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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
I always love expanding railway threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell.
I always love expanding railway and related threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell, this time on the matter of the lost and somewhat mysterious tramway that is said tohave run close … Continue reading
Just as I hoped when I first saw the report, local railway historian and expert Ian Pell has been in touch to add his comments to the matter of the 1873 railway accident I featured the findings of last weekend. … Continue reading
Last week, we looked at early evidence of local brick making on an industrial scale, after a remarkable passage describing a local brickworks was spotted in an 1850 book by the wonderful Simon Briercliffe.
A quick one for Sunday, and the mapping and canal aficionados out there – a wonderful donation to the local history community reached me a few weeks ago from the wonderful Ian Pell, via the great generosity of Norton Canes historian Philip Burton, who found the remarkable bus image featured here last year.
I’m just going to take time here to say a few words to wish all the readers, supporters and friends of the Brownhills blog – as well as those in our wider community – a very merry Christmas and a … Continue reading
Recently, the question of butchers shops in Walsall Wood has been raised, and it’s a good one worth exploring – it was raised by the wonderful Ian Pell in the comments to Trevor Shakespeare’s remarkable diesel locomotive phot last week.
The SLS rail tour that took place in 1959 has proven to be a rich seam of material, and has provoked much debate amongst blog readers about the locations of some photos, and just how and where the Diesel Multiple Unit pictured managed to reverse.
Local rail buff Simon Swain last week sent in the above image of one of the last freight workings on the South Staffordshire Line through central Brownhills – and there was a large amount of interest in this remarkably evocative photo.
Yet again I’m indebted to local rail expert and historian Ian Pell, who’s brought his considerable expertise to the question of the Chester Road railway bridge on Brownhills Common, and raised an interesting question about the nature of the bridge itself.
Rail material is a very strong thread on the blog at the moment – and I love it so much, with Ian Pell, Simon Swain and others providing some great material – and as ever is the case, a highly tangential post following an enquiry by Chaz Mason has led to even more.
In the recent rush of news posts, things have been slipping a bit, and in the melee that resulted, I’ve not had chance to alert readers interested in local railway history to a great collection of images posted recently on the fascinating Chasewater Railway Museum blog.
Look, I’m not going to waffle on here or bore you (any more than usual) but this blog coughed and spluttered into a life of it’s own a decade ago today, on 2nd May 2009. Yes, I’ve been doing this … Continue reading
There’s currently a buzz in the local rail community and in some groups on Facebook about a 1968 cinefilm recently converted to digital and uploaded online by rail historian and blog regular, Ian Pell – it’s a remarkable, wonderful thing, and Ian has written a fascinating account of the film and line it covers especially for the blog, which I feature below.
The reach of this blog is often surprising – and is frequently demonstrated in interesting ways – and such was the case over the last weekend when I posted a couple of articles that have inspired further information to be revealed.
I’ve had lots of contributions of the ongoing surprise topic of local butchers shops, and this great one from railway expert Ian Pell, who set the whole thing off a couple pf weeks ago – I’ll post the others in due course.
Sorry folks, I’ve been very busy again this week and what with the constant news posts of late I’m getting terribly behind. My apologies to people waiting for stories to go up but I really am having trouble fitting things in at the moment. Hopefully the rush will ease off soon.
More here today that goes to show the Venn diagram of history forever curiously overlaps – Ian pell has waded in once more on the subject of the notorious May 1959 rail tour up the Walsall Wood line to the Conduit Colliery – from which a few pictures have emerged over the years and was raised here again last week by Simon Swain with a great new picture.
Last Sunday I featured here a taster of a photo archive discovered by some of the local history community containing some remarkable and mysterious pictures of the area – and one of those filed under Burntwood – that of a level crossing, caused me some bafflement.
Here’s a bit of a curiosity: posted in the Cannock Facebook group by friend of the blog Chris Edwards after he spotted it on the wonderful Chasewaterstuff’s Rail and Canal blog, a photo of the signal box that reputedly stood at Anglesey Sidings at Newtown, Brownhills until 1984.
There’s something that’s quite historically important been going on for months now right in the heart of Brownhills, that whilst not earth shattering, is very significant to our local history, and helps to preserve the memory of one of the … Continue reading
A great one for the train enthusiasts comes in from new Brownhills resident Simon Swain, who’s been doing some great railway history stuff in the South Staffordshire Railway group on Facebook – it seems that the notorious May 1959 rail tour up the Walsall Wood line to the Conduit Colliery – from which a few pictures have emerged over the years – continues to fascinate and unearth new images.
One of the things that always makes me a little bit proud of this blog is the diversity of contributor it attracts – we hear regularly here from local historians, steam enthusiasts, a historian of South Staffordshire Water, people with knowledge of marching bands, ordinary folk with memories and even music buffs.
Things have been a bit lax this week, due to my atrocious working schedule which has meant that so far, I have been unable to share a remarkable bit of video from reader Charles Street, who’s a big fan of the blog.
Yesterday, I posted about a new exhibition coming to the Walsall Local History Centre on the subject of Brownhills Past & Present – Stuart Williams had supplied some really great images with the exhibition press release, one of them being of a steam locomotive at Brownhills Station from ‘the early 1900s’.
A few weeks ago, Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, part time local historian and full time historical mischief-maker, ferreted out the remarkable story of the collapse of a bank in Lichfield in 1856, which detailed early mining in Brownhills, and showed some of the machinations of the railway and mining magnates in the area at the time.