WE turn the clock back to the early 1900s with this photograph, kindly loaned to us by Michael Bradley of Kingswinford. The street sign tells us the picture was taken in Robert Street, Lower Gornal, at the Five Ways junction, and its shows a large group about to depart on a church outing.
The people were members of the congregation of Lake Street Primitive Methodist Chapel and Michael's great-grandfather, John Bradley, was a prominent lay preacher in the Methodist movement and attended and preached regularly at the old chapel in Lake Street.
The picture shows a wide array of interesting characters. The smart ladies in their best hats sit in a wagon ready to depart for their day out at some rural place in the green fringes of the Black?Country, while around them swarm dozens of children, all eager to have their picture taken.
There are wide contrasts between the children, with smart clean boys in Eton collars rubbing shoulders with their poorer fellows.
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