A great new book by a local history legend now availble!

I’ve known about this for a few weeks ow, but held off spilling the good news to readers until copies were available to buy – but I can now reveal that there’s a fascinating new history book on the subject of Brownhills now available, compiled by local historian Bill Mayo.

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‘You could buy anything at all here…’

Here’s an interesting weekend post from reader David Evans, who asked a good friend what shops she recalled from her childhood in Walsall Wood. Can you add to these? All contributions gratefully received. Hi Bob Following David Oakley’s excellent list of the High Street shops in Walsall Wood of the 1930s and 1940s, I asked…

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Faggits? FAGGITS?

For the second time this week, I’m handing the reigns over to reader David Evans, with another brilliant piece… I’m sure you’ll all join with me in thanking him for his dedication and effort. I’m loving this stuff. Four faggots in lace, please… There were always errands to run, jobs to do, places to go,…

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A great local history book now available!

I had a tipoff today from history ferret and all round top sleuth [Howmuch?], who informed me that Downes Newsagents in Brownhills currently had stock of a book entitled ‘A Picture Tour of Old Pelsall, Rushall and Shelfield’, by John Sale and Bill Mayo, at the pocket-freindly price of £6.50. Regular readers and local history…

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Who fancies a challenge? – part 2

Today, I’ve assembled the second instalment of David Evans’ excellent local quiz. A couple of weeks ago he submitted a huge list of local history questions to test how much readers know about local history, and hopefully, it will serve to provide a point-by-point guide to our past. I’ve added the quiz to the tabs…

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Who fancies a challenge?

In the week, reader David Evans had a cracking idea. He’s submitted a huge list of local history questions to test how much readers know about local history, and hopefully, it’s serve to provide a point-by-point guide to our past. I’ve added the quiz to the tabs at the top of the page, so that…

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Two great local history books available again

I noticed this week, purely by chance, that two great lost works of local history are at long last available again. Popping into Downes Newsagent midweek, I noticed these two fantastic books for sale. I’ve feature both publications heavily here on the blog in the past, and have always said, that should you come across…

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Black diamonds

Since we seem to be on a bit of a mining theme this week, I thought I’d look for images relating to a couple of the areas discussed in the comments section to my recent posts. For this week’s old photo feature, I’ve dug out some photos of mining on or around the common, and…

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Wood and heart

Sometimes you just have to go with your heart. I’ve been so taken with the book I recently acquired, ‘Memories of Old Walsall Wood’ by Bill Mayo and John Sale, that I just had to raid it yet again for some of the excellent pictures it contains. I love The Wood; it still retains its…

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Houses of the Holy

Since this week’s old photo feature is a day late (sorry, real life intervened after a posting marathon on Friday), I thought it appropriate to cover places of worship, a subject I’ve not touched on much before. Brownhills and Walsall Wood have always had an abundance of chapels of one kind or another, which I…

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