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Birmingham History Forum

  1. GENERAL DISCUSSION

    IF IT DOSEN'T HAVE A HISTORICAL THEME, THEN THIS IS THE PLACE TO POST IT !
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    Latest: They Were Caught In Our Old Street Pics... oldMohawk, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM
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  2. BIRMINGHAM HISTORY WEBRING

    OTHER BIRMINGHAM HISTORY WEBSITES WHICH COMPLIMENT AND ADD TO INFORMATION OF LOCAL HISTORY. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR WEBSITE SHOULD BE INCLUDED, PLEASE CONTACT POSTIE WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION AND LINK.
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  3. EVENTS AND MEET UPS

    FOR DETAILS OF EVENTS AND MEET UPS
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    Latest: Summer Meet Up 2 July 2016 At The Bull Astoness, Jun 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM
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  4. Birmingham History Network

    Links to and forums for members of the Birmingham History Network (formerly Birmingham History Webring)
    1. Birmingham History

      The history of Birmingham and its districts.
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      Latest: From Birmingham Post 150 years ago mikejee, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:44 AM
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  5. Network Information and FAQs

    Important information regarding the network and its sites.
    1. Questions and Answers Regarding The Forum

      If you have a question about this forum or any part of the Birmingham History Network, here's the place to do it!
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    1. History Podcasts & MP3 Links

      Links For History Based Podcasts
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    2. Carl's Brummagem Magazine

      What's in this month's Carl Chinn Magazine
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      Latest: Desperate Dan Comic Wanted Richie, May 29, 2016
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    3. Recommended Reference Books and CD's

      What books or CD-Roms would you recommend to other users of this forum? do you have other ideas about reference books? Would it be Brum & Brummies by Prof Chinn or
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      Latest: Your Old Books And Maps mikejee, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM
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  6. Genealogy & Family History

    !!! PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ALLOW POSTINGS PERTAINING TO THE 1911 CENSUS. IT IS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL !!!
    1. Genealogy News & Discussion

      Genealogy / History News & Events and general chat DO NOT POST RESEARCH REQUESTS HERE
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      Latest: Location Of A Marriage Astoness, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM
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    2. Help, advice, tips and tricks!

      Do you have advice you can share with others researching their trees? You might have tips to pass on. Maybe you have a question you want to ask, or maybe you've hit a wall in your search. Please don't post surname requests here.
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      Latest: Edgbaston Estate Office Hagley Road pjmburns, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:26 AM
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    3. Census Look-Up Requests

      Please post your look-up requests in the specific year section, unless you want a general look up.
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    4. Surname Interests

      Please post only one surname per enquiry and please make sure it is posted in the relevant forum. Note: You must include the surname in the subject line of your post.
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    5. Trade Enquiries

      Genealogy enquiries regarding a specific trade or business can be made here.
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    6. Churches

      Genealogy searches relating to a particular church should be posted here.
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      Latest: Chester Road Baptist Church, Erdington Onceabrummie, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:15 PM
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    7. Homes Hospitals Workhouses

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      Latest: Shenley Fields diane shakespeare, Jun 23, 2016 at 1:37 PM
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    8. Your Family Website

      If you happen to have your own genealogy website that is a focus on your own research, you can post a link here please.
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      Latest: Godden Dave89, Jun 23, 2016 at 9:56 AM
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    9. Genealogy

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    10. Birmingham Cemeteries

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    1. Birmingham Research Links

      Links to various havens of research for Birmingham and its districts.
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      Latest: Early Architectural Renderings mikejee, Jun 16, 2016
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    2. Research Information & Discussion

      If you are doing research and need information, post your requests here.
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    3. Maps & Mapping

      We have a few historic map sections of Birmingham which you might find helpful. Please post requests for help here. If you have map sections you can help other members with I'm sure they would be grateful!!
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      Latest: help please Astoness, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:12 PM
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    1. Transport

      What was your first car, motorcycle, or even cycle!! What buses did you use frequently, and where did they take you? Post your transport topics on this forum.
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      Latest: History of Cars. G G Jean, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:47 AM
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    1. Discussion

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      Latest: Early Radio Astonian, May 14, 2016
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    2. Links

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      Latest: When Everyone Wore a Hat... oldMohawk, Jun 2, 2016
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    1. World War 1

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      Latest: Christopher French Va11ance, Jun 25, 2016 at 7:36 PM
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    1. Army Life

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      Latest: Royal Warwickshire Regiment Austin K2, May 9, 2016
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    1. Photo Roll Call

      Please use this forum to post photos of your family, friends, and relations, who served in WW2
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    2. WW2 Memorial Photo Requests

      Please post your requests for grave or memorial photos for WW2
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      Latest: Tree of Life Memorial Alberta, Aug 26, 2015
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    1. Other Conflicts

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    2. Links

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      Latest: Gangs of Birmingham Alberta, Oct 22, 2014
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    3. The Services

      Were you in the Army, Navy, or Air Force? Do you have a story to tell about National Service? Here's the place to post your experiences.
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    1. LEST WE FORGET

      Please use this forum to post thoughts of those that have fallen while defending our country.
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      Latest: National Memorial Arboretum Astoness, Jun 1, 2016
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    1. Fire Service

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    2. Police

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    3. Ambulance Service

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    4. Civil Defence

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      Latest: Prepared. ChrisM, Oct 17, 2014
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    1. Blakesley Hall

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      Latest: Blakesley Hall Vivienne14, Apr 12, 2016
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    2. Sarehole Mill

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    3. The Art Gallery

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    4. Soho House

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    5. Aston Hall

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    6. Think Tank

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    7. Birmingham Museum Stores, Dollman Street

      A collection of photos by John Houghton & Colin Baker
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    8. Other Midlands Museums

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    1. Breweries

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    2. Pubs

      What pub did you frequent, there were many in and around Aston, and Heartlands. There were some colourful characters that drank in them, we would like to hear all about them.
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    1. Birmingham Nightclubs

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      Latest: cCan you help name this night club/disco please ? Laurie, Jun 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM
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    2. Fun Fairs

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    3. Cinemas, Theatres & Rinks

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  7. History & Nostalgia

    This section is for threads with an historic or nostalgic context only.
    1. Statues & Monuments

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    2. BUILDINGS PAST AND PRESENT

      Birmingham has through the years has had its share of many wonderful buildings. Sadly a lot of those for one reason or another have disappeared, be it due to urban renewal, development, or just lack of care. I thought that between us we might record some of these buildings here, there are numerous photos of some examples of Birmingham’s wonderful architecture on this forum but they give very little detail of the buildings history. I thought that we might try to attempt that here; all that I ask is that contributors include with any photo that they may post a little of the history of that building, facts such as the date of building, architects name or company, original use, cost of building, type of material used, in fact anything of interest. I thought I would make a start with the Birmingham Market Hall.
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    3. Famous People Of Birmingham

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    4. Birmingham Sports History

      Sporting History and Nostalgia.
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    5. History

      Post your memories here. From time to time we will use some memories on the mainsite.
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    6. Birmingham Markets

      Do you have a story to tell about any of the Birmingham markets?
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      Latest: Smithfield Market Pre 1930's mikejee, Jun 20, 2016
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    7. Parks & Recreation Grounds & Facilities

      What are your memories of the great parks and recreation grounds of Birmingham?
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    8. Shops

      Was it in Woolies or the House That Jack Built that you shopped for household goods
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    9. Factories & Offices

      Where did you work, was it a small factory in amongst the houses or one of the bigger industrial establishments.
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    10. Neighbours & Streets

      Where did you live? Who were your neighbours? Tell us about your community .
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    11. Doctor, Medical & Old Remedies

      This forum is for sharing your medical memories. Did you have a kindly old doctor? What old remedies can you remember? Herbal Medicine was quite popular although not always legal!! Some of the doctors were colourful characters too back then, and some were heroes!!
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      Latest: SIXPENNY HOSPITAL FUND Astonian, Jun 5, 2016
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    12. Schools & Schoolfriends

      If you're searching for your schoolchums, or have a story of your school, then maybe we can help you with this forum?
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    13. Brummie Sayings & Language,

      This is the place to post your old sayings, and discuss how we talk.
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      Latest: Origins of the Brummie accent Nico, Jun 11, 2016
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    14. Food History

      We'd love to hear about your eating habits of years gone by, or maybe you have a mouth watering recipe of yesteryear you can share.
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    15. Childhood

      Here's a place to post the memories of your childhood. For some childhood was a brilliant time, a time of fun and much love. For others, it may have been a time of great pain and anguish. You may want to share your childhood here with us?
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      Latest: I-spy Books Maria Magenta, Jun 18, 2016
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    1. THE PHYLLIS NICKLIN ARCHIVE

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      Latest: Phyllis Nicklin's legacy Vivienne14, Jun 19, 2016
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    2. Old Photographs

      Use the sub forum categories to post your relevant pictures. Because of space limitation I will have to delete older posts weekly or monthly depending on the amount of pictures posted. Please can you try size them so they don't go outside the forum boundaries, if this isn't possible I will do that for you.
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    3. Childrens Stories & Fibs

      Please share all those wonderful stories your children told you, and don't forget the Porkies!!
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    4. Members Recommended Links to Other Sites

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  8. Birmingham Travel

    A place to talk about Travel
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    1. Condolences

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    2. Red Letter Days

      Post your Birthday, Anniversary, Special Occasions & Best Wishes here, it doesn't have to be another Forum Member it can be for anyone in your thoughts.
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      Latest: The Arrival Of My First Grandchild Astoness, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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    3. Personal Announcements

      Use this forum for Personal Announcements
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    1. Film, TV, Theatre

      TV, Film, or Video share your thoughts with us here, of what's good and bad!!
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    2. Music & Recommended Listening

      This forum is for discussion of music. Recommend a CD or MC to our members.
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    3. A Good Book at Bedtime

      Can you recommend a good read? Maybe or do you have a favourite book from yesteryear?
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    4. Pets & Animals

      Did you keep pets when you lived down the "Old End"? Do you have a funny or interesting story we might all like to share?
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      Latest: I Wonder What She's Thinking? bewdley, Jun 17, 2016
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    1. Advice

      General Advice: post your queries here and hopefully some helpful soul will have advice they can give.
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      Latest: Donation Button Astoness, Jun 29, 2016 at 8:10 AM
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    2. Computer Help

      Have you got a problem with your PC, Mac or any other system for that matter? Post a message in here and one of our community will help you if they can.
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      Latest: Computer Help Please. Smudger, Jun 22, 2016
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