This is an interesting one I’ve had cooking for a while – reader Bruce Littley has kindly sent me these scans of maps that he’s come across, and he’d like to know more about them – or at least the annotations sketched thereupon.
I was born at 53 High Street, Norton Canes in 1941. House no longer exists, new estate built over the area and the adjoining prefab estate.
Hence my interest in the area.
I have at work, a very large, obviously working map/plan relating to the removal of the slag heap of the Coppice Colliery, and its subsequent use elsewhere alongside Chasewater.
Query, is this something that would be of interest?
Re: the recent article I have just seen on the site, reference World War 2 material at Chase Terrace.
I certainly remember wandering about the dumped material at the back of the Colliery area and the then Norton Pool as a child, prior to the age of 10yrs.
I found and saw many items that I considered ‘munitions’ in amongst loads of other materials from that conflict. I refer to it often in conversation.
Lots to spot here, but that’s a big mine with an impressive railhead. Note also the lost canal. An interesting comparison to the mine plot can be made, too. My eternal thanks and gratitude to Bruce for opening a new historical thread here, and for his patience while we sorted this out.
Like most spoil heaps, the ones at The Conduit pits were impressive, as the Aerofilms shot from 1946 below shows – note the lost canal snaking into the distance.
I really am interested – as is Bruce – in anything you can add here. You know the drill: comment or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.