!

It’s been a long time in the making, but great fun – here it is, the Brownhills Blog New Year 2014 quiz – Get stuck in and see if you can win!
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Wood men beat Continental Star, but no Christmas cracker

Yesterday afternoon (Boxing Day, Thursday, 26th December 2013), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Oak Park.P1000909 Continue reading

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A beautiful game

In recognition of the day, the Young David Evans sent me some rather wonderful photos a couple of days ago – as readers will know, David has a particular interest in the wars in Europe, and has strong connections to Messines and the place where the celebrated First World War Christmas truce and football match is believed to have started.
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Following the map – those abbreviations in full

One of the good things about Christmas is having time to catch up with the posts I’ve been meaning to compile for ages – this one is a specific one that’s been needed since I started the blog really, and is a key to very large scale maps I use here on the blog.
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A very festive festival

David Evans has kindly sent in these wonderful images of Brownhills Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival, where there’s also a Christmas Market on today (Saturday, 14th December 2013) from 9:00am until 1:30pm.
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Walsall Wood F.C. – no second chance

It was a remarkable second chance at the FA Vase after the shock disqualification of Spalding United FC, but sadly, not to be

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Follow that elephant!

I thought I’d continue today with the third article in the series I started a couple of weeks ago, chronicling the memories of Walsall Wood lady Audrey Proffitt, carefully and faithfully transcribed by reader and Walsall Wood correspondent David Evans.
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Walsall Wood eat Quorn

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 30th November 2013), Walsall Wood FC faced Quorn FC away, and after a somewhat intemperate match, the Woodmen came away the victors, taking them to a historic position in the league.
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Walsall Wood trounce the Mikes

Yesterday evening (Tuesday 26th November 2013), Walsall Wood FC faced Boldmere St Michaels at home, and aced yet another resounding and well-deserved win.
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Walsall Wood draw with Loughborough

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 23rd November 2013), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Loughborough University away, and they came home with a creditable draw after some wonderfully entertaining football.
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Woodmen no match for Tulips

It was hotly anticipated, but sadly, not to be. Walsall Wood were today no match for Spalding United, but by all accounts, a good time was had by all, with a good gate and large crowd.
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I carried the line-prop!

I thought I’d continue today with another article in the series I started last week, chronicling the memories of Walsall Wood lady Audrey Proffitt, carefully and faithfully transcribed by reader and Walsall Wood correspondent David Evans.

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Outdoor cookery with Mrs. Parsley

An email finds me from David Evans, containing a rather wonderful image he’s spotted in an Alton Douglas book that he’s like to know more about – it surely is a cracker and I’d love to know more about these ladies and what they were up to.
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Oatcakes overcome the Woodmen

Tuesday evening (12th November 2013), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Port Vale at home, and sadly for the Woodmen, this match broke their run of good fortune.

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Cannock Chase Messines Model on Countryfile

The first world war model of Messines, it’s history and recent archeological dig have been the talk of Staffordshire for a while, and tonight formed the basis for a great article on the BBC program Countryfile.
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Walsall Wood top Tipton Town

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 9th November 2013), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Tipton Town away, and yet another win for the boys from the Wood, who seem to be on a bit of a run at the moment.
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Springing a surprise

Lord knows where he found it, but isn’t this picture from the Young David Evans a remarkable thing?

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The Woodmen demolish Heath Hayes

Tuesday evening saw Walsall Wood face Heath Hayes at Oak Park – this is always a bit of a notorious pairing, and the blog football fans – Bill Shaw and the Young David Evans – were both in attendance to watch the flare-ups and cheer on the local lads.

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Build it and they’ll come

David Evans, top blog contributor and local historian extraordinaire, has strong connections with the local Methodist Movement – in this capacity, David has been working very hard indeed on the following article on the construction of the New Chapel for some weeks now, and I’m proud and honoured to present it for readers.
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The end and the beginning

Thanks to several people including reader and friend of the blog Caz and the Young David Evans who’ve both pointed out that the former Royal Oak in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood, is currently being demolished.P1090161 Continue reading

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The Wood win again

A home League win at last for the Wood with a 3 – 1 victory over Leicestershire side Kirby Muxloe.walsallwoodbonfirenotice copy Continue reading

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Peake performance

I had a posting schedule for this weekend, but like so many things I plan, it seems to have flown out the window – when the fascinating thread about Captain T.V. Peake was developing, mostly when I was getting covered in mud on Cannock Chase, it seems one reader had his head deep in research.
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I say, Landlord!

I’m liking this a lot: sent to me yesterday by Andy Dennis, this is a Google Documents/Excel spreadsheet of derived information on local pub landlords from census and other data.

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An afternoon affair?

Friend of the blog and leader of 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group Lee Braggington writes to me with a very interesting enquiry – it had never registered with me before, but Lee is quite right; Walsall Wood’s Remembrance Parade has always seemed to be on a Sunday Afternoon – this year on the 10th November.

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Gornal wiped out by The Wood

An encouraging performance in the heart of the Black Country with the win making it 3 leaugue victories on the trot with a record of 4 goals for & 0 against.
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The Woodmen lose to Westfields

Following yesterday’s home match, where Walsall Wood FC faced Westfields FC at Oak Park, the Young David Evans submitted the following report…

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Continuing the Exchange

I’m pleased to note the intriguing and rich history of the Royal Exchange pub in Walsall Wood continues to develop and evolve – regular readers will recall that Ann Cross and David Evans did much work to document life at the local hostelry, Ann Cross in particular writing some wonderful accounts of her family’s involvement.
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On the nightwatch

Now here’s a wonderful thing from local history Rapscallion Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, who in his usual inimitable style, has been rootling trough the newspaper archives for references to the air raids alluded to in the St John’s School log book I featured at the weekend.

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The Cannon made in Walsall Wood

On Sunday last, I ran the last episode of the St John’s School log books, which mentioned Jim Edwards, a local theologian and cleric with a remarkable story – as the comments on the article expanded, it became clear this was no ordinary parish churchman, but a fellow of considerable stature who was well travelled and also experienced in war.
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A school united in war and in peace

Earlier in the year, I started a series of posts containing log book entries for St John’s School, Walsall Wood – I now complete the series with the time period from the 1912 merger to 1945, when the records end.
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Put on your top hat…

Okey dokey, I have no idea – The Dorsets were a famous footballing family in Brownhills, but this man doesn’t look like a centre forward to me.
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The Cossacks of Walsall Wood

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