After a long period in exile away from the ‘Hills, long time blog helper and history ferret [Howmuch?] returns from foreign shores with some images he’s spotted in various auctions on services eBay and eBid.
These are some good ones for a snowy Sunday afternoon, and I’m particularly interested in the one above, which I can’t recall ever having seen before. It’s a view looking up High Street towards Shire Oak, and shows the
long-gone Mount Zion chapel on the right, which would have been about where the access to Tesco from the High Street is today, in the region of Swan Flooring.
Edit later that day: As the comments below show, I have that completely wrong, sorry. This is the Wesleyan Chapel, which was indeed on the corner of Pier Street. Thanks to David Evans and Reg Fullelove for putting me straight. Apologies.
This is actually the same card as featured in the ‘Boys on the Corner’ post as linked below, but it’s darker so I didn’t recognise it. What a pillock I am.
In the distance, the Wesleyan Church, which would be on the corner of Pier Street. From the ladies dresses I’d say this was turn of the last century. Interesting how many properties on the left appear to be normal houses, not shops – or is that an illusion?
The above image of Brewe’s Corner – looking up High Street from what would now be the Miner Island, with Lichfield Road to the left – seems to bear some relation to the iconic shots from the same position that include the Roberts Brewery behind the Station Hotel which would be out of shot on the right – you can see those images here.
I’m puzzled by the tent arrangement in the fence on the right behind the man standing, looking at the photo. Any ideas? I’d say again, turn of the last century or thereabouts.
The above postcard postally used in 1909 shows an unusual view of Walsall Wood High Street – but something looks a bit wrong about the tram. Its it just bad reproduction, or has it been doctored as many period postcards were? Can the Wood contingent help here please? Also, help deciphering the writing would be lovely please.
Finally, this one, postally used I think in 1910 which has no picture, but is addressed to a place of interest: The Croft, which was a large house near the Hussey Arms on Chester Road. That ties in with this interesting post here about the history of the Swan Works clay pit at Birch Coppice which I was hoping would generate more interest but seems to have died a death.
If you can help with any of these, or fill in the gaps or have other comments, please don’t hesitate to contribute: Coomment on this post or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.