Bob Smith's Favourite House, and the M.E.C. building

Favourite House was once the headquarters of a well-known local entrepreneur, the late Bob Smith. His Church Street shop was used by most of the local population. When he retired in 1955, it was taken over by Page's Electric Limited. The business was there for many years and like its predecessor, became well known throughout the town.

The building was then converted into flats, which were occupied until a few years ago.

Next door was the old electricity sub-station, built in 1906 for the Midland Electric Corporation, which was founded in 1897 to distribute electricity over much of the Black Country. Sub-stations were built at Bilston, Brierley Hill, Darlaston, Old Hill, Tipton and Wednesbury.

In November and December 2016, Favourite House, and the sub-station were demolished to make way for a block of apartments.


Favourite House in 2009.


Another view of Favourite House.


The electricity sub-station in 1973.


The sad state of the sub-station in August 2016.


Demolition gets underway in November, 2016.


By early December, demolition was well underway.


Another view of the site.


The site on 10th December, 2016, as Favourite House disappears forever.

Anvil House

Another once-familiar building was Anvil House, in Mill Street. It was last occupied by Decor Iron Limited, which moved into the building from Pinfold Street. The business went into liquidation on 14th July, 2011, after which the building was empty for several years. The derelict building soon deteriorated and was demolished in April and May 2016.


The sign that was on the gable end of the building.


Anvil House dominated this part of Mill Street.


The partly demolished building, seen in April 2016.


Another view from April 2016.


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