Archive for the ‘Local History’ Category

Golden Opportunity

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I wasn’t at work last week, but the weather put paid to most of the outdoor tasks, as while it wasn’t universally wet, things were too changeable to commit to much. When a friend mentioned that she wanted to sell some gold, but wanted company (was I a bodyguard? maybe), it seemed like a pleasant […]


Pelsall, Common

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I’ve bought a slide scanner, and I thought some readers might like to see this photo of Pelsall Common in the early 70s, taken by my late father. It’s me, my mom, and (I think) a next-door neighnour who was friends with my sister stood around my Dad’s Wolseley 16/60 on Pelsall Common- the railway […]


The End of the Trolleybus

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Staying with the bus theme, I bought a copy of Classic Bus magazine to read at the airport, and it had this rather lovely short article and picture about the last days of Walsall trolleybuses that might interest some people. It’s a big file though, as a full-colour A3 scan. Walsall Trolleybus near J10 (PDF, […]


Mutiny on the Buses

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

As the lad himself has detailed, we went to Wythall Transport Museum. It’s a bigger concern than Aston Manor, and well worth a look: Andrew enjoyed himself taking the piss out of my new-found bus obsession, but then getting diverted by the really odd types with notebooks. I got to listen to some Gardner diesels […]


Prace Bets Now!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

A short reference to silly post-pub gameshow Banzai. I’m now wondering after yesterday’s events (blogged in detail by Brownhills Bob) which historic building in Walsall will be next. We’ve had the Jabez Cliff building, the church at Melish Rd, another old leatherworks near the art gallery, several pubs, and of course Shannon’s Mill. Prior to […]


On The Buses, again

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

This time, I wasn’t driving. We went to Aston Manor Transport Museum‘s open day in it’s new Aldridge home. The new building is bigger and better for purpose, if not as impressive as the old tram shed in Witton. We had a great time: a look about, a ride in some lovely old vehicles, and […]


Work on the Avion- continued

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Work is progressing on the Avion. The section that appeared to be getting demolished actually seems to be mostly retained, there’s a new roof in progress (rather than what looked like asbestos sheets), and some impressive windows at the rear, presumably where the original screen was, so a similar treatment to The Imperial, where it […]


A can of Hammerite, please…

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, it seems other people that like the public artwork around Walsall Wood (or at least some of it) agree with at least one part of my post on the matter of it’s asthetic value: It could do with a coat of paint: For what it’s worth, I reckon that the rusting is deliberate. Not […]


I hate it….

Monday, August 15th, 2011

…when I’m right. Just under a year ago I predicted a mysterious fire followed by demolition. for the Jabez Cliff works, a rather nice, but unlisted building in a conservation zone in Walsall. I speculated that the decision to demolish was already made, and that the building would go, following this statement from Adrian Andrew, […]


New Local History Blog

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Anyone interested in local history around Walsall should check out Stuart Williams’ excellent new blog The Borough Blog.