Festival of Water comes to Pelsall – all this weekend!

Those who remember the excellent Pelsall Canal Festivals will be pleased to note that this weekend, there’s a similar three day festival taking place on the canals and common around Norton Junction in Pelsall, featuring over a hundred boats, stalls, displays, fun and entertainment for all the family.

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Well connected

I’ve had this one in for a while, and a grey Sunday seems about the right time to share it, as I’m sure this wonderful post from blog rail historian Ian Pell will be of interest both those engaged with local rail history and those with a focus on the industrial development of our area.
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Up the junction

A really great thing about keeping this blog for such a long period of time now is knowing the breadth and diversity of the knowledge present amongst the readership – and for matters on rail and infrastructure history, Ian Pell is the expert (although he always protests to the country!)

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The forgotten Coventry bombing that blew a Walsall Wood bricklayer off his feet

An additional piece followed the original article I featured by John and Paul Anslow last week, on the subject of Walsall Wood and Pelsall wartime air raids – this one is about an IRA attack in Coventry right before the war that appears to have been all but forgotten.

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Avoiding the Red Caps with the permission of Captain Palmer

It’s always a joy to feature articles here by the wonderful Anslow brothers; over the years John and Paul have contributed so much to our local history knowledge, from everyday but special weddings, to sneaking into fetes and even recalling lost Pelsallian ice ream vendors.

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Things that went bump in the night

I’ve long held the belief that if you’re looking for someone in a crowded place, the best thing to do is stand patiently in the same place, and eventually they’ll walk past you. So I’m finding it is with local history: queries I posted a very long time ago get found by people using search…

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What’s my line?

This week for the old photo feature, I thought I’d share some pictures from a recently acquired new book about the main railway that used to run through Brownhills. ‘The South Staffordshire Railway, Volume One’, written by Bob Yate, covers the whole period of the railway, from constructuon to the death throes when the line…

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