Acock's Green, The Roundabout, Olton Boulevard East c.1965

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Caption for Acock's Green, the Roundabout, Olton Boulevard East c1955: It is strange to think that until the 1830s Acock's Green was a rural village. In 1839 the estate was sold to developers, but it was 1911 before it became part of Birmingham. Olton Boulevard East was created from former country lanes in 1928, to serve a vast municipal housing estate reckoned to be a model of its kind.

An extract from West Midlands Living Memories.

Memories of Acock's Green


I was born in Douglas Road in 1941 and remember many local shops as they were then important parts of our life and we often visited daily. On the Yardley Road I recall Greenwoods the baker, their son, Malcolm, and I went to the same school, Wrensons the grocers, C King Bowdler the chemist (we would now say pharmacist) and a firm (...Read full memory)

I live in Hertfordshire but once lived in Acocks Green. By chance I have met a local elderly lady called Coral (also a Brummie) who tells me that her late grandfather, William Churchill, lived just off Lincoln Road in Acocks Green, near the Olton border. Due to family break up she lost touch with him as (...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)

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!

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Caption for Acock's Green, the Roundabout, Olton Boulevard East c1955: It is strange to think that until the 1830s Acock's Green was a rural village. In 1839 the estate was sold to developers, but it was 1911 before it became part of Birmingham. Olton Boulevard East was created from former country lanes in 1928, to serve a vast municipal housing estate reckoned to be a model of its kind.

An extract from West Midlands Living Memories.

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