Claridges – the quest continues!

The Claridge store in Walsall Wood – image very kindly donated by Chris Smith.

Thanks to everyone who replied across a range of blog comments and social media to my request for information about Percy Claridge and his local institution, Claridges Electrical, the noted local electrical retailer.

Local journalist Emma Kempson was hoping to find memories and photos of the Claridge empire for an article she’s preparing celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary.

2Claridges is a longstanding and well-respected local company with stores in Brownhills and Walsall Wood, and it’s rare indeed to see an independent electrical sales shop that survives and thrives.

Chris Smith got in touch after my post, and commented:


Percy Vernon Claridge was my first cousin once removed, or to me simply “Auntie Vina’s son” (his mother’s name was actually Lavinia and she was my Grandad Smith’s sister.

I have a picture of the Walsall Wood Shop from where, as family members and locals, we bought several appliances.

I’m also working on our family tree and any details anyone can share with respect to Percy’s family or my Great Grand Parents Joseph Smith and Lavinia Smith ne Horton who lived at 7 Gilpins Building, Shire Oak.

I would like to hear from please.


After finally making email contact, Chris kindly sent in the above image this week for which I’m most grateful. She said:

Hi Bob,

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. The picture was attached to our family tree and I couldn’t figure-out how to save it on its own. I have now tough and it is attached.

FYI my relatives in the Walsall Wood and Brownhills are Smiths (from Shire Oak), Hopleys, Harveys, Hollands (from Walsall Wood, not the Hyla Holland Brownhills family the Park is named after).

All the best,

Thanks to Chris for her generosity and I make the request – if you can help with her family history, please do; I know there’s much information resting with the Walsall Wood Contingent here….

If you’ve got any memories, photos or any other contributions? You’re most welcome. Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

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