Well, here’s a thing – last week we were deliberating over a photo purported, although seemingly unlikely, to be from an early Brownhills Carnival, when old friend of the blog Sheila Norris postulated that perhaps one of the gentlemen present was in a group photo at the Shire Oak which she had in the family collection.
I asked if she could share the group photo, and Sheila has very kindly done so – and it’s a cracker. I’ve not seen this before, and it’s remarkable.
I’ll let Sheila explain:
Hello again, Bob
Here is the old photo of the Shire Oak Brewery which my cousin, Marion Stimpson, found in her father’s collection of photos. (E.E. Jones, of the High Street photographic shop).
Mari is happy for me to send it on to you. She has no idea where it came from and Jones is my father’s side of the family even though the photo depicts my mother’s Southall side! Quite a mystery.
Joseph Southall, landlord of the pub, is the portly gentleman in the bowler hat seated on the right of the photo. Is that a half peeled banana in his hand?! Notice too the bottle of wine and two glasses next to the gentlemen at the front!
We know Joseph was landlord in 1901 because of the other photo (on the front of Clive’s book) where he is holding his baby son Jack, born in 1901. The woman standing behind Joseph in the brewery photo may be his wife Emily (Penton).
If anyone can name others in the photo I’d be very interested to know about them. I believe outings often used to start off from the pub so this might have been such an occasion, although the bottle of wine suggests otherwise.
The photo on the front of Clive’s book is supposed to be an outing for local pigeon fanciers, or so family lore tells me.
I was going to copy in Clive on this email but no longer seem to have an address for him, so perhaps you could forward it to him for me? Many thanks.
Hope this helps.
Thanks to Sheila for that – a wonderful photo donation which I’m sure Clive will appreciate as will all the other readers!
The best version I can lay my hands on of the other group Shire Oak photo is below; if Clive is watching, if he has a better version I’d love to share that too if he doesn’t mind?
If you have further information, or anything to add, please don’t hesitate to shout up: comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks, as ever, to Sheila, Clive and everyone who contributes so selflessly.