Here’s an article to ponder I really intended to post up yesterday, but problems of a technical nature prevented me, which was a shame as it’s a real belter.
The young David Evans has been given a three page, hand typed timeline of Brownhills, by a person who didn’t create the document and is unsure of the origin of it. Some of the assertions within are causing somewhat raised eyebrows, so we thought we’d post it and see what readers thought.
I’m not going to comment on it directly yet, but I very much invite you readers to get stuck in – comment here on this post, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or tap my shoulder on social media.
My thanks, as ever, to the young David Evans and to the donor of this work.
I was recently given a copy of this document and find it of interest. There are no sources attributed in the work so I wonder if readers might be able to confirm or correct the information given in the timeline which ends in 1974…
Gerald Reece’s book, ‘Brownhills. A walk into history‘ was published later, in 1996 and it is worth noting the observation that he includes in his first chapter;-
‘Some interesting work has been done into the history of Brownhills, but sadly most of it has not gone to press. On the other hand a lot of guesswork has been printed. The lack of written history is a boon to the serious researcher. Instead of having to read through a bibliography as most history writers do, one has instead to analyse original documents and records.’ (Page 5).
In more recent times – the years of your wonderful blog – we have seen excellent discussion and correction of local history lore.
with kind regards
I have the same document (somewhere, will have to try to find it).
I have a feeling that it may have been a school project.
The timeline is the same as the one I have but with the pages not ending at the same place and final page missing.
Mine is from
” HISTORY OF BROWNHILLS
by G. Ashton
Probably copied from Brownhills Library “not to be taken away”
There was a longer document but without the timeline.
So is Cuthr, killed in battle at Shire Oak in 584, the Saxon Prince buried at Stonall?