Last week I brought to the attention of readers a couple of interesting images which I used to point out the fact that you can’t always take what you see in local history books at face value.
Further to that, the young David Evans has been in touch, with a wonderful photo that’s very interesting, but not quite the same… which kind of illustrates the issue!
Over to David:
Some recent blog discussion regarding a possibly reversed image showing the new concrete houses in Lindon Drive, a haywain, the canal, Catshill bridge and two trees.
Please find attached another view of the same stretch of the canal, and the towpath, with Anchor bridge and Anchor Inn in the background, and the two trees. Catshill bridge is behind the photographer.
Thanks to David for that – love to have his input. Below is the image in question. This has been shown, printed from the wrong slide of the negative in at least one local history book, and I know several people own photographic prints of it in this format.
The image is printed mirror image, and would be taken from about where Humphries House is today, looking up the canal (from the opposite side of the canal to the towpath) looking south to Catshill Junction Bridge.
This is hard to visualise at first, so I’ll flip it the correct way around.
Here’s a recent drone photo by local drone wizard Pete Hummings who’s got almost the same angle, from greater height.
The clincher to this is the pylons in the background, which used to run through Catshill and over what is now Clayhanger Common – they were removed in the early 1990s.
Comments, clarifications? Am I wrong? Feel free – comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.