Bloxwich in Pictures – a Decade Ago

September 18, 2017 in Bloxwich, Features, Photography by Stuart Williams

Words and pictures by Stuart Williams

Senior Archives/Conservation Assistant

My last post, Walsall Town Centre in Pictures – Twenty Years On, was so hugely popular, I’ve decided to reveal some more pictures from the relatively recent past!

Ten years ago this year, as Walsall Local History Centre’s photographer, I was able to undertake our first digital photographic survey of several of the main town centres within the borough, using a Canon EOS 300D (who remembers when DSLRs were 6 megapixels?!).  Because this was the Centre’s first digital survey, it was possible to take more pictures than the survey which I made of Walsall town centre twenty years ago on film, so the survey was definitely not done in a day!

To mark the 10 year anniversary of this first digital survey, then, I’m going to be publishing selected pictures from this over the next few months. This first time around, the selection of twenty photos given below is from pictures which I took of Bloxwich on the 2nd February, 2007.

Sadly, it is not practical to add ‘now’ pictures to these ‘Decade Ago’ posts, due to lack of time, but I do hope you will still find the past pictures of interest, especially the ones showing how much has changed in just a decade.

Stuart Williams

 

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Bloxwich Baths (then Function Hall), now demolished, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich Baths (then Function Hall), now demolished, 2 Feb 2007

 

Bloxwich War Memorial and All Saints Church, High St/Elmore Green Rd, 2 F eb 2007

Bloxwich War Memorial and All Saints Church, High St/Elmore Green Rd, 2 F eb 2007

 

Bloxwich Co-Op Building, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich Co-Op Building, 2 Feb 2007

 

Electric Palace youth centre (originally Pat Collins' Grosvenor/Odeon Cinema) and other High St buildings, 2 Feb 2007

Electric Palace youth centre (originally Pat Collins’ Grosvenor/Odeon Cinema) and other High St buildings, 2 Feb 2007

 

Bloxwich Library (now Bloxwich District Library) and Bloxwich Library Theatre, Elmore Row, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich Library (now Bloxwich District Library) and Bloxwich Library Theatre, Elmore Row, 2 Feb 2007

 

The George pub, now Bloxwich Hardware, High St, 2 Feb 2007

The George pub, now Bloxwich Hardware, High St, 2 Feb 2007

 

Woolworths, now Bright House, High St, 2 Feb 2007

Woolworths, now Bright House, High St, 2 Feb 2007

 

Corner of Victoria Avenue and High St, 2 Feb 2007

Corner of Victoria Avenue and High St, 2 Feb 2007

 

Bloxwich High St and beginning of Queens Parade, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich High St and beginning of Queens Parade, 2 Feb 2007

 

The Carousel, now The Lady Diana, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

The Carousel, now The Lady Diana, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

The Bull's Head, now demolished, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

The Bull’s Head, now demolished, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

Former Bloxwich 1832 Methodist Chapel, Wood's Picture Palace, Pat Collins' workshop and Bert Brittain's factory, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

Former Bloxwich 1832 Methodist Chapel, Wood’s Picture Palace, Pat Collins’ workshop and Bert Brittain’s factory, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

Bloxwich Fountain before restoration, Promenade Gardens, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich Fountain before restoration, Promenade Gardens, 2 Feb 2007

 

P. Baughan Electrical, now long closed, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

P. Baughan Electrical, now long closed, Park Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

The Turf Tavern, Wolverhampton Rd, 2 Feb 2007

The Turf Tavern, Wolverhampton Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

The Cottage (a restored Georgian cottage, once abandoned), 69 Sandbank, 2 Feb 2007

The Cottage (a restored Georgian cottage, once abandoned), 69 Sandbank, 2 Feb 2007

 

The two Romping Cats (the chip shop was the original, the present was the Sandbank Tavern until 1957), Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

The two Romping Cats (the chip shop was the original, the present was the Sandbank Tavern until 1957), Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

Spring Cottage pub, Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

Spring Cottage pub, Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

Bloxwich United Services Club (now long closed), Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

Bloxwich United Services Club (now long closed), Elmore Green Rd, 2 Feb 2007

 

Thatched House Tavern, now converted into a shop, Elmore Green Road, 2 Feb 2007

Thatched House Tavern, now converted into a shop, Elmore Green Road, 2 Feb 2007