With the wonderfully kind help of the readership, we’ve identified the mystery Headley shop featured in the recent photos supplied by Richard Starbuck, as being on Walsall Wood High Street, where the Midland Bank later had a small branch.
Susan Marie Ward, human dynamo and wonderful writer behind the remarkable Staffordshirebred, supplied the above excellent quality photo scan from Bill Mayo and John Sale’s book ‘Memories of old Walsall Wood’, showing the same shop.
I knew I’d seen it somewhere…
Susan is appealing for help with a challenge of her own. She asked:
It’s a hundred yards of shops with great interest to me….would love to find an image of my Great Grandfather Enoch Blann’s small retail enterprise. He was in Kelly’s directory as shopkeeper 1912, died 1913. The site of the shop was pointed out to my mom by her mother in law as just before the bridge on the left.
As I have mentioned in Staffordshirebred, he also sold fish and chips and ice cream, and there was a legacy of this into the next generation. My Granny Horton, his eldest daughter did similarly at Vigo in the 20s, and her sister Florrie had a fish and chip shop somewhere near the Rising Sun. Florrie married (Edwin) Tom Hodgkinson…..that name may be familiar to you, although, I have never met my second cousins.
One good turn definitely deserves another, and your help with this would be most welcome. Please, comment here or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.
While we’re about it, Mike Stackhouse had a go at pulling the detail out of the photo sent in by Richard – he did much better than I managed… cheers, Mike.