Rolling back the years

I’m going to leave this with you guys for a while. It’s a 1945 aerial image of South Brownhills, Walsall Wood and Clayhanger. Far more to come. Great, isn’t it?

1945 aerial image. Click for a larger version. More information to follow.

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6 Responses to Rolling back the years

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  2. That is a very interesting photograph. As a Stonnall specialist, it is intriguing to me to see what seems to be a trace of the original Swan Inn on Lazy Hill Road opposite the Manor House.

    Is there any chance of posting an aerial photo of the whole of Stonnall, Thornes and Lynn?

    And speaking of The Lost Pubs of the Locality, does anybody remember the Red, White and Blue which was situated on Lichfield Road between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner?

  3. Graeme Fisher says:

    Julian –

    Spot the line of the old Chester road that comes in opposite the Manor House, but more importantly the continuation of the top bit of Main street that runs across the public footpath…..
    We need to see this bit of the photo!

  4. stymaster says:

    And speaking of The Lost Pubs of the Locality, does anybody remember the Red, White and Blue which was situated on Lichfield Road between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner?

    Someone evidently does. I never knew that used to be a pub.

    • I know several folk who remember it as a plant nursery – called Red, White and Blue Nurseries. Not sure when it changed from being a pub. I’m also told there was a pub or brewhouse of some kind at Fighting Cocks farm, down Catersfield Lane, but I’m not 100% convinced of that.

      Nice one

      Bob

  5. D.Evans says:

    The Fighting Cocks was a pub long time ago..I was shown round the empty pub..and shown the cellar where Dick Turpin hid! by the son of the neighbouring farmer. I think the pub was owned by Ramsell at one time, who moved into their new farm house next to the old pub.

    The “1945 “aerial photo of Walsall Wood puzzles me. All of the prefabs in Vigo Road are complete..but construction of these started after the end of the war..and Wolverson Road is half complete..but I thought that the houses there were Morrison standard houses and were begun a few years after the end of the war.
    Another photo, by Aeroflims which is featured in some of these blogs, is quoted in one source as being 1930 but shows the trams, and yet the same photo is quoted in another source as being 1920. Puzzling!

    With kind regards D. Evans

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