A fascinating image showing a view down Silver Court’s car park towards Brownhills town centre. The dark building, central, was Elkins hardware shop. It was dark and smelled of paraffin – but full of interesting things. It was demolished in the mid 1970s, I think. Image posted on Facebook by John K.
As many of you will have gathered from my 365daysofbiking blog I’ve been a bit under the weather of late and updates have been hard to keep up with – but here’s a treat I spotted on the Cannock local history group on Facebook, and I thought I’d post the images here.
These are screen captures from a genealogy site found by poster John K and I’m intrigued by them – one or two look familiar (the hydrofoil and the pier tower at Chasewater) but mostly, I’ve not seen them before. I’d tenure they’re all from the late 60s from the content and vehicles.
What I’d like to know is does anyone recognise them, and have originals?
I have a strong feeling the chap in the suit whit the hydrofoil (is that what it’s called?) might be Ralph Ferrie – can anyone confirm that? What’s the strange boat by the sailing club? What was the event?
It’s not my usual habit to pull stuff like this of Facebook, but this one has snagged my attention. That shot of Silver Court – is that the only surviving shot of Elkins hardware shop?
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This seems like Chasewater, and could that be Ralph Ferrie in the suit? Bit unclear about the geography here – that seems to be the Watersports Club in the background. Image posted on Facebook by John K.
This appears to be from the western shore of Chasewater, looking towards the south shore. Image posted on Facebook by John K.
This is a familiar image I’ve seen on Frances Frith promotions. Regent, of course, were a fuel company, and the tower – or ‘lighthouse’ as we kids called it – was actually for monitoring speedboat races. The remains of this structure still exist today as the Wakelake facility. Image posted on Facebook by John K.
Again, I think this may be a Frith site image – the late, lamented boating lake, now about to be lost. Note the bank to the right. Am I imagining there was a second ‘fort’ closer to the dam? Image posted on Facebook by John K.
The oft-remembered paddling pool at Chasewater. I think most of us enjoyed a potter in here. Image posted on Facebook by John K.
This looks like the Watersports Club, but what’s the peculiar craft in front? Image posted on Facebook by John K.