While looking for interesting stuff for the weekly pictures from the past feature, I happened upon a wonderful selection of pictures taken in or around Cannock Chase during either the Great War or Second World War. The Chase back then bore little relationship to the site of outstanding national beauty we know today; it was far less wooded and more scrub, for it wasn’t until after the last war that the Forestry Commission was formed to revive our hitherto abused and lost woodlands. Being as it was – pretty much unfarmable wasteland – the Chase was heavily used by the military during both conflicts. Many know of the POW camp at Brocton, and of RAF Hednesford, but these pictures tell a story of a lost, perhaps less formal history. All come from the book ‘Cannock Chase: The Second Selection’ by June Pickerill. It’s a wonderful work, please buy a copy if you can.
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