I’ve had some terrific photo submissions for the blog in recent weeks and also some great articles in the bag – including a mammoth one that’s very special indeed from old pal Ian Bourne. Sorry updates and new material is limited at the moment: I have not given up but with the wider state of things at the moment I’m working very long hours on a number of occupational projects and my time is sadly limited. I had hope things would slow up by now, but it seems not.
Anyway, here’s a couple of remarkable images beautifully scanned by reader Jean Willey, and a bit of a mystery set from reader Carole Roper.
Hello Brownhills Bob
Can you make use of these?
The first photo is of of Walsall Wood school violin class, 1953, teacher Miss Tann.
Top row – 2nd person Dennis? 3rd person Jean Ensor, 6th Glyn Evans, 7th Miss Tann.
2nd row – 1st Christine Mansell, 6th Sheila Pratt.
3rd row – 4th Hilary? 5th Andrew? 7th Glenda Fulilove.
Bottom row – 5th Arthur?
The second photo is of members of Walsall Wood Cricket Club, around 1948/50ish. First person top row is George Cresswell and 4th person bottom row is Jack (John William) Ensor.
Update: I think I could be 10 years out with the date of the Cricket club photo. The appearance of my dad, he has a full head of hair! And looking at his 1940 marriage photos, leads me to believe that the date was more likely 1938.
[From the clothing to the gents on the left I would agree – Bob]
Perhaps others can fill in the rest of the names?
Jean Willey (nee Ensor)
Thanks to Jean for two bits of WalsallW good local history gold there – so very much appreciated.
Secondly, I have four images which are sadly a bit compressed from reader Carole Roper, which nonetheless I hope can great a debate.
I feature them below:
I was brought up in Brownhills and have just been looking at some old family photos I found in an envelope marked old Brownhills photos.
I know one is of the rising Sun pub. Not sure where others are. I thought maybe you or your readers might be interested.
I do have a few more also.
Well, I know the upper right is the Rising Sun – I’d know those gables anywhere, but the rest have the better of me. Can you help at all?
And Carole – I welcome any images. Thanks so much. Please send any you have, and thanks for your generosity!
It’s submissions that keep the blog going, and thanks for every one. Please be patient with me while this strange time passes. If I don’t stop work soon I’ll drop with exhaustion…
If you have anything to add, please do: Comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or find me half asleep on social media.
Thanks to all!