As I expected when I posted, the curious image of Union Ro… has triggered an interesting debate – I must admit to thinking it probably wasn’t Brownhills, but one reader has responded with an interesting aspect – and I hope local history author, Shire Oak expert and certified Walsall Wood Mon ™ Clive Roberts is passing and can maybe help.
So, here’s the image in question, spotted on eBay in this sale from Uncletomcobleyandall:
Old friend or the blog Sheila Norris has been in touch with a very interesting observation, which I’d appreciate reader views on. She wrote:
Could the gentleman on the far left of this picture be the same one as in the attached photo? The attached is cropped from a photo of a group taken at Shire Oak Brewery (which was behind the pub).
The seated child is my grandfather, son of the landlord Joseph Southall (who is also in the Brewery photo) He looks about 10 in the photo, would you say? That would make the year round about 1900, so a lot earlier than the Brownhills Carnival film.
Well, that looks possible to me, but that also raises the question of why a man would be present in a brewery group photo and at some kind of temperance movement parade. Who knows? Contributions most welcome – and Sheila, if you are able to supply the full image of this one (or point me to it here, my memory is not what it was!) I’d really appreciate it. I can’t place it, and the picture looks fascinating!
It’s worth revisiting the original article also for the comments: Brian Edwards and Peter Cutler in particular make some interesting points.
Please, if you have anything to add, feel free to join the conversation – comment here, or mail me. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.
Meanwhile a couple of other postcard finds on the tat bazaar have piqued my interest… this one is stated as ‘general view, Chasetown’ and looks to me a bit like it’s taken from Anglesey Basin. Is it?
Featured for no other reason than it’s a nice picture, this one of Stonnall, from Thornes could be yours for thirteen quid – any idea of a date, please?