R. Starbuck, Butcher, circa 1961

Reg Starbuck and son Tom, taken around 1961. Just love the symmetry in the window, and the crispness of the overalls

Hi Bob

Hope you’re ok.

As promised please find attached a photograph of the shop showing my Dad Tom Starbuck and Grandpa Reg Starbuck. I think it was taken around 1961. Pictures of this end of the High Street (around Pier/Bricklin Street) seem to be few and far between.

I’m especially enjoying the history part of your blog. Been tracing my own family tree and got back to 1755, Barlastone, Leics.



You guys are amazing. Last week, I didn’t know that Starbuck Butchers existed, then Dominic enquired asking after a photo of the shop. A few days later, the grapevine rumbles and Richard Starbuck comes up with a picture as requested, and a whole new record of a piece of Brownhills social history.

This is why I do this, thanks to everyone involved, particularly to Richard, who’s done stirling service for both his family and the community.

I will endeavour to cover more social history – I understand just how many of you love it. The biggest problem I have with the local history stuff is that it can take ages to prepare even the smallest post due to the reading and study involved, and time has been in quite short supply recently. Those posts are absolutely the most rewarding, however, and I will try harder.

If you have any queries, ideas or corrections, please don’t hesistate to drop me a line: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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8 Responses to R. Starbuck, Butcher, circa 1961

  1. The Edditer says:

    Well done Bob, you came up trumps for Brownhills again, and it’s great to see Mr. Starbuck’s email and photo.

    Incidentally, if anyone has old photos of any part of the Walsall Metropolitan Borough they’d be willing to let me scan – or can provide a good quality scan – so they can be preserved for posterity, I’d be delighted to hear from them at Walsall Local History Centre:



    Stuart Williams
    (aka The Edditer)

  2. Steve Round says:

    Dear Brownhills Bob,
    My wife and I used to visit Brownhills regularly to stay with relatives – were from a Yorkshire (ex)-mining village – you could say it was a voyage of discovery to improve our culture by adding a bit of class , and hallelujah I discovered Bank’s Best Bitter in Brownhills and met a lot of people I was privileged to get to know.

    The couple we used to stay with got divorced and the fallout from it ended a very enjoyable friendship we are still friends but we havn’t seen each other for a long time now but we do try to keep in touch. Brownhills is a great place to live, I hope you enjoy it to the full and appreciate what it has to offer – our best wishes to all in Brownhills .

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