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Images of a daring highwayman #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll ramble on and share my thoughts with you.  Yesterday, I read a lot of history from some old books that have been added to the internet archive. It’s interesting to see how our community has developed from when the Romans were here. I came across a little history from the 18th century when Richard Turpin, legendary highwayman, was said to have passed this way and used a local coaching inn. I posted a little information about that on our history page. Those images of a daring highwayman are featured on a frieze opposite the town hall on the Morrison’s building and are an important part of local folklore.

daring highwayman

Ye Olde Leathern Bottel

Tourists do come in search of the Olde Leathern Bottel which dates back to 1510 and was a coaching inn in the 18th century as well as there being a gun workshop at the rear. It was the gunbarrel making in Wednesbury that gave rise to the tube-making industry that followed. Anyway, the legend of Dick Turpin gives the pub an image that is out of the ordinary but the brewery does milk it with high rents and high prices which means landlords don’t stay long.

Images of a daring highwayman

I can’t create images of a daring highwayman so I have to settle for images of that historic inn. That picture was used for my first art card together with a picture of another historic in, the Old Blue Ball on Hall End. This week my printing should be done and I’ll have two more art cards to try to sell. This time I have chosen the Fountain in Tipton, an inn associated with another local legend, the Tipton Slasher. My fourth art card features the Red Lion in Darlaston for no other reason than it has just been repainted.

Photography

I’ll be out again today trying to capture images that will interest and entertain. I think I’ll head into Walsall today once I’ve check the air pressure in my tyres. They seem to be losing pressure for some strange reason. I do tend to return to places where I’ve taken good pictures in the past and I’m thinking of taking a few shots of the lockkeepers cottage at Park Hall. The canals seem to have a historically romantised image too.

That’s all for today, I’ll be writing about photography on Tuesday and this week it will be M for manual! If you would like to follow my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts. Those links can also be found on my Facebook page.

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