Up the top-end…

I’ve had a request from reader Michael Newman-Turner for images of the upper end of the High Street, between Ogley Road and Anchor Bridge to stir his memories – so I’ve trawled all I can find from out of print local photo books (thanks to the historians who collected them and made them available).

However, if anyone has any images of this area before the flats went up I’d love to see and share them please. Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at googlemmil dot com. Thanks!

A very unusual picture of a rainy Brownhills High Street and the Warreners Arms from Waine House, which must have been quite new at this point. Note the petrol pumps on the forecourt of Forward Garage. Do you know who the man is in the picture? It certainly shows why one should take care with the captions in local history books… Cannock Road my arse. Taken from’Memories of Walsall: A Pictorial Record’ by Alton Douglas.

From ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Brownhills Past’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

From ‘Memories of Old Brownhills’ by Clarice Mayo and Geoff Harrington. Click for a larger version.

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14 Responses to Up the top-end…

  1. Martin Littler says:

    Thank you Bob for some great photo’s, i’m afraid that part of Brownhills i know little of, when i was a Child i lived on the Watling Street side of Brownhills,so my mother used the shops in the main High Street, there was never any need to go Silver Court, Anchor Bridge side of Brownhills only if i was on the Bus going to Walsall,but even then the number 11 Corporation ( blue Bus) use to go Pelsall Road way into Pelsall and Rushall into Walsall, but of course i remember the Names Selwyn Smith, Lote’s and Brawn’s,all Family businesses sadly only a few left now.
    Happy Times

    • Mick Bullock. says:

      Yes Martin you are correct,but why didn’t you catch the No 23 to Walsall via Walsall Wood and Shelfield ?

      • Martin Littler says:

        i think it was No 5 bus that came from Chasetown way, Wharf Lane, Whitehorse Road down to Newtown Bridge so yes i use to catch that one occasionally , but in the 50s we where expected to walk to School and back again had not got the money for Bus fares. then i moved up to Brownhills West in 1967 so then it was Harpers or No 11 Blue Bus weekdays or No 4 weekends to Walsall.

  2. Mick Bullock. says:

    These pics have brought back memories of years ago,when I am convinced Brownhills was a much nicer place than it is today.

    • It was only nicer because you were younger. The golden age of everything coincides with our youth, vitality and and unpleasantness is worn smooth by the footsteps of our recollection.

      My Grandmother. ‘Good old days? I’m living mine now’

      Cheers
      Bob

  3. Barry edwards says:

    I had that high up view from waine house 11th floor great pics brings back memories used to live in ogley road

  4. David Edwards says:

    Visited Brawn’s regular with my Nan she lived in Waine house flats at the time, always exited when she needed Typhoo Tea so i could collect the little cards out the packet.

  5. David Edwards says:

    Visited Brawns regular with my Nan she lived in Waine house, always exited if she needed to get typhoo tea so i could collect the small cards from inside the packet.

  6. aerreg says:

    what a history book of photographs lots and lots of memouries there was also the salvation army citerdal just behind jimmy foys shop in the little row in new road was dun and hales office then just beyond that was a pair of houses now worst for wear this was the home of the fulleloves and wilsons and ime not nit picking but the tea coupans were in barringtons many household items were in their caterlough you were posh if you drank barringtons of wolverhampton the every day brew was lyons and the best ice cream was selwyns standerwick and ribble coaches used to stop there on their way to birmingham and london just for a lick of its creamy flavour haha god bless you all for the memories

  7. Patrick Hall says:

    Great pics. I will have a look as i`m sure i have some photos you might like to see. Opposite the Warreners, down the side of Dunn & Hales garage there was a lane that led to the gas works and some cottages if you turned immediate left behind the garage it led to two cottages 236 & 238 High Street or Meadow farm. I was born there in 1957 my parents Beatie & Harold Hall lived in 236 and Harold`s parents Sarah and Harold(Lal) Hall lived in 238. We kept chickens and fattened cattle there from the 1900`s till the land was purchased from Lichfield Laundry to build the houses and flats in 1963 . The two semi`s on the front next to the garage were owned by the Bagley family and the Glenn family. Brawns shop was a regular visit, as was Dafts, Lotes, Roberts`s, Higgins chip shop, Sid Prichards etc

  8. aerreg says:

    just a bit more gobbley goo CASTS HILL began the change of high street face flats arrived new neighbours created and some worthless in formation modern street lighting arrived seven tall concrete street lights were erected we called them the seven sisters prior to that street lights were 100 WAT BULBS atached to brackets on wooden poles the changing face of brownhills had begun but thanks to brownhills bob and you valiant band memories that are pricless linger on to old codegers kike me whose grandad child
    ren lovingley say yes grandad weve heard you say when you were a lad but this electronic world of ours wiil they have the photos or will they be recycled when they get the new model godbless

  9. RAY JEFFRIES says:

    nice to see the old Brownhills. good luck with your journey. ray jeffries

  10. Peter Bentley says:

    Love these photos.I was born next to Cadmans on high st in 1950.Then later moved to bottom of ogley rd.Can remember the Galleon chip shop ,the Salvation army,Leeks decorators and Brawns shop.David Brawn was a good mate.There was also a pig farm by the gas works owned by Barnards.Uncle Joe Holyman worked for Selwyn Smith and was a regular in the old Anchor.Some of the other people i can remember were the Jupps,Lakins,Webbs,Glenns and the Ketteringams who kept the pub.Great memories.

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