I thought I’d make a bit of a weekend thing of featuring old pictures. There are so many to share, particularly from the recently acquired work ‘Around Pelsall & Brownhills’ by David F. Vodden. I really suggest that anyone interested attempts to find a copy, but they’re very scarce like most local history books, which is why I share some of the material here. There are so many fascinating images that I’ve never seen before.
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Rose Villa is a bit of a mystery to me. There is of course, the club up in Brownhills West bearing the name; the Caddick family in Clayhanger apparently lived in a house called "Rose Villa', and now this one. From 'Around Pelsall & Brownhills' by David F. Vodden.
Apparently showing 'The Victor' and possibly 'Due South', I think. I need guidance here. I believe this cinema stood near the Pier/Fortune of War at the bottom of Pier Street. Please let me know if I'm wrong. From 'Around Pelsall & Brownhills' by David F. Vodden.
Anyone remember any of these teachers? I think Mr. Massey was possibly a radio ham, but I'm not certain. From 'Around Pelsall & Brownhills' by David F. Vodden.
I'm under the impression that this cinema stood around where Downes newsagent is today, and was lost to the Ravens Court development. Note the flags of the Allied Forces flying above the canopy - including, somewhat incongruously, the Soviet hammer & sickle. From 'Around Pelsall & Brownhills' by David F. Vodden.