|Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.
Broomfield HouseBroomfield House was a large, double fronted house set a little way back from the A5, quite near to where I lived. In my earliest days it was a hive of activity, for the Peel racehorses were stabled there and the staff were mainly Irish. When I was old enough to remember and understand things, my father would tell me about the horses and the likeable jockey Connelly who was fatally injured at Newmarket while schooling a young horse named Uncle Wooley over jumps. He left a young son, who is still around in this area.
With the demise of the Peels, the horses and staff left and Tommy Sheridan moved to Tamworth Co-op to look after the horses there as bread milk and meat were all delivered by horse drawn vehicles.
Later a tennis court and bowling green were laid out, and a large wooden building was constructed for dances and Broomfield house became a private club.
There was a donkey which was kept as a pet and one night a group of boys led the donkey down the street and tied it to a ladies front door. They gave the door a good knock and the lady opened the door to be confronted by the donkey, about 2ft away. Boys in those days were full of pranks, but there was no vandalism and with no computers or televisions they had to make their own fun.
There were pranksters among the male drinkers, Mr Spafford and Sammy Price the builder I remember. This notice appeared in the Tamworth Herald 'Wanted Section'.' Donkey wanted, must be a good jumper'. Mr Luby was the licensee and dances were held which became quite lively. Later Lessers used the dance hall to store furniture.
Eventually the building was demolished and about 20 houses built.