Under the bridge

Another quick one from the huge number of images generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and this time we have an image of somewhere familiar to all of us, but I bet the folk from Back the Track will be particularly interested.

This is an interesting image of the new traffic island in Brownhills from the mid 80s, and typifies Gerald Reece’s attention to taking photos few others were, that have been hugely useful to document change incrementally.

Gerald took this photo from the trackbed of the old railway, under what is now the Miner Island, in all probability around 1986. Note the bricked up left hand arch, which led to the long-gone goods sidings. He is facing Pelsall, and the Parkview Centre is up the bank on the right out of shot. Image kindly donated by Gerald Reece. Click for a larger version.

Brownhills Bridge, to give the traffic island its real name, was created in the mid 80s using the existing bridge and adding a new one alongside. It was constructed not long after the rails were lifted following the last goods train in 1984.

The wonderful Peter Booth covered the construction in this remarkable photo set too.

A photo I took last autun from near enough the same spot as Gerald – but around 33 years later. It’s now The McClean Way, the walking and cycleway being created on the route of the former railway by Back the Track.

David Evans, who sent me the scan, had this to say:

Hi Bob

I am slowly working through the photos Gerlad Reece has given to me…

This is one of an album of some 70 plus photos of local bridges… Most of which I do not recognise!

But this one..yes. I have phoned Brian Stringer to check…

I think the photo dates from soon after the new bridge was completed…

Perhaps an ongoing irregular name that bridge series during the year?

What do you think Bob?

kind regards


I’m well up for a game of Name that Bridge – go for it David! Thank you, as always.

Now of course, the track is being brought back to the community by those wonderful folk from Back the Track, who are now very near the A5 in their clearance work. My respect and thanks to Brian Stringer and all the crew for their hard work.

If you want to find out about the Back the Track campaign and group, you can visit their website here and Facebook group here. They also have a twitter account here.

The donor of this remarkable image, Gerald Reece is of course a talented and superlative local historian, indeed now resident in Devon, who wrote the seminal work ‘Brownhills – A walk into history’ upon which this blog stands.

Gerald and Cherry Reece: on whose shoulders all my work here stands. Image kindly supplied by David Evans.
This entry was posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local History, Local media, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Under the bridge

  1. Pingback: The bridges of Brownhills county… | BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.