Whether Harborne is famous for being a good place to catch newts and
minnows is not recorded, but it was famous as a place for growing
gooseberries; the annual dinner of the Gooseberry Growers’ Society
was first held in Harborne in 1815. In the second half of the 19th
century Harborne was something of a go-ahead place. In the 1880s it
opened its own Institute and Masonic Hall, and one of the conditions
of it joining Birmingham was that it got its own free library.
My dad Harry Kitchener Stacey worked part time as a bar man at the Duke. I remember coming on the bus from Bartly Green in the afternoons, sometimes after finishing his shift, dad would take me to the afternoon movies just around the corner.
From 1955 to 1961 I spent the best years of my school days with wonderful friends - it was brilliant there. My teachers were Mrs Payne, Mrs Davies and Mr Griffiths. Mrs Lewis and Mrs Bright and head teacher Mr Lloyd. There was a sports ground at the back. The only problem was the toilets - they were outside and in the winter the water froze in the toilets.
I went to St Peters School fron 1952 to 1957. I love my time there. I remember the toilets in the back play ground. I also remember the school dinners they were great and cooked fresh each day. We went to St Peters church for all of the main services and my favourite was Harvest festival when we had to take our offerings to the front of the church before the service. I always took tomatoes and cucumbers as my dad grew them ...see more
We lived directly opposite the Royalty cinema so I just lifted the net curtain to see what was on. Next door was Miss Corbet and then the Co-op where we did our shopping. I loved watching them cut the cheese and weigh the sugar and send the cash on the overhead wire system to the lady in the cash box. Tuesdays and Saturdays were cinema nights and I enjoyed going to the old harborne in Serpentine Road. Queues would ...see more
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All 300,000 photographs in The Frith Collection have been scanned, but as the photos were taken over a 110 year period on a wide range of glass & film negatives, using different photographic processes, every image has to be checked and optimised, before we make a print for a customer. This process can take from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the condition of the original that we scanned. In order to offer a worthwhile selection of photos for each town, our website has traditionally displayed a mix of fully optimised photos with some that have been checked and tonally adjusted, but still require further work to bring them to the standard our products are known for.
Despite this work over the last 20 years, more than 60,000 scans have still not been individually checked and therefore not shown on our website. Some of these may prove to be damaged, faded, or not of sufficient quality to ever be offered in our full product range. However, since the number of Genealogists and Local Historians using our website is growing all the time, with effect September 2021 we will display the unchecked images marked as "Reference Only". Until they are checked and optimised these photos will only be available on the website for on-line research, or available to order as 7" x 4” Reference Prints sold as seen, with no warranty. Over the next few years as these photos are checked, those that meet our essential quality requirements will gradually be optimised and added to our main selection.