Local historian and top chap David Moore has been in touch again, to alert me to the fact that he’s acquired some images of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company water main undergoing maintenance in Brownhills in 1927, which he’s uploaded to his wonderful Flickr Gallery.
David, as regulars will remember, illuminated the wonderful story of the surge stack, or pressure ventilator, on the railway embankment near the canal, just off the Pelsall Road in Brownhills.
David’s primary interest in in the preservation of Sandfields Pumping Station – and it’s remarkable steam engine – situated in South Lichfield. He curates a blog full of history and information on the campaign to save this wonderful Victorian edifice, which I think we all support wholeheartedly. Do pop over and check it out.
David has also published a map of the legendary Hanch Tunnel. What a star.
A very obliging Chris Pattison who looks after the South Staffordshire Waterworks archives has kindly sent me some images showing the water main that ran alongside and below the rail track.
I thank David for sharing these images – and for his essential, tenacious and dedicated work to save Sandfields from decay. It’s a fine thing he’s doing.
Click on any image to visit David’s Flickr gallery, where there are lots more great images to peruse.