Tag Archives: Ralph Ferrie

At the end of the line

An interesting and memory- jogging image came to me last week via local football dynamo Brian Beard, who spotted the original photo for sale on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay. This is a photo of the near-derelict Walsall Wood Railway … 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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A temperamental old lady

When I playfully prodded Tony Winn earlier in the week to see if as one of the most knowledgable contributors on the subject of Ralph Ferrie, he might have information on one of the entrepreneur’s old trucks, I never expected to strike gold.

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Start me up!

I’m hoping some of the transport buffs or maybe even Ralph Ferrie expert Tony Winn might be able to help with this one that partner-in-crime [Howmuch?] found this week in a junkshop – what appears to be a press photo of one of Ralph’s vintage trucks, with a young lad pulling on the starting handle.
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Museum piece

I’m indebted to reader Tony Wynn, who’s supplied another fascinating piece in the Ralph Ferrie jigsaw. The above story, from 1970, rings a vague bell; we know that Ralph had a garage on or near the old Midland Railway sidings … Continue reading

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The days of the empire

Another curious bit of the Ralph Ferrie jigsaw landed anonymously by email this week. Supplied as-is (I tweaked the images a bit for clarity), all the accompanying note said was ‘July, 1957. Lichfield Mercury, Ralph Ferrie’s new showroom.’ I thank … Continue reading

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Car Ferrie

Further to my previous post, enquiring after noted local businessman Ralph Ferrie, the anonymous reader who supplied the original clipping has once more come forward, as it appears they forgot to include this image with the article. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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High roller

I’ve received a curious little snippet from a reader of the blog who wishes to remain anonymous. This clipping from an unknown paper specified only as ‘from 1971’, is an interesting snapshot of the life of Brownhills businessman Ralph Ferrie. … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Station, shortly before demolition

I spotted the above picture whilst rooting for scrapyard images on Flickr. The picture has been lifted from the beautiful and fascinating stream of local photographer littleredglass. I would imagine this was shortly before demolition, as far as I can … Continue reading

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Past trucking

Shortly after compiling the last post about the great local history chronicler and raconteur Godfrey ‘Oakparkrunner’ Hucker, he kindly sent me another great contribution. I am indebted to Godfrey and as ever, cannot thank him enough for his wonderful memories, … Continue reading

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