I’ve a bit of a treat for canal fans in this week’s old photo feature, but nice as the narrowboats are, it’s the backgrounds that are most interesting to me.
All four of these images are held on the excellent site Black Country History – a collaboration between museums, archives and history centres across the wider Black Country area. The site is a huge resource and a perfect tool to find other material preserved for the future by dedicated history wonks throughout our area. If you haven’t, check out these valuable resources yourself. Theres a list published on the site itself – and all are staffed by top people who really, really know their stuff.
Three of these pictures are described as being of ‘Brownhills Rally’ in May, 1975. I certainly don’t remember the event, and wondered if any of you readers do? It certainly seems to have been a considerable undertaking. Why were there no others? The pictures clearly show the incremental change that has happened over the years. It’s odd to see the tip just open and unfenced. It also shows how nasty the towpaths were before they were resurfaced a few years ago.