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1930s quarry truck smash-up

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • Accident at a busy junction in Amblecote

  • Bystanders view the aftermath of this road accident at Amblecote, Stourbridge, in the 1930s

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THESE dramatic photographs are from John Taylor of Kidderminster, who has amassed a fine collection of memorabilia relating to his home town, Stourbridge.

They date from the 1930s and depict the aftermath of a road traffic accident in Amblecote.

The location is still a busy four-way junction today, between Amblecote High Street, Collis Street and Wollaston Road.

In the background you can see what was the Fish Inn, which for a number of years housed the offices of Amblecote Urban District Council. Today it is a Cantonese restaurant.

Behind the pub are the cone and glassworks of Thomas Webb and Sons, now the Ruskin Glass Centre.

The lorry carrying stone belonged to the firm of W. Rollason Limited of Sedgley. Can you tell us anything about them?

The lorry was most likely carrying Gornal stone, which was extensively mined until the 1950s and used in many buildings in the area. Made up of near 100% silica, its high melting point also saw it used as refractory coating in furnaces.

The heavy lorry has smashed into the other one, knocking off its rear bodywork. We have no details of the incident but trust that no one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Can you tell us anything about this incident? Have you any dramatic pictures to share? Contact dshaw@black countrybugle.co.uk or send them to Bugle House, 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.

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