Sometimes, the most innocuous posts throw up extraordinary responses – and so it was with the photos I featured here from Richard Starbuck back in January. Richard is related to the Headley family who kept a noted shop – well, maybe not a shop so much as an Emporium – in Walsall Wood for some years, and the photos of both the shop and Joseph Edgar Headley – Richard’s great Grandfather – provoked some wonderful responses.
In the usual way of these things, it was a slow burner, and I was recently contacted by Joe Headley, grrandson of Joseph Edgar, who had plenty to contribute. At the weekend, he sent me these excellent family photos of the shop and family.
I recently added comment to a blog post started by Richard Starbuck headed ‘A gentleman in his Sunday best‘. The photo depicted Joseph Edgar Headley and I’ve looked out a few old photos which may be of interest but I’m not computer literate enough to put them on the web-page but I do know how to e-mail them so I thought if they were of interest you may like to post them. Hope you don’t mind.
The above photo shows JE in the shop doorway and the wagon loaded ready for deliveries.I don’t know who the gentleman holding the horse and I’m only half sure but I believe the little girl standing at the back of the wagon is Richar’s grandmother.
The group photo shows Harry Headley on the left, JE centre and Reg Starbuck right (Richard’s grand father). It may have been Harry’s wedding or Reg’s.
Photo at the bottom shows JE and he wife Elizabeth in pony and trap.
If you feel these are of interest I’ll happily e-mail others.
Huge thanks are due to Joe – contributions like this are what make this blog what it is and I’m very grateful to be able to present yet another contribution to the rich historical record of Walsall Wood.
All contributions are welcome, and thanks to Joe for some great images and illuminating comments. Is this the first historic local cat we’ve ever captured? The Stymaster will be pleased…
Comments and discussion welcome: either at the foot of this article or to BrownhillsBob at Gogglemail dot com. Cheers!