Category Archives: Local History

Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, competitions, … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill – Step back in time to the 1940’s on Bank Holiday Monday

New Hall Mill is a splendid place, restored and run by wonderfully dedicated volunteers. Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… It’s New Hall Mill’s 1940s event! … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Lost and found local businesses: Which do you recall?

Here’s a treat for folk who remember the 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk last week and Gerald shared some rather wonderful photos for us to … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece and friends took another walk into history!

David Evans yesterday sent me this lovely gallery from Gerald Reece’s walk from Chasewater Railway yesterday morning (10th August 2019) – sadly the weather was atrocious and although I hoped to make it, I was unable to go and meet … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2019 public meeting takes place Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 12th August 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2019 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (11th August 2019) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities at Brownhills West … Continue reading

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Tubs of blood and lost palaces

There has been a great response to the recent series of articles on local cinemas from an old, long out of print Ned Williams book David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection. However, a comment made by honorary … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill July 2019 open day this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 28th July 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Gerald Reece for a walk into history?

Hello folks – great news reaches me from David Evans. It seems that he’s been in communication with the greatest historian ever to have written about Brownhills, Gerald Reece, who will be returning to Brownhills on the 10th August 2019 … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe July meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 20th July … Continue reading

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It was in the Blood…

This is the last of thee articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by … Continue reading

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Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2019 annual Running Day this Sunday!

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their annual Open and Running Day this Sunday, 14th July 2019 – It starts at 10:00am and runs until 4:00pm and should be just the thing … Continue reading

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – July 2019 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 8th July 2019 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in … Continue reading

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In the Regent see period

There are a selection of articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by noted … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (23rd June 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the third open day of 2019. I can heartily recommend the place – it’s … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe June meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 15th June … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 10th June 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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When there was a Palace in Brownhills!

There are a selection of articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by noted … Continue reading

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Find out about the restoration of our lost canal in Brownhills this evening!

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting tonight, Friday nevening (Friday, 7th June 2019) at 7:15pm in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner … Continue reading

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway 60th Anniversary Gala this weekend!

I note Chasewater Railway have their 60th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and a busier running timetable than normal. This event will be well … Continue reading

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2019. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for witches and wizards this coming Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this coming Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019) staging a Witches and Wizards Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe May meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 18th May … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 13th May 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Brownhills Carnival event and funfair, 1988

As part of the Gerald Reece archive material from the great local historian’s collection, I last weekend featured a large gallery of photos of the 1988 Brownhills Carnival Parade, actually taken by Gerald’s son Gary for a local authority project. … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Sunday 12th May 2019, that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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Brownhills Carnival procession, 1988: A huge gallery

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of this set from Gerald’s collection but actually taken by his son, Gary for a … Continue reading

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Lots to do at the Chase Sailing Club 2019 open day this bank holiday Monday

An interesting event is taking place this Bank Holiday weekend, Monday 6th May 2019 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2019 Spring Running Day this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their Spring Running Day this Sunday, 28th April 2019 – It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, petrol heads … Continue reading

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It’s Ogley, ay? The demolition of a local school: Please help with my confusion!

Some more pictures here for a Saturday of a bit of a mystery perhaps readers can help with: Exactly when the Ogley School at the top left of Church Road was demolished. There’s a small but very interesting set from … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening, 8th April 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Chasewater and the trotting track – back to the 80s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of the two related sets below. Here we have two sides of Chasewater in the … Continue reading

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A lost local landmark and a snowy market day

Saturday means it’s time for yet more images from the huge Gerald Reece collection – so kindly donated for use on the blog by the great man himself. Today, I have a selection of random images not big enough to … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Littleton Coal Train event all this weekend

One for the train buffs out there – Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant. The organisers said: With … Continue reading

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The Station currently departing…

I think it’s about time for another excellent, memory-jogging gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection – this one mostly of the end of the Station Hotel which I think would have been around 1988-90, when it was being replaced … Continue reading

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Fancy getting involved with Chasewater Railway? It’s Volunteers Day this Saturday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Saturday (30th March 2019) staging it’s Annual Volunteers Day, when the railway will be holding an event aimed at recruiting more folk interested in helping out with all … Continue reading

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Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

Finally today for Sunday evening after a lovely day, what better to browse Tham the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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When Brownhills went off the rails

Since it’s Saturday and I’m very busy with work matters, I thought I’d feature the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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Models at the museum 2019 – a great event happening this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 24th March 2019 – It runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and should be just the thing for … Continue reading

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Walsall – where grass cuttings and air conditioning are more important than supporting the vulnerable

I’m featuring here today an email I’ve received on a very important matter from someone whom I have a great deal of regard for – John Bird of Brownhills. John is a much respected older resident of our town and … Continue reading

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The Court of Sir Gerald and the crimefighting oss

Well, since it’s a miserable Saturday here in the Hills I thought I’d feature another gallery from the selection of wonderful photos donated to the blog by noted Brownhills historian Gerald Reece – and this set of Ravens Court is … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together and get things fixed this afternoon!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this afternoon (Saturday 16th March 2019) at … 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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We’m gooin up Norton Pewul!

In the last few days there has been a lot of interest in the subject of Chasewater in the old days – when Brownhills Urban District Council ran it as an amusement park, which was sadly, ultimately unsuccessful. Many of … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2019 public meeting next Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that next Monday evening, 11th March 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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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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