Over the next few days or so I’ll be working through a backlog of stuff that’s come in and I’ve been too busy to post – as many of you will be aware, I’ve been working longer hours than usual of late, so I’ve not been processing articles with my usual speed. Apologies to all.
One that did interest me particularly came in last week from Martin Williams – Martin doesn’t say where he’s from, but I’m guessing he’s not local; he raises the interesting question of the Poxon family and their businesses.
Have just come across your web site and am hoping that you or one of your readers could help me.
I have been looking into the history of my family but my mother passed away recently aged 88 and she was the last of her side of my family.
She recently talked about two business in Brownhills that were connected to her family that I would like more information about.
The first is a Haulage company of some kind, maybe coal, that was connected with her father Reginald Poxon some time between I think 1900 and 1930 who was also a miner in the area at some point before the family moved to Kidderminster.
The Second is a Butcher, again in the name of Poxon and I have now come across a photograph with two adults and three children with the names of Uncle Sam and Aunty Nell, the children’s names I will keep private at this time, which looks to have been taken around the 1940’s.
Her family may have lived in 20 Silver Street at some time.
Obviously, I know about the butchers and abattoir, one of the oldest business in Brownhills and very popular for many decades; but what of the coal business? Clearly they also gave name to Poxon Road, which implies at least one member of the family were civically notable, too.
Thanks to Martin for a great enquiry: you all know what I’m going to ask – what do we know about the history of the Poxon family?
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