Challenging landscapes

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Clayhanger, Walsall Wood Colliery and what would become Clayhanger Common overload on current Google Earth imagery. Note the map shows the Clayhanger Pumphouse, just right of centre top. Click for a larger version.

It seems I’ve found a sister map sheet to the one I featured a month ago in the article about the Salvation Army Hall – this one seems of the same kind of date, and covers Clayhager, most of what is now Clayhanger Common and Shire Oak. The two sheets align so well that I’m not convinced they weren’t one the same sheet, torn in half.

Interestingly, this map shows a partially built Shire Oak School (note the broken drafting there), but is also shows all the detail of Walsall Wood Colliery and the pump house on The Spot. It charts the progression of spoil tipping from the colliery at the back of the big house in Clayhanger, and over the road. Note also the huge amount of open water.

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CClayhanger and Shire Oak, 1960s I think, scale 1:2,500. This map is huge – about 28 megabytes – but the print is so fine, compressing it destroys the detail. Click for a full size version.

I have, of course, made it into a Google Earth Overlay, too. It can be downloaded from the link below, which is hosted at Box. For instructions on how to use it, see this post here. This is a large file and will take a while to download.

1960s Clayhanger -Shire Oak 1-2500 – 23 megabytes

There’s some really interesting stuff on here, and I look forward to seeing what you lot can spot.

Comment here, or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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6 Responses to Challenging landscapes

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    Great work, Bob!
    Shire Oak Grammar School opened in 1961, so the mapping must be very early 1960s.
    Obviously, a considerable amount of tipping had already taken place to the north of Bridge Street, but had not yet obscured Spot Lane, named, I presume, for crossing The Spot (I’m sure one of the Clayhanger lads or lasses will put me right.
    Just shows by how much the landscape has changed in my lifetime.

  2. Peter says:

    Hya bob. Fantastic map and thanks for sharing it with us……..

    Love the way the houses opposite Shire Oak Farm and going down the beginning of the Sandhills all have names!!! Some of them seem to have a Welsh slant….. mmmmmmmmmm.

    All the best
    Peter……

  3. Clive says:

    Great map Bob, thank you. Some of the houses on Friezland Lane are not on the map, i remember them being erected around 1960! The detail on the map is amazing.

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  5. Clive says:

    Have been upto Walsall Local History Centre today, and the OS map was published in 1962.

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