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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 for book purchase details.

----- 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.

The book can be purchased  "while stocks last" from:
Egans shop, High Street, Brownhills
Walsall Wood Library
Corner Shop, Friezland Lane, Shire Oak.
There are some books at Walsall Local History Centre as well."



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 for book purchase details.

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."






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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