January 11th - The good weather continued today, commuting this week is a joy to the heart. Trundling through Walsall Wood, I passed Barrow Close. This relatively new estate of apartments and houses was built on the site of the old Chillington Manufacturing site - formerly Thacker Barrows. Yes, few people know, but Walsall Wood was once the heart of manufacturing for the traditional builder’s wheelbarrow. Chillington took the money and moved to Walsall, but still thrive, thankfully.
Comically, a local tried to tell me a while ago that the name Barrow Close had been chosen as there had been a burial mound nearby… er, no.