Had a good one in from old friend of the blog Bruce Littley a week or so and it’s a very good question: Bruce has found a set of buildings on the Hednesford/Brownhills Road between Brownhills West and Norton Canes called St James Buildings, that existed just by where the dog track used to be but I believe is now new build housing.
Long time no speak, how you are keeping well.
I note this morning some comments on the Heath Hayes page about the collieries and there was one which gave the opportunity of comparing then and now maps.
As is my want I scrolled the map around a little to look at points of interest for myself.
On the Brownhills Road, between Brownhills West and Norton Canes, where the race track was constructed was an area known as St. James buildings.
Have done a search on the site, and did not get any hits that appeared to be the correct hit.
Query, has it ever been discussed on the site at all?
Have done a search on Google and nil so far.
I’ve found thing about the place, which seems to be a row of terraced houses with a well in the yard, and shouldn’t be confused with St. James Square, a notorious courtyard of houses often called The Mets that stood in Brownhills High Street for years about where Wessex Court is today.
Its also interesting that both Norton and Brownhills have a parish church of St James, which is often confusing.
It’s a great question though – so thanks to Bruce for that, and what do you know? Please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.