Hey folks – a couple of weeks ago I featured an article prompted by an email from Declan Hammonds of Sewell Hammods Group who have purchased a site near Chasewater that was for many years occupied by a sewage works. It sits on the area of land between the canal and Chasetown Bypass/M6 Toll interchange, in an area sometimes referred to as ‘The Sandhills’.
I’ve tried finding a web presence for Brownhills Allotment Society mentioned on the flyer but can’t find anything, which is curious. They appear to have had a twitter account which was deleted. And contact for them would be useful please.
You can read that post here, which gives the location, or see the foot of this post where I’ve included it again for completeness.
Declan is fielding views from readers about converting the site into allotments, which seems like a fine idea to me.
Declan wrote to me last week:
I write further to my previous email concerning the former Brownhills Sewage Works in Walsall. We have read with interest your post on the matter and the replies of your readers.
After a number of enquiries into our intentions at the site, we are exploring the possibility of providing allotment gardens. We would be interested in your view/opinions on the matter.
We would also be very keen to hear from your readers as stakeholders in the site, being that many of them probably use the footpath network that crosses it.
Declan Hammonds BSc (Hons) MICFor MArborA
So, what do you think? Please do comment here or mail me – comment is probably better here where it’s easier for Declan to find than on social media.
Cheers all, and thanks to Declan for being so considerate.
I originally posted:
An interesting enquiry came in recently from Declan Hammonds, who is interested in the history of a bit of edgeland in Brownhills, between the former Anglesey Wharf and the M6 Toll/Chasetown Bypass interchange that used to contain a sewage works.
The works is marked on some maps as Lichfield Rural District Council, and on others, Brownhills.
Good Evening,I’m writing after happening upon a blog post of yours concerning Brownhills Sewage Works.We have recently purchased the site of the former Brownhills RDC Sewage Works off Whitehorse road in Walsall (over the canal bridge) and wonder if this is the site mentioned and photographed in your blog.Whilst the land has been purchased through our company, I take great interest in historical land use and wonder if you have any information on when the site last operated or was demolished.The site has been cleared in its entirety and all that remains of its past is the sign (picture attached) and a few sporadic manhole covers.RegardsDeclan
The facility seems to have been gone by 1963, when the NCB did their aerial survey of the area – this above shows the adjacent sand quarry growing and what appears to be the remains of the circular filter beds on the ground.
If I’m honest, I’m unclear whose sewage this installation would have been filtering unless there was a sewer under the canal, but I’d say it discharged into the nearby Crane Brook. The White Horse Estate doesn’t seem to have grown until after the plant’s demise.
Can anyone help please? It’s a really good question and a local feature I’d noted before but not really thought about. There has been some discussion of this in the past, but nothing solid. As it were.
If you can help, please do: Comment on this post, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or tap my window on social media. Cheers to Declan for a really interesting enquiry.