I’ve been droning on now for some months about the need for accuracy and careful research in local history. It’s because I know that I’m as fallible as the next man that I, like you readers, worry so much about it. When researching stuff, you really want things to confirm what you already think or know, and sometimes allow this desire to cloud your judgement.
A shining example of this is shown above. Recently [Howmuch?] was perusing some bargain old history back issues he purchased at a jumble, and spotted the above familiar image. That image was featured here a few weeks ago, and is clearly of the Black Cock bridge, in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood. Here, the author asserts it is actually a picture of the old bridge (now rebuilt a couple of years ago), on Lime Lane between Norton and Pelsall, despite there being no resemblance whatsoever between the two images featured in his own article.
Readers familiar with the old bridge will remember that not only was it built at a rather sharp and unpleasant dog leg angle, but that the approaches were not straight or remarkably steep. Quite how the author (whom I shall not name) came to this conclusion is anyone’s guess.
An interesting cautionary point – be careful of your assertions, and just because something is in print, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily correct.