It’s a fair Coppice!

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 Coppice, Brownhills, probably pre-Great War. Image from an eBay sale posted by Captain Oaty. Clcik for a larger version.

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.

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7 Responses to It’s a fair Coppice!

  1. Ivor Sperring says:

    My suggestion, tased on the topography, is that this was taken in the part of the Coppice where the clay pit was dug

  2. Edwina says:

    Could it be another Brownhills?

  3. Christine says:

    On the 1910 census there is a Jackson family living in the High Street, occupation Pawnbrokers, originally from Yorkshire. Maybe they were selling photos/postcards not actually taking them.

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  5. Malcolm farmer says:

    I’ve just found out that a relative was taken to court and fined ten shillings for leaving a light bulb on in war time ,,it was in a pub in coppice road either brownhills or Walsall wood.
    Would anyone have any ideas on the story ten shilling was a lot of money.

    • BrownhillsBob says:

      The Observer had weekly lists of people convicted of breaking blackout orders.

      What was their name?


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