The Home that Jack Built

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jack Haddock and neighbour Taj. Image from Walsall Express & Star.

I don’t think it’s any secret how much respect I have for the late Jack Haddock, who sadly passed away earlier this year – Walsall had few, if any better champions; local historian, documenter and photographer, author and community stalwart, Jack was the son any town could be proud to have.

Jack was also a great cyclist, storyteller and mate to a good many. I still think the civic elders should have given him the freemanship of Walsall – you can read my eulogy to Jack in this post here.

The reason I bring this up again is that I was recently sent scans of a wonderful book/promotional publication featuring Jack made by Walsall Housing Group a couple of years ago. Historian and author Clive Roberts knew Jack well, and kindly scanned the book which I’ve made into a PDF you can download here, or check out the gallery below.

The book was originally a free giveaway, celebrating the history of social housing in Walsall, and Jack’s status as a very longstanding tenant. There was also a video, which I’ve featured before – I’ve included that at the foot of the post for completeness too.

So please do enjoy this reminder of Jack, a great man and inspiration to all in the local history community. I know and feel personally the gap Jack has left, and how quiet the Local History Centre is without him.

My thanks to Clive for great scans and a reminder of a lost, but wonderful soul.

Click any image for a full size version.

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One Response to The Home that Jack Built

  1. A very few copies of the original booklet are still available for visitors to Walsall Local History Centre. Telephone 01922 652212 to check availability before travelling. Once these are gone there will be no more.

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