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?
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
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…….
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.