Birmingham, West Midlands
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Birmingham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Trams, Baths, Cinemas...

My parents had a shop in Balsall Heath Road not far from Cannon Hill Park - there was a murder committed there around that time. I used to catch the tram to town and in Lewis's basement you could get crabs' legs loaded with meat! Also caught the tram to the Lickey Hills along the Bristol Road (South?). Always a great ...Read full memory

Oak Tree Lane Selly Oak

We were the Hobbis family and we lived at 54 Oak tree Lane, Selly Oak with my parents and grandmother. The house was directly opposite the old Selly Oak Hospital. I can remember the re-building of the hospital and sadly now it lays derelict ready for redevelopement into housing. Selly Oak was always a busy village ...Read full memory

A memory of Birmingham by purple-cielo

Eileen Handley

Eileen Handley My father was born in 1937 in Birmingham, UK. He had an older brother Gordon (known as Tom) and a baby sister Eileen. When my dad was 4 years old, his mother (Amy) died from Bronchial Pneumonia. His father (Earnest), unable to cope with a young family at wartime placed my father and his brother into an ...Read full memory

A memory of Birmingham by Pam Jacobs