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Hitting the nail on the yed

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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JUST over 18 months ago this cracking photo of a row of nailers' cottages that once stood in Birmingham Street, Halesowen, was published from a collection belonging to Dave Macklin of Cradley Heath.

It was taken in 1966 and we have to thank Dave for recording this image of a way of life that was so dominant here in the Black Country 200 years ago. Local man John Harris is also grateful for the photo being featured as he explained on a visit to Bugle House:

"I do the read the Bugle, but sometimes I take a while to catch up. But I was absolutely flabbergasted as was my wife Jean to discover that one the cottages used to be the home of Sarah Hackett, Jean's 3 x great-grandmother. Family history research has revealed that in 1851 Sarah, who worked as a nailor (this is how it spelt on the birth record) gave birth to a son William at her home in Birmingham Street. She couldn't sign the certificate and had to leave her mark. We are needless to say over the moon about the discovery."

Nail making was an important aspect of Black Country industry in the early part of the 19th century and to be able to name a nailer who used to live and work at one of the cottages in Birmingham Street is indeed a bonus.

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