of the Bull Stake, Walsall Road, Darlaston Road,
In May 1965 while
testing a new camera, Bill Beddow had the good fortune to be
allowed to take photographs from the top of the nearly
completed John Wootton House and Great Croft House. His
lovely photographs allow us to look back to a time when
Darlaston was still a successful industrial town, and people
flocked to the town centre on a busy Saturday to spend money in the long-gone,
and fondly remembered shops.
||A fine view of the Bull Stake and
Walsall Road with a Wolverhampton Corporation trolley bus
turning back into Pinfold Street in readiness for its return
journey to Wolverhampton.
the extreme right in Darlaston Road is a Walsall Corporation
motor bus waiting at the bus stop before continuing to
Across the road is the bus stop for
|A close-up view of the Bull Stake,
taken as a number 37 Walsall Corporation bus turns into
Walsall Road on its way to Walsall.
In the background on the right is the
well-known tobacconists, The Spot.
At the bottom is the old street
lamp that burned-off toxic gases from the sewers. When the
island was replaced by traffic lights in 1977 it was decided
that the old lamp should be preserved, and moved to the
bottom of King Street.
Unfortunately the cast iron
standard had almost rotted away and could not be salvaged.
The lamp itself was tragically broken, and so a replica was
made, and mounted on an old British Electric Traction
Company tram pole. It can still be seen today at the bottom
of King Street, by the library.
||Another view of the Bull Stake and
In the centre
near the top is the Victoria Inn, which a few years ago was
demolished and replaced with terraced houses.
In the distance on the left is All
Saints' Church and F. H. Lloyds' James Bridge Steel Works.
|This view of the Bull Stake shows
the yard at the back of the Old Castle Hotel, and the backs
of David Jones & Son's corn and animal food shop, and Thomas
William Baker's butcher's shop.
In the foreground is Great Croft
Street which like the pub and shops already mentioned, would
soon disappear with the building of St. Lawrence Way.
On the opposite side of Darlaston
Road is the Wednesbury bus stop with a queue of people
waiting to catch the bus.
To the left of the bus stop are the
offices of the Pearl Insurance Company, and to the right is
Terry Ratcliffe's gents hairdressing shop, and a row of
||A final view of the Bull Stake
which shows the back of Appleyards' shop, and a tall thin
workshop. It was possibly the last surviving
gunlock makers workshop in the town.
|A view along Darlaston Road that
shows the extensive Servis factory and offices.
Sadly the factory has recently been
||Another view of the Servis
Just behind in
Bright Street is the premises of the Darlaston Bolt and Nut
|This photograph includes a couple
of the large factories where many local people worked.
On the right is Samuel Platts Limited
at Kings Hill Foundry. Platts produced a wide range of
specialised machinery, examples of which could be seen in
many of the local factories.
In the middle distance is the
massive Old Park Works, which for many years were owned by
the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company.
In 1949 the factory was purchased
by Metro-Cammell and became part of the Metropolitan Cammell
Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited.
Products included electric
locomotives, railway coach bodies, railway wagons, and
pressings of all kinds for the other factories in the group.
||A close-up view of Old Park Works,
and Church Hill.
|A fine colour view of St. Mary's
Church, and St. Bartholomew's Church on Church Hill.
||Another view of Church Hill behind
the houses in Manor House Road, and Lime Road.