Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

Finally today for Sunday evening after a lovely day, what better to browse Tham the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for blog readers to enjoy.

I’d forgotten this, a rather interesting image… We can now date this to pre-1987 as the Superalloys chimney is visible on the skyline.

This tranche of images concerns the canal locally, again mainly in the 80s with some images later. Many feature narrowboats which I know lots of you are interested in, but also as usual, the backgrounds are just as interesting as the subject – there are incidental shots featuring The Spot (Clayhanger Common) being reclaimed; Silver Court Gardens; the tower blocks; the mid-80s recabling of the long-gone electricity lines over the High Street – and an interesting shot from near Wharf Lane.

I thank Gerald and David for yet another remarkable set – it really is most excellent and for me personally has stirred many memories, as they always do. Gerald, you are a very wonderful and generous gentleman.

What do you recall from this gallery? If you have any thoughts or questions, please do share them – comment here, find me on social media or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

The donor of these remarkable images, 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.
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7 Responses to Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

  1. ray share says:

    the spot bridge at the bottom of pier street the way to the high street shops to spend our coupons sadly we lost our house on bridge street in
    the1946 floods when we moved back to lindon road

  2. carol smith says:

    Remember going over the spot bridge to get to school.

  3. John Burton says:

    Yes, remember crossing the spot bridge to get from Bridge St. Clayhanger to Ogley Hay junior school between 1965 -67

    • carol smith says:

      We lived in Bridge Street until moving in 1967. Lived at number 57.

      • john burton says:

        Hi Carol, we also left in 1967,we lived at no.25

        • carol says:

          Hi John don’t recognise the name. Did you go to Clayhanger school,asI did, before Ogley Hay. My mom had lived in Clayhanger all her life Her maiden name was Howdle, several lived in the area.

  4. Reg Fullelove says:

    iracll the days of pier street when the row of houses and pub where there a via the bridge via what we called the spot common until it flooded oh what a sight of sadness to try and combat the road was raised the hoes sank to a point where the empty bedroom windows were just above road leveland thhe black cock bridge looked like a mini ben nevis but old clanger had a spirit ofits own and survived

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