Life after the war


Castle Street’s entry for the Coronation Parade in Brownhills, 1953 was two floats. This shows George Seedhouse’s lorry. Image kindly donated by Mavis Woodhouse.

I still have a little of the very popular Mavis Woodhouse material to come – so far we’ve had the Foxes Row and Victor Haines articles, the Fred Shingler film of NewtownMavis’s recollections of the mining history, the curious disappearing cottage, and memories of Sunday School in the small community on the Watling Street.

For a nice Sunday article, here’s some additional pictorial material Mavis generously donated for readers to explore – photos of the 1953 coronation parade in Brownhills, her National Identity Card and a rent book with the Deakins as landlord.

Thanks once again to mavis for such generosity; I am pleased and honoured to be able to feature this material here.

Comments welcome – either here on the post or to BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.


Castle Street party at the Coronation in 1953, with the local residents wearing unusual fancy dress for the occasion. “The Fault” is the steep slope seen in the background. This physical feature was originally a sandhole cut in to the slope which leads down to the canal and the top of the sandhole was used by Lichfield Rural District as an ash tip at one time. Image kindly donated by Mavis Woodhouse.


This is the other float. It is Mr Albert Jones’s coal lorry. Image kindly donated by Mavis Woodhouse.


A 1948 Rent Book, with (I presume) Jonah Deakin as landlord. Image kindly supplied by Mavis Woodhouse.


All up to date… Image kindly supplied by Mavis Woodhouse.


Who remembers these identity cards? Image kindly supplied by Mavis Woodhouse.


Image kindly supplied by Mavis Woodhouse.

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9 Responses to Life after the war

  1. Clive says:

    Nice one Mavis

  2. graham birch says:

    could you please ask Mavis Woodhouse to contact me please.

    • Hi Graham

      As far as I know, Mavis isn’t on line. I can get a message to her for you. Can I ask what it’s about?

      Mail me if you prefer – Brownhillsbob at googlemmil dot com.


  3. I think my Mom Iris Poxon nee Lydall is on the Castle st , street party photo, it looks like her anyway. She married Frank Poxon who was born and bred in Castle st. Mavis knows us all very well. My dads parents were Bertha nee Hemmings and Frank Poxon. They had 4 children, Marie, Bertha, Cis and Frank. Our relatives are also Levi Poxon who also lived in Castle St. My Mom and Dad started voluntary, Brownhills young citizens club which later became Brownhills Youth club . they taught the kids Country dancing which my dad learned from a book and my mom made the costumes for the girls. I know Reg Hollick now passed away and a big friend of Mavis’s was in the club along with Peter green. I have a photo of them some where and the minutes of the first few meetings, wriiten by my dad. Dad then went onto to serve on Brownhills Memorial Hall committtee with Mavis, and then in the 50’s, 60’s my grandad Charlie Lydall was caretaker at the Memo, in the days of The Police Ball, and court sessions there. I started Old Time dance lessons there with Mrs Stokes and for my sins I am know Treasurer at The Memo !! So The Memo and Castle St are very dear to my heart. Julia Willett nee Poxon

  4. aerreg says:

    Hi julia the memo my life from childhood to marriage miss gripton to teddy bolton and jack seedhouse I knew your dad well I have a celebration photograph 3o june 1966 if you have not got a copy I Will gladly send you a copy ime in the tele phone book keep up the good work it seems to be in the blood happy days god bless from reg fullelove daves son

  5. Julia Willett says:

    Hi Reg thank you for that. I’m good friends with Jan at the Aquarius and Boley park. You also know my cousins Sue and Mel Hopkins. I had a good read of the books you sent them last week.xx
    I would love a copy of the photo. I remember your dad and Mr Lord well. I still see Yvonne Dunn at Memo meetings. I found my dad’s minute book from when he and mom ran The Young citizen club, all voluntry work before Brownhills Youth centre opened, which was of course paid work. xx

  6. aerreg says:

    HI julier just found your reqest for the photogragh you can have a coppy willingley my phone number is in the book for your adress or contact god bless

  7. I have both my Mom and Dads Identity Cards, still after all these years.

  8. shirley Ashley says:

    I remember Mavis Fairfield verywell she lived next door to my cousins Joan and Jean Aldridge. Iwas Shirley Aldridge Ilived on the common opposite Watling St school

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