Acock's Green, Olton Boulevard East c.1965

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Caption for Acock's Green, Olton Boulevard East c1965: This view of the parade is taken from the junction with Fox Hollies Road, at the opposite end to photograph No A136028. George Mason's (the first of the mock-Tudor buildings) is now a Spar, but essentially little has changed since 1965, except that traffic would dominate any picture taken today. A modern supermarket now stands on the right (behind the bus).

An extract from West Midlands Living Memories.

Memories of Acock's Green


I remember when all shopping was done by visiting independant local shops. The shops I remember going to with my mother on Yardley Road were Alldays butchers, Timms greengrocers, The Bargain Shop, Terry Lovetts Sports, The Iceberg (drinks store), The Chocolate Box, Washland and many more I can picture but cannot remember the names of. This was well before people had heard of supermarkets!

We lived at 1, Northanger Road, which was at right angles to Olton Boulevard East and we have had views down both directions of the Boulevard. I remember the regular visits of the rag and bone man.  Cars were becoming common-place, but a horse and cart seemed very old fashioned.  The horse manure was soon collected up by (...Read full memory)

During WW2, my twin brother and I were born at this house on 2 Nov 1943 to Evelyn and Tom Williams. Dad built an Anderson bomb shelter in the back garden during the early years of the war, and was used by mother and children while dad was away with the Fire Department during bombing raids - we have several photos of (...Read full memory)

I was born in 1940 and lived at 27? (it might be another number) Hobmoor Croft. We lived next door to the Lewis family and the other side was the Bessie family. We lived there between 1940 and 1945 when we moved to Erdington. As I was so very young I don't have many memories of the place except that there was (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Acock's Green, Olton Boulevard East c1965: This view of the parade is taken from the junction with Fox Hollies Road, at the opposite end to photograph No A136028. George Mason's (the first of the mock-Tudor buildings) is now a Spar, but essentially little has changed since 1965, except that traffic would dominate any picture taken today. A modern supermarket now stands on the right (behind the bus).

An extract from West Midlands Living Memories.

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