Following Chris Smith’s great enquiry about his family and connections with Walsall Wood Colliery last week, I’ve had a great submission from old friend of the blog Charles Street who realised there was a fleeting image of the pit explosives magazine in a film he submitted to the blog a few years ago.
Lots of locals – lads, in particular – commented on social media that they tried to get into the building and to the pyrotechnical wonders inside. I’d wager it’s a good job they never managed it – but it has stirred some amusing and fun memories out there.
The magazine, as the map shows and you all agreed, stood on what is now Oak Park Active Living Centre’s car park and stored high explosive for use in the mine. There were similar structures at other local pits.
Hi BobPlease find attached a picture of the old explosives store, this is a still from my Dad’s home movie taken around 1965.Sorry the quality isn’t great but it shows the explosives store which the building in the foreground and the (then) newly built council houses along Brownhills Road in the background.I remember the explosive stores as a kid, my dad reckoned it was in the middle of the field on the premise if it ever blew up it would do no damage other than to the shed it was stored in, as the houses were well back from the field.RegardsChas
If seems despite my scepticism, these things were a lot moire secure than it would appear!
You can see Chas’s original video, recorded by his father and posted on the blog some years ago blow – thanks as ever to Chas for a great, thought-provoking submission which I’m sure will provoke debate.
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