A hundred years apart: A lucky escape for a lorry driver and a ride to the Castles

Image kindly supplied by Ian Broad.

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the fourth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides.

The first three images be seen in this post here, the second set can be seen here and the third wonderful set can be seen here. These brilliant images have caused quite the stir – a wonderfully popular project from a great blog contributor.

Image kindly supplied by Ian Broad.

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.

Jill Manchester did this with great success a few years ago in Walsall Wood.

Image kindly supplied by Ian Broad.

As usual, I shan’t identify locations, I’ll let readers work them out…

Thanks to Ian for another great post and very thought provoking set of images, and if you have any views on this wonderful work, please do comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

Image kindly supplied by Ian Broad.

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14 Responses to A hundred years apart: A lucky escape for a lorry driver and a ride to the Castles

  1. Rob says:

    The Anchor Bridge hasn’t changed much.

  2. Elaine Wyatt says:

    Love seeing the pics past and present..well done

  3. Reg Fullelove says:

    the castels was this what was once holly bank road leadingto chester road in my day ther was just one large house on the top of the hill on the left

    • Glyn Barratt says:

      This the top of Castlehill Road just before Bluebell Road, looking down towards Chester Road

  4. JOHN BARLOW says:

    IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT THE OLDER VIEW OF CHASETOWN THE BUILDING WHERE A GROUP OF MEN IN FLAT CAPS STAND WAS WHERE THE BOYS BRIGADE WAS BASED. I WAS IN THE WALSALL WOOD B.B. AND WHEN WE PLAYED AGAINST THEM THAT WAS WHERE WE CHANGED INTO OUR KIT THEN HAD TO WALK TO THEIR PITCH , AFTER THE MATCH WE USED TO CATCH THE BUS BACK TO THE WOOD. MUCH THANKS TO IAN BROAD FOR BRINGING BACK SUCH HAPPY MEMORIES. JOHN BARLOW

  5. john the two building on left of photograph are the institute and chapel the byke shop was dear old gussey saunders

  6. john the two buildings on theleft of the photo are the instertute and metodist chapel good old gussey sauders next door

    • JOHN BARLOW says:

      THANKS REG FOR THE INFORMATION ,BYE THE WAY I MET YOU AT THE SATURDAY NIGHT MEMO DANCE LAST YEAR I THINK YOU WERE WITH YOUR GRANDAUGHTER ALL THE BEST JOHN BARLOW.

  7. no problem john any time ihad to smile when you said you may of met me at the memo the memo in my younge was part of my life my dad david was the secretary when he was alive but i aint danced at the dear old memo for over 60 od years sorry i was there dancing with miss gripton 80 od years ago ha ha

  8. David Evans says:

    Many thanks to Ian for these super images. The old image of the Castles caught my eye. There was a small “sand hole” thereabouts…perhaps where the bike is….The hole was not very deep, and one of several locally, another being near the entrance to Shire Oak school on Lichfield Road. I wonder if readers remember other ” holes”. in Walsall Wood.
    again, many thanks Ian. Most appreciated
    kind regards
    David

  9. Reg Fullelove says:

    do you remember when the road from shire oak to salters road corner was called the cutting toward the bottom on the left hand side was a lane which lead to holly bank

    • john barlow says:

      HELLO REG , I CAN REMEMBER RIDING DOWN THAT LANE WITH A GIRL SAT ON MY CROSSBAR, WHEN MR CHURCHYARD ALIAS SPOOKY ONE OF OUR TEACHERS AT STREETS CORNERSCHOOL CAME DRIVING UP IT TOWARDS US AND I NARROWLY MISSED HIM. NEXT DAY AT SCOOL I EXPECTED A ROLLOCKING BUT HE NEVER SAID A WORD WE WERE OBVIOUSLY GOING TOO FAST FOR HIM TO RECOGNISE US. HAPPY DAYS.

      • Malcolm farmer says:

        I remember mr churchyard.He had a size 12 plimsole under his desk ,he used to have wrote prate in thick chalk the mirror way round ,and when you were caught doing wrong you would get the plimsol .one would spend all day trying to rub it out of your flannels.
        Coincidently every one knew in school Spook had pulled you up.
        Good days .

  10. maurice ivor birch says:

    Somewhere opposite where the bike is was a driveway which led to an ammunition dump during the second world war and for many years after , it was fenced off and keep out signs were attached at intervals to the chain link fence, i remember as a child going there to pick up bullet cases and live 303 bullets, it was patrolled by a guard but we used to slide under the fence, crawl on our bellies to the bullet boxes and fill our pockets, those were the days.

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