New Brownhills history book hot off the presses!


Ah – that toll house photo from Yesterday. Looks like a great book ! Image posted on Twitter by Walsall Local History Centre.

A little bird tells me (well, actually Walsall Local History Centre tweeted) that there’s a brand new Brownhills local history book just come out – the third from local researcher and historian Clive Roberts of Walsall Wood.

I haven’t any details yet (although from emails with Clive the contents sound wonderful) but this book – Clive’s third – is sure to be as lovingly researched and well written as his previous two, ‘Snippets of history in and around Shire Oak‘, and ‘Snippets of history in and around Walsall Wood

As soon as I can get my mitts on a copy, I’ll review it here. At the moment I know for sure it’s priced at £8 and is available from Walsall Local History Centre in Essex Street, and I’m sure when Clive spots this post he’ll list other places you can get it.

It’s arrived just in time to make a wonderful Christmas present for anyone interested in Brownhills local history.

I will repeat this until I’m blue in the face: grab these local history books while you have the chance. There are so often printed in short runs, and soon become rare. I get continual enquiries for past books, and people end up paying fortunes for them on eBay and the like once they’ve sold out.

Thanks the lovely folk at Walsall Local History Centre for letting me know, and look out for my review coming soon.

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12 Responses to New Brownhills history book hot off the presses!

  1. Roy stanway says:

    hello Bob how can I buy the book I live in new south wales Australia

    • Clive says:

      Hello Roy. can you send your email address to Bob and we can sort something out for you mate.
      Cheers Clive Roberts

  2. David Evans says:

    Hi Roy
    getting it to Australia may be problematic. Of four four separate items I posted recently three fotball matchday programmes, and a copy of Brian Stringers latest book.. one matchday prog has arrived, one empty envelope arrived yesterday and two have yet to arrive. Three weeks ago….all air mail….Royal Mail.
    Clive, good luck with your latest book.

  3. Clive says:

    Hello readers of the Blog. Sorry about delay, had problem with my pc, all sorted now (touch wood) my new book Snippets of History in and around Brownhills as some intresting topics, such as: The steam boat on Chasewaters was built by a engineering foundy in Ogley Hay, the book also covers the engineering firm which as been lost in time till now, also the bridge over the canal at the bottom of Pier street was orignaly owned by the landlord of the Fortune of War. There is lots more topics from the past, plus photos of Brownhills in the past.
    you can get your copy from: Walsall Wood Library; Brownhills Library; Corner shop Friezland Lane: Egan’s shop Brownhills High Street; Walsall Local History Centre.
    There are just a few left of Snippets of History in and around Walsall Wood, they can be obtained from the above places except Brownhills Library.
    My first book Snippets of History in and around Shire Oak as sold out, but you can get a copy in PDF format on DVD from Walsall Wood Library and Egan’s in the High Street Brownhills.
    And a big thank you to Bob and the readers of the Blog.
    Best wishes to all, Clive Roberts

  4. aerreg says:

    hi roy just a few more snipits you have revived the chemical years ago in its hay day when whooping cough was rife parents would take the child down the cheme to iinhale the fumes a mr north was the gate keeper super alloys it was not all millitary alluminium there first offices were london underground coaches i once applied for a job there barnets foundry lindon road years ago i met a decendant in a care home a wonderful person i was lead to believe there was a connection with the old manchester house in the high street i also remember the old pier street tub an bucket row thanks for the memory god bless

  5. aerreg says:

    my apolagies got wrong name should have written clive not roy put it down to old age sorry buut if your reading this roy its a bostin book

  6. Spencer Cartwright says:

    Hi Clive. Is it possible for me to still get a copy of this book please ?? Also the Walsall Wood one as well please ?? Thanks Spencer

  7. Clive says:

    Hello Spencer. There maybe a copy for sale at Walsall Wood Library or Brownhills Library. The Walsall Wood book as sold out now.
    Cheers Clive L Roberts

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