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Rubery maps

Historic maps of Rubery and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Rubery maps

Rubery area books

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Memories of Rubery

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My First Day

It was the 19th June 1955 when the lorry arrived at the end of our entry in St Mark's Street, Ladywood. Neighbours came out to say their goodbyes and help carry our chattles out to the lorry. I took a last look at the yard I had lived in for the last 9 years, there were 15 houses in the yard all cramped together, the sun hardly ever reached the ground. I was sorry to have to go but go I must, piling into the back with mom (Gwen), my twin sister Christine, and my younger sister Janice (aged 18 months). Off we went to Rubery wherever that was. I remember Mom being fretful as to whether we were doing right as the rent on our new home was 30 bob (£1.50) and our old house was only 10 bob (50p). My dad Albert, a painter & decorator, was earning £8 per week, he told her not to worry as we would manage somehow. We arrived outside 216 Callowbrook Lane on... Read more

Rubery Village

Main Road c1965, Rubery
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I left Rubery when I was eight years old, about forty years ago, to relocate in Wales. I distinctly remember this street though, with the Fine Fare Supermarket, Colliers, and I think it was Kays shoe shop. Further on down the road was a cafe and a butchers and the Rose and Crown pub. My mum and dad bought a garden bench from there when they were closing, I think to become the Rose and Crown, and they still have it in their garden. We used to walk under the underpass of the M5 to get to the village from Rochford Close, which had a fish and chip shop and hairdressers and green grocers around the corner. We walked to Callowbrook primary school on our own. Times were different then. Happy Days!

The Marl Hole

The Marl hole was the fun place for every Rubery kid, originaly there were three clay pits, the clay being used to supply the Brick & tile works which was situated at the end of the Avenue. The cottages along the Avenue and in Brook ROAd were built for the workers at the brick works. After the brick works stopped producing, the area was left to nature and the marl holes filled with water, and the area became overgrown. The largest pool started at Callowbrook Lane and stretched up past the works. There was a causeway between the next pool which was about 100 yds long, then another causeway and a larger pool, all these pools were about the same depth, 40ft. Around the pools the margins were lined with bullrushes and flag, and they were full of fish, I caught bream to 5lb 4oz, good size roach and tench, also pike, my dad caught perch to 3lb, he was a great perch fisherman my dad. These pools were also the home... Read more

West Midlands memories

The Big Climb

The Steps, Lickey Hills c1960, Lickey
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During the 1950s many children from Birmingham and surrounding areas suffered with TB and chest complaints.  I can remember the doctor prescribed that I should have sun ray treatment twice a week and climb the Lickey Steps once a week.  Climbing these steps was really hard going, coughing and feeling breathless and with legs like jelly, but as the months went by the climb became easier, my health returned.  As a teenager I would gladly climb the Lickeys and the Malvern hills.
I loved the view from the top of the Lickeys. I left the area when I got married over 40 years ago but often think of the Lickeys.

Convalescent Home in Belbroughton

The Steps, Lickey Hills c1960, Lickey
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In the 1901 census my great-grand mother was living at this place and was working at Stoke Priory as a domestic. I cannot find any information on this building, can anyone help?

Woodruffe School

I lived in Barnt Green from 1941 to 1961. I attended a tiny school held in the headmistress's back garden - a long shed like building! It was an excellent school, and I left there to attend Bromsgrove High School. Does anyone out there remember a little girl called Tyers? Or a head mistress - Miss Woodruffe and her assistant Miss Matthews?

Barnt Green

I have very fond memories of Barnt Green. My sister went to Woodruff School between 1937 and 1942 and I was there between 1945 and 1948; my short stay was due to the Principle, Miss Jackson, deciding that she no longer wanted any boys beyond the age of 8, I think this was due to her age. I also remember an excellent teacher by the name of Miss Mathews and others whose names I have now forgotten. I have happy memories of visiting the Cattle Market on a Wednesday and going with the lorry drivers to collect the animals in the morning. Then in the afternoon taking them off to the various slaughter houses. Also in the winter going sledging down the Bankies! This was the hill beside Woodruff School and also of course down Beacon Hill on the Lickeys. I lived in Barnt Green between 1940 and 1961 so if anyone reading this is also of this time there, please write via this site. I would be very... Read more

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