This week’s pictures from the past feature is specially selected for reader Steve Hickman, who’s sent me a fascinating enquiry about Stonnall, in respose to which I’m currently putting together an old mapping post about changes to the area. Steve had this to say:
My name is Steve Hickman and I am doing a bit of digging into the family past. I was born in Stonnall in the 50’s. I was actually born at Prospect House which is the old house at the bottom of Castle Hill. My Gran used to live in one of the two cottages that used to be on the small triangle on the opposite side of the Chester road. They were the Platt Family.
My Grandad used to have a coal merchants yard in Brownhills High Street. ‘Thomas Platt Bros’. I belive it was by ‘Roberts Painters and Decorators’ just up from the Warreners Arms. What I am trying to find, if any exist are any old photographs of Brownhills High Street around the 30’s and 40’s. What I am also trying to find out is when the track of the Chester road was changed. Where it goes past the bottom of Castle Hill, the 1902 Map shows it bending into Stonnall then back to its modern route. Any idea when it was straightened out and the little triangle was created?
I’ll be posting about the Stonnall in the next day or so, and hope these pictures of Brownhills in the 1930’s are of interest. If you have anything to contribute, please do comment. As usual, I pay tribute to the authors of the fine photo collections I’ve taken these images from.