Memories of Birmingham

2up And 2down!

My father was born in Ford Street Hockley Brook Birmingham in 1936. He was the youngest of 6, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Ford Street consisted of a row of houses on one side and factories on the other side. The houses were 2 up and 2 down and the toilet was outside. At the top end of the street was the tram station and ...Read full memory

Working In My Saturday Job

I remember my Saturday job at Lewis'. I loved my job there. I worked there for two years. I used to go to the Locarna on a Saturday, or the Gaumont Cinema in the week. I remember the bullring being built. I was the oldest of five children and used to do the shopping in the market. I used to have a shilling ...Read full memory

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

Watch Clock Repair Shop Harborne

Hi, Does anyone remember the watch and clock repair shop on the corner of Victoria and Vicarage Road in Harborne, Birmingham? It was run by my grandfather Leslie Charles Henry Jones (born 1902?) who was married to Ellen (nee Norton), d.1960(?), neither of which I ever met. Lesley possibly had an original ...Read full memory

A memory of Birmingham by Marsha Jones

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

'Lozells', Such An Exotic Sounding Place.

We lived in Gerrard Street, Lozells, until I was about 6. My father had an allotment where we would go and play, I still have a photo taken when I was about 4 of my father, older brother, and myself at the allotment with my brother on a wooden 'horse' and me on a rocking 'duck'. Our house was opposite ...Read full memory

A memory of Birmingham by Paul Carney

Edward Road Balsall Heath

my maiden name was Pamela gillett and I lived at 53 Edward Road Balsall Heath during the 40 50s our house was right opposite the Police Station and ARP yard. Have happy memories of Tindall Street school and then college road secondary school. I remember canon Hill park and cycling round aged about 11 or 12 my ...Read full memory

Burcot Grange School Four Oaks Warwickshire

I went to Burcot Grange School until 1948. Miss Cozens was the Head Mistress. I remember Pam Madeley, Janet White, Betty Genders, Margaret Vale, Jill Trott, Joy Cavill, Ann Barnett who were all in my class. I wonder if anyone remembers? It was such a nice school. I'd love to get some feed back. ...Read full memory

Birmingham And Midland Institute

In the Francis Frith book "Did You Know? Miscellany of Birmingham", reference is made to Charles Dickens on page 12. If I may offer a small correction - Charles Dickens was not a visiting lecturer. He raised money for the establishment of the Institute by holding his first public reading ( A Christmas Carol ) ...Read full memory

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