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    Wilkes and Godwin

    Hi Sweeney todd, thanks for the reply, at least I have found someone who worked there, at the time you mention I think my father would have been foreman of the polishing shop, so maybe as a plater you would not have come across him, thanks BobJ
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    New House of Lords in Birmingham?

    Would be a bit inconvenient for them to pop into House of Lords in Birmingham/York for 5 minutes every day to get the daily £300 and then go for lunch at their club in London, that's why they will kill the idea. If it has to be Birmingham should be somewhere classy, but close to the people, Star...
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    TEETH OUT AT THE CLINIC

    I attended the School Clinic in Sherborn Road, Balsall Heath in the late 50’s at about the age of 10. This was an old Victorian ex school building not far from home. This clinic delivered all sorts of treatment to the local poor kids, as you entered you were hit by two things, the sound of...
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    Birmingham Public Swimming Baths

    Hi Spargone It’s interesting to see your width certificate from Moseley Road baths, I went there from Mary Street School and with my friends. I recall having a free pass (I certainly don’t have a copy now) and I can’t recall what you had to do to get it, swim some distance I guess. What I can...
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    The cane at school

    At Dennis Road in 1961 as a new first year, I had an experience of corporal punishment, not the cane but read on. The class had begun to gel into a unit and friendships had been formed. These were the days of the dip pen and ink well and some bright spark, I can’t remember who came up the idea...
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    The cane at school

    At Dennis Road in 1961 as a new first year, I had an experience of corporal punishment, not the cane but read on. The class had begun to gel into a unit and friendships had been formed. These were the days of the dip pen and ink well and some bright spark, I can’t remember who came up the idea...
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    Engineering Sayings

    I recall a couple of sayings from my GKN apprenticeship in the 60’s When making a bush for a shaft which I made oversize, the foreman said “that’s no “B” good, it’s like a sausage up an entry”, which made me laugh which was the wrong thing to do. Another time working in the GKN Heath Street...
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    car industry

    Hi Big Gee, I have BL stories almost identical, I worked for a components supplier who only bought BL cars, my first company car was a Morris Marina 1700 in 1979. I lived in Shirley and went to collect it after work from Patrick Motors in Lifford Lane, I did not make it home !, over the next 3...
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    Bombay Mix

    I am not a great fan either, to quote Jasper Carrot " Bombay mix is like the contents of an Indian restaurant's Hoover bag" Bob
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    National Trust Back To Backs Inge Street

    Thanks Mike, as you say it's a bit confusing that there appears to be no back houses behind 29, just re-checked birth certificate and definitely is 2/29. I can't think what else it can mean. I have just looked at Street view and the building on the corner looks like an ex Victorian pub from the...
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    National Trust Back To Backs Inge Street

    Mike, I would like to know where 2/29 Inge Street was, if you could help. My father was born there in November 1914. Bob
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    My post #3 was asking for any class pictures from Mary Street, I have not found any of these but I did come across a picture of the staff from about 1960, many faces I recall. Does anyone else remember these teachers...
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    Birmingham's Image And Status

    About 20 years ago I worked in Essex and travelled up and down Monday and Friday. I lived in Solihull which was always referred to as Birmingham by my colleagues in a joking way. I was on holiday at Whitson and took a call from my boss while in the garden. What’s all that racket, are you in an...
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    Lincoln Street Motors

    This thread takes me back to my early teens, my friend lived in Wenman Street Balsall Heath between Pearson Street and Edward Road and Lincoln Street Motors had a repair place between his house and Edward Road. As car mad kids we would always be looking at the American cars which were usually...
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    Mike, I think you are right, there was a "new" playground behind and below the prefab type classrooms which faced Mary Street, south of the main school. If it is the backs of the Victoria Place houses (can't really tell) that are backing on to the playground in your photo ,that's the answer...
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    Mike, I agree all pictures on #8 are Mary Street School and are just as I remember it, it was the one on#6 that did not seem to be so to me especially the rear of the houses opposite. Bob
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    sorry, correction should have been Upper Cox Street not Cox Street West. Bob
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    Hi Carolina, I don't think that is Mary Street School, I can't think where you would be looking at the backs of houses through the playground. I think you would be looking at the front of the houses in Cox Street West from the back of the school across the playground. Bob
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    Mary Street School, Balsall Heath - class photographs I attended Mary Street School from 1954 to 1961. I have many memories of teachers and pupils but do not have any class/ group photos and cannot find any on websites, although there are some from earlier. I have a couple of individual photos...
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    Various brum pubs

    I remember the New Inns Moseley Road/Edward Road (post 32) as the place we would go at about 10 pm after a shift as a pump attendant at St Pauls Garage in about 1966/67. One memorable night while having a quick pint I saw the doors to the bar being bolted shut as a “Wild West” fight started...
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