Just a quick one as a discussion point for an autumnal Sunday evening – these photos (scanned from slides by the indispensable young David Evans) are part of the Gerald Reece collection and are clearly of Brownhills in the Holland Park/Chester Road/Pelsall Road/Hussey Estate area a good few years ago.
The reason I say this with confidence as the gable in the upper image is very familiar!
Now, I have the feeling (but am by no means sure) this MAY BE the old ambulance station in Brownhills, which was in that area, where Parade View old people’s flats are today, next to the former Police Station. I have a feeling that the Fire Station that fronted onto Chester Road North was behind it, and vice versa.
I’m fairly sure the area was cleared in the late 1960s for the new police station and Parade View flats complex.
The 1963 aerial images may show it:
We have an image of the forecourt of the old Fire Station on Chester Road from Godfrey Hucker’s wonderful collection:
The walls around the forecourt may suggest the fire station actually is the square building in the aerial image. So what is the long building? Do I have all this wrong?
Come on folks, sort me out!
David has suggested the building in the pictures may have been used as a school kitchen (it does have a remarkable chimney for such a small place) and may have been one venue for the redoubtable Mrs. Parsley and the ladies who made lunch.
One further point: I’m sure the odd lamp-post in the middle of the road was in the roadway to the garages behind the Hussey Estate…
I just know you lot can untangle this.
Just a word of caution: Both of Geralds images have been scanned from slides. They may not be the right way around…
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