Brierley Hill, High Street 1968

Brierley Hill, High Street 1968

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The High Street looks quiet here; it usually seems much busier today. But a lot of that is just traffic passing through. There are always fewer shoppers than traders would like, and too many empty shops and charity shops. The reason is the massive shopping centre at nearby Merry Hill, opened in the 1980s on the site of a former steelworks.

Memories of Brierley Hill, High Street 1968

Shops On The High Street

I was born in chapel street number 14wich was the back of a shop next to gittens it was owned by mrs price who also lived there at the back of the house my grandmother dolly perry had 2 shops along the high street and a lodging house which was mostly ocupied by irish men who came to do our roads ect i have lots of happy memories of the area and can recall most areas as we spent many hours playing in the area summer was spent on the little park playing in the pool bradleys fields down the dell beside the school ,on our way to brockmoor school down bell street it was a common site to see blood running down the road dont no what would be said today those. Were the days. Della ward nee payne

A memory of Brierley Hill by ex123moor

Brierley Hill Girls Memories

I was born in Chapel Street, in 1947. My uncle, Len Gray, had a newsagents in the town, near the bus stop by the Old Post Office, as was. My Grandad used to sell papers on the Five Ways and as a girl I would stand with him, and later progressed to having a paper round, down Corbett Road. I worked as a Saturday girl at Timothy Whites in the photo - and we used to get the 282 bus at 6 oclock back home to Wordsley, get changed and catch the same bus on the return, so we could get to Cradley Heath Speedway, on Saturday nights. I remember going to Youth Club at Brockmoor Youth Centre, you had to go to church first to qualify, I was at Brierley Hill Grammar School, Bromley Lane, by then - also we used to ...Read full memory

A memory of Brierley Hill

Memories Of Holly Hall

I was born in Herts Hill. Holly Hall 64 years ago in a house on the main road next door but one to the Doctors, the doctors name was Dr. McCormack. Opposite was a pub called The Stag. My father and his brothers had an engineering company in Vine Street Called Cartwright Brothers Engineering Ltd. I went to school at Woodside infants and then Woodside junior school. I remember the coal being delivered by horse and cart. Everyone had coal fires then. We used to play on the bank at the back of the house that ran down to the railway and the Fens Pool. My brother and I used to go to the Saturday Matinee at the pictures in Brierley Hill. We used to play on the park in Holly Hall and my friend ...Read full memory

Chattin And Hortin

I remember being a regular visitor to this shop in the 1940's and 50's with my grandmother buying material, ribbons and clothes. Like all the other children I was fascinated by the pneumatic tube system for conveying the paperwork and money to and from the office, in later years my school uniform was bought here. Nearby in Marsh and Baxter's big shop there was another system for conyeying the money in little metal cups which screwed onto a lid which was fastened to some wires. Once the cup was attached the asistant pulled down a wooden handle and the cup shot along the wires to the office high up at the rear of the shop. My grandmother always shopped at Gitten's grocers and the mixture of wonderful smells is ...Read full memory

A memory of Brierley Hill

The Delph

I was born in the Goss, off Delph Road and moved to Corbett Road around 1957. I remember playing in the fields where Withymore is now, before any houses were built. I remember Oakley's shop and the post office round by the Bell pub. There was also a shop by the Stores pub (I think) and was called The Stores as well. I went to Mill Street Primary and to Mill Street Secondary, between 1961 and 1965. I had my first bike from Wilkinson's in Brierley Hill, I remember Catten and Hortons, and Rounds cake shop in Mill Street. We had two chemists; Boots and Timothy Whites and the Town Hall in the middle of town, the Odeon cinema (on a Saturday morning) and the motor bike scrambles down Two Woods Lane. Back then, you could walk for miles and nobody would bother you. Good times.

Brierley Hill Town

The bike shop in Moor Street next to the central chip shop was Wilkinson's, also sold guns and fishing gear, got my maggots there for fishing in the nine locks, Pat Collins fair on the bank by Brierley Hill alliance football ground opposite the baths before they were built,I remember the baths being built also the flats in Hill St and New St, my younger life was spent in 54 Hill St, the Rock Tavern run by my relation Mr and Mrs Joe Murray and the sweet shop opposite on the corner of Potter St, my great gran Mrs Price used to own it, I remember the names of people from Hill St and the Delph as this was where I used to play, went to school in Mill St infants and juniors, do you remember the Spread Eagle pub at ...Read full memory

Time Flies

I was a young kid living on the Ketley Fields estate, on Bromley Lane, between 1963 and 1969. The estate has long been demolished. It was surrounded by a kids' paradise, consisting of building sites, disused brickworks, and semi-derelict canals and railway lines. More innocent times then meant parents just let you roam free for hours on end. The photo of Brierley Hill High Street is just how I remember it. It was a bit of a trek from where I lived, but I went down it a couple of times each week, while my dad would drive my brother and me to the old swimming baths. I have memories of chlorine, kids shouting, vending machines, and high diving boards. I learned to swim there and spent many a rainy Saturday larking ...Read full memory

A Child's Eye View Of Brierley Hill

I remember as a child, the toy shop next to The Three Horse Shoes pub that stood on the corner of High Street and Moore Lane (on the Five Ways). It was like an Aladdin's Cave to a kid - full of everything! I also remember getting my first bike (a Raleigh Tomahawk in blue) from the bike shop by The Central Chippy (Moore Lane).  Many a Saturday afternoon was spent in the Central, following a few hours in the 'Baths'. I recall my eyes streaming as the vinegar fumes hit my chlorine-affected eyes. It didn't stop me enjoying those chips! Then it was a stroll round to the 'Civic' to catch the 236/263 bus to 'The Bottle' (The Bottle & Glass Pub) to get home in Cooper Avenue. Happy days! Karen Westwood.

Chattin And Horton

I remember Chattins. They had a machine powered by AIR to take the money to the office and then return the change and receipts to the customer, it went up the wall and across the ceiling and then disappeared into the back and then appeared again. They used to have a Club where an employee came round the customers' houses to collect the money, I think the lady was named Betty. The owners were Mr Tom, Mr Edward. Mr T. D and I think there was a daughter. I remember a Miss Groves who seemed to be there forever. The family were Methodists and attended Bank Street Church.


I remember Gittens high class grocery shop when it was in Hill Street, it then moved to 10-12 High Street, moving into Shakespears hardware shop. What I remember most was the aroma of the coffee being ground in a special machine. The staff were always friendly. The shop was taken over by Ernest George. I remember 'Minnie with the glasses' who I identified when I was about 5 years old, she had worked there for years. The old shop in Hill Sreet was used for the Home Guard during tha war. My Uncle Tom used to deliver groceries to the villages, until he went into the R.A.F.

Coming Back Home

I came back to brierley bonk in 1966, complete with surfboard, after leaving BH in 1961 ,with my parents for Australia, to start a new life ?,well when i got back the place haden't really changed, Except me.I had left behind golden beaches and fantastic surf,But it was the revolution of the 60's, so i was going to get into that revolution. I met up with some old school mates, Howard Cooper, John cownley, and of course all my cousins,aunts and uncles, it was really fantastic visiting old haunts,wich took on a different picture now,i had experinced another life but, the old place was pumping, Come back again for part 2 1970 visit

Chattin And Horton

I also remember Chattin and Horton shop in Brierley Hill high street yes, it was a very exciting store especially at Christmas.  I was six years old and my sister who was four years older saw a lovely toy baby grand piano in the window. She said to my mother that Judith would love that piano for Christmas. That Christmas morning the piano was there waiting for me.  I was over the moon, happy days!

Chattin And Horton Shopping Store


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