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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY - In and around Brownhills by Clive L Roberts
Published November 2015 - Paperback - Price 8.00 ------- You can now visit the Clive Roberts web site.

----- Clive says via
"My new book Snippets of History in and around Brownhills as some intresting topics, such as: The steam boat on Chasewaters was built by a engineering foundy in Ogley Hay, the book also covers the engineering firm which as been lost in time till now, also the bridge over the canal at the bottom of Pier street was orignaly owned by the landlord of the Fortune of War. There is lots more topics from the past, plus photos of Brownhills in the past."

(21/11/2015) The book can be purchased  "while stocks last" from:
Walsall Wood Library;
Brownhills Library;
Corner shop Friezland Lane:
Egan’s shop Brownhills High Street;
Walsall Local History Centre.



Who's Putting the Nets Up?
by Brian Stringer
Published Oct 2015 - Paperback 128 pages - Price 6.00

(as at 19/10/2015)....The book can be purchased from:
Brownhills Library - "while stocks last"

"Like all footballers there comes a time when the legs and the
pounding heart tell you, enough is enough, yet whatever level you
have attained, it is often impossible to switch off completely and
become merely a spectator. ln 1975, during such a time of frustrating
inertia Brian s next door neighbour suggested forming a village
soccer team. Visions of youngsters in a new pristine strip, playing
free flowing football that destroyed all opposition, a skill he had
taught them religiously, immediately sprang to mind. He dived in
without any hesitation embarking on a journey that brought delight,
fun, satisfaction, frustration, and turmoil, plus many more emotions
over the next 20 years.
Like most hobbies because that s what it is after all - it soon became
all consuming and led to tasks that at the outset would never have
been imagined. He was soon a taxi service, a fund raiser, a
bricklayer, a welder, a sign writer, a carpenter, gardener and pyro
technician. These were all manual tasks, but tact, diplomacy, and
counselling can all be added to the mix, as kids grew into teenagers
and then fully fledged adults, some with prima donna tendencies.
A pastime that was to take up winter Sunday afternoons, gradually
swallowed Saturdays, week days, and eventually summers as well.
Families got involved or left behind as soccer was all, and nothing
allowed to stand in the way.
But then the bodily aging process that started all this, gradually
affected the mind too, and in Brian s case he had to wind down or
be destroyed by the pressure that was consuming the pleasure.
This is his tale of amateur and junior football but l ll bet any club in
the UK could conjure up a similar story. But he has, and dedicates
it to all the people he s made friends with through soccer over the
years, some who appear in these pages and others who may not,
but will still be fondly remembered."


OLD BROWNHILLS - The Life And Times Of SID PRITCHARD compiled by Bill Mayo
Published April 2015 - A4 Paperback approx 60 pages - Price 8.00

(as at 14/4/2015)....The book can be purchased from:
Brownhills Library - "while stocks last"

Fellow compiler David Evans has reported via BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog ---- "Sid Pritchard, the original diarist had passed away in 1987. However, these notes had fortunately been rescued at the last minute, and Bill Mayo was invited to review them. A request was made that the notes be published in a book, dedicated to the memory of Sid Pritchard.

Transcribing the multitude of notes and deciphering some of the barely legible handwriting has been a challenging but immensely gratifying task.

There has been no transposition or correction made to the original notes in order to help preserve the original character of this perceptive and witty author in his colourful description of some of the people and places in Brownhills as he takes a ‘…walk from the Rising Sun to the Shire Oak Pub’. It is these notes that are now being published by Bill Mayo in his latest book."


SNIPPETS OF HISTORY - In and around Walsall Wood by Clive L Roberts
Published October 2014 - Paperback 82 pages - Price 8.00 ------ You can now visit the Clive Roberts web site.

----- Clive says via
"Some of the subjects I have covered in the book include how Freizland Lane got its name, the lost Walsall Wood Institute, some local football teams, a few post cards of Walsall Wood, Walsall Wood folk up before the bench, the history of the Wheel Inn pub, plus lots more.

----- (21/11/2015) ---- Clive says via "There are just a few left of Snippets of History in and around Walsall Wood, they can be obtained from .... "
Walsall Wood Library;
Corner shop Friezland Lane:
Egan’s shop Brownhills High Street;
Walsall Local History Centre.



CLAYHANGER KID TWO - The Teenage Years
by Brian Stringer
Published April 2013

Price 6.00

Paperback 164 pages

April 2013 - Limited stock available at :-
Downes Newsagents, Brownhills
Chasewater Railway Shop


SNIPPETS OF HISTORY - In and around Shire Oak by Clive L Roberts
Published April 2013

You can now visit the Clive Roberts web site.

Walsall Local History Centre Facebook page (on 17 April 2013) stated ----
"Packed full of fascinating quotes and snippets of history transcribed from old newspapers and other sources this should really interest anyone from the Shire Oak or wider Brownhills area.
The book is 72pp paperback, ilustrated with photos and newscuttings."

----- (21/11/2015) ---- Clive says via
"My first book Snippets of History in and around Shire Oak as sold out, but you can get a copy in PDF format on DVD from Walsall Wood Library and Egan’s in the High Street, Brownhills."



THE CLAYHANGER KID by Brian Stringer
Published December 2010

'THE CLAYHANGER KID relives the life of a boy bought up in the small mining village of Clayhanger, situated a mile from the town of Brownhills, which was then in Staffordshire. Born before the outbreak of the Second World War, he grew up in a strict but happy household, surrounded by friends and family, and a host of odd characters.
It is a delightful look back at the 40s and early 50s and chances are if you lived in the area, went to school in Brownhills, or worked at Walsall Wood Colliery you will know someone in this book, and may even be in it yourself. Some of the tales are hilarious, and will make you laugh out loud, while others will make you wish for the return of those years, and others definitely not.
Black Country author Carol Hathorne who has published many books, says of the Clayhanger Kid - "I found the book immensely readable, the author has a real gift with words, a warm personality and great sense of humour that shines through."
While a former village lad, writes" From page one I was taken on a delightful journey back to my childhood, by the brilliant and authentic anecdotes of the "kid", his relations, friends, and village folk.'


Around Pelsall & Brownhills by David F. Vodden, (BRITAIN in Old Photographs series), Sutton Publishing, 1998 - ISBN 0-7509-1898-5









Memories of Watling Street School (125 Year Anniversary 1878-2003) compiled by Jan Farrow.

Photographs and stories of the Junior Mixed & Infants School.

Published in 2003





Memories of Brownhills Past by Clarice Mayo & Geoff Harrington.

More rare photographs of the Brownhills area with illuminating descriptions of the views shown.

Published in 2003





Memories of Old Brownhills by Clarice Mayo & Geoff Harrington.

Rare photographs of the Brownhills area with illuminating descriptions of the views shown.

Published in 2001





Street Names of Brownhills, Clayhanger, Shelfield & Walsall Wood by Betty Fox, Walsall Local History Centre, 1999 - ISBN 0 946652 51 1

Street names, how the names came about, their history and notable buildings. Maps and photographs old and new add to the usefulness of the book.






BROWNHILLS A Walk Into History With Gerald Reece by Gerald Reece, Walsall Local History Centre, 1996 - ISBN 0 946652 42 2

116 pages of solid information on Brownhills from the earliest times to the present day. Well supplied with maps, photos and drawings.






Brownhills and Walsall Wood - on old picture postcards by Jan Farrow, Reflections of a Bygone Age, Keyworth, Nottingham 1992 - ISBN - 0 946245 60 6







Brownhills Local History Trail by Joyce Hammond, Walsall Library & Museum Services - ISBN 0 946652 02 3

Describing a walk through Brownhills with a background of ancient and modern history.






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