Here’s a fascinating one that’s literally just come in: Aldridge history buff and genealogist Colin White posted this picture this afternoon, found in his family effects, and asked where it stood.
Colin believes this image was where his wife’s family lived in Hall Lane and thinks the image dates from 1900.
The cottage bears the number 237 and that is, I think, a clue: The canal cottages at the Black Cock end of the lane still bear their canal plaques 238 and 239, despite having street numbers of 178 and 180.
I think it’s possible this cottage was adjacent to the right of these two:
Imagery and mapping embedded from Google Maps/Streetview.
My wife’s great grandparents resided in hall lane early 1911 and we discovered this photo.
I think it still stood in 1921 looking forward to the next census info!
I believe hat my wife’s great grandmother died in 1936 living in Hall Lane number 140 by then so the cottage may have come down by that time not sure ?
My question is simple: Can you help Colin with more info about this house? Do you remember it, or know when it came down? Do you remember number 140, which seems to have been replaced ivy modern housing in the 60s or 70s?
David Evans recalls a Snail Bank Cottage being in the Hall Lane area: Was this it?
If you can help, please do get in touch. Either comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or tug my coat on Social Media.
Cheers to Colin for a great photo and very intriguing enquiry.