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School concrete posts mystery

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

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I WONDERED if any of your readers might have any suggestions that might solve a mystery that I have had for many years.

As a boy I lived in Durban Road, Smethwick, opposite Cape Hill school which extended down Durban Road. I attended the school during the war years. Some time in the early 1940s two steel posts were erected about five foot high. Each post had steel eyelets welded to them, one was in the school grounds Durban Road side and the second one was placed across the road in the front garden of someone's house almost opposite the one in the school grounds.

The steel posts which were concreted firmly in place, are still there to this day and ironically when the school is painted, then so is the post. I have asked the school and the history society and they have both said they had no idea.

Someone said that the posts may have been erected so that in the event of an invasion chains could have been put across the road to keep people in sectors. This suggestion seems highly unlikely.

Can anyone resolve this mystery?

John A. Bosworth,

28 Spring Court,

Birmingham Road,


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