When poor Pollie had toothache…

Moors Gorse pumping station if I’m not mistaken. A lovely card from Ian Broad.

Top bloke Ian Broad has been in touch again this week, this time with a postcard mystery, as he knows we love those here on the blog!

Ian has currently been working on a series of ‘100 years apart’ old and new contrast images, the first three of which be seen in this post here and the second set can be seen here. I featured another, third set here last weekend and have yet more in the bag. These brilliant images have caused quite the stir – a wonderfully popular project from a great blog contributor.

But today, something a little different. Ian has the above postcard – which if I’m not mistaken is Moors Gorse pumping station, situated on Cannock Chase where Marquis Drive crosses the A460 Rugeley Road by the former level crossing at the foot of Kitbag Hill.

The postcard has not been postally used, and the reverse says:

You know my ability with handwriting is dreadful! Image kindly supplied by Ian Broad. Click for a larger version.

Ian asks:

Hi Bob

A post Card Mystery!

Does anybody know anything about the folks in this undelivered post card? I’ve tried to find where 25 New Buildings is but can’t find any record. Post card isn’t dated. It’s from Pollie to Annie Cartwright.

Pollie has toothache so she didn’t go to Walsall and Annie has had a cold!

Ian Borad

So, what do you guys think then? You know the drill… If you have anything to say, please do comment here, find me on social media or even mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

Thanks to Ian for another wonderfully thought provoking post.


Ian has previously supplied lots of material for the blog. including an eternally popular 1982 Shire Oak School leaver group photo outside the Royal Oak pub in Shire Oak and lots about the history of Ian’s family shop Tom’s Cabin, a fixture of Brownhills for many years throughout the 1980s.

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3 Responses to When poor Pollie had toothache…

  1. Christine says:

    According to the 1911 census Annie Cartwright was a single 22 year old schoolteacher. Address as on postcard.

  2. Alvin Cox says:

    25 New Buildings, Rawnsley , Hednesford . That’s what it looks like to me.

  3. Reg Fullelove says:

    hi bob yes it was moores goorse sadly no longer there as from what i was told it was only one its kind built

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