I’m amazed (and very, very pleased) that the material I featured here from Richard Starbuck back in January has spawned such a wonderful train of comment and contribution. Richard is, of course, one of the Headley family who ran a noted shop in Walsall Wood for many years, and Richard’s photo of Joseph Edgar Headley prompted some fine comment from Joe Headley.
Joe sent some excellent photos which I featured in a post last week. Good to his word, Joe has sent a whole bunch more. They are absolutely splendid.
I’m sure they’ll generate lots of comment – please feel free, or email me: BrownhillsBob at googlemail dot com. Cheers, and profuse thanks to Joe for such wonderful additions to the local history cannon.
A few more old photos of shop, High Street and family.The top large photo is High Street early 1930’s looking towards Lichfield Rd., Dad can be seen (Harry) on the right wearing his white apron. The small one with the dog is Harry taken in 1910 by a studio in Walsall, the name is still visible – Henri Gascon, 61 Bradford Street, Walsall.
The above one is from early 60’s and shows my mom and me.
The wedding one below is Joseph Edgar’s daughter Mary who married Norman Wigley a builder in Brownhills. From left to right Reg Starbuck, the lady I don’t know then Norman Wigley, Mary, Joseph Edgar, Nell Starbuck nee Headley and again the gentleman on the end is unknown to me. The children in front are William Brooks Headley’s. Shelia on the left (recently passed away on 7th February 2014) and her late brother John. This I would think was early 30’s as Shelia and John were born in 1927 and 1928 respectively.
The picture below was taken in Coronation year at the rear of the shop, and shows dad Harry, Mom, me in the driving seat and my late sister Cordelia riding pillion. The white pony was used for deliveries and was a lovely specimen. Billy Smart of the famous circus family tried to by him because of his colouring he had really blue dappling on his rumps and Billy Smart said that if Dad sold him he wanted the horse well before he was seven because then the dappling would disappear. He was never sold.