Making a Marklew


The Marklew family at Coppice Side Farm in 1907 – a Mills photo. Image kindly donated by David Gee.


Such wonderful notes! Click for a larger version. Image kindly supplied by David Gee.

One enduring subject of very much debate here that continues to receive a lot of attention is the thorny subject of the Marklew family, Marklew’s pond off Coppice Lane, William Roberts and the claim that the farm was one of the last Tommy Shops operating.

Rather than recap the whole, fascinating debate here, it’s best if you just pop over and read the original post and especially the comments here.

In response to that thread, material continues to emerge, and reader David Gee promised to send in an interesting photo he had of the Marklew family, which indeed he has. What an excellent image – and well documented, too.

David wrote:

I have a photograph of the Marklew Family taken in 1907 at Copice Side Farm. On the back is their names and date of birth. Would this be of help ?

Well David, it certainly has and I’m most grateful – the Marklews were a large and notable local family and unlike others, there isn’t too much known about them so to have this image so usefully annotated is wonderful.

Thanks so much!

If you have anything else you’d like to donate, it’s would be hugely appreciated. Posts like these often help those doing genealogical as well as local history research, and frequently spark debate!

If you have anything at all to add – please do. Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!


Marklews Pond: unlike the water, the history is opaque and a bit muddy.

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4 Responses to Making a Marklew

  1. Patti wills says:

    There’s a painting in Walsall gallery of a Coppice side farm.

  2. brian ashford says:

    my friend des marklew is aged 91 he is the same family of marklews and was born at the farm he is still knowledgable about the farm and tommy shop and told me a few stories about the same he lives in warren place so it may be of some interest to you.

  3. Philip Ward says:

    I used to play football with a certain Hyla Marklew, we played for Rose Villa W M club briefly. This is not the Hyla Marklew on your family photograph but with such a distinctive name must surely be related.Hyla must be in his mid to late 60s now. He was a self employed electrician when I knew him and married to Hilary Fenton.Hope this will help.

  4. Isaac says:

    How do I post in this forum?

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