Shugborough Yew Tree
Shugborough’s Great Yew (the widest tree in Europe) has been shortlisted in the final ten of England’s Tree of the Year. Voting for the winner (which will enter the European competition runs all this week until Tuesday 4th). We’re up against some stiff competition from Newton’s Apple and the Sherwood Oak, so please, please, please lend your support by voting for our extra special tree as NUMBER ONE at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vote and by retweeting and sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/shugboroughestate www.twitter.com/shugborough
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Fight to re-open Railway
From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989
via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer
This was taken from Brownhills Bob’s latest post (28-10-2014) and is of particular interest to railway followers in the Lichfield, Walsall, Brownhills area.
On a personal level – when I first started school (a few weeks ago now!), I used to travel from Brownhills to Lichfield by train (steam, obviously), and later, when I started work, I travelled in the other direction, from Brownhills to Walsall (steam or diesel) – hence my interest in the line. John (CWS).
Next year (2015) will be the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of the line!
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The South Staffordshire Railway Group have come up with the excellent idea of marking former railway stations on the line with an information post. Let’s hope that the Hammerwich post is just the first in the district.
Hammerwich Railway Post
Posted by ROB on August 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM, and reproduced here with kind permission of the South Staffs Rail Group.
There is a link on the blogroll to their excellent site – well recommended.
On Monday 21st August 2011, South Staffs Rail Group installed a small post to remember the once busy railway station in Hammerwich.
There was northing to say it was once a busy local station on the South Staffordshire Line, only an old footbridge and railway track. “We hope people visiting the area all just out for a walk, will stumble upon the railway station and realise how important the line once was for the local heritage of Hammerwich.
South Staffs Rail would like to thank Hammerwich Parish Council and the local Landowner for their vast interest and support to this small project.
On my Brownhills Walk earlier in the year, I took some photos along the Wyrley and Essington Canal Anglesey Branch. One in particular made me wonder – what was there before the M6 Toll?Then we had the collection of old photographs from Laurence Hodgkinson and there was the answer:Taken in 1966, a level crossing over Wharf Lane and the railway line, as straight as an arrow, down to Anglesey Sidings/Charrington’s depot/transport yard. You can even see one of the large storage tanks in the distance.This is the view from Wharf Lane canal bridge,and this is a similar view now.The trackbed still looks straight – what you can see of it!And on to Newtown Bridge!
There were a number of old buildings to the left of Wharf Lane, including the old stables and a water tower.
I wonder who’s got the ‘Whistle’ sign?
These railway remains were the line from the collieries down to Anglesey Sidings where the line joined the LNWR line from Wychnor to Bescot – nowadays more commonly known as the Lichfield to Walsall line. From there the coal could transported to just about anywhere in the country, although a lot of it was used in the Black Country.
The colliery involved in this railway was the Cannock Chase Colliery Company, which ultimately had 10 pits in the area, although they weren’t all in operation at the same time. In the very early years of No.1 and 2 collieries, the canal was mainly used, but then McClean completed the rail system. Since McClean owned both the coal and rail companies, the canal was hardly used between 1857 and 1861, but then McClean gave up his lease on the railway company and canal sales increased to about one third of the company’s output.The end of the Colliery line at Anglesey Sidings. Cannock Chase loco No.6, a Sharp Stewart 0-6-0ST 2643/1876. This picture, taken 21/7/1936 also shows Hammerwich Church in the background and the signal box on the Lichfield to Walsall line.