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23rd March 2017

Memories of Sue Rich

 

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They are from my mum's photo album and were taken at the street party in Icknield Square held in celebration of the Coronation on 2nd June 1953.

 

They are quite small and not very good quality but someone may recognise a relative on them.

 

On the last photo where it looks as if a photographer is taking a photo of the group I think the man in the middle wearing a coat is Victor Yates MP for Ladywood (1945 - 1969).

 

     

     

 

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28th February 2017

Memories of Rick Marshall

 

My grandad was Len Gifford, was an Ansell’s landlord all his life, over the years he was at the Bear on the Hagley road, then the  Malt Shovel on Coventry road through the war until I guess the early 1950s, I believe he was one of the first to start a hot “business man’s lunch”, then the Sherwood in Hall Green, vivid memories of the Garden, then he went to out by the Maypole in a “shop” possibly Victoria wine, then they gave him the Standard in Ladywood.

 

I used to cycle on a Sunday from Acocks Green to help in the cellar and clear out the ashes from the big boiler in the cellar.

 

It was something my Mother volunteered me for but he gave me 10 shillings and this was around 1960/61!

 

21st August 2015

Biddle & Webb

I joined B&W in 1990 and knew Mr Biddle or as everyone called him Mr B. very well. We worked together to change the company from that of a sole trader to a limited company in May 1994. When Mr Biddle sadly died in February 1997, I took over as MD.

 

Mr Biddle was always one to look forward and worked hard every day to make the next sale the best that it could be. This is a good habit to have and one we continue to follow, but the down side is that he seemed not to worry or think about the past and what had happened. He was always very vague with me about the history of B&W.

 

From what I gleaned from him and his sons, the company was formed in the late 1950s/early 1960s, perhaps taking over another small scale auction, and may well have held auctions in church halls and the similar. The company’s co founder was a Mr Webb (I think Sydney) who I think may well have been the auctioneer side, when Mr Biddle brought the business skills and flare for PR and promotions. Mr Biddle was an entrepreneur and had run a couple of other businesses prior to starting the auction business.

 

In the 1960s, perhaps 1968ish, Mr Webb decided to leave and go to Australia I believe. Mr Biddle bought him out. I once asked him why he kept the name Biddle & Webb and did not call it Biddles, (which many people in my early years at B&W did call it). Mr Biddle told me he thought Biddle & Webb sounded more prestigious and established than Biddles.

 

He then ran it through the 1970s and 1980s as a partnership with his wife Betty. She predeceased him in the early 1990s.

 

We moved from Enfield Hall next to Five Ways station to Icknield Square in early 1970s, although for a number of years Mr Biddle kept both sites going, with Enfield Hall for pictures and antiques and Icknield Square for general and commercial auctions. Running two sites was he told me expensive and so when the current site had been improved he brought all the auctions to current location just off Ladywood Middleway.

Jeremy Thornton

Managing Director

Biddle & Webb Limited

 

 

4th September 2012

Icknield Square, 1967

Courtesy of Phil Waldren

 

 

1st March 2009

Biddle and Webb in Icknield Square, Ladywood

I joined B&W in 1990 and knew Mr Biddle or as everyone called him Mr B. very well. We worked together to change the company from that of a sole trader to a limited company in May 1994. When Mr Biddle sadly died in February 1997, I took over as MD.

Mr Biddle was always one to look forward and worked hard every day to make the next sale the best that it could be. This is a good habit to have and one we continue to follow, but the down side is that he seemed not to worry or think about the past and what had happened. He was always very vague with me about the history of B&W.

 

From what I gleaned from him and his sons, the company was formed in the late 1950s/early 1960s, perhaps taking over another small scale auction, and may well have held auctions in church halls and the similar. The company’s co founder was a Mr Webb (I think Sydney) who I think may well have been the auctioneer side, when Mr Biddle brought the business skills and flare for PR and promotions. Mr Biddle was an entrepreneur and had run a couple of other businesses prior to starting the auction business.

 

In the 1960s, perhaps 1968ish, Mr Webb decided to leave and go to Australia I believe. Mr Biddle bought him out. I once asked him why he kept the name Biddle & Webb and did not call it Biddles, (which many people in my early years at B&W did call it). Mr Biddle told me he thought Biddle & Webb sounded more prestigious and established than Biddles.

He then ran it through the 1970s and 1980s as a partnership with his wife Betty. She predeceased him in the early 1990s.

We moved from Enfield Hall next to Five Ways station to Icknield Square in early 1970s, although for a number of years Mr Biddle kept both sites going, with Enfield Hall for pictures and antiques and Icknield Square for general and commercial auctions. Running to sites was he told me expensive and so when the current site had been improved he brought all the auctions to current location just off Ladywood Middleway.

Jeremy Thornton

Managing Director

Biddle & Webb Limited  

Mr. Chapman, Blacksmith, 1933

72-85 Icknield Square, 1967

99-113 Icknield Square,1967

Icknield Square, 1967

February 1967

February 1967

March 1967

126 Icknield Square, 1960

 

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