Take a Memo, Mr. Fullelove…


Where did this artists impression originate? What happened to the original plan? Image kindly supplied by Reg ‘Are Reg’ Fullelove.

A mystery is sparked by the redoubtable old friend of the blog Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, whoo’s been again chatting to David Evans and supplied another wonderful tranche of material for the blog.

Amongst the material I’m still studying, the above image jumped out at me. It’s a painting, or artists sketch of the original plan for Brownhills Memorial Hall – which you’ll all realise turned out vastly different to this drawing.

There’s a story here I feel someone must know, and I’d love to hear it.

David Evans wrote:

Hi Bob

This amazing and possibly very rare photo shows the first design for Brownhills Memorial Hall, whose history has been documented in previous articles.

My thanks are extended to blog reader and correspondant Reg Fullelove who has offered this from his collection of family and local history photos.

The reverse has a hand-written note by Reg’s father, ‘Memorial window’ – but where was the window to be put and what was it all about?

kind regards

My thanks, as ever to the gentlemen concerned, and you just know what I’m going to ask. What the Dickens is the story here? Was there a scaling back of the plans – or were they expanded? What of the window? Who was the architect? Is there any other evidence extant?

A great mystery for a Sunday. You know the drill – all comment welcome. Either here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers, all.

This blog never fails to astound me.


I think it’s a handsome building, really. Image supplied by David Evans.

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6 Responses to Take a Memo, Mr. Fullelove…

  1. Pedro says:

    The architects and builders of the present building can be gleaned from the stone laying ceremony in April 1925, but I guess we have to dig deeper!

    • Pedro says:

      The movement for a memorial may have started in 1919, but this may have been for the cross that was unveiled near the church in Feb 1921.

      There was a War Memorial Institute in existence in 1922, but concrete proposals for the existing Hall did not come forward until 1924.

  2. Wonderful stuff again. I love Reggies stuff. Wonder if he remembers THE STREET SINGER who came from Brownhills, (cannot remember from where he actually came from) He used to visit Brownhills a couple of times a year to visit his sister who lived down Ogley Road. He came home for a few days in bed and to have a bath and a check up at the doctors. The only other time was if he was ill. I remember him coming round the Avenues singing and the kids calling him names and the ladies giving him pennies. One of the Lads from school was his nephew, but cannot remember which one.

  3. aerreg says:

    hi mike you have got my grey matter going again the avenues were a way of life to me there were several humourous characters within the buildings 5 it was a comunity of every day life hard work and fun do you remember the council offices next door to mr mrs roberts the rent officer was a little bloke mr gloss also another person the truant man mr hayes he came to visit if you hadnt been to school re the memo ther was an island at the fore court the a r p hedquarters to the left jack brewe chief officer other aditions when it became a tempory hospital was the kitchen and at
    the rear was built the boiler house one last note the name stackhouse there was a very deicated postman and well respected man he married dolly pearce they lived in lichfield rd my late wifes aunt and uncle god bless you thanks for the memory

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