Snapshots of a family

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‘High Street early 1930s looking towards Lichfield Roadd., Dad can be seen (Harry) on the right wearing his white apron.’ – Image generously supplied by Joe Headley.

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.

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‘Harry taken in 1910 by a studio in Walsall, the name is still visible is Henri Gascon, 61 Bradford Street.’ Image generously supplied by Joe Headley.

Joe wrote:

Hi Bob,

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. 

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Joe and his mum in the shop in the early 1960s. Image generously supplied by Joe Headley.

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.

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‘The wedding of Joseph Edgar Headley’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.’ – Image generously supplied by Joe Headley.

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.

Best regards
Joe

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‘Coronation year at the rear of the shop shows dad Harry, Mom, me in the driving seat and my late sister Cordelia riding pillion.’ Image generously supplied by Joe Headley.

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9 Responses to Snapshots of a family

  1. David Evans says:

    HI Bob
    a huge thanks to Joe for these splendid photos… Certainly bring back some memories!
    Kind regards
    David

  2. Ann Cross says:

    Many thanks to Joe, great photos! I love the one with the family and the horse and I know that name Cordelia, its a lovely name. The shop picture is amazing, just how I remembered it.
    Best wishes from the brothers too.
    Ann

  3. David Oakley says:

    Lovely pictures, Joe. I was interested by your reference to Betty Cox. Betty was in my class at school as Betty Marshall, I remember when she worked at Headley’s after leaving school. She came from Coppice Road or Camden Street, and married Alan Cox who lived nearby. I met Alan nearly twenty years later, when he was a Building Inspector for Walsall Council. My heartiest best wishes to both.

    • Joe Headley says:

      Hi David,
      Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Yes, you’re quite right Betty Cox nee Marshall, she lived in Hall Lane just past Dairy Farm and on the opposite side of the road . There were three or four houses stood together. I can’t remember who lived in the first but the Cooper family lived in the second then the Marshall family and then a detached house I think, where a Miss Yates lived. Alan’s family lived opposite the Black Cock public house. They live now on Norton Rd. I’ll pass on your good wishes,.
      Regards
      Joe

  4. Clive says:

    Great photos Joe, thank you for taking the time to sort them out for us all to see.

  5. Pedro says:

    COUNCIL ELECTIONS (April1947)

    Control Maintained by Labour.

    Labour maintained their control in the Brownhills Urban District Council elections, which took place on Monday, the results being as follows:—

    Norton Ward (2 seats)

    Samuel Thomas Breeze, colliery checkweighman, The Hollies, 155, Watling St., Brownhills (Lab.) ………… 471

    Maria Jackson, factory worker, 18, Norton East Road, Norton Canes (Lab.) 412

    Alfred Bradley, colliery checkweighman, 12, Vernon Avenue, Brownhills (Ind.) 273

    Howard Cox, storekeeper, 167, Watling Street, Brownhills (Ind.) 264

    Central Ward (1 seat)

    Daniel Marklew, school teacher, 67, Great Charles St., Brownhills (Ind.) …… 900

    Harry Victor Fereday, club collector, Castle Road, Walsall Wood (Lab.) …………. 630

    Walsall Wood Ward (1 seat)

    James Lawley, clothier and outfitter, 144, Lichfield Rd., Shelfleld (Lab.) ……………. 925

    Mary Ann Durkin, draper, 65. New St., Shelfleld (Ind.) 567

    In the Central Ward the pole was one of 34 per cent, in the remaining wards one of 27 per cent.

  6. Sylvia Margaret Bensley nee Paskin says:

    I went to school and used to spend many an hour playing with Cordelia at the back of the shop, she was a nice friend.

    • Joe Headley says:

      Thank you for your comment Sylvia, I’m sorry I have no memory of you but there was quite a gap in years between Cordelia and I but the name Paskin I have certainly heard.
      Cordelia passed away some years ago, multiple sclerosis claimed her in 1999.
      Best regards
      Joe

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