Subscribe to Blog via Email
Top Posts & Pages
- Why not come meet Walsall Humanists - tonight in their new venue!
- Help with the July 2019 Brownhills Summer Clean this Saturday!
- Lichfield repair cafe July meet up - get together and get things fixed this Saturday!
- Chasewater and the trotting track - back to the 80s
- A bank holiday at Chasewater in the swinging sixties
- 6,078,760 hits
Recent tracksBrownhills Bob
295365 TracksCourt and Spark
4 daysThe Fruity Track
5 daysGuitar Miniature #3
North Sea Radio Orchestra
1 weekI a Moon
North Sea Radio Orchestra
1 weekOn the Roof
2 weeksOn the Roof
2 weeksThe High Road
2 weeksAstro Kopp
The Low Frequency in Stereo
2 weeksMotif 684
2 weeksThe Waiting
paul brevitt on A bank holiday at Chasewater i… David Evans on It was in the Blood… Reg Fullelove on It was in the Blood… Jill on The team of ’57 Christine Bromwich on A retirement, a birthday and a…
Tag Archives: Mercury
Here’s a quick one from local history rapscallion Peter ‘pedro’ Cutler while I’m prepping some other stuff for the weekend – debauchery and cards in a Brownhills Working Men’s Club in 1881!
From time to time here, we mention the history of Aldershawe, the estate and large house overlooking Lichfield from high on the hill near Wall – this remarkable and secluded property is, of course, closely intertwined with the Harrison family who owned it for a time.
Over the past couple of posts, the subject of Holland Park in Brownhills has come up, and reader Peter asked where it got it’s name – I knew it was named after Hyla John Holland, one of the great names in the history of Brownhills, but I realised I didn’t know much about the chap, or exactly what he did beyond being a councillor.
Here’s an odd snippet I found in the newspaper archives whilst looking for something completely different, which as anyone who’s ever researched any local history will tell you, is generally the way all the best stuff is found.
David Evans, top blog contributor and local historian extraordinaire, has strong connections with the local Methodist Movement – in this capacity, David has been working very hard indeed on the following article on the construction of the New Chapel for some weeks now, and I’m proud and honoured to present it for readers.
A great spot here yesterday from top Walsall Wood Mon, history wonk and local author Clive Roberts, who’s been as intrigued over the years as I have by the history of Crestacre, the former ‘lost’ isolation hospital in Barracks Lane, Brownhills.
We all know the three-faced liar in Brownhills. The Council House Clock – stopped, restored, restarted, stopped, restored, restarted. I lie in bed on warm summer nights and hear it chime the hour over a sleeping, somnambulant town, usually incorrectly. It’s a thing of pride, embarrassment and hilarity in the community.