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Update on recent Chasewater Dam works from Andy Dennis

There’s ongoing interest in the drainage works taking place at Chasewater Dam, and I’m indebted to reader and top blog contributor Andy Dennis who’s kindly sent me another bunch of pictures and a short video of what’s going on.

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Staffordshire County Council issue statement on Chasewater Dam works currently ongoing

I’ve been asked by more than a few people this week what’s going on with Chasewater Dam – in the last few weeks water levels have been lowered and traffic blocked from the dam road; crews and equipment have been working on apparent drainage works.

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Chasewater – what of the far pavilion?

An image has been sent to me by a reader this week they tell me they’ve found on internet auction site eBid, but I can’t locate the sale: It’s a fascinating picture of Chasewater before it was developed, so it … Continue reading

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Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before. Steve has this time taken a … Continue reading

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Laying some pipe

Thanks again to the continued treasure trove that is the local historian Gerald Reece and his astounding photo collection, I can now shed light on something that’s made me wonder for years – the arrangements for the modern overflow system … Continue reading

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Swanning around…

I’ve had a mail in from reader Natalie Edge-Edwards, who like our very own swan lady Irene Hodges, is very interested in her local birdlife in Rochester and monitors the black swans on the lake by JCB there. We’ve had … Continue reading

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Oh brave new world

One of the most loved and respected contributors to the Brownhills Blog is the great Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, historian, commenter, author, poet and honorary Grandfather of the blog. Reg regularly digs out stuff for the blog, and it’s with … Continue reading

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Picture this: A Chasewater childhood

A wonderful one reached me yesterday morning from old pal of the blog Stuart Cowley, whose memories of growing up at Chasewater in the 1960s and 70s have been some of the most popular posts in the history of the … Continue reading

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A remedy to the shortage of water

Several times over the previous eight years of this blog the question of the function and decommissioning of the steam pump that once stood at Chasewater has cropped up, and always provokes interesting debate – well, reader Ian James has been in touch with a snippet of information he’s found in a book relating to the long gone pumping plant.

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Police incident at Chasewater yesterday evening

Update 5:25pm, Wednesday 1 August Latest statement from Staffordshire Police: Armed police deployed to Chasewater Country ParkStaffordshire Police received a call just after 8pm yesterday (31 July) reporting that a man had been assaulted with a weapon at Chasewater Country … Continue reading

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Dam freeloaders?

It seems all is not rosy between Staffordshire County Council, owners of Chasewater, and the Canal and River Trust, the people who actually use the water it supplies to top up the canal network in Birmingham and the Black Country.

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The lost Brownhills tramway: Did they give a dam?

The mystery over the long lost tramway that is thought to have followed the route of The Parade over Brownhills Common in the 1800s continues today, as I feature another article from Ian Pell, who’s really got stuck in to … Continue reading

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Part of the Union and more auction curiosities

As I expected when I posted, the curious image of Union Ro… has triggered an interesting debate – I must admit to thinking it probably wasn’t Brownhills, but one reader has responded with an interesting aspect – and I hope local history author, Shire Oak expert and certified Walsall Wood Mon ™ Clive Roberts is passing and can maybe help.

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Chasewater Stadium – what do you recall?

Thanks to a curious sale on eBay, I can now share exactly when Chasewater Trotting Track opened – it was Monday 16th August, 1971.
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2017 New Year Quiz – the results are in!

Hi folks – the quiz is over – sorry, I seem to have made it too hard this year.
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Doctor Fell

This is just a quick one, as I thought we needed to get at least a little bit of history in at long last – and this one has piqued my curiosity, as my antenna always twitch when I hear subsidence legends.
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On the shore

While I’m busy, a couple of great postcard images reach me from Dean Rogers in the Norton Canes History Group – these are of Norton Pool around 1910 and seem to have been taken at the same time.

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A musical evening in Brownhills – this Saturday!

Local chap and musician John Carver contacted me a week or so ago to ask me to give this fine folk gig a plug, starring a lady with a rather remarkable local tale to tell – and she’s supported by some rather excellent welsh musicians, too.141018 Poster Continue reading

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Swept everything before it

Last weekend, I revisited for the first time in ages the subject that was once so prominent here – Chasewater dam – but not in reference to the recent renovations, but to the creation of the reservoir and the failure of the earthwork dam in 1799.
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A shore thing

On Saturday last (9th February 2019) I featured a postcard image here of Norton Pool with a picture of a sailing boat on the water before an ornate pavilion, which I believe to be depicting Chasewater early in the 1900s. … Continue reading

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The fall and rise: Fixing a hole in the cut begins

Following the sudden and unexpected drop in water level of the canal through Brownhills, and the Wyrley and Essignton Canal as a whole, top Canal and River Trust operatives have isolated the leak in the canal bed at Stoney Lane, … Continue reading

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Chasewater from above

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before. This time he’s taken a flight … Continue reading

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Where does the water go? Find out this Sunday!

An interesting history walk is taking place this Sunday, 26th March 2017 at Chasewater, entitled ‘Where does the water go?’ which takes a look at how the dam infrastructure functions, and some of the industrial history of Anglesey Basin and surrounds.

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Where does the water go? Find out this Saturday!

An interesting history walk is taking place this Saturday, 7th May at Chasewater, entitled ‘Where does the water go?’ which takes a look at how the dam infrastructure functions, and some of the industrial history of Anglesey Basin and surrounds.
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Chasewater dam: a look around the remaining works

I’ve been trying to post this all week, but haven’t had the time up until now. Last Sunday (26th February, 2012), I visited Chasewater, and to my surprise, the security fence around the remaining dam works site, surrounding the Pool … Continue reading

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Bathing beauties

I’ve noticed a few people posting images online of the red deer at Chasewater yesterday who decided that in the warm weather, a swim was in order – and friend of the blog Leah Braidman posted the above wonderful images on the Brownhills Past and Present Facebook page.

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Beware: blue-green algae again found at Chasewater

This is an important one for dog-walkers and users of Chasewater in general who may let dogs swim in the water – blue green algae has once more been found in the lake in the last few days after an earlier outbreak this year, and Staffordshire County Council yesterday (26th August 2016) issued a warning to park users.
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Beware: blue-green algae found at Chasewater

It’s important that I make readers aware of recent concerns about blue-green algae at Chasewater – over the weekend, the park management appear to have been hard at work printing, laminating and sticking up signs warning against swimming in the lake, and warning dogs and their owners to be wary as blue-green algae has been found in the water.

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A hole lot of sink

One of the curious things about writing and keeping this blog has always been the steady, curious dynamic of story arcs – where an old subject gets continually, slowly and gradually expanded as Google lists it, people search and find the post, comment and expand it.
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Here comes the flood

Most readers will be aware of how passionately I’ve supported Brian Stringer and his crusade with the Back the Track crew to reopen the former South Staffordshire Railway cutting through Brownhills as a traffic free cycling and walking route for the whole community – well, the project has taken a very odd turn and I’m not happy with it at all.

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Captured moments

As many of you will have gathered from my 365daysofbiking blog I’ve been a bit under the weather of late and updates have been hard to keep up with – but here’s a treat I spotted on the Cannock local history group on Facebook, and I thought I’d post the images here.

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Bramble wine’s orff, sir!

In a welcome change from the constant stream of Parish Notices this week (sorry, it’s just like that sometimes), I thought I’d share this wonderful contribution from long term friend of the blog Andy Dennis, who yesterday inspired me to go check out Chasewater on the way home, as it’s currently full to overflowing.

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Race of the Year, 1977

Here’s a curious piece of ephemera, found by local history ferret [Howmuch?] – I’m not sure of the source, but it was probably a charity or secondhand shop, as he can often be found ferreting around the darker corners for history oddities.
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Chartered flight

This is a teaser. I have been supplied with eight images from this set, and frankly, they’ve blown me away. The image shown here will interest so many people – from Chasewater Wildlife Group, to Brownhills history enthusiasts, mining wonks … Continue reading

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The race for space

Thanks to Stuart Williams of Walsall Local History Centre, I can share with readers today another piece in the remarkable jigsaw that is the Ferrie family history – the Ferries, as many old hands will recall, were a larger than life father and son who were well known in Aldridge and Brownhills for their entrepreneurialism and propensity to acts of community largesse and showmanship.

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Fast and sluice

Last week, I featured the third batch of images from the Canal and River Trust Archive, of the Grove Colliery near Brownhills in the late 1950s – also revealing the archive and inviting readers to go see what they could find.

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Imperialist blather

It seems Brownhills Community Association, or someone within, its undertaking a little empire building of late. It’s all coming over a bit imperialist to me.

It seems that now, if you want to fish in the canal between Catshill Junction and Chasewater, you are expected to pay Brownhills Community Association £3 per day for the privilege, or £15 for a season ticket.

It seems that now, if you want to fish in the canal between Catshill Junction and Chasewater, you are expected to pay Brownhills Community Association £3 per day for the privilege, or £15 for a season ticket.

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The lost Howdles Lane dam

In a remarkable instance of coincidence, last Friday, reader and top local history ferret Andy Dennis sent me an astounding piece on a lost reservoir near Howdles Lane, in north Brownhills, between Chasewater and the Watling Street.
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Chasewater: here’s why the water is low

Lately, lots of people have been contacting me asking why the water level is so low at Chasewater, and many – including the champion of the waterfowl, Swan Lady Irene Hodges – have been very concerned about the impact of … Continue reading

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Road to nowhere

In a week when our local rag is trying to convince us that it’s still indispensable and the most trusted source for news in the area, this fine example of the local newshound’s art caught my eye. Yet again, the … Continue reading

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The old roads

For a long time now, I’ve had a remarkable piece of research from local history buff and great friend of the blog Andy Dennis – it’s something I think will interest many here, and compliments the only other such work I know on the subject, that by Gerald ‘A Walk Into History’ Reece.

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When the dam burst

Chasewater has been, as any long-term reader here knows, a continual and recurring obsession of mine – I love the place; I grew up with it, visiting regularly I came to love its air of faded, end-of-the-pier decay and beautiful, often unexpected wildlife.

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Reports of his death have been grossly exaggerated…

People who’ve been with this blog from the beginning will no doubt recall the terrapin, presumably a dumped pet, that lived around the Nine-Foot pool in the days before the Chasewater Dam Works. Often drawing a crowd when he came … Continue reading

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A message for the Official Chasewater Dam Blog team

Lizzie – I know you read this blog, so I’ve a quick message for you. I posted a question on the post ‘Why we lowered the water level when we did‘ a week ago now, which has yet to appear. … Continue reading

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Oops, I nearly forgot…

I’ve been meaning to say for a few days now that for anyone visiting Chasewater at the moment, the eastern dam route has reopened to pedestrians and cyclists. This means that for the first time in 12 months, park users … Continue reading

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The scars were always black

The generosity of Mavis Woodhouse in allowing David Evans, myself and you readers to share her privately produced family history book is really proving to be a rich source of discussion, debate and new local history tangents – the Foxes Row article was very popular, the Victor Haines material had us all head scratching, and the film of Newtown that was so newly relevant has had a huge number of views.

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Strolling out at Chasewater – tomorrow!

Reader Esther Allen has been in touch to let me know about a wonderful thing she’s starting tomorrow, a new buggy strolling group at Chasewater that takes place every Monday from tomorrow, 14th April 2014.
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A sense of entitlement, much?

After the miasma of all the official ‘Dam works are complete, it’s good news week’ press releases, I was wryly amused to spot this letter in the Lichfield Mercury this week. the dust has barely settled on the Chasewater dam … Continue reading

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Chasewater – you can’t polish turds

Of late, Lichfield District Councillors and Staffordshire County Council have been cock-a-hoop about Chasewater – they’ve suddenly discovered our local reservoir, and just how fine it is – but there’s a bit of a problem.P1060535 Continue reading

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Chasewater: culvert operations

Just a quick note to point out that there’s a new post over on the official Chasewater Dam Blog, containing an embedded video (which I feature below) of the state of the outflow culvert, as filmed from a Remotely Operated … Continue reading

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