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Memories of Old Stonnall
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What a lovely blog, I really enjoyed reading it and looking at the photos. Thanks Gordon x

Gordon, I thoroughly enjoyed your writing. There a so many things it reminded me of. I have a number of photographs of the people you mention including your younger self which I will be happy to share.

Gordon, what a wonderful account of people and life in Stonnall. Thank you very much for sharing these memories - which have brought back many other memories for me of the people you mention (though I knew them rather later in their lives!).

There are so many things that correlate with the stuff my dad researched in the 1970s, mostly heresay but now brought together in one very important piece of work. Wonderful reminiscence, Gordon, and the very cornerstone of the history of Stonnall. You lived it.

A brilliant article that brings Stonnall's history alive. The Institute had a low pitched roof. Constructed of corrugated iron on a timber frame, it was of WW1 vintage. I seem to remember that the wiggly tin exterior was painted with bitumen, and there was a gents' outside toilet to the left hand side. The interior had a strange fibreboard lining and was quite dark.

A big thanks to all of you. I enjoyed reading Gordon Mycock's memories of old Stonnall. Thanks Gordon for putting your memories on this blog mate.

Tina Hill
Just noticed a reply on facebook about my moms comment on the cottage in stonnall. It was called Rose Cottage, not Pear Tree. I would like to add that mom had great pleasure in reading the blog. (Trying to teach her how to use the computer.) I have lost my lap top while I am in the midlands, as she has found it very interesting. I would also like to add that, I also found it interesting to see what stonnall was like when mom was little. I shall follow your blogs with interest and if you need me to ask mom anything I wouldn't mind at all. Regards Tina Hill.

Gordon and Julian
Thanks a lot Tina. It is nice to find out what the name of the cottage was. We would be very interested to receive any memories your mom might have of the village, the school, etc. Any old photos would be especially interesting. We hope she lets you have your laptop back soon!

Linda Higgs
Hi Gordan, I am married to Nick Higgs whose Mum was Audrey Glover and was fascinated to see your history of Stonnall. The references to Elm Cottage and picture of his Aunt has stirred some emotions.

I connected to the facebook site and was amazed again to see a picture of my husbands mum and aunt at Morecombe.

I was unable to leave a message on the wall as my friend request has yet to be accepted.

Nick tells me he has fond memories of you and I am determined to research the history of Elm Cottage.

I welcome your reply with eager anticipation

Linda Higgs

Gordon Mycock
Hello Linda, what a pleasant surprise to hear from you we must all meet up soon.

The last time I saw you all was at Audrey's funeral, yes I was there but felt I did not want to intrude.

My connection with Elm Cottage was that I spent more time there than anywhere else in Stonnall other than my home, both before and after Mrs Wood's death.

Happy Memories.

David Titley
Gordon, Nice piece of writing. Many thanks. My parents moved to Stonnall in the 30s after they married at St Peters [Dad's family were living at Shire oak]. My Mom came from Walsall Wood with its two methodist churches, a teashop and a railway station. She said she felt she had moved to the 'The sticks' where there was no street lighting!

Was the police house you mention in one of the ordinary houses in the lane?

Gordon Mycock
Hello David I will try to describe the location of the old police house in Cartersfield lane which is complicated a little by the recently built houses.

As you travel from the School towards the Fighting Cocks Farm on the right hand side you will arrive at a Bungalow, I lived there in 1930, next to this is now a new house then next to this is a pair of semi's, the first of which is the Old Police House and we lived in the second one from 1931. To put the buildings in perspective as at 1931, there were no buildings at all on the left hand side, the first and only being the Fighting Cocks Farm and on the right hand the first building was the bungalow, (the footpath to the smithy was opposite), a garden followed then the pair of semi's then another garden, now houses, and another pair of semi's and today these are still the last in the block, there were no other buildings then until past F C Farm and the house and farm on the hill brow and finally the Stone House on the corner of Lichfield road.

mark judson
Fantastic reading very interesting. My mother is Kathleen Judson nee Broadhurst. With reference to the bomb dropped on the searchlight at Shenstone, the Broadhurst sister that married Bill Matin was my aunt Winnie. Sadly my father who passed away many years ago is buried at St Peters church but your article has stirred many fond memories.

Gordon Mycock
Hello Mark, nice to hear from you. Your mother and late father are well known to us from the old days. My wife Rita worked with your father for some years. Rita and I send our kind regards to your mother Kathleen, yourself and your sister and thanks for getting in touch.

Kath Judson (nee Broadhurst)
Hello Gordon,

Many thanks for your good wishes (brought to my attention by my son Mark).

I too have very fond memories of growing up in Stonnall and well remember many of the names and places you mention.

I attended Stonnall School and would have been there around the same time as yourself and I remember the School Inspector you mention, whose name by the way was Mr. Reynolds.

I also remember our Head Mistress, Miss Rainbow, and the little girl you mention was Ann Ogden - she was the daughter of Miss Rainbows housekeeper who was a Miss Violet Ogden.

Another name mentioned by you was Rosemary Pratt (who was a good friend of mine). Sadly Rosemary died quite a few years ago as a result of a road accident and I attended her funeral at Leamington Spa, where her mother had moved to on leaving the Swan Inn after the death of her husband Bayes.

I was born at number 79 Main Street (which is still there today) and next to that there were four cottages,(not two) the Snapes, Hewitts, Bastins and Basfords. The Snapes and Hewitts moved to Cartersfield Lane, Bastins as you said to the old school in Church Lane and the Basfords I'm not too sure of, I think possibly Shire Oaks. As you say these cottages were eventually demolished.

Elm Cottage, the home of Flo and Audrey Glover I have fond memories of, having spent many happy hours there.

Lovely picture of Flo and yourself on your motorbike.

I remember the tennis court you mention at the Meddings and played there with Beryl (Platt) Hickman (Steve Hickman's mother).

Re the bomb at Coopers Farm, Lynn Lane, Shenstone. My sisters husband (Bill Mattin) was stationed there at the time. On that particular night he was in hospital recovering from a minor accident, but he did know several of the boys who were injured.

I do not recall the builders yard you mention being known as Hopley's builders. Hopley's (my Grandfather's business) was a haulage company and as far as I know was run from the Royal Oak, where a double garage had been built at the rear of the premises to house the lorry. The yard you refer to, I think, was Oakley's builders, but it is possible that Hopley's lorry could have been there delivering bricks etc.

Unfortunately, since my sisters have died, I do not get to visit Stonnall these days, but I did visit our mutual cousin (Mary(White) Ellett) last year.

Give my regards to Rita and I trust you are both keeping well - not forgetting David of course.

Kath Judson

I really enjoyed your memories of Stonnall however the photo you have of Louisa Scott is not correct. This photo is of my gt grandparents Fredrick and Mary Payne with their 3 daughters Anna Mary and Clara (my grandma). Their husbands and children are also on the photo including my uncle Jack Bates. My grandma Clara was in service at Stonnall vicarage before her marrage to Thomas Bates. Kind Regards, Jan

Jean Mills
Kath, was there ever a shop next to 79 Main St. where the cottages used to stand?

Julian Ward-Davies
Hi Jean - I have just heard from Kath and she says there wasn't a shop at that location. There was a shop opposite the Royal Oak that was run by the Hopleys. That was demolished in the late 50s/early 60s. What you heard might have been an old folk memory of when the Royal Oak premises had been a shop before it became a public house. The Tithe Map of about 1830 marks that building as a shop.

Keith Heywood
What a lot of information! As a (just) post-war child then much of it was before my time, but it certainly brought some memories back!Conker trees were few and far between around Stonnall, the best ones were in Hook Lane, near New Barnes. I have no recollection of getting any conkers from the trees at the cricket field at Lynn - weren't they limes (memories of the crack of willow on leather and the contented humming of hundreds of bees in the flowers of the shady trees). There were also smaller trees edging the field immediately to the west along Lynn Lane, I guess these must have been the (barren) chestnuts!

Julian Ward-Davies
Gordon does not mention conkers or horsechestnut trees, just chestnut trees which, of course, do not produce conkers.