It’s time for some mappy goodness, I think. I’ve not done any paper scans for a while and thought it was about time I pulled some meatier cartography out of the cupboard for your perusal. I know how much many readers enjoy this stuff, and I’ve a huge stockpile to work through, so I thought I’s share three great maps with you today.
The first, is of the area around Coppice Side, Engine Lane and Birch Coppice in 1962. This is interesting specifically because it captures that industrial area of Brownhills while Bug Row, Coombe House and other lost buildings were still extant.
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The second is a bit of a mystery. It’s an undated composite, and seems to be based on the 1880s 1:10,000 series, expanded to 1:2,500 scale. The style is quite odd, and it’s incomplete – it does, however, show Lichfield in incredible detail. One to peruse at length. Sorry about the poor quality.
The third is the west shore of Chasewater in 1962 at 1:2,500. It just shows the Cannock Extension, the east of the Conduit Colliery and a ‘works’ I’m unfamiliar with. There’s lots more to study on this than there may at first appear.