In this week’s old photo feature, I thought I’d collect together three photos covering the Chester Road/High Street along it’s length through Brownhills, plus a bonus left field shot which hopefully, will jog some memories.
As ever, I thank the authors of the books these pictures are scanned from, and really do suggest that if you like old pictures like these, do try to get copies of the original publications. Tracking them down, however, can take years, which is why I share them here.
An interesting aerial shot of Brownhills just after a major change. Soon the shiny new precinct shown here will itself be carried to dust for a new Tesco store. Taken from 'Memories of Brownhills Past' by Clarice Mayo & Geoff Harrington.
At the Southern end of the town stands the Shire Oak Inn, still a popular pub. I remember Eli being a grumpy, bad tempered man who used to shout at the local kids who played in his car park. Taken from 'Around Pelsall and Brownhills in old photos' by David F. Vodden.
You don't see many pictures of Brownhills from this aspect. The Craddock's mentioned here is the same family featured in a previous post regarding A.H. Craddock, the wholesaler in Lichfield Road. Taken from 'Brownhills and Walsall Wood on old picture postcards' by Jan Farrow.
A.H. Craddock Limited – what do you remember?
I believe the fire and ambulance station pictured here stood on the site of the old people's flats between the garage and the old Central School, but I may be wrong. I find the medals and military bearing fascinating. Can you name any of these emergency workers? Taken from 'Brownhills and Walsall Wood on old picture postcards' by Jan Farrow.