Category Archives: Local History

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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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Do you remember the Station Hotel talking clock?

I’ve had an interesting enquiry come in from reader Bee who’s asked something that has very much intrigued me – do you remember the ‘speaking clock’ next to the Station Hotel, Brownhills? For those too young to remember, the Station … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) 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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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for one of the last few open days of 2018. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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New season kicks off today for Walsall Wood FC!

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a full match schedule,  revitalised spectator facilities and a whole host of great stuff to come, … Continue reading

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The way of the Sons of Waetla

As I’m still catching up, I thought today might be a good time to feature the writings of an old pal of the blog, Gerald Reece, and his musings on the A5 Watling Street, Newtown, Knaves Castle and the pubs … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2018 AGM this Monday followed by an evening with the Time Healers

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th July 2018) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill July 2018 open day today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again right now and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2018 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, 8th July 2018 – It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill July 2018 open day this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday = I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great … Continue reading

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Brownhills Motor Sales at Streets Corner – what do you know?

Old pal of the blog Alvin Cox contacted me yesterday asking if I had any images of the motor sales workshop/garage that existed at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, before the Co-op was built: Latterly it was Saturn Motor Sales. He … Continue reading

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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom. If you’re unaware of … Continue reading

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A sale that shaped Stonnall

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm. The … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward. … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2018 public meeting this Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th June 2018) there will be the June 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Taking the strain in Walsall Wood – could you be a champion too?

Over the years on the blog we’ve covered the great, and often surprisingly diverse sporting history of Brownhills and Walsall Wood – from the notable local teams like Walsall Wood Football Club, Cricket, Bowls – to more esoteric stuff like … Continue reading

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A message from Lynn Shaw: A date set for those who wish to remember Bill Shaw

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – the date has been set for the ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes at Walsall Wood Football Club. Lynn … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday – with a visit from a TV personality!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th June 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the third open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – it’s … Continue reading

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

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

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Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend!

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and … 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 (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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An important message from Lynn Shaw

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – there was to have been a ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes this weekend, but unfortunately it’s had to … Continue reading

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – May 2018 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 21st March 2018 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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting tonight – with a very special guest speaker

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight, Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the May 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again today for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 next Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally next Sunday (13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting this Monday – with a very special guest

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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

An interesting event is taking place next weekend, Bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 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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Some top brass, a tuba groover and an unsung hero

There has never been enough attention paid anywhere that I’m aware of to the Victorian father of modern Brownhills, William Roberts – sometime railway plate layer, ganger, brewer, publican, entrepreneur, civic stalwart, JP and philanthropist, William  was a very rare man … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill: The historic wonder on our doorstep gears up for a new season

I’m glad to say that Alan Dawson, Friend of New Hall Mill and also of the blog has been in touch to ask if I’d continue to support the Mill’s activities this summer and of course, I’m delighted to do … Continue reading

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Full of love for Mr. Fullelove

Images Kindly supplied by Brian Stringer via the young David Evans. Last week I pointed out that this weekend, there was to be an unveiling ceremony of the restored George Fullelove Memorial Shelter near  The Parade in Brownhills – well, … Continue reading

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Going above and beyond

I’m pleased to see that the expansion of online history resources continues apace, with lots of formerly quite restrictive services opening up with more sensible usage terms and conditions – one such archive is the British Library’s Aerofilms archive of … Continue reading

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Do the walk this weekend!

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that … Continue reading

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Looking after the legacy of a great son of Brownhills

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

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Where’s the fairness in Remembrance funding?

I’ve hd a really interesting email in from a respected elder in Brownhills, someone whose comments on the area I’ve always respected greatly and whose opinion I value and usually agree with – John Bird. John Bird has periodically written … Continue reading

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Who’s on this team, and who are they?

Since the sad passing of Bill Shaw, old friend of the blog, champion of local football and Clayhanger lad, the tributes have been fullsome, and so richly deserved – but it’s also wonderful to hear the memories and see photos … Continue reading

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A Chemical Romance

I’ve been asked the question by reader Norman Taylor as to what I know about Brownhills Chemical Works – otherwise known as The Chemical or The Chemy, later the site of a notorious war scrapyard local kids were all attracted … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2018 public meeting this Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th April 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday!

There’s a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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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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Bill Shaw: Further details of funeral arrangements announced

The sheer number of people who have paid tribute following the sad news of the passing of Bill Shaw has been heartwarming, and many have expressed their desire to attend his funeral – well, Bill’s wife, Lynn has been in touch to give further details, including the details of the function afterwards.
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It’s a diesel takeover – this weekend!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it’s annual Diesel Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 24-25th March 2018.

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Models at the museum 2018 – 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, 26th March 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for modellers, transport enthusiasts, petrol heads and big kids of all kinds.

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In the Regency period

There has been some discussion of late on Facebook and other places about local cinemas, and with Russia topical at the moment too, this is a good time to share this one from reader Sam that came in a few weeks ago.

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Bill Shaw: A personal memorial, by David Evans

Everyone involved with the blog has been saddened and dismayed by the loss of Bill Shaw, Clayhanger lad, champion of local football, commentator and all round decent bloke – and I’m proud and honoured to feature here an obituary for Bill from his fellow match reporter at Walsall Wood, David Evans.

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It’s good to repair (and share!) – a great event this Friday in Lichfield

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with another project – Lichfield Repair and Share workshop – which takes place this Friday, 16th March 2018 at the Tesco Community Room, Tesco Extra, Church Street, Lichfield from 7-9pm.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2018 public meeting this Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th March 2018) there will be the March 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.
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Branch line summers fade

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.
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