January 2010 - 2011
12th December 2011
Judy and Bryan Bates
Bates lived at No.57 Nelson Street until 1958. No.57 was originally a
house, then a haberdashery shop run by Margaret Price (his grandmother)
until 1925, then her husband Matthew Price (his grandfather) ran it
until his death in 1939.
Then Emma Price (now Emma Bates) ran the Mirror Laundry for some time before reverting back to a private house and she ran the Fish and Chip Shop next door at No 55 (not on the photo).
53 and 51 houses were next, then the pub on the corner called King
the Greengrocer was on the opposite corner.
Barbara Easy nee Cawley
have been reading through your site and came across an article by Irene
Smith nee Trapp. Irene mentions her aunt and uncle who were Wilfred and
Gertrude Watkins. They lived at 9/60 Osler Street, just two doors up
from my grand and granddad who were George and Caroline Cuff. Grandma
Cuff and Mrs Watkins were great friends, and I recall sitting on Mrs
Watkins steps in the summer shelling peas with them both. Both my granddad
and Mr Watkins were keen gardeners and used to share produce depending
on what ripened first. I lived at 3/50 Osler Street with my mum dad and
brother, they were Arthur and Beatrice Cawley and my brother Bernard.
Irene mentions her cousin Pat Farren nee Watkins, and asks if anyone
remembers her. I remember Mr and Mrs Watkins very well and also Pat. In
fact I have a 1942 photo on my wall of Pat when she was bridesmaid to my
mum and dad at their wedding. This was 26th December 1942 and took place
at St James Church, Edgbaston which was near where dad lived before
marrying mum. They didn't marry at St Johns because Gran feared there
was more chance of being interrupted by a bombing raid at St Johns!
Old Mr and Mrs Watkins were very kind people and I grew up always
knowing I could pop in and say hello whenever I wanted to. Next door to
them at Number 10 in our entryend was another branch of the Watkins
which included Charlie who (in those days) was called
"simple". I have pictures of him and his older brother too
which probably go back to the 30's.
Tommy Watkins was another child of Mr and Mrs Watkins and when we
were moved from Ladywood to Quinton in 1962, Tommy and his family moved
into the same cul-de-sac as us at Corfe Close.
grandfather was born at 7/50 Osler Street in 1880 and lived his life
there until 1964 when the houses were demolished. He married Grandma at
Summerfield Church on 10th July 1920. Mum was born in October 1921 and
was their only child. At the end of their lives Grandma and Grandad
moved to Quinton to be closer to us in their old age. Granddad lived to
be over 97 years of age, and as a consequence of this I have many
photo's which cover almost one hundred years of Ladywood living,
covering 3 generations from granddad, via mum and dad, to my brother and
myself. His picture is shown
in an old book of Birmingham I was given years ago, but it is sad
because the details are incorrect. It also shows the back yard at
granddads house all derelict with no flowers nor chickens nor sheds
etc., which means it must have been photographed within the last two
weeks of him living there because in fact he was well known as a
fabulous gardener who ran a beautiful flower and fruit and veg garden.
The shed was taken down by my dad just before Granddad and Grandma moved
to Quinton. The site is now the site of the Buddhist Temple and a few
years ago, I called by one summers evening only to see that Granddads
lupins were now growing wild by the gate. A kind gentleman invited my
onto the site and I brought away a couple of lupins, which I took the
seeds from, and now they grow here in my own garden.
a number of years mum worked as one of the school cooks at Osler Street,
which is the school that Granddad, Mum and I all attended.
The friendship and close community there was a terrible thing to
loose, and I doubt we will ever see the likes of it again.
Walters (the actress) states in her autobiography that her dad lived
"In the slums of Ladywood in Icknield Port Road" and this
shocked me because I doubt any of us thought of them as slums and we all
made sure we were clean tidy and the step was Cardinal Red every
weekend. We didn't have much, but we looked out for each other, and in
many ways we were richer than we are now. A posh address doesnt get you
friendship as we enjoyed there where every adult was an "Auntie or
an Uncle" and took care of you whilst you played endlessly in the
suffered with emphaesema for many years and died at the age of 47 in
1965, mum died in 1973 aged 51 of leukaemia. Grandma passed in 1970 aged
88 and Granddad in 1979 aged 97.1/2
hope this is of interest to you and that perhaps you will pass on the
details to Irene Smith nee Trapp for me. My mum always spoke very fondly
of the Trapp family, but I didn't know them myself.
30th November 2011
over your site again and think I found some connections.
the Monument Road photographs there is a picture of the United Methodist
Church. A youth club operated for many years at that church in the back
hall behind the pulpit. The club was accessed by the door on the left
side of the building near the TEA sign. I was a member of the club.
the Osler Street School section is a photograph of Class 2A. Near the
center of the middle row is a boy named George Norgrove who was a mate
of mine. I see a Keith Norgrove has provided you with info on Osler
Street School. I think Keith and George were brothers but cant be sure.
attached photograph was taken by me when a group from the youth club
went to Bromsgrove for a weekend camp. I believe the lad in a white
shirt surrounded by a lad with jumper with crosses, a lad behind with
glasses and a lad below with a gap in his teeth and with a hand on his
shoulder is the same George Norgrove.
I recall he lived in Leslie Road which was the road to the left from at
the Reservoir Cafe near the Tower Ballroom which is shown on the
Reservoir Road photographs.
remember his name but the older man mid left-hand side of the photo with
white shirt and a smirk on his face was the Club leader.
26th November 2011
was born and bought up in Eyre Street, which was the next street up from
Steward Street. For the first seventeen years of my life when I went
into the Coldstream Guards for six years.
people that I recall from those days were numerous because there were so
many, in our yard alone there were eight families who included the
Woods, Murrys, Ecclestones, Torn (Mrs Torn was married to a Polish man
and played the piano) Birketts (us) and the Ralphs.
used to hang around with some lads who lived on the hill, Paul and Brian
Dashy, Johny McCree, the Coxes who lived by the canal and many others
depending who was flavour of the week at the time, I would like to hear
from anybody who remembers me as I am disabled now confined to a
wheelchair and have a lot of time on my hands.
went to Seward Street School and then onto Barford Road and worked at
the butchers shop next to the florists for a guy called Ray and then
went to work at the Venus Fish and Chip Shop before I left to go into
the army in 1963
12th November 2011
Jo Bowkett wanted to know the words to the song we all sang on Saturday morning at the Edgbaston Cinema. This is as much as I can remember:
We are the boys and girls who line up,
minors of the ABC
We like to laugh and have our singsong
Such a happy crowd are we
I can't remember any more of the words but the tune is fixed in my head.
I loved Flash Gordon and the terrible Emperor Ming, and I really liked Tarzan and Hopalong Cassidy. We used to play lots of games based on Roy Rogers and Trigger.
I can remember the fact that we all wanted to be monitors which meant getting there very early so I never made it. I also remember that people with birthdays would be invited up on the stage by the manager and we would sing the birthday song to them.
My name then was Barbara Bowkett. I lived in Wyndham Road. I didn't know there was anybody else with the same name living so close. Are we related, I wonder? I went to St George's School.
Lots of my friends went to Osler Street. Does anybody know Ruth Marshall or Jill Pointen?
16th October 2011
continuing to unearth the family archive I came across the attached two
photo's which may have Ladywood and district connections and therefore
might be of interest to your website followers. They might also be able
to help with the identification of teams, persons and location.
As you can see the photos show 2 cup celebrations by local works teams in Birmingham.
I am on the photos and present on both occasions. More importantly so is Joe Hyde, my step-grandfather who, I recall hazily, was the team's driver. (In 1950 I'm fairly certain the team went to away matches on the open back of a lorry - whilst I sat in the cab). My cousins John and Michael Weston (both active members of the 8th Boys Brigade) were certainly members of the 1956 cup winning team and can be seen on the later photo.
Now - the teams? I'm far from certain; but I know Joe Hyde worked for Elkington’s and then the Birmingham Mint during this period.
3rd September 2011
have been looking through the photos on your fascinating website and it
prompted me to look again at some old photos I inherited from my Dad's
sister, Doris Luckman nee Hardwick. Many of them are from the Spring
Hill area and I remember visiting another of Dad's sisters when I was
about 5 or 6 years old I think. Her husband, Arthur Luckman, had a
wallpaper shop on Spring Hill possibly at number 171 and, I may be
misremembering this, I seem
to remember that there was a door at the end of their backyard that led
into the Verraccia ice cream factory! You may be able to put me straight
on that one!
have attached a photo of the wallpaper shop. It shows my Uncle Arthur
standing on the doorstep and is quite clearly from 1931.
dad (Ernest Charles Hardwick b. 1921) was brought up at the Sand Pits (1
back of 133) and at Hill Top Cafe (197 Spring Hill) and I have attached
a photo of the cafe with my Auntie Nell on the doorstep.
went to Steward Street School. Among the photos is one of the 1935
gymnastics display. I have assumed that he must have been in it which is
why the photo was in the family album - do you think that is likely to
be correct? He would have been about 14 at the time and probably not
very tall! I like to think that he is there and possibly almost at the
back of the left hand row but it might just be wishful thinking on my
Memories of Alan Jones
Photograph of the rear entrance to block 50 Ladywood Road.
The children in this photo starting top left - Carole Jones my sister; next to Carole, Linda Bousfield.
Middle row - Brian and Susan Cahill.
row from left to right - Maureen Whetton; Two girls in middle unknown;
Boy on right John Bousfield.
The photograph below is the same address, 50 Ladywood Road, but taken in 2010
I have just found a picture on memories of our street, sent in by Allan Jones of some children sat on a step. He says who the children are, but two girls in the middle are unknown! Guess what, the one the left is me! Carol Wright from the Eagle & Ball pub over the road. I had ginger hair and was about 5yrs old, I remember all in the picture, but cannot remember the name of the little girl on my right. We always played together, but what I remember most is that she always wore trousers, which little girls never did in those days! My brother Stephen Wright, used to play with Allan Jones, Susan, Maureen and John were my best friends.The unnamed girl Iwould love to know her name or hear from anyone in the picture, can they remember me ?
19th August 2011
friend of mine is doing a family tree for me.
She came across this site as part of her search.
nan (nanny Robinson) and her husband ran the Vesper Bell until she
retired and it closed.
remember going to the pub on many occasions with my parents.
My mother was raised by nanny Robinson and lived at the pub.
were scurred through the bar and upstairs where nan would sit and tell
us stories. We were regularly told of the haunting in the private
quarters, strange whispering noises.
used to work in Ladywood around where the pub was, brings back a few
was born in Summerhill Street, where I lived until I was married in 1957
and I have some wonderful memories of Ladywood. Growing up through War
years and in the early 50’s my Dad played darts for the Robin Hood on
the corner of Summerhill and Garbett Street. They had a cracking darts
team. My two best mates were Jackie Jackson and Joe O’Malley who lived
in King Edward’s Road.
went to Nelson Street School and when I was eleven moved to Barford Road
School. We played football or tipcat in the street until just before
dark and then bombings started and we spent the night in the shelter,
then there was no street lights then everywhere was blacked out when
they were going to switch them on the again the town was the first place
and me, mom and dad took me round town for the big switch on. There was
thousands there all walking round happy and smiling.
I have some great memories of Ladywood and the people who lived there, which I will tell you about another time.
lived with my parents Doris and Ray Taylor at 1/10 Steward Street which
was next door to the school. The house was rented from the adjacent
factory of Cramwell and Cheshires. The house was gas lit (my first job
when returning from school was to light the mantels and light the fire).
brother Robert and I attended Steward Street School from around 1949/50
starting in the Infants. The name of my first teacher was Miss Kettle.
The other two teachers that I remember were Mr Share and Mr Shepherd, as
they used to pop round to our house and watch the cricket in the lunch
break (we were one of the first to have a telly in the street). We
eventually moved out of the street, via a rather spurious 3 way exchange
of houses. Watty Green was a local bookmaker who lived next door to the
Cross Keys public house and the council wanted to move him out so he had
our house (as he didn't want to lose his customers) and we moved into a
new council house in Northfield.
mother’s twin sister Maisie and her husband Syd Rudge lived next door
to us (the front back to back house). Together with their daughter
Jacqueline. Directly over the road from us lived Mr. and Mrs. Humphries
with their children Raymond, Billy, Roger and little sister Barbara.
There was a local blacksmith who regularly won "lorry driver of the
year" awards. He also did stock car racing (which he kept
"garaged" in our yard). This was a real old Armstrong Siddely,
with all the glass removed and big steel braces fitted. It was an ideal
plaything for my brother and I.
the Spring Hill end of the street Billy Landon had his builder’s yard.
Opposite him was Mr Gibbons the Grocer, I was a friend of his son Johnny
Gibbons. Round the corner from this shop was the "pie lady"
who sold meat pies from her window ledge and next door to her was the
greengrocer Len Shaw and the butcher Chris Featherstone (my dad used to
help him every Christmas to prepare the turkeys ready for the customers.
This entailed working late in the evening (most people didn't have
picture of the street party which it is suggested may be of the
coronation could also have been the "Festival of Britain"
I remember about the school: Playing marlies (local slang for marbles),
skimming fag packets, rolling metal hoops, hop-scotch and all the usual
fun and games.
was a very poor area and I can remember children being called out in
morning assembly and being sent home for "inappropriate
clothing" this, in fact was turning up to school barefooted, as the
parents didn't have enough money to buy shoes. The children usually
re-appeared a while later wearing cut down wellington boots (presumably
a cheaper option).
day we were all sent home, as a sign of respect, when the king died.
trips were things such as a day out at Manor Farm, Selly Oak and the
occasional "exotic" trip to New Brighton for a day at the
about as much as I can recall at the moment.
Hope this helps,
5th August 2011
Hi, just discovered this website, wondered if anybody remembers the Eagle & Ball pub, I think was on the corner of Morville Street/Monument Road? I lived there with my parents, who ran the pub in the late 50s, early 60s.
Mom and dad’s names were Cyril & Brenda Wright, my brother is Stephen, I am Carol Wright.
The pub stood on its own for many years, as everything around had been demolished, finally so was the Eagle & Ball, to make way for the new road. The pub was replaced with the Squirrel, named after my dad’s nickname Cyril the squirrel!
I went to St Georges School and can remember children in the flats opposite, the Bousfields, John and Allen; Maureen, Brian Whetton, who were older than me.
Does anybody have any memories of us? Dad died about ten years ago aged 80, mom is still alive aged 84 would love to hear from anyone who knew us; i now live in Bromsgrove where we moved to from the pub.
You can contact me through Mac on the website
an ex-Brummie, now living in Bewdley I have many memories of Ladywood. I
lived in Spring Hill Passage.
was asking about Cook’s Pie Shop, Spring
Hill, I have fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Cook, as a lad I used
to run errands for them and as a treat they would give me one of their
famous meat pies (lovely jubbly) and as I got older too old to run
errands I still called into to see Mr. and Mrs. Cook, then it was time
for me to do my national service I still called in when I was on leave.
when I got married she made our lovely wedding cake and gave it to us as
our wedding gift. Mrs. Cook was a lovely, lovely woman.
also remember Arnald’s Faggot and Pea Shop, faggot, pea’s a slice of
bread, a spot of vinegar, lovely jubbly. I also remember Ray Arnald, the
son of the owners played marbles with him many a time
was also a shop on Spring Hill called Neal’s grocery shop on the
corner of Steward Street and Spring Hill.
black doctor, Dr. Lewis, I also remember him he had a surgery at the top
of Ingleby Street at the bottom of the entry where my Aunt Girty lived.
The Church tower was referred to as St. George’s, I think it was St. Peter’s, the church where I married in George Street West.
Marie Phillips (Soraya Wali)
I was looking on this page to find the Crown Inn of Cope Street, corner of Springfield Street and The Freeth Arms in Icknield Port Road. This was run by Beat and Len Phillips. We lived opposite in Springfield Street and I used to run errands for them.
I remember Clements shop in Springfield Street. She used to give me a Three penny bit if I just went to one shop, usually Tuckers the butchers on Monument Road. If I went to more than one shop then I used to get sixpence, however, she used to put the money in a dimple bottle and give it to mom to get our Christmas presents with. I am sure she only sent me because she felt sorry for us and it was a way of giving us money, but without mom losing her pride. That definitely taught me the value of money. She used to take a few kids every year to Rhyl, because she had two 6 berth caravans in Towyn. We all used to pile in to her Morris estate. The kids that were taken were Janet and Tony Gardiner who lived in Cope Street, Charlie Sharp whose mom ran the shop in Cope Street, next to the Crown and a couple of others. I have photographs of those kids so I will get them on here when I find out how. That was around 1964/5.
Beat and Len then moved to the Freeth Arms in Icknield Port Road and I went to Follett Osler. They ran that for a while and then retired from pub life and moved to a house in Weoley Castle so I ended my school days at Ilmington Girls School where I left in 1968 at 15.
My name back then was Soraya Wali, which I changed to Marie Phillips in 1972 as I ended up living with Beat and Len and had my name changed by deed poll. My three brothers were Geoffrey Wali, David Wali and John Wali. Geoffrey was picked by the school, think it was Stewart Street to be in the school play which was televised at Christmas. I have a cutting somewhere, I will have a look for it.
21st July 2011
Anne Bowen nee Waterhouse
I was born in 1946 at 50 Browning Street, it had been a grocers shop owned and run by my grannie Frances Waterhouse (nee Copson), but was now just a house.
My siblings Gladys, Frances, Mary, Beattie, Alfie and Jean were all born at the original family home at 1 Back of 52, which everyone called The Cottage. My arrival on the scene meant there was insufficient space, so mum and dad exchanged homes with grannie. We all went to live at No 50 and grannie (now a widower) went to live in The Cottage with her married daughter, also called Frances (Frances Leather, nee Waterhouse), her son in law called Frank and their two children called Frank and Brendan.
My grandfather Alf had started a coal dealership at No 50 around 1930 and after his death in 1941 this passed to my father Fred. In the early nineteen fifties when I was about 5, a large family called Forrest lived next door at No 52, a closed pub previously called the Sportsman Inn.
I remember Frenchies across the road because we used to use the flagstones on their pavement for hopscotch, also Perry's, a sweetshop. I went to school at St John's Infant and Junior schools. I used to have two particular school friends called Ann Stowe and Valerie Ling.
Nearby, in St Vincent Street there was a haberdashers called Ralphs and Hardies a grocer shop. When the redevelopment of Ladywood started we were in one of the last houses to be demolished. In the mid nineteen fifties we were moved not far away to Johnstone Street so that my dad could remain near the wharf and continue with his coal business. He followed up his old Ladywood customers who had been rehoused elsewhere and continued to deliver coal to them in all parts of Birmingham. Sadly my father died in 1957 and the business closed.
a teenager I went to Osler Street Girls Secondary Modern. We were again
amongst the last houses to be demolished in Johnstone Street and we were
rehoused in Acocks Green around 1960. After the move I kept in contact
with Ledsam Street friends Sheila Barnett (sadly now deceased) and
Veronica Hall. I guess there are Ladywood people all over the Midlands
and probably even further afield. I now live in West Wales.
5th July 2011
The photographs are of The Bingley Hall Hotel and the Winter Gardens Hotel on Broad Street, Birmingham.
My parents name was Pat and Bunny Thornton. The Bingley Hall was the place to be on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as they had a pianist named Bert, unfortunately I can’t remember his other name.
I can remember them queuing up to get into the pub at opening time, they had some great times with great parties. My brother-in-Law was Lawson Jones, the one with the hat on in the photographs, along with my mother and Francis Gittins, the Bookmakers wife.
I know you hear it a lot but your site is just the best for us Brummies and a few other people from, I’m certain around the World.
Anyway, on looking at a couple of photos sent in by Michael Morris with his two younger brothers having their photos taken, I think it is Nelson Street School and the reason is, because Michael’s older brother was named Johnny and he was my best friend and he went to the same school as me, which was Nelson Street.
We all lived in Clement Street and Nelson Street was the next Street away from us. I actually lived at 4 back of 17 Clement Street which was the entry to the side of the Ivy Green pub (which in your photo of Clement Street is shown as a cafe!!!. The Ivy Green pub ran from Edward street and into Clement Street ( you could actually walk into the bar in Clement Street and walk through to the bar in Edward Street!!! but only if you were a customer!!!
I often wonder what happened to my friend Johnny, I remember when they moved into our street, I think they moved there from Wales (1954ish), certainly the Mom and Dad were Welsh, how ironic that I now live in Wales!!!!
Jeff Lawlor (Clement Street)
13th June 2011
was just looking in Flickr at B17 Harborne
Group and saw a
picture of the canal looking
towards the Rail crossing . It is all green there now. You will see the
comment I left for that picture I am now 85 this year and recall kids
swimming in there and the water was putrid . .
Incidentally later when I was a Telegram boy working from Broad Street P.O I would sit on my bike and watch the LMS trains running along the far side of the canal out towards the Country, great memories.
26th February 2011
my name is Gordon Wilkinson.
am the younger son of Dot and Len Wilkinson. It's been a while since I
last looked at the wonderful site Old Ladywood, and was pleased to see
an article from Norman Shaw. I
remember Norman, Barry and Pam, as will my brothers Derek and Ken.
We lived at 11 Parker Street, next to the Carbon Dioxide Company.
always remember the fun we used to have in the street.
Cricket against the wall, football and hide and seek. The Church
of Redeemer was still standing in the 50's and we were always made to
attend Sunday School. The Botanical Gardens were always fun to go to,
although one occasion sticks in my mind, and that was the Coronation Day
party in 1953. It was held
in the factory, dad had all the wagons removed and there was plenty of
food and pop for all.
wonder if Norman and Pam remember the procession down Parker Street with
all the children and plenty of the adults in fancy dress. It was a
26th February 2011
have just found your site and found a picture put on by Brenda
Fazackerly of Monument Road up to the Nag’s Head- just exactly how I
remember it. I lived at 25 Hyde Road from 1954-1963 when we were
rehoused to Northfield. Someone else mentions music lessons from Mr
Leonard Timmins at Hyde Road, I think he had our house before he moved
to Ironbridge and he was a great friend of the family.
have been doing some research into family history. My dad, Austin
Jeavons and his sister Olive and brother Harry grew up at the back of 25
Hyde Road. His parents Henry and Clarie had previously lived at 20
Alston Street. Henry had been brought up by his granddad on Sherborne
Street, does anyone know where I can get an old map of Ladywood?
went to Follet Osler 1959-63 and remember the headmistress Miss Ray and
a lovely Polish teacher Mrs Varineska, she was a survivor of the
concentration camps and had a number tattooed on her arm.
doctor was Dr Gattas - a
double - fronted house just further down Monument Road from Icknield
Port Road and we went to him for many years after we moved and then to
his house on Bristol Road South. No appointments in those days- you
waited your turn by remembering who had come in- it seemed like forever.
No ambulances available either- I had acute appendicitis aged 6 and Dr
Gattas sent me into the Children’s hospital by bus!
early memory is going to the public baths –was that on Icknield Port
Road? I remember being fascinated by the missing enamel on the bottom of
Road of course no longer exists and the only landmark I recognise is St.
John’s Church. I’d love to see some old photos of the Oratory School
and Hyde Road
Susan Jeavons (now Lea-Wilson)
20th February 2011
Please find attached an old photo of Nelson Street School circa 1959/60 - I am front row second from left.
Mother (Betty Vaughan) and Father (Wally Vaughan) used to be Licensee's
of The Nelson, just up the road from the School. We left Ladywood and
moved down to Brighton around 1964.
am just starting to research family history back in Birmingham and have
found your site absolutely amazing.
14th February 2011
going through some old printouts I found one of yours with the Ladywood
Boys Club Football Team Mid 50s.There is one name missing from this team
and I am sure that it is my late brother David (Dave ) SHARP, who used
to live in Sherborne Street, before the heart was ripped out of it
worked at the club with Edgar WATKINS the leader of the Boys Club before
he was called up for National Service in the R.A.F.
later became an assistant leader to Edgar and I can remember that I was
standing on the front step of the old dispensary when I heard that
President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. The club later moved to a new
home in the Ladywood Community Centre. We then became the Ladywood Youth
Club, we were twinned with a Youth Club in Frankfurt, Germany. The youth
from Frankfurt would visit Ladywood for two weeks and were housed in the
club, with our leaders and helpers were drafted in to prepare and serve
meals. We would the take our youth to Frankfurt for two weeks, we were
housed in the private wing of a youth hostel in Sachsenhausen district
See the SPORT page
31st January 2011
was born in 1944 at 2/213 Holliday Street, which is on the other side of
Broad Street, our side of the road was Ladywood and the other side
Edgbaston. There’s not many people write in about this part of
Ladywood, but I remember David Tysall and his family and friends that he
mentions and I also went to St Thomas’s School.
were only about 30 houses in our street it was mainly factories and a
“bombed peck” ( there were still underground air raid shelters well
into the 50’s). It was also used as our cricket pitch, albeit a bit
bumpy. It was a fabulous place to play cowboys and Indians or pretend to
old peck was bordered by the main railway line into New Street station
and we could climb the wall and a bit of train spotting.
the junction of Holliday Street and William Street it was quite wide and
on one side of the road was a telegraph pole and 10 foot away was a lamp
post, ready-made goalposts for our game of shots in. We always had
someone dogging for the local bobby (he was very quick to take your name
and address if he caught you playing football in the street).
was a place in William Street called the Perfecta, it was some sort of
recycling company we could take a pile old newspapers or a sack of old
clothes and get a tanner or a shilling for them.
the bottom of Holliday Street was a long bridge that went under the Gas
Street canal, it was called “under the gullet” by the local people.
Next to that was a council depot and we used to go in there to watch the
horses unhitched from their carts after going round collecting rubbish,
the road sweepers all had horse and carts in those days, the men then
used to walk the horses through a disinfectant dip which came up above
the horses legs and then take them to the stables for the night.
Rogers came to Birmingham in the fifties and his horse Trigger was
stabled at Holliday Street depot stables and there was a plaque over the
stall that Trigger used. That
council depot was used as an antique market in the eighties and nineties
and it was just as I remembered all those years ago and Triggers plaque
was still there.
left Ladywood in the late fifties when they pulled the old house down
(before it fell down) and we moved to Kings Norton which we thought was
very posh, but I’ll never forget my childhood in Ladywood.
20th January 2011
Photographs of the late Tom Fry
a brief note to announce the sad death of Thomas Walter Fry (Tom), who I
think lived in Icknield Port Port, Ladywood. Tom was born in May 1926
and died on the 6th December at Birmingham City Hospital. He was 84.
was a Brummie through and through and especially devoted to his beloved
Ladywood. His father was also called Thomas died around 1967 when he
lived in Northbrook Street; and his mum Lillian (Lil) died in 1960. He
was devoted to his mother, but frequently remarked that she was a Kirby,
distantly related to a well-known Aston/Ladywood family? He told dozens
of stories about the Kirby's!
was a Blues fan (in opposition to his strict father who was a Villa
fan!) and latterly a member at Warwickshire, where he spent some of his
happiest times of the last few years. He was a very private man, who
nonetheless had a lot of friends. I understand that many of his close
friends from his days as a young man in the fifties have also now passed
away, but I believe a number of your readers will have memories of Tom.
To his great regret, Tom never married, though he came close to marrying the love of his life, Bridie, in the 'fifties. Despite not marrying, he carried out a fantastic act of kindness by adopting me as his son, when my mother died in 1972. This is something I will be eternally grateful for.
I would like to thank Alan Brunt for sending me these photographs and the information about Tom.
If anyone remembers Tom, or can identify the photographs, please contact me
group photos of the men are from a Sunday coach trip from the Belle Vue
pub Icknield Port Road.
know most of the face's but can’t name all of them.
Names include Wally Liggins, Fred Kilby, Fred Logan, Bill Pickering, Teddy Macgregor, Ted Hughes, Howard ?,
the way I think they were taken on the same day, note the clothes.
lived opposite the Belle and my stepfather was Ted Hughes who is one all
three pictures - Roy Edwards
1st January 2011
we were kids, in the fifties, me and my mates, unwittingly
"invented" the skateboard.
It started with one kid putting a hard book onto one odd roller
skate. Remember skates used
to be strapped onto your shoes in them days.
He sat on it and skooted down the street.
We used to have races that way.
a bit, one bright spark decided to separate the two parts of a skate and
nailed them onto a longer piece of wood. This progressed from sitting to
stooping, but I can't remember if anyone actually mastered standing
only someone had had the foresight to see what potential there was in
that simple, improvisation.
19th December 2010
Re Stan’s memories - Memories - it's me on my moke at the rear of 166 Icknield Port Road - made from an old pram and a length of plywood shelving rescued from some re-fit at Pimms.
I remember the moke went on to be improved with the fitting of a seat - made from a wooden whisky crate with one side knocked out. I also remember once hurtling down the Icknield Port Road pavement, with a mate sitting on the back end, and turning sharp left into Marroway Street - the two back tyres rolled off their rims and we skidded on the rims and rolled over in a heap into the gutter - seat belts and air-bags all failed.
15th December 2010
look up “oldladywood” on a regular basis and have sent in a few
photos. What makes me sad though are the photos I would like to be able
to send you.
shopper’s at Hickman’s on Saturday morning with their brown paper
shopping bags full of produce. The long queue at the chip shop on Friday
evening, just up the road from Hickman’s, trailing outside the door
with chips wrapped in newspaper.
painted on the bridge in Vincent Street, just by the bombed out flour
on one of the many mokes I made flying down the hill towards Hickman’s
with no brakes. One of our rafts we used to make to play on the canal,
or one of the bonfires we used to have every year.
fountain in town full of bubbles after my sister poured a box of washing
powder in. The one and only car in our Nelson Street mid-1950.
thing I can do though Mac, if i can find an old pram is to make a moke,
just to photograph in case this technology is lost forever; but even
then the wheels are just not the same these days. It just would not look
right without wire spoked wheels, small at the front and bigger at the
9th December 2010
photo of the Reservoir Inn, known, as I remember, as "the
Tavern" brings back memories of being sent to “the outdoor"
towards the end of the war by my grandmother for a jug of ale. No one
seemed to bother that a 6 year old was the customer as long as I handed
over the coppers. I then had to go back round the corner into Osler St
and make sure not a drop was spilt.
smell of the beer seemed stronger then but was soon overpowered by the
smell of the shared washroom and toilets as I went down the entry.
24th November 2010
Hi, I was recently looking for images of Follett Osler School and discovered your site.
My brother (Ian) was mentioned by Ken Richards, Ian sadly died some 5 years ago, having joined the air force in around 1970. Ian was the eldest, myself (Ivor) the second, Terry was the 3rd then there was Alison, Peter, Julie and Paul.
I left Osler Street School in 1966 and remember Mr Upton. The friends I had then were Colin Curtiss and Geoff ??, who, like me used to stand and watch the other kids playing, my family had moved from Copthall Road, Handsworth to Monument Road opposite the church near the Nags Head pub, corner of Icknield Port Road and Monument Road, up an alley that had a hair dressers one side and a pet shop the other.
Ian heard one of his friends (Fazely) was moving away from Ladywood and mum had managed to get there house. We had for a short period, lived at the back of the mace shop (I did deliveries on the bicycle after school for them) and a toy shop. My father was a radio and television engineer (Radio Rentals) and did his house calls in a Commer van for some time.
My bedroom overlooked the church, which I have highlighted..
1st October 2010
Cox's bakery shop I remember it well my brother Trevor and I on a
Saturday after doing our chores were allowed to get a jam and cream
doughnut between us, such luxury
it was on the corner of Coplow Street (the bakery) and Icknield Port
Road (the shop entrance). They baked on the premises and also (from
memory) had another shop on Dudley Road.
Icknield Port Road shop had a photograph on the wall of the actor who
portrayed Walter Gabriel in The Archers (he lived nearby).
all I can remember.
I remember the bakery very well, I lived just down the road from it in
the Port. The bake house was on the corner, the shop was next to it in
could smell the bread baking in the morning, I can smell it still if I
think about it. Miss Roberts was the manageress and another lady worked
in the shop can't think of her name. They had other shops; one was on
Dudley Road and also in Winson Green Road, for a time the manageress was
a girl named Jean Harman,
the way they sold Great Bread Pudding!
I lived above the shop, which my parents ran on the corner of Morville Street and Ruston Street during the period 1953 to 1965.
I recall that our neighbours were Mr. and Mrs. Cotterill and I recall they had a child called Sharon living with them.
I was only 10 years old at the time and still remember holding a conversation with Mrs. Cotterill when she and I were sitting on the outside toilet separated by a single wall.
I also remember hearing Mrs. Cotterill instructing Sharon not to put too much slack on the fire before Mr. Cotterill came back from work.
Memories of Allan Clarke
been looking at your site. What wonderful memories it evokes. I lived in
the "port" up the Monument Road end, 345 was the house number,
it was the last one on the left before the "bank house".
lived there from 1945 (born in Dudley Road Hospital) till around 1963,
when we moved to Browning Street due to redevelopment. I lived with my
mom Win & dad Joe, my two sisters Margaret and Barbara. The house
was a two up two down with a kitchen at the back, which resembled more a
lean to. We had one 13amp socket in the whole house. So when mom wanted
to do the ironing we couldn’t watch the TV.
I remember we had some happy times in that house, but come winter,
except in the back room where we had a coal fire halfway up the chimney,
it was like living in a freezer. Frost would appear on my pillow
overnight where I had been breathing on it. The bed had so many blankets
on it once mom had tucked you in there you stayed till morning!! You
couldn’t move - Ha Ha.
photo"s are available due to them being lost through no fault of
mine, so looking on your wonderful web site brings back lovely memories,
and for that I thank you most sincerely.
anyone does remember my family it would be lovely to hear from you.
13th September 2010
Memories of Valerie Mears
trying to locate a friend, Patricia Gee.
name was Valerie Mears and we lived at 13/321 Icknield Port Road,
photo's were taken on holiday with my parents and sister Rita, also my
brother Ken at Margate in the 1950?
Valerie Mountford, nee Mears
9th August 2010
Memories of Irene Smith, nee Trapp
name is Irene Smith and I was Irene Trapp. Born in 1938, I first lived
ay 3 Portland Terrace, Friston Street and when I was 6 in 1944, we moved
to Rann Street number 132. We gave up our house and my grandma
Bright's in St Vincent Street; she lived up the first entry past
the doctors, Louis Glass and Sam Glass for the large house in
always attended Osler Street School infants, juniors and seniors. I
remember some teachers there. Infants was Miss Shakeshaft and Miss Ray
was the head mistress, and in the seniors were Miss Butler who taught
Art, Mrs Trigg, Maths and Miss James was the fourth form Senior Girls
and Miss McCloughlin was the head. She moved on to Illmington Road
Girls School at Weoley Castle and Miss James took over as Headmistress.
was very good at Sport and went on to run for Birchfield Harriers,
but mother put a stop to all that I'm afraid, but I was Sports Champion
of the School for the whole four years in Seniors and when I left they
gave me the medal to keep. I went to Brownies and then to Girl Guides
and does anyone where some of them went to - Jean Hyde with red hair,
Joyce Davis quite a big tall girl, Vera Hawkins and I had a friend
in juniors, Pauline Pickering and I think she lived in Osler Street.
Valerie Allbutt is another one, and she had a brother named Roger and
they used to live at the first big house next to Hyde Road on Monument
Road, but they went to live at Quinton at the back of the Holly Bush Pub
somewhere. I also recall Gifford’s the Off Licence at the top of
Friston Street and used to go there for gran for a jug of ale and to the
cooked meat shop just around the corner and get some chitterlings and
used to also go a youth club and I think it was at the bottom of
Grosvenor Street and I remember going camping with that club to the Lake
District. I walked into a wasps nest and got stung all over and had to
spend 3 days in a sick bay. I have been scared of wasps ever since. I
recall Vic Ellis from that Street and also a girl named Maureen who
lived down the first entry at the top and I think there was a newsagents
there. Also an Annette Bielby who lived in the house on Ladywood
Road, opposite Beaufort Road and next to the place that Furber’s the
Undertakers had before they moved to the end of Ladywood Road and
Alston Street. Annette was a good friend.
anyone remembers me I would love to hear from anyone. I have been
married now for 51 years and have 4 daughters and have 5 grandsons and 2
granddaughters. We now live in South West France. My cousin Albert
Trapp still lives in Birmingham. I also have another cousin there who is
in Northfield, Pat Farren, who was Pat Watkins and she lived in
Osler Street with her mum and dad Wilfred and Gertrude Watkins. My Uncle
Wilf and Aunty Gert were lovely to me and I will never forget them.
forget if there is anyone out there who DOES remember me at all.
wished to everyone out there and we shall always remember Ladywood with
Irene Smith Nee Trapp
8th August 2010
Memories of Alan Jones
This photo is taken at the bottom of St Vincent Street, this building used to be the community centre, from memory every Tuesday and Thursday night it also doubled up as a boys club where you could play darts, snooker, table tennis etc.
This photograph is of a grocery store in Vincent Street July 2010, this shop was for many years Grants newsagent, Grants were originally located on the old Ladywood Road opposite the park. Mr & Mrs Grant were a great couple, I had a paper round for about 2 years when they were located in Vincent Street.
This photo is of Franke Hairdressers in Vincent Street as they are today July 2010. In one of the photographs for Ladywood Road and the corner of Broad Street, next to the pub you can see a barbers pole, this is where Frankee was located prior to the redevelopment.
3rd August 2010
Memories of Alan Jones
Photograph of the rear entrance to block 50 Ladywood Road.
The children in this photo starting top left - Carole Jones my sister; next to Carole, Linda Bousfield.
Middle row - Brian and Susan Cahill.
row from left to right - Maureen Whetton; Two girls in middle unknown;
Boy on right John Bousfield.
The photograph below is the same address, 50 Ladywood Road, but taken in 2010
Memories of Alan Jones
Here is a photograph of Dad, either known as William or Bill Jones, now deceased 20-11-09.
All I know about this picture is Dad was fixing a lightning conductor to the top of a flag pole at a factory in the jewellery quarter area. Very doubtful if anyone can recognise the street from this.
Second photograph - Dad working on a coal gas plant somewhere in the Saltley area of Birmingham. First man on right of picture is Bill.
The company Dad worked for was Elvin's, based in the Hockley area, if I remember correctly this company was run by a Miss Shaw?
Memories of Val Hanson
I was amazed when I stumbled across the pictures of Parade Service Garage taken during the 50's. These pictures were taken before and after the demolition of Devoties (spelling ?) Sweet Shop, which had been on the corner - this allowed the garage to double in size.
know because the proprietor of the garage at the time was Larry (known
as Harry) Weston, he is the tall gent stood against the wall in
the second picture, and was my father. I worked for my father
when I left school in 1953 and learned to drive in the garage van - how
times have changed. I often wonder what has happened to all
the folk from those days.
Val (nee Weston)
7th July 2010
Memories of Norman Shaw
name is Norman Shaw I was born in November 1939 and lived at 22 Parker
Street with my family. I had an older brother called Barry he was
born in 1937, unfortunately he died a few years ago. I also have a
sister called Pam, who was born in 1950. It was Pam who told me
about your site.
Nan, Alice Hadley, lived at number 20 Parker Street. She was
a bookies runner and she also used to "lay dead people out" -
I'm not sure how you would describe that today. When I was approximately
18 years old we moved to 12 Bellis Street.
have spent many happy sessions trawling through all the different
peoples entries on your site. I saw several photographs of my young self
on your site at St George's School and Osler Street School.
remember the Wilkinson family well, I was really proud to know Len he
was a REAL gentleman in every sense of the word. I remember most of the
families in Wellington Terrace and I wonder how many of them are still
26th June 2010
Memories of Alan Beet
I have no idea when the 'Charra' outing was or who was on it, but the speed was only 12 mph!!!
20th June 2010
Memories of Barbara Johnson
Violet, Dora, Gert, Harry, Ethel, Gladys, Daisy
11th June 2010
Memories of Fred Cooper
looked at your old Ladywood pages, just great. My name is Fred Cooper
and I lived in St. Mark’s Street with Mr. & Mrs. Gillespie,
daughter Frances, 2 sons David, sorry I forget the other boy in the
met a girl, one of the Price girls and got married to her.
what a place, just wonderful, from ice skating, snooker on Sunday,
a game of darts at the Turf Inn on Sunday, listen to Billy Cotton at
Sunday dinner time, quite hard times then.
was in the army at Catterick camp, then away to Germany.
I read the dreams of all those people looking in their mirrors, such
wonderful people. I cannot remember many though, I wish I did. All the
old Ladywood alas has gone. Many people reading your pages must sit
and day dream of many wonderful times then and many good ones.
wishing to contact me I will answer.
Memories of Kelvin
yard/garden (luxury) at 58 Ingleby Street showing the chimney tops of
Spring Hill shops 1956ish.
me on the floor (Kelvin) and big brother Chris on the horse with the
Lance, typical. Between the bottom of the garden (note the corrugated
iron patch) and the shops was the sausage factory and to the left of the
yard was a nut and bolt factory.
yard/garden was later made famous by an escape from The Green running
down the entry through the yard and over or through the corrugated
at the bottom, closely followed by the Old Bill. I can’t remember who
he was but I think he was quite infamous.
2nd June 2010
Memories of Robert George
have just been "trawling" through the site, and under St.
Vincent Street I noticed a photo titled " the school", I
remember when the school first opened maybe 1959/60, thereabouts.
of the people I remember from the school, John Stokes (best friend,
wonder what happened to him); Richard Ball (neighbour); Lynn
Phipps (first girlfriend) and a teacher, by the name of Mr Wall, my last
teacher before leaving Brum. There was also another Robert George (no
relation) who lived nearby.
Memories of Derek Cull
a fantastic site, full of memories for me.
names Derek Cull, and I lived with my parents and sister at 2/97 St.
Mark’s Street, I think it used to be known as 'The Big End'.
8th May 2010
Memories of Shirley Ray, nee Allington
memories looking at Coplow Street again. I lived at 3-73 Coplow Street
and Tustin’s shop was at the bottom of our row of houses. I attended
Barford Road Infants and Junior Schools and then went on to City Road
Senior School, where the headmistress was miss Aston.
name then was, Shirley Allington, our next door neighbours were a family
the bottom of the road was the canal and round the corner was the shop
were I used to get faggots and mushy peas for my dads tea.
you I will be able to show my granddaughters and my daughter were I
lived and went to school. My name now is Shirley Ray and I am 72 years
Memories of Tom Magee
have just been sent the great website by my baby sister Carole and was
scrolling down as you do and found the above young lady and this brought
to mind my school days with her elder brother John at St Peters.
can well remember coming out of school onto St. Mark's Street and
climbing over the canal wall and dropping down on to small wall that led
down to the tow path, this was very scary at the time but one of those
things that young boys do !!!
John and I would the walk along the tow path until we could get out on to the street by the Foxall Café, where Mrs. Foxall would give us a bottle of fizzy pop, a great treat in those days. I can also remember the fret saw machine that was in one of the upper rooms of the Albion Pub that also held the pubs stock of crisps and cigarettes. I would then walk home to our house at 16 Ryland Place, off Broad Street. It was between Ryland Street and Ruston Street.
was from there that I moved school to Cardinal Newman in Poplar Avenue,
off Sandon Road. Whilst at the school we moved house to 29 Reservoir
Road, just off Monument Road. After leaving school I had a job at Thomas
Plants on Bath Row, then moved to Dockers Paints in Rotten Park Street
(my father worked at the Salvage Dept at the Council Depot in Rotten
Park Street and used to play me up if he saw me on my way home wearing
my suit and tie, I think he was proud of me really). It was from there
that I joined the Royal Air Force spending most of the time away in
foreign parts, I really enjoyed it.
luck would have it I met the girl I was to spend the rest of my life
with, Susan Jennifer Baggus from Bearwood, maybe it was the uniform.
When I came out of the RAF I managed to get a job at M&B at
the Cape Hill Brewery, I stayed there for 16 years before moving to my
present job with Wolverhampton Council.
have two sons Tom and Paul, Tom works in the USA and Paul is Head
of Design at Coventry University and is expecting his first child in a
couple weeks, our grandchild is Joshua who is ten and nearly a black
belt in karate. We are very proud of them.
there is any one out that remembers me please contact me through Mac.
wishes to you Mac, you have a great site.
A Brummie and proud of it.
Memories of Paul Bates
name is Paul Bates and I used to live at 1/67 Clark Street, Ladywood
from 1958- 1967.
was reading the memories and came across Judith McKenzie (Pearson). I
remember her sister Susan very well and I think she would remember me or
if any one else can remember us - the Bates Family.
was Mom Olive & Dad Cyril; the twins Olive & Rita,
then John, me Paul, Colin and Peter. Our gran, Liz and
granddad Ted Thomas, lived at 67.
house was across from the school just down from the top gate.
of my friends I remember was Steven Poppet, who lived in Winson
Green by the nick, his mom had two bald tiny dogs.
mom used to wash cloths for people to earn money due to dad being ill
most of the time or being in hospital having ops.
girl I remember is June Atkins.
spent most of my childhood walking around the Rezza and climbing trees.
Most names have now drifted into the woodwork with me, so if you can jog the gray matter please contact me through Mac.
23rd April 2010
Memories of Brenda Fazakarley - nee Noon
a great website you have created! I have never spent so much time
on my computer - it is all so fascinating.
after the war ended ice cream became available. I started school in
Hockley in September l939 so could not remember what ice cream tasted
the corner of Osler Street, opposite the Tavern Pub, was a little
sweet/tobacconist shop (the name escapes me) and the ice cream used to
arrive on a Monday and as I recollect so much was sold at a time.
When the ice cream was on offer we would all dash up and queue all down
the street waiting for our treat and when the allocation for that day
was sold, that was it, until the next time. We were only allowed a small
amount - in any event there was no such thing as a frig or freezer in
GP was Dr Louis Glass who later became Mayor of Birmingham - he had four
sons, and his brother Sam was also at the practice. The surgery was just
off Monument Road in Oliver Road and I went to him for many years after
moving to Northfield. After our second baby arrived I thought
it sensible to change. Louis Glass was a lovely doctor.
was also the music teacher, Mr Timmins in Hyde Road where I attended for
a few years for piano lessons.
Crown Cinema was one of our haunts, as well as the Edgbaston - I
remember seeing Gone With The Wind at the Edg. You had to be
over 16 to get in to see an A category and we used to put on a
headscarf to make us look older - sometimes it worked, sometimes it
also remember another shop on the corner of Leslie Road and Reservoir
Road just near the entrance to the Res. Mr and Mrs Dukes owned the
shop and my mum used to shop there; they sold groceries and a bit of
fruit and veg. As I recall they were a very obliging couple.
They had one daughter - a very smart young lady who was secretary to
Mr Kunzle at his lovely Five Ways shop. I can see that shop now
and at Easter time they would display huge beautifully decorated eggs.
Mr Kunzle was a very charitable gentleman who had a chalet in
Switzerland for disabled children to go on holiday. He was obviously
confectionery was lovely. Kunzle's was on the corner of Broad Street,
north side, and Bannister & Thatcher the pharmacist was next door
and there was a nice provisions store, rather high class, a bit further
along. When I was about eighteen I worked at a firm of solicitors
at No 57 Calthorpe Road for many years, but of course that was after
we had moved to Northfield.
there were no travelling fair grounds during the war years, Billy
Butlin took out a seven year Lease in Edgbaston Reservoir and
because Louise Wassell and myself were such great friends I spent a lot
of time in there with her, much to my mother's annoyance. We used to get
free rides! Most of the fairground people went into the Wassell's
cafe for refreshments and also the Tavern.
our terrace was where Wathes, Cattel & Gurden kept their horses and
milk floats for the dairy - that was on the same side of the tavern.
Reading through all the memoirs I have not seen the dairy mentioned.
are lots of Brummies here in Bournemouth, but I have yet to meet someone
from Ladywood, even better still Osler Street School!
Brenda Fazakarley - nee Noon
15th April 2010
Memories of Brenda Fazakarley - nee Noon
Last junior class
brother sent me a print out of our old school a couple of years ago and
I have just found it again and thought I would reply at long last.
lived at 11/119 Osler Street and there was a wall at the bottom of our
garden and the school playground the other side. How well I remember Mr.
Davenport (daddy Davenport as he was nicknamed). You could hear him
yelling at the children in our back garden.
to the photograph sent by Val nee Powell I remember quite a few of the
children in my class as follows :-
were Doreen Kilby who lived in Hyde Road, May Tindall who also lived by
there, Lilly Freeman lived in Leslie Road, (I was very friendly with
her), June Perks, Mavis Pountney LOUISE Wassell (BettyWassell was her
older sister and would not have been in that class), Joy Riley from
Clark Street and myself Brenda Noon - I am on bottom row, third from
right and I think Louise would be second from right. Louise was a
tiny girl with very blonde hair.
and I were great friends for many years - they had the coffee shop just
in Reservoir road and her family were travellers with the fair and when
Butlin’s fair opened in the Edgbaston Reservoir they had a couple of
stalls in there and a lot of the fair men used to go to the cafe. On
busy bank holiday weekends I used to help to do the sandwiches with
Louise. I was also very friendly with Lilly Freeman who lived with her
grandmother in Leslie Road; also I was quite friendly with Joy Riley and
the boys there was Roy Hicks, Sammy Hanson, Patrick Moon who lived at
the bottom of Osler Street - there were about seven children in the
Moon family and the kids used to get us mixed up as we had such similar
sounding surnames! Also Jim Clark who lived in our same terrace,
Johnny Clarke was a couple of years older and like Betty Wassel could
not have been in that form. I was born 5th April l934 and Jimmy Clarke
12th April '34. We all grew up together.
our yard there was also Gordon and Horace Wood who lived next door to
us, Brian Lane, Elsie King and other siblings, John and Jim Clarke.
Gordon and Horace Wood's mum used to clean at the school.
well remember Miss Watson because I was head girl; or rather school
captain as it was called in my day. In l945 I passed my
eleven plus and was offered a place at George Dixon Grammar School,
same as Sammy Hanson - the only two who of us who were lucky. However
my mother was in Dudley Road hospital for many months having her second
baby - after eleven years! Dad was worried to bits about her and so I
never showed him the letter about my GD place and it was not until
they went to parents' evening in July they were told about the exam - of
course it was then too late because we had not accepted it.
I went into the senior school, took another exam the following year and finished
up at Sparkhill Commercial School.
brother was born on 25th May l945 whilst all the end of war celebrations
were going on.
the war Louise's family went back to travelling the fair grounds and we
kept in touch for many years, often meeting up when they were at a B'ham
fairground. Through life's inevitabilities we lost touch, but we named
our daughter Louise, as I always loved the name.
Wassel family were much better off than my parents - they had a
radiogram! and when the cafe was closed in the evenings, Louise used to
play records and we would dress up in lace curtains, shove the tables
together and dance.
I do not seem to have any school photographs - but I have a feeling
somewhere in the archives I have a photograph of the street party
celebrating the end of the war.
l952 we moved to a council house at Northfield, near Weoley Castle and
when I married we lived on the new part of Bourneville estate. Mr.
Davenport had a son and daughter and I used to see him in Northfield
when I went shopping. Eventually of course I read his obituary in the
B'ham Mail one evening.
l974 my husband, son and daughter moved to Bournemouth and have lived
here ever since.
do have a very good memory and keep trying to think of some other names.
know in our street we had the Cook twin boys, but they were a couple of
years older than me, and Jean Berrows who lived at the front of our
houses who was also a couple of years older.
we had the McCormack family on the other side of the street. Dave, the
eldest, then Pat and Johnny the youngest - all very clever children.
They moved into grannies’ house in Mostyn Road, much posher than Osler
Street. Pat was about 3/4 years older than me, but we were friends
for many years. We were both keen ballroom dancers and her auntie was a
teacher at the Laura Dixon studio in the town - Pat and her
mum moved to Cornwall, but sadly Pat died at the age of 50 in Saltash,
Cornwall. Johnny Mac went to Dartmoor Naval College and did very well
for himself. Pat visited us in Bournemouth on a couple of occasions
before her death - she remarked what a long way we had both come since
I started this I didn't think it would be this long.
would love some feedback if anyone is out there from Osler Street.
thinking again and very well remember IRENE SMITH - I think she lived
around or in Parker Street. I do not remember her at all in junior
school, but I do remember her in the senior school. I did not stay in
the senior school long because I went on to Sparkhill Commercial.
didn't like that very much and I had rheumatic fever when I was fourteen
and was absent from school for a whole year. However, in spite of that
awful illness, I am still alive and kicking. I thought Osler Street
School was a really great school. I only remember going on one
school outing on a Midland Red Bus and that was to the Odeon Cinema on
the Wolverhampton Road, Warley, to see Henry V - my first introduction
to William Shakespeare and I was absolutely bowled over by Lawrence
Olivier and became a firm fan, due to his brilliant performance in
Smith married one of the Hickman boys. Hickmans had the fruit and
vegetable shop in Monument Road, just past the Municipal Bank on
the corner of Icknield Port Road and opposite was the Co-op store
where most of our mothers shopped.
were seven Hickman children and the family lived further up Monument
Road after Reservoir Road - it was a big house if I remember. It
would have to be with such a big family!
All the family served in the shop and they used to take it in turns to
go to market at about 4 o'clock in the morning. Hickman’s sold fruit
and veg of course, wet fish and poultry, rabbits, turkeys at Christmas
etc. I can see Mrs Hickman now with her ruby lips and black hair, always
serving, and a real businesswoman. Hickman’s was a fantastic
wonder how many girls remember the Dolls' Hospital further down Monument
Road on the same side as the bank where we used to take our dolls when
they were broken, and of course Spring Hill Library (a listed building) where
I used to frequent every Saturday morning. We couldn't afford books,
(except for Christmas pressies) neither did we have a bookcase, no room
for such luxuries in those small back houses and I do wonder how we
managed to read in that dreadful gas light, although I remember we
did eventually get electricity.
the bottom of Osler Street was the garage where we used to take our
accumulators for the radio to be charged. We had two and one would be in
the radio and the other at the garage being charged. I had that job -
how I hated it. I also remember in 1947 (a terrible winter)
fetching coal from the wharf in Icknield Port Road, 28lbs at a time (quarter
of a hundredweight) and pushing it all up Osler Street - then we had to
take the darn wheelbarrow back when it had been emptied.
were the days!
Brenda Fazakarley - nee Noon
30th March 2010
Memories of William Workman
These are some photos of my brother and sisters, Susan, Val, Ken, Pete, we lived at number 53 Shakespeare Road.
lived at 2/19 Garbett Street before we moved to 53 Shakespeare
Road, were all the families living these days. Ray, Sue,
Pauline Ward, the Owens that lived next door to the outdoor.
If anyone remembers these people please get in touch.
Memories of Christine Robertson
These photographs were taken at Wilmot Breedon when my father, William Drew, received his watch for 25 years service
10th March 2010
Memories of Jean Johnston
I attended Osler Street School in Birmingham from 1957-1962 when we went to New Zealand to live. Some of the people in my class where June Gordon and Peter Heath.
I remember going over to the big hall for lunch and how we used to moan about what was served up especially when cabbage was on the menu. It was great to see the old school and going through the photo's found 2 Strawford boy's but not sure if they are related or not.
I do remember having to walk across the playground to go to the toilets and we always rushed when it was cold.
We lived in Clark Street in Victoria Terrace in a back-to-back house and we were the last house in the terrace at 7 back of 34, as they used to put it in those days. I now live back in England, as New Zealand was not for me.
My dad worked at Bournville and that is how we managed to go to New Zealand, as they required workers out there to do the job that my late Dad did. We went in 1962 leaving on the 31st of March and arriving on the 6th May 1962 after 6 very long weeks on the P.O. ship Orion.
you for setting up the web site and hope you keep the good work up.
Jean Johnston (JJ)
2nd March 2010
Memories of Pete Lambert
sitting here thinking about my teenage years in good old Ladywood, I
lived at 26 Summerhill Street with my Nan and granddad, Teddy and Emily
Lambert, also in our house lived my aunt and uncle Doreen & Bobby
Wise. My Nan often used to play the piano in the Robin Hood that was
just across the street. My uncle Bob played in the darts team in
Kelsey’s on the corner of Edward Street and King Edwards Road.
I remember Gerry's grocery shop run by Gerry Marshall and his wife Nancy. My nan used to send me there very often to get a few bits on the tick until pension day. There was also Hickman’s, the veg shop just past Nelson Street.
remember a few families in the street like, the Fiddlers, Dave, Doug,
Dennis, Jean, and also the James family, Sid and Mike, The Cain family,
The Brunts, Tony and his sister Jacky,
went to Barford Road School and left in 1958. I was in Mr. Peasnell's
class when I left.
In those days my evenings were spent hanging around outside the exit doorway of the ice rink in Goodman street where me and all my mates could hear the rock ‘n roll music that was being played inside, we would be there seven nights a week hanging around listening to the music.
remember some of my mates, Tony Brunt, Monty Morgan, Billy Jordan, Colin
Jordan, Gordon Packham, Malcolm Murphy, Terry Fuge, John Donnovan, Keith
Timms, and also the young ladies that hung around with us, Jacky Brunt,
Jean Davey, Mary Dunkley,
If there is any of the old crowd that remember me please get in touch, as I would love to hear from them.
Memories of Carol Langham
have just found this site and I am from 1/79 Edward Street.
family name was LANGHAM, my father was called Bill, my mother was
Cath and mine is Carol. My sister was Catherine, my brother Bryan, we
lived there from 1948 to 1959. I went to Nelson Street School and
then to City Road School.
lived next to the shop, which Sally Chambers owned, they had a daughter
called Brenda, John Cox also lived next door to us. There was a Mrs.
Townsend at the bottom of the entry. I remember Janet Ireland, Peter
Savage, Vera Wheeler and a few more.
back we used to have fun all day, there were so many things we did and
so many places to go. I went down there last week to see how it had
changed it was so sad, the only thing left is the big step at the top of
I will keep looking on this site to see if there is anybody else who remembers us.
Memories of Lin Randall
name is Lin Randall, nee Chapman. I lived at 101 Coplow Street, Ladywood
between 1956-1965. We lived with my nan, Gertrude Smith, who was a
newspaper seller at the top of the Parade in Birmingham.
A fabulous site hope someone can remember my family.
5th February 2010
Memories of Christina Grove
What a wonderful site and a great chance to wallow in nostalgia.
I was born in 3/33 Sheepcote Street in one of the courts at the back of the Albion Inn in 1951. My parents then took over Foxall’s Cafe in 1956 from my grandmother after the death of my grandfather a year earlier. My father made the lettering above the cafe using a contraption called a pantograph, (I think!) This enlarged his handwriting onto a large sheet of paper that he then transferred to a piece of wood. He cut it all out with a jigsaw and when finished (painted bright red on a cream background,) It looked pretty good. Before the building was finally demolished about 10 years ago after years of neglect by the then owners I went back to see the old place. I now wish I had taken the sign before it was destroyed but sadly I didn't take the opportunity.
In 1958 we moved into The Albion Inn. It was known as the pub on the island as a canal surrounded it. Although rather tatty looking in the photo, I remember it as a little gem of a Victorian pub. It was all polished wood & brass with a red tiled floor. The cellar was enormous with 2 levels. The lower level had an arched ceiling, which reminded me of the kind of undercroft you see in old churches. Apart from the bar, outdoor and snug on the ground floor there was also a large kitchen and a living room. Upstairs there were 2 bedrooms and a bathroom plus a huge 'club room' with a small stage! To the rear of the first floor over the large entry next door was another large room with a raised 'stage' area, which became our playroom. In the ceiling above the stairs was a beautiful stained glass skylight. On the top floor there were 3 more bedrooms, which were never used whilst we lived there.
My older brother & I both attended St. Peter's Catholic Primary School off Broad Street, roughly where the Convention Centre now stands. Most of our spare time was spent basically running wild around the back streets of Ladywood! - Sheepcote Lane, Ledsam Street, Clement Street, Ryland Street etc. Plus of course forays into the city centre. There were plenty of old air raid shelters to play in and also lots of bombsites too.
My family go back many generations living in Birmingham. My father lived in Shakespeare Rd. & attended St Marks School. Most of his family lived in & around the Jewellery Quarter and Deritend right back as far as the 1820's.
My aim is to find out as much as I can about the area they lived in and your site has been a real help.
Christina Grove (Foxall)
Memories of Julie Jones
had to drop you a line to say how much I have enjoyed browsing through
your webpage of Old Ladywood.
was born in Beech Street in 1957 and my father worked at Bellis's as we
called it. One of my earliest memories was going to meet Dad from
work and waiting by the big metal gates for him to come out.
went to St Georges school and I married in 1976 at St Johns - so you can
see, I was and still am a Ladywood girl through and through.
again for bringing my memories to life with your fabulous collection of
Julie Jones (nee Campbell
Memories of David Todd
now almost 72 and have decided it's time to get some memories down on
Your website is great, but there is so much I would like to know and so much I could contribute from my own background that I do not know the best way to start.
Some brief details. I lived until 1955 in a 2up, 2down back to back in a "close" of six houses at the upper end of St. Vincent Street-3/265 or (better sounding!) 3 Chatsworth Place with my mother, Winnie and father George. We moved to Bartley Green.
I went to St. George's School from 1943-1949,moving to KES Five Ways for one year before moving again to King Edward's School Edgbaston, a.k.a "The High School".
My father's family (Grannie Todd) lived in a former farmhouse at 203 Ladywood Road and were well known in the area, as my uncles were scoutmasters in the troop which met in Icknield Square before and after WW2. Grannie enjoyed a drink and was a "regular" at weekends at the Working Men's Club in Reservoir Road, and I went there at times with my parents, sitting in the large snooker room, which doubled as a concert room.
My grandmother (Grannie Field) lived lower down the street up an entry roughly opposite Johnstone Street.
Ladywood was my world until the move-school: visits to the cinemas in Ledsam Street, Monument Road (The Edgbaston) and Icknield Port Road (The Crown), shopping in the shops in "our" Street and the Co-op in Monument Road; baths and swimming in the Monument Road Baths; using the tram to go to town; fairs in the "Rec" at the corner of Ladywood and Monument Roads; in the 1950s (inspired by Norman Power) regularly attending St. John's Church and its drama group, youth club and cricket team.
Some things I can find on data bases-names of neighbours, shop owners and so on, but it would be marvellous to hear more from contemporaries and to see more photos of St Vincent Street, the baths and anything else!
Memories of Dennis Smith
name is Dennis Matthew Smith and I was originally from Cape Town, South
I moved over to the UK a number of years ago I brought over some treasured items.
My late Dads birth certificate, his SAAF photograph and a family photograph with his mom, sister and brother.
Starting a short course on family trees at the local library it was with shock at we came across your site not only that, but photograph of my dad birth place namely Blythe Street.
I also found my late grandfathers marriage details. His address was - 48 Blythe Street
I have enclosed photograph of family before moving to S.A. and his photograph.
My granddads name was: George and Florence Smith - 48 Blythe Street
Family background was superimposed many years ago.
The family comprised of Winifred, Tom and Frank (my dad) and Florence (formally McCay)
My grand father is killed in the 1st world war at Gallipoli
13th January 2010
Memories of Keith Fisher
I was born in1940 at 2/52 Marroway Street. My auntie Vi insisted we call it 2 The Elms. Auntie Violet and Uncle Percy Moore lived at 6 The Elms. I remember the area and Marroway Street well. We moved to Stourbridge in 1962, so I spent my formative and teenage years there.
Both 2/52 and 6/52 had horse chestnut trees in the front garden, which were a source of conkers as I was growing up. Our front garden also had an air raid shelter, which we used during the blitz. A bomb in the street demolished several houses and the blast took off part of our roof. That was the bomb mentioned by Olive Walker (nee Dance) who lived at 56 Marroway Street. Her brother was one of my playmates and the enclosed photo shows me (centre) and Barry (on my left) and Terry Newberry who lived at 52 Marroway Street. This photo was taken in the garden of 56 Marroway Street about 1948.
At just under 5 years of age I went to Barford Road School then later to Dudley Road School. I also sang in the choir at Christ Church near Summerfield Park. I have fond memories of going to the pictures either the Crown or the Grove near Cape Hill or very occasionally the Lyric. I enjoyed football in the street and putting pennies on the tramline in Icknield Port Road.
I remember Phillis and Kathleen Smith (mentioned earlier by Chris Moon) Josie Russell (she lived in Wiggin Street) and Kenny Moss; there were a whole group of us who used to play in the street (very few motor cars).
After junior school I went to Holly Lodge Grammar School in Smethwick. I remember I used to hide my cap on the way home but I rarely got the ‘mickey’ taken for my school uniform as I was friendly with all the local rogues.
My father and Uncle Percy used to frequent the Belle View pub and some Sunday lunchtimes we went to the gardens of the pub. When I was older I frequented the Belle View and the Bricklayers Arms as well as the Tower Ballroom.
My father worked at Wiggins and my Uncle Percy worked at McKechnie Brothers in Rotton Park Street. I visited the McKechnie factory several times and was always amazed at seeing hot billets being rolled and wire being drawn. My uncle was a foreman so it was easy for him to show me around. One of our neighbours was a train driver and he took me to the shunting yards near Monument Road, it was a real thrill to be in the engine while he shunted a few carriages around.
After I left school I started work at INCO in Wiggin Street and even though I only had to cross a bomb site and down a short entry, I was nearly always late for work.
Memories of Sandra Evans
Sandra Evans nee Soanes and her cousin Sylvia Smith, then of Beech Street, this was taken in her gran's garden in Gt. Tindal Street in about 1956
10th January 2010
Memories of Mike Green
My brother and I at Edgbaston Reservoir around 1938?
many people will remember when the car park there was once used as a
the lions' cages.
Memories of Joyce Rowe
is a photograph of my husband with his friend taken at Rhyl on 30th
July 1948, I think Billy Hinks, whose wedding photo was one of the first
to be published on your wedding page, we found it amongst some old
photos of days gone by in Ladywood.
It would be lovely for them to get in touch with one another again after some 60 years.
Rowe, wife of Gordon, married at St. Johns Church in 1954.
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