I’ve finally bought my own copy of Clive Roberts’ book ‘ Snippets of History In and around Walsall Wood’ which I review here today – I must say the 79 page £8 book is a cracker – and it’s available right now.
Clive is lifelong Walsall Wood man, and has spent years researching his family tree; as a separate pursuit, he loves exploring local history and has contributed much to this blog. Clive’s contributions are always interesting, well thought out and considered, and this, his second local history book is no different.
Clive’s first work ‘Snippets of History in and around Shire Oak’ was a fascinating and remarkably thorough look at the area around the pub, and gained much praise from readers and local historians alike.
This time out, Clive looks at Walsall Wood from his usual quirky angle, and it’s a fascinating journey. There’s stuff in here about a lost local pub, The Wheel Inn, including some intimate personal history; the surprisingly long history of Friezland Lane; a fascinating physical geography exploration of Walsall Wood Bridge; the history of a lost Institute and material on local football and all interspersed with great postcards and photos – many unpublished before – and some intriguing archive news material.
It’s all written in a very personable, inimitable Walsall Wood style, and I enjoyed reading the book immensely. It’s so good to have new local history books being written by people who engage with their communities rather than just being compilations by outsiders, and the local knowledge here shines through and is refreshing, honest and charming.
I recommend that if you have any interest whatsoever in Walsall Wood and its past, you snap up a copy of ‘Snippets of History In and around Walsall Wood’ while you still can – I keep banging on about this, but local history books only exist in limited runs, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. I’ve paid way over the odds for many local history books just to secure copies for the blog, and I regularly get enquiries for where to get them.
While you have the chance, take it.
Clive’s book is £8 and can be bought from Egans shop, High Street, Brownhills; Walsall Wood Library; the Corner Shop, Friezland Lane, Shire Oak and also Walsall Local History Centre. Failing that, leave a comment here and I’m sure Clive will reply.
Thanks to Clive for such wonderful book, and I look forward to his next work…