I often get lots of short questions or observations that aren’t, despite my best efforts, big enough to make one post out of; so here are a selection of recent ones which aren’t connected to each other, but I’m thinking readers may be able to help with them, or perhaps they’ll provoke debate.
If you can help with any of these, please feel free to comment or mail me: Brownhillsbob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.
First up, Bruce Littley is interested in the pubs in the Watling street area following the Fred Shingler film, Mavis Woodhouse material, etc.
I have just seen the article on the lost cottage near to White Horse Lane. (Dr. Fell article) posted Feb 2015.
Great item, It reminded me that I had heard something, many years ago about this, and enables other items to be seen in the area as well The over-lays are a great method of showing development, progress and of course the history.
However, the reason for the mail.
On the map plan of the area, shown opposite to the wording for St. Thomas church, is the initials P.H, I presume that it is a public house. It is one that i have been trying to find the name for for a very long time, I believe my grandfather lived in the cottage at the rear.
Query, do you know the name of this establishment please.
Florence Swinton asks:
I have recently come across the above photo on your web site from Tony Briggs.
For years I have been searching for some clues as to what happened to my uncle William Briggs born 1906 in Newcastle under Lyme…
Could there be a connection?
Chris Latimer has made a very interesting observation:
I was in Norton Canes churchyard, just looking round, when I saw the flattened gravestone of a man call John Mann, who died in 1810, described as ‘of Brownhills’, definitely all one word.
I think this is an early reference for the name becoming one word, not The Brown Hills, which from memory is on the pit map, the tithe map and I think the first OS.
I wonder if you can help me?
There was a business in Lichfield in 1856/7 called Bond And Barnes.
I am interested in knowing what sort of business this was.
Do you know where I could get this information from?
Many thanks for any information you can give.
Dave McNamee writes:
I came across your blog after googling the Red, White and Blue, Lichfield. Reason for googling was I came across reference to this pub when doing a bit of family history research. In a nutshell my great grandmother’s brother, John Blower, is shown as the landlord of this pub in the 1911 census.
Don’t know the location personally as I’m not familiar with the area: my great granmother (from Pelsall) and great grandfather (from Wall) moved to Littleborough near Rochdale, Lancs in the mid 1890s for work purposes and stayed their for their rest of their lives.
Only a snippet, but hopefully of some interest!.