Alley cats

Anyone remember an alley from the A5 to Waterside Way? Imagery from Bing! Maps, click for a larger version.

An interesting question comes in from reader Mike Leonard, about the Wilkin Estate and Brownhills West in the 1970s. I’m not a Brownhills West man, so I’m hoping readers from that part of town can help. I vaguely remember a shortcut between Shannon Drive (isn) and the car park of The Crown, but that’s all.

Hello Bob,

Great website,the ariel photo of Chasewater is a fantastic find and got me thinking again…

I have a question that you may be able to answer,its one of those nagging questions and won’t go away. When as a teenager back in the 70s we used to knock around the Wilkin and Chasewater on a regular basis, the girls were prettier on the Wilkin.

I recall that there was a gully that took you from the A5 and cut through onto Waterside Way(?) and a short walk later brought you out on the Wilkin Road  opposite Shannon Drive, bit of a short cut to get to the Wilkin Inn.

Having driven passed there a fair few times the gully appears to have vanished or closed off or was it there at all? There appears to be some fencing and conifers where the gully was… I have tried looking for older maps,but no joy so far.

Keep up the good work, Brownhills will always have fond memories for me and a lot of others, it may not be the place it was, but where is ?

Kind regards


Thanks to Mike for making me think. Anyone with any ideas, BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers. What do you know?

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3 Responses to Alley cats

  1. Martin says:

    Yes Mike you are right there was a gully from waterside way to the A5, but after problems ect, ect, it was closed about mid 80s, as the old saying, go and play up your own backyard

  2. cheryl says:

    yes i remember this alley well, used to be behind the bus stop on the A5, great short cut when you was late for the bus on a morning,i used to catch the bus from there to go to shire oak school,was a right pain when they closed it off…….

  3. 7rin says:

    As with all the rest, not only is it remembered, but I also missed it when it got turned into a bit more garden too ’cause it was easier to stay outta the wind down it when waiting for the bus.

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