Octogenarian Jack Hill, wrote from Tamworth in the 1970s to Charlie Chaplin he was not of south London, but that he had entered the world "in a caravan [that] belonged to the Gypsy Queen, who was my auntie. You were born on the Black Patch in Smethwick near Birmingham." Birth certificate never located. Mother, Hannah (ne: Hill) was descended from a travelling family. In the 1880s, the Black Patch was a thriving Romany community on the industrial edge of Birmingham.