Tales from the Wood…

I was very fortunate this year to receive the gift of some secondhand local history books I’d been after for quite some time, and I’m keen to share them with the  readership of the blog. As is usually the case with these works, they were available in a very limited supply, are currently out of print and very hard to come by. As a regular pointed out recently, they are available at libraries and Walsall Local History Centre for perusal, but none are left for sale, sadly. I thank [Howmuch?] from the bottom of my heart for scouring the locality on my behalf.

Today’s images come from a delightful work entitled ‘Memories of old Walsall Wood’ written and compiled by Bill Mayo and John Salt, published in 2001 (I think) by Walsall Local History Centre. If you by any chance spot a copy in the wild, do snap it up, it’s wonderful.

It's commonly thought that Street's Corner - The junction between Lichfield Road, Brownhills Road and Salters Road - is so called do to the crossing of major thoroughfares, but it is actually named after the Street Family, who lived there. Taken from 'Memories of old Walsall Wood' by Bill Mayo and John Sale.
The Litherlands were a large and notable local family who held 'The Hawthorn' for some years. Some fine period Sunday best on display here - note the baby in that wonderful outfit. Taken from 'Memories of old Walsall Wood' by Bill Mayo and John Sale.
I remember this shop well. Some fine period brands here - note the sign for Phensic, large Astec bars and Dairy Milk miniatures. Taken from 'Memories of old Walsall Wood' by Bill Mayo and John Sale.
I've covered this incident in a previous post on The Brownhills Blog (see link below), the newspaper coverage of which was a lot more sensational in nature. Taken from 'Memories of old Walsall Wood' by Bill Mayo and John Sale.

Going down a bomb – the story of the world war II ‘Herman’ bomb discovered in Walsall Wood

Another fine work in the wonderful body of local history writing. I urge anyone who can to pick up a copy of this book. I’d like to thank Bill Mayo and John Sale for their work.
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  • What a fine book- never seen it before- thanks for sharing. The thatched cottage at Streets Corner is amazing.

    I’ve seen the pic of Mrs Williams before, and I too remember the shop: it closed a year or two after I moved here. The same phot appears in another book, and over at Oakparkrunner’s blog– along with a different view of the Hawthorn/Drunken Duck (though from a similar time).

    The Drunken Duck has a number of interesting old photos inside too.

  • CAZ

    It’s always a pleasure to look back at old photo’s.
    l remember my mom having one of those Jones crisps tins,pictured with Mrs Williams. l think it was a burgundy or brown colour and she kept her hair curlers in it. l wonder how many others are floating around…..holding everything but crisps lol

  • D.Evans

    the night the Hermann bomb fell my father was on Air Raid Warden duty with others. Apparently they heard the bomber and knew that it had dropped a bomb..the engine note changed..but subsequent searches of the area failed to find a bomb..because it had dropped into the sandworks!
    The word in 68 was that when a digger driver unearthed the bomb he broke the Olympic one mile record! I don’t think he did… but I can imagine the instant change in the colour of his overalls, though!
    Kind regards D. Evans

  • Sean Johnson

    How wonderful seeing the photo of the Jones’ Crisps box. That was my Grandad Melbourne Reginald Jones’ company. He passed away quite a few years back and the only memento we have is one my Mom still possesses, an actual empty crisp packet!

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