A Legion of thanks!

Further to the pictures from Remembrance Sunday Wendy Dance, treasurer of Brownhills Branch of the Royal British Legion has been in touch to tell us all about the RBL in Brownhills, and to thank residents of Brownhills for their extraordinary generosity regarding the annual Poppy Appeal.
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Brownhills Common and Central, 1884.

Following on from the 1884 Brownhills South and Walsall Wood map of last week, I have one that will interest those wanting to investigate the mining history on Brownhills Common. This is an 1884 1:1250 plot of that area in 1884. It carries some rather interesting annotations. For David Evans, wells are extensively noted with…

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Southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak, 1884.

I’ve come across a paper map of southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak from the 1884 first survey, which I thought I’d share with readers. It’s an interesting document, and worthy of close study. I like the notation of  letter boxes at Shire Oak Crossroads and Clayhanger, and I’m intrigued by the ‘Magazine’ noted south…

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Another glimpse into the past

I thought I’d make a bit of a weekend thing of featuring old pictures. There are so many to share, particularly from the recently acquired work ‘Around Pelsall & Brownhills’ by David F. Vodden. I really suggest that anyone interested attempts to find a copy, but they’re very scarce like most local history books, which…

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Station approach

There has been some recent discussion here of the old railway line and former Brownhills West station that used to cross Brownhills Common from Walsall Wood, dismantled in the sixties. A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up the old line to see what remained of the industrial past. For the exact location…

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