Since it’s Pelsall Canal Festival weekend, I thought I’d focus on the village over the swag this week. Although traditionally separate communities, I’m aware that in these enlightened times, some mingling has taken place and many folks in Brownhills have relatives and loved ones in the principality. Since the EU ratification, the requirements for a passport check on the Pelsall Road have been ruled unlawful, and a degree of free movement between our fellow settlements is now tolerated, but only providing we wipe our feet and don’t touch the ornaments. In return, we always suggest the visitors from afar travel around the ‘hills in threes and don’t change money on the street.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the habits, preoccupations and proclivities of the Pelsalians could do no better than check out Jayne Howarth’s excellent blog ‘Common People’, which should be on any locals’ reading list.
There’s a wealth of history in Pelsall, which is well worth visiting. With Brownhills material now admittedly getting a bit thin, I’m having to cast the net a tad wider for these features, and there are some excellent Pelsall photos in the book I feature this week, ‘Around Pelsall and Brownhills in old photographs’ by David F. Vodden. It’s a wonderful book and I implore you to buy a copy if you can find it.
If you have any photos you’d like to feature here, Brownhills or otherwise, or have ideas or subjects you’d like to see, please do drop me a line. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.