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Great community activist, Brownhills womble and top bloke Brian Stringer has been in touch again to share a newspaper clipping which I think is from the Walsall Observer, from some point in the 1970s.
The postcard found last week on eBay showing ‘The Coppice, Brownhills’ had much more interest than I expected. Although there was some speculation to the contrary, I’m sure it showed Birch Coppice long before most of it was destroyed by … Continue reading
I’ve had an enquiry in from over in the US about a long lost pub in Brownhills, also asking for a copy of Clive Roberts’ latest book, ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part 1)’ – I’ve passed the enquiry for the book directly to Clive, but in the meantime, it raises some interesting questions readers may have information on.
Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading
Way back last year, Patricia Cotton sent in the above photo of her brother Tony, family friends Dora Rathbone and her son Bob enjoying a picnic and a paddle in 1955 by the canal in Brownhills, aroundabout where the banks of the old clay pit are today.
I’ve received via Facebook from very generous reader Patricia Cotton who’s send a very interesting picture, not just because it’s a wonderful period photo, but because lurking on the skyline is an indication of something being present several people dispute.
There was a terrific response last week to my featuring the first instalment of Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove’s life story here on the blog, with Reg’s warm and intimate writing stirring many fond memories of Brownhills.
Staying on a football theme, the above wonderful image has reached me – again via Facebook – from reader Patricia Coton, who is the young lady with the goalie in this mid-60s lineup of local lads.
I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts a couple of days ago pointing out that his latest book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part One)’ is still available, but selling fast – so be quick if you want a copy for a present or just a Christmas treat for yourself.
Walsall Wood lad, friend of the blog and noted local history author Clive Roberts has written to me pointing out that his fourth book – Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part one) is available now, and will make a great read or even Christmas present for anyone into local history, or who remembers some of the great old boozers of our town.
Here’s a couple of quick images I’ve been meaning to post here from Godfrey ‘Oakparkrunner’ Hucker who posted them to my ‘Brownhills Past and Present’ page on Facebook, and I think they deserve a wider audience.
Here’s one that’s got me confused, puzzled and interested – reader Sharon Kane has contacted me from France to ask about about her partner, Steve Jolly’s life here in the 1960s and 70s, and about ‘Lock Keepers Cottage’ on the Pelsall Road in Brownhills.
The interesting history of William Roberts – the father of modern Brownhills – continues, and this time, Peter ‘pedro’ Cutler has taken issue with some other, intersecting local history, and just when exactly William Roberts came to Brownhills as a lad, and where he lived when his family moved here.
For this week’s (somewhat delayed, my apologies) old pictures post I decided to dive into the warmth of the local boozer. Brownhills and Walsall Wood have had many hostelries over the years, some long gone, some more recent casualties of … Continue reading
Recently, I came across a digitally scanned facsimile of a 1851 guide to the county of Staffordshire, ‘White’s 1851 History, Gazetteer & Directory Staffordshire and the City and County of the City of Lichfield’ which is a kind of combined … Continue reading