Here’s a quick one for Friday. Reader and top Walsall Wood whizz David Evans has finally managed to get hold of a full copy of the Aerofilms image of Walsall Wood from 1926. This is an interesting one, as it’s not yet listed on the archive of Aerofilms work.
Hi Bob A little Christmas present for your Walsall Wood readers. This copy of the photo is intact and shows the then new houses along Chester Road, Shire Oak, in the distance. You can just make out ‘The Cape’, which has been the subject of some speculation recently. The photo was taken just one week after Easter, in 1926. Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to everyone. David
David is wondering something about this image. If you look central-left, behind the trees and in roughly the area of the rear of the church/Red Lion, there’s a square of enclosed grass. Is that a bowling green? If so, might it be related to these chaps, who were featured a while back?
There was some fine, solid info and no little discussion about this at the time, after reader Julie Le-Moine wrote to me asking for help identifying the image. David Oakley in particular was on sparkling form. But we never quite nailed it.
These chaps look like they may be a bowls club. They are on a close-cropped lawn next to a tall hedge with trees behind. Is anyone else thinking what David and I are?
Is there any record of a bowling green there, predating the one at Oak Park? Did the Red Lion have a history of bowling? Just a thought.
Cheers to David for a wonderful image. Please comment here or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com – cheers.