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 don't have a memory. All I would like to know, is what stood here before? As the boulevard has some older houses and the Fox Hollies pub would have stood opposite, so would this have been waste ground or hedges or something? Just curious you understand. Do love all these old photographs of how things used to be yesteryear! Thank you.

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)

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 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)

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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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