Further abroad

Since there was such a great reaction to last week’s post containing photos from the Flickr stream of walsall_pete, I thought I’d continue the Walsall theme this week with a few pictures from a similar, but slightly later period by a pair of great photographers: Peter Barker, photographer, designer and good friend to the Brownhills Blog an important part of the Walsall twitter community, and littleredglass, whose fabulous work has featured here before. I hope the artists don’t mind – please click through to read the fascinating descriptions and comments from the Flickr community. Please explore their work; I’m keen to promote local photographers and if you’ve anything to contribute, please do contact me.

St Mathews Church from Sandwell House Walsall
This is a fine image of St, Matthews from a very unusual angle. I remember Sandwell House quite well. From littleredglass's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
Park St, Walsall, 1994
A very similiar image to one taken six or so years earlier by walsall_pete, this scene has changed so much. The shops were already closing for clearance for the later construction of the Art Gallery Square. Odd that it all seems so cramped. From Peter Barker's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
Upper Rushall Street Walsall
These buildings must have been demolished soon after. There was a small car park here for a while after, I think. From littleredglass's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
Park St, Walsall, 1994
This one is interesting in comparison to the one from last week. I gave some thought to how and why the front of the Saddlers Centre changed and why the steps appeared. I think that originally, there was a slope inside the centre and no shops on the left, entering from Park Street. When modified, the entry to the mall was leveled, steps added on the front and small shop units built into the front left hand side of what used to be the ramp. Not sure it improved Park Street at all. From Peter Barker's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
Florence Steet Walsall
Florence Street hasn't changed much, only the car models seem to change. From littleredglass's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
This plays with your head. Peter was stood on a ramp at the side of the Quasar Centre that's now blocked off. The only constants here are the steps in the foreground and the Red Lion. Funny how phone kiosks have mostly disappeared from our urban landscape unnoticed. From Peter Barker's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
The White Heart Caldmore Walsall
If I remember rightly, this went through a couple of changes - I think it was a heritage or community centre for a bit, and maybe an old folk's home, but I think it's a housing project now. Certainly one of the oldest buildings in central Walsall, and still a major landmark in Caldmore. From littleredglass's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
Shannon's Mill, George St, Walsall, 1994
One of Walsall's many fire-related heritage losses, Shannons Mill was an interesting row of small, independent shops in the nineties. In the row were variously a cookshop, model shop, vintage clothing store, art dealer, aquarist and several cafes. None ever seemed particularly successful. George Street has now been ruined by the twin vandal attacks of arson and Asda. Lime House, the former BOAC building, the old workhouse in front of the Manor Hospital and the former Walkways Centre opposite the Leather Museum must be trembling in anticipation of the next unexpected conflagration. From Peter Barker's photostream on Flickr. Click image to visit the original.
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  • Son of Stonnall

    There are suggestions within the building trade that Shannons Mill would have been nigh on impossible to burn down from a single accidental fire….. a great loss.

    Perhaps someone should start to celebrate the architecture in Walsall. Try walking round and looking up for a change.

     
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  • Soem of us do, and some of us are suspicious of the mysterious fires. There’s some great buildings about, as you say. Taylor’s Music Shop, for one.

     
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  • Hi Brownhill can anyone remember the system build REEMA houses aprox 250 in the early 1960 i am looking for any photos or information on those sites the company came from chesterfield the clerk of works a mr stan bradbury and the architect mr humpries both worked for the local council the houses where concrete with a pebble dash finish the whole site was completed in just over one year 95% of the workforce where local any names , any information at all please e mail me

    martin.walters@bigpond.com

     
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