Whilst searching eBay, me and Howmuch? have come across some interesting local finds, which raise a couple of local history conundra for you to ponder.
The above season ticket, valid between Brownhills and Lichfield City covering the school term from 6th September 1949 to 28th July 1950, is currently for sale on eBay. The ticket itself doesn’t particularly interest me, but the named carrier does. It was issued to Miss Eva K Richardson, and was half rate, suggesting she was a school or college pupil. Is Miss Richardson still about? Do we know what became of her?
Moreover, that was quite a price, five pounds ten shillings and thruppence. One supposes that Eva must have had a scholarship or similar placement to go to study in Lichfield from Brownhills. Can anyone shed any light on that at all, please?
Secondly, me and the lad [Howmuch?] have been discussing an image he found in recent weeks, also on eBay. It’s of the Wyrley and Essington canal near Lichfield (now known at the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal). This is the section that ran from Ogley Junction, Brownhills to Huddlesford, near Lichfield, that was drained in the post-war period and is currently under restoration.
This one really is puzzling. In my researches, I found two copies of it, with a significant difference. What we’re really after, is where the image – if it’s photographic – was taken from, or otherwise, the viewpoint it was painted from.
The Cathedral seems to be off left, and that’s maybe the brewery chimney over to the right, with various spires and towers in-between. But I can’t place the pool next to the canal within the mapping record.
Just above the pool is an outline that suggests the Fosseway level crossing signal box, but I may just be imagining that. If this is from the Pipe Hill area, where’s Sandfields pumping station?
Why did they remove the horse and some background detail in the coloured version (which seems hand coloured to me, but I’m no expert)? The towpath adjacent to the lock has also changed shape.
As a guide, the coloured card’s auction description says it was ‘postally used in 1909’.
Any ideas or speculation, please do comment, or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.