Earlier in the week, I featured a lovely piece about the long gone carpet shop in Brownhills High Street that stood where Wilkinson is today called Tom’s Cabin, by old friend of the blog Ian Broad – in that article, I noted Ian had some other images and memories to share of the (still derelict) old bungalow at the old driveway to Shire Oak Quarry, on the A461 near Sandhills, Shire Oak.
Ian has previously discussed this sad, lost bungalow in a previous article, which has generated a lot of interest on the blog. Ian now elaborates on this with some remarkable images – look out for the kitten which has all the cute!
Well I found some old pics from 1974 showing the garden at the back of the old bungalow. My dad grew loads of veg there and built a greenhouse too. There was an old mushroom shed that was in a pretty bad state. We later rebuilt it.
You can see the ‘pathways’ In the pic described in a previous email.
The gardens must have been incredible when first done, it was multi level with intricate pathways. The gardens stretched all the way to where the quarry started. I’d say it was prob a good 100 yds long.
The same was mirrored at the front right side of the house and extended all the way to Lichfield Rd. In fact there was a gate on Lichfield Rd with a number 28 on it. We never got round to restoring beyond the lawn area there.
In the pic only the first part is ‘restored’.
When we moved in there were 6ft high brambles from the walk of the house. Nothing you see in the pic was visible.
My mum and dad and gran and grandad are in the pic. I think I took the pics. Look at the little tractor, my little brothers’. No steering wheel just a spike where it was – no ‘health and safety’ in the 70s!
Cheers to Ian for some great images and lovely memories – if you can add anything to this history, or remember those day, please don’t hesitate to comment here or mail me – BorwnhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!