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Brown Lion Street, the Marl ‘ole and
Mitchard’s wharf

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: May 11, 2006

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We have had a series of letters over recent weeks and months which referred to Tipton’s Bloomfield Road and its environs, in the days when it was lined with small family businesses and houses, rather than the huge impersonal factories and warehouses which we see today.

Another reader who has particularly strong memories of that area is Harold Poole of Bilston, who has his own family connection, as he explains:

“My mother was born in a house in Brown Lion Street, off Bloomfield Road, on December 4th 1899. Her name was Mary Love, and she was the sister of Isaac Love, the grandfather of one of the ladies who wrote to the Bugle. My mother had four brothers and three sisters; Isaac, Richard, Jacob, Francis, Eliza, Anna and Maud - all names from the bible. Tragically, Maud was burned to death swinging a fire can.

“Up until I was twelve or thirteen, I used to take half an ounce of twist tobacco every week to my grandad Dick Love - I’m now eighty myself. They came from miles around to buy the herb tea my grandad used to make.

“In the picture of Brown Lion Street which was featured int he Bugle, on the right was the pub and my uncle Ike lived next door, until they went over ‘the Brittle’. Ike and Jake worked for Mitchard the coal merchant - his wharf was where the petrol station now stands on Bloomfield Road. They used to take the barge at night to Cannock to pick up a load of coal, bring it back to the wharf, shovel it onto the landing, bag it, then deliver it the next day. There was no such thing as backache in those days, it was work or no pay.

“I have enclosed a photograph of the Angle Ring factory, which was built on the site of the old Marl Hole and Skinner’s Field. It was taken from the Ronky Bonk end, Fountain Lane, Coseley. The other photograph shows the path that used to go acrss the top of the pool, then across the railway bridge into Bloomfield Road by the school. The Marl Hole was created by clay being brought out of the ground to line the canal to hold the water in.”

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