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