According to my copy of the A-Z of the West Midlands, this dilapidated, derelict house is what remains of Pool Cottages - I've only peripherally noticed it before, and assume it was vacated for construction of the Chasetown bypass. The excellent Chasewater Wildlife Group history documents suggest this was once called Bleak House, but I can find out nothing else. If you know anything, please comment here...
Lichfield Mercury, Fri 28 Aug 1896, p8. DEATH OF MR. JAMES ASTBURY, OF CHASETOWN. We regret to record the death which took place on Monday last, of Mr. James Astbury, of Bleak House, Chasetown ... Mr. Astbury was 54 years of age, and had been for nearly 40 years connected with the Cannock Chase Colliery Company, having occupied the responsible position of chief salesman. He had also taken an active part in the public life of the district, being at the time of his death chairman of the Parish Council, member of the School Board, and a member of the committee of Chasetown Institute.
In 1891 James Astbury was living at Vicarage Rd, Chasetown. Is this the same address?
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