Tag Archives: Steve Hickman

What’s the storey?

Here’s a quick one that’s piqued my intent and left me pondering, so I thought I’d share it – friend of New Hall Mill Alan Dawson has asked a really excellent question about my frequent 365daysofbiking muse, Shenstone Railway Station.

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Laying a sound foundation

Long term readers and local history buffs will recall reader, contributor and friend of the Brownhills Blog Steve Hickman supplying material relating to his great grandfather, Joseph William Taylor, master bricklayer and craftsman of Stonnall. Well, Steve Hickman and Julian … Continue reading

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Memories of Old Stonnall

The fantastic, resourceful and dedicated Julian Ward-Davies has been in touch to point out that there’s a new article on his blog entitled ‘Memories of Old Stonnall’, a collaborative work with Gordon Mycock whose memories of his life in the … Continue reading

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Sand in the machinery

More great stuff on the saga of tank testing in Shire Oak Quarry. Hot on the heels of contributor David Oakley, Steve Hickman has obtained another great account from Ron Harris, a member of his family. A big thank you … Continue reading

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Where’s your woggle?

Top contributed, reader and Stonnall history buff Steve Hickman has, once again been in touch. He’s unearthed a great photo of the Shenstone Scout Troop in their Sunday finery in 1962. Steve poses the following question: Hi Bob, I came across this … Continue reading

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Tanking along…

The question of tank testing in Shire Oak Quarry is ongoing. I’ve received a large number of fine contributions from David Evans, not least this email communication between him and the Tank Museum…. From: David Evans Sent: 26 September 2011 … Continue reading

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Stories from the front

David Evans has been very busy this week supplying a wealth of further material relating to the wonderful history of Arthur Burton MM. First of all, he sent a copy of Arthur’s diary entry relating to White Chateau, Ypres. My … Continue reading

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1444 Squadron Air Cadets at summer camp, late sixties

Just had this cracking email from top contributor Steve Hickman, relating to Friday’s piece about the 70th anniversary request for photos and information relating to 1444 Squadraon Air Training Corps in Brownhills. Steve is a star, and I never cease … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out

  Last week, I was sent this fantastically evocative image by top contributor Steve Hickman. I know it’s not quite Brownhills, but I know there were, and maybe still are, several members of the Walsall Motorcycle Club in our locality, … Continue reading

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Made of bricks

While we’re on the subject of the Hickman family, Steve contacted me with an interesting photo of his  great grandfather, William Taylor, with this fascinating bit of local history. In all the focus on the mines and allied trades locally, … Continue reading

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Charting an unseen place…

1902, Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, of Stonnall, 1:10000 scale. Click the image to download the high-quality PDF. It’s with great thanks that I can share the above map with the readers of The Brownhills Blog – found in a … Continue reading

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The lost post of Stonnall

Way back in the mists of time, top reader and contributor Steve Hickman asked a question about when I thought the Chester Road was diverted from Stonnall Village. I started researching a reply, but in the interim, top amateur landscape … Continue reading

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