Monday, 13 October 2014

Hamstead & Perry Barr

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As the River Tame leaves the Black Country and passes into Birmingham, it meanders through much greener surroundings; through Sandwell Valley Country Park, acting as a kind of divide between the two areas. This has changed little over time, as it has remained predominantly rural here, all apart from the colliery at Hamstead. The blog will explore the colliery more, but until then, there are some pictures below:

Hamstead Colliery in 1902.....
....and a similar view again, in 1905.

Attached to the colliery was a brick works.....
Hamstead Brick Works in 1968, dilapidated & run-down  
Within the brickwork of the chimney you can see the year '1876'.

Further downstream, remaining still in idyllic countryside, was Perry Hall. Although it has little industrial connection, the owners, the Gough's, were one of the first to complain that the River Tame was becoming polluted, in the 1850s. This was the beginning of a changing time for the river, as it began to alter from a sparkling and meandering river to a dirty and often smelly one, that became canalised into straight lines and concrete culverts.

Perry Hall, 1906, with General Calthorpe in his carriage.

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