Frozen in time

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth. Click for a larger version.

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Chasewater – some taken from the ‘lighthouse’ structure on the old pier in what I believe to be one of the harsh winters of the early 1980s.

This gives the images an ethereal ‘drone’ effect that I’ve not seen in other images of the period.

Peter Booth is a remarkable photographer with a genuine talent and has previously supplied black and white galleries of Brownhills, and also one in full colour. A few months ago, Peter also sent in a stunning set of a late 1970s Brownhills carnival, and he Urbexed the derelict Chasewater stadium before it was demolished.

It’s worth remembering that Peter here was working with conventional film, not digital.

Peter said:

Hello Bob

I Saw the bits and pieces you’ve been putting on the blog and social media recently about Chasewater and came across these old black and white pics I took many years ago of Chasewater in the winter.

I think these were taken late 70s or early 80s… It looks like it was a pretty severe winter with the lake frozen over.

Happy new year
Regards Peter Booth.

Well, happy new year to you Peter and what a wonderful set of images! There is one, however that is puzzling me – the one below:

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth. Click for a larger version.

I’m trying and failing to work out where this image is at Chasewater. I’m sure thatou’s Chasetown Comprehensive in the background, so is this the old Paviours Road and access to the sailing club from before the bypass came through?

If so, what’s the brick hut and does it still exist today?

Again, my thanks and gratitude to Peter, it’s a pleasure and an honour to feature material of this quality here.

If readers have anything to add, please do comment here or mail me: Brownhillsbob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth. Click for a larger version.

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth. Click for a larger version.

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth. Click for a larger version.

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4 Responses to Frozen in time

  1. Bob says:

    Hi Bob

    With reference to the picture you’re not too sure about. It is indeed Chasetown Comp (now renamed Erasmus Darwin Academy), in the background.

    The road or more pertinently track in front being the old Pool Road, now gated off at the school end and swallowed up by the bypass works & providing more land for the school.
    A stretch that was affectionately known as Puddle Passage by the Triangle Trotters running club as part of their long since defunct annual 10 mile race.

    Access to the sailing club would be by turning left at the crossroads in the picture.

    I’m not too sure if the hut is a hut, but it no longer exists as far as I’m aware.

  2. In my opinion the worst weather we ever had in my lifetime was 1946 to47. The place was frozen over for 4 months, between the old midland bridge, now gone and the Rising Sun the blocks of ice left in the middle of the road were as big as 2 wheel barrows put together. Nearly all the houses up Brown hills West, were asked to find lodging for the lorry drivers who just couldn’t move their lorries. Places of work had to close because people just couldn’t get to work.

  3. stuart cowley says:

    Afternoon all,
    Interesting set of pics and brought back memories of walking with my family one Christmas day from our house in Chasetown to my aunt’s house in Pinewood close by Watling st school. There were skaters on the 9ft and that’s about the last proper white Christmas I can remember.So that would be sometime late 60s early 70s.
    The image that you are not sure about is taken from the Chasetown end of the dam wall,all I can remember of the brick structure is that they very rarely used it for an attendant to collect a fee or control traffic heading in to the yachting club.The two posts close by it at one time held a sign across the road warning of the foot and mouth dangers. Up from those posts you see a telegraph pole,many years ago there used to be a hut there that was known as Cookie’s hut,think it was there to watch out for the coal trains crossing that bit of the rough road. Then back of that hut there was a path that was dug out of the field that led up to Jack’s wood. I was told that it was dug by the miners as a route for the parson to get to StAnnes Church. It was filled in and fenced off when they extended the school playing fields. It was also used as a bypass for Chasetown folk to avoid the pot holed road,Paviours’ row was also tricky because of crossing the brook by Bloxhams cottage by the canal. So the comp was there from about 1970 so I’m guessing early 70s for that shot. All clearly seen from above on an aerial shot that you have put on before,you can pick out the parson’s path on that one.

  4. Ade Reid says:

    What wonderful photographs bought back some fond memories.Yes the school in the background is Chasetown Comp /High School.I can recall staggering down Pool Road and across the sandhills on my way back to Chapel Avenue after a few snifters in the abundant amount of watering holes in Chasetown many times.Happy days…

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