I’ve had a couple of comments in today other readers may have missed, so I thought I’d pull them out into a post. Readers who’ve been hanging around here a while will remember the post Persistence of Memory, where I spotted – and made some attempt at identifying – the names scratched into the soft terracotta bricks of the former Warreners Arms pub, on the corner of High Street and Ogley Road, Brownhills.
New reader Dorothy James commented the following this morning:
Not sure how to do this…
My grandad and family lived in Ogley Road, 1930,40,50 I started school there, the surname is Holyman.
I’m sure the scratched writing in the wall is Holyman rather than Holyday. There were at least 12 children in the family, some of the holymans live in Brownhills still.
How do i join your group please, I have so many memories as do my sisters.
Dorothy is quite right – the legend does say Holyman. How on earth did I miss that? She goes on to say the same in a later comment that day.
I’d just like to say to Dorothy that we’re all interested in anything you’d like to say. This isn’t a group, but a blog anyone can comment on, and please feel free to do so. Alternatively, you can send me an email at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. You’ll find a welcoming bunch of folk who are always ready to jump in with research and memories.
I pulled the original photo out of my collection, of the Holyman name. I must have had the wrong glasses on when I looked at that.
So, they question is, what do you know about the Holyman family? This looks like A. Holyman – who was he or she?
My gratitude to Dorothy, and welcome aboard!
Whilst we’re about it, I had a n enquiry a few weeks ago from one Patrick Darcy. He’s looking for Patrick Heinz.
I am looking for Patrick Heinz of Brownhills. I am 61 and he would be about 62/63, he went to Cardinal Griffin school Cannock.
Wonder if you know him at all.
If you know Patrick Heinz, please ask him to drop me a line and I’ll hook the two chaps up. Please don’t post specific details publicly, mail them to me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com (It’s always, always best practice to ask the person being searched for their permission to pass details on – they may not wish to be found).
Reader Pam also commented here last week – note we have discussed several Woodbine Terraces in Brownhills before. It seems to have been a popular name for a while.
My name is Pam Smith.
I am currently doing a family tree and have come to a small road block. I have very little information about my mothers birth father. He came from Brownhills and the only address she had was 7 Woodbine Crescent Brownhills.
When I look at Ancestry.com.au there is little reference to such an address. I was wondering if the address may be listed as something else. His name was Charles Harrison with a sister called Clarice.
Thank you if you can give me some insight into this address being listed as something different.
I should add that even though I am in Australia Mum was born in Oxford.
In the same vein, I had a mail from Peter Chadbund, now in Buckinghamshire. Peter very kindly offered me a copy of the Jack Harrison books I’d been seeking, and told me some more about them, which I’ll raise in a further post. Fortunately, so many readers helped with scans, I didn’t need to take Peter up on his very generous offer, which I did appreciate very much all the same.
Peter knew Jack Harrison quite well at the time of the publication of his books, but subsequently lost touch, and wonders if anyone knows what became of Jack?
Peter also asked:
Recently doing some family history research online I discovered that my great great grandfather, William Chadbund 1821-1895, lived in Wimblebury and was at times listed in the censuses of 1871 and 1881 as a grocer and farmer respectively. There are no specific addresses given, only ‘grocers’ and ‘farm’.
That is as far back as I have been able to trace that branch of my family, so I would love to know more about that particular ancestor and the farm and shop (his son, Henry, is listed as a miner). My great grandfather was a ‘stationary engine driver’ – presumably at one of the local collieries as was my grandfather.
If you could help with the above I would be most grateful.
So the question is, can anyone help with these enquiries?