The story of the abandoned Shire Oak Reservoir is a recurrent theme from the very earliest days of the Brownhills Blog. It fascinated me for years, and one of my earliest obsessions was the discovery of it’s history. This is documented over a number of posts, starting with this one. In 2009, the reservoir was razed, and Shire Oak Close built on the site soon after.
Chris Pattison of the South Staffordshire Water Archives is the historian who’s contributed so much to recent posts here by Ian Pell, and helped Dave Moore in his urgent work. Chris has dug out some remarkable images of Shire Oak Reservoir before it was covered over as part of a failed repair scheme in the 1920s.
What is also remarkable is the images feature a clear shot of The Shire Oak brewery, at the time operated by the Boulter family. There are not many images of this building around, and I know local historian Clive Roberts will be interested to note these.
I’d like to thank Chris for his contribution, which has shone a light on one of the earliest puzzles featured here. Chris doesn’t have to help local historians the way he does, and his patient, dedicated work is a wonderful thing of felicity and generosity indeed.
Cheers, Chris. it just goes to show: the answer to most queries comes eventually…