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8th January 2016

 

ROLLING MILLS

 

 

I was wondering if you would like some information for your website concerning two brothers who worked for the above for 50 years each!

 

William Mills was in Grove Lane for a number of years before moving to a foundry in Wednesbury, both my dad and uncle carried on working for the company until they both retired. Uncle Albert lived in Icknield Port Road and my dad in Harborne.

 

They were craftsmen who were responsible for “one off” jobs and did the first casting of new orders before mass production in the foundry, because of their unique (?) skills came to the attention of some important people and were both awarded the B.E.M. in the 1969 New Year’s Honours.

 

Some of their work included the following: -

 

Figures of Mr. Fortnum and Mr. Mason for the clock commissioned for the stores 250th anniversary.

 

Parts for Lord Snowdon’s aviary in London Zoo.

 

Engine blocks for the Rolls Royce Merlin engine used in the Spitfire.

 

Engine Block for Sir Donald Campbell’s Bluebird.

 

Rocket nose cones, etc.

 

I realize that the companies move to Wednesbury is not Ladywood anymore but they were both born there learned their skills there.

 

Brian Blackwell in Sechelt. B.C. Canada

 

son of the late Harry Blackwell and nephew of the late “Abe” Blackwell

 

 

 

 

29th June 2015

 

May Day celebration in Icknield Port Road

 

Many thanks to Balsall Heath Local History Society for the photograph

 

16th January 2015

Memories of Les Hobbs

My name is Les Hobbs, I used to live at the rear of the butchers and Harris’s the greengrocers and the hairdressers Lawleys plus Cox’s.

 

I played drums in my bedroom and I’m sure the neighbours might remember the row, still playing in bands at 76. I went to Barford Road School and Dudley Road Juniors; I remember Miss Madden and the trip to the Mersey tunnel.

 

Anyone remember me?

 

 

Memories of Bill Burton

One of the Bricklayer's Arms - date - mid thirties? - I can just make out George Pittaway on the licensee plate over the door - it shows some sort of gathering outside the pub - notice the bunting and people in their Sunday best? - some with buttonholes? - is that a football by the girls at the front? - wonder why my grandfather, known as Jack Burton, is on his bike?

 

Another possibly mid thirties - my grandfather outside another pub! - fifth from left at the back - nice hat - pub not recognisable to me - any offers? - might be somewhere else in IPR - it's not his other local, the Queen's Head - but might though be a pub outing - as some men have bunches of flowers - to take home?

 

 

5th August 2014

These photographs are copyright and cannot be used on any other website, publication or any other form of media without the prior permission of  Mac Joseph and Brian Bedford

 

Just thought you might like these views taken from top of 85ft Hydraulic Platform at Ladywood Fire Station in 1970/71 when the demolition was going on. I was a Fireman at Ladywood 1968 to 1972 when I transferred to Cardiff. Before Ladywood I was at Albion Street which closed March 1968 when we moved to Ladywood on Icknield Port Road though the two ran in tandem for a couple of months or so.

 

One looks towards City Centre and the other towards the Reservoir.

 

 

 

 

Photographs courtesy of Tony Madsen

 

6th April 2014

These photographs are copyright and cannot be used on any other website, publication or any other form of media without the prior permission of  Mac Joseph and Brian Bedford

 

This is a photograph of my dad’s shop (BEDFORDS) which was situated at 46 Icknield Port Road and was taken around 1961

 

 

This is my mother, Ivy Bedford serving in the shop

Photographs courtesy of Brian Bedford

 

 

24th March 2014

These photographs are copyright and cannot be used on any other website, publication or any other form of media without the prior permission of  Mac Joseph and Marion Newbold

 

 

 

 

Hi Mac, the chap in the photograph is James Turner he died in 1938 so the photo is much earlier. The lad on the horse was born about 1902.

 

They lived at 25, 26, 27 Icknield Port Road, Charlotte Turner his wife was a shopkeeper at number 27.

 

They had coal yards in Vincent Street and at the New Wharf in Monument Lane.

 

 

20th December 2013

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Tram in Icknield Port Road, just by the Queen's Head

 

Another great photograph of the Queen's Head

 

16th December 2013

Memories of Bill Burton

The two ladies walking across the frontage look very much like my grandma and aunt (both from Marroway Street) - wonder if they were on their way to do a bit of shopping on the Dudley Road?

 

Lots of memories of the Queens - dad's and uncle Joe's local - and we were all members of the fishing club based there - I as a junior member, who could only go into the function/club room upstairs - for a lemonade on club nights.

 

I think I upset one or two of the senior members of the club a couple of times by winning matches, or contests as they were called then! - young whippersnapper - still have an engraved trophy in the loft somewhere. The pub also had a "Gentleman's Only" bar, where uncle Joe played his dominos - guess they were quite common in those days?

 

Think I've told you before that Bill Pickering was the landlord at the time - he retired to a pub down this way at Powick.

 

 

29th November 2013

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Belle Vue Outing

1935 Jubilee Celebrations the Belle Vue

The Queen's Head

The Wheatsheaf

 

1st November 2013

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Margaret and Ernie Luckman, Coronation 1937

Cox's Bakery at the corner of Icknield Port Road and Coplow Street

Had this used to be a Public House?

Group of men on an outing from the Bell Vue Public House

 

 

Bell Vue Cricket Team

?? Nelson, Tommy Cane, A. Burford, Sid Williams, ??????,

Tommy Reynolds, Stan Smith,

Arthur Crisp, N. Bowker, Bert Pearhouse, Teddy Rhodes

Icknield Port Road with Winfield Rolling Mill on the right hand side

Note - the old style toilets

 

Looking towards Dudley Road

Icknield Port Road at the corner of Gillott Road

 

16th October 2010

The car was parked outside 317 Icknield Port Road in 1960.

 

 It belonged to my uncle (Eric Glover).

 

The building behind the car was a barbers shop.

 

The pedestrian crossing at the Freeth Street can be seen behind the car.

 

Alan Beet

 

Ladywood Fire Station during construction

Ladywood Fire Station during construction

Ladywood Fire Station during construction

Ladywood Fire Station during construction

Ladywood Fire Station

George Gupwell's second shop at 336 Icknield Port Road, located here from 1960-1965

13/321 (Nin and Frank Mears) - Coronation Party in Icknield Port Road

1-39 Icknield Port Road, 1968

315-330 Icknield Port Road, 1965

Icknield Port Road, 1962

Icknield Port Road 1968

Icknield Port Road, 1960

Belle Vue Public House

Icknield Port Road1961

Freeth Arms, 1965

Icknield Port Road by Dudley Road

226 Icknield Port Road, 1961

 

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