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What was single-storey building used for?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

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AN old friend of ours sent me a photocopy of your recently published picture in The Bugle alongside a postcard of the same scene.

Your picture is the same as that on page 15 of Tipton in Old Photographs by John Brimble and Keith Hodgkins, taken in 1963, and her postcard would be dated about 1910. It is similar to the picture on page 17 but it shows a lot more detail of the buildings opposite the Fountain Inn.

Our friend and my wife were both born in Union Street in the 1920s, and lived there until the early 1950s and knew the area very well but neither can recall the single-storey building between the two three-storey blocks which has been replaced by a two-storey building on the later picture.

We would be interested to know if anyone knows what this old building was used for - it looks like a shop - and when it was replaced by the later building?

E.H. Austin,

28 Heathbrook Avenue,

Wall Heath,

Kingswinford.

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