Here’s an interesting postcard spotted on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay this week – a card I’ve seen before but never, ever in this clarity. It’s fascinating.
The card shows a lady and child, posed sat in a wood, with the name ‘The Coppice, Brownhills’ – there’s no date whatsoever but I suspect it’s late Victorian or pre Great War at least – it’s published by Jackson, of High Street, Brownhills.
I suspect it’s a photo taken in Birch Coppice, the remains of which still exist behind the Hussey Estate just off Coppice Lane; once it stretched over the land from the estate all the way to Coppice Side. It was, of course, mostly destroyed for the clay pit.
There was a large house on Coppice Lane called The Coppice, which appears, like Coombe House nearby, to have been a manager’s house. It’s unclear when that was demolished. Coombe House was lost in the early 1970s.
What I’m wondering is this: Are the lady and child known, can we identify a location more specifically, and who were Jacksons in Brownhills High Street?
If you fancy buying this card the auction is running and it’s £5:50 at the time of publishing this post and can be viewed by clicking here.
Come on folks, what do you know? Please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com – or tug my coat on social media.