|28 May 2015|
Jack Haddock's Birchills
John Frederick Haddock, better known as Jack, was born on 17th September 1927 in Hospital Street, Walsall. He moved to Webster Road in 1928, where he has lived for over seventy years. As a child, Jack could not help being fascinated with transport as the Webster Road area was surrounded by Ryecroft Locomotive Shed, Birchills Tram and Bus Depot and Peter Keay and Son Canal Boat Dock. He attended North Walsall Elementary schools (Infant, Junior and Senior) and showed interest and ability in History and Geography.
Jack has always been a railway enthusiast but he did not start to photograph
locomotives until he discovered that steam traction was due to be phased
out. Jack started to keep a photographic record of steam locomotives in
1954, when the locomotive 'Patriot' (No. 45500) came on the turntable
at Ryecroft Motive Power Depot.
Jack has continued his mission to keep a photographic record of Walsall's recent history and has a collection of between 15,000 and 20,000 images. In 1990, the copyright for part of this collection was acquired by Walsall Local History Centre for the benefit of anyone with an interest in the history of transport or the development of Walsall. Copies of images from the Jack Haddock collection can be purchased from The Local History Centre on application to Stuart Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.