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  1. Lloyd

    1931 Birmingham bus returned to the road

    Now returned to Wythall Museum is 1931 Birmingham Corporation double deck bus no 486, an AEC 'Regent' with Saltley-built Metro Cammell body - one of their first. The design set the standard for Birmingham's buses until the engine position moved to the rear. The museum reopens in the last weekend...
  2. Lloyd

    Training college Bristol Road

    Here is a photo of a tram on Bristol Road, route 71 (Rubery) located I'm fairly sure at the junction with Eastern Road. The tram is therefore heading towards town. What are the buildings behind, on what would otherwise be the King Edward's school playing fields? They appear to be mostly of...
  3. Lloyd

    Repeal of the Turnpike acts

    It is the intention of the Law Commission to repeal the remaining highway turnpike acts, many dating from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Not as drastic as it may sound, these acts had been rendered obsolete by subsequent legislation but never officially removed from the statute books...
  4. Lloyd

    Nicholas Winton, the 'British Schindler'

    I know this is just over a year late (4th Sept 2009), but I didn't hear of it at the time and have only just read of the actions of this man, who in his spare time organised the evacuation of eight trainloads of children from Czechoslovakia. From The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2009: Sir...
  5. Lloyd

    What and Where is this?

    Following on from recent 'competitions' where you have to identify a local scene, try this one. What is the car? What did its design lead to? Where is the location (yes it's outside Birmingham - just a little)? I'll check back for your answers later.
  6. Lloyd

    Royal Oak Day, 29th May

    Royal Oak Day marks the Restoration of England’s Monarchy and celebrates our freedom from tyranny. It is part of our English Culture and Heritage. https://www.royaloakday.org.uk/index.html
  7. Lloyd

    Metro extension

    METRO BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE EXTENSION SET TO GET APPROVAL February 2010 The extension of Midland Metro through Birmingham City Centre from the current Snow Hill terminus to New Street station is expected to be given £82 million of Government funding in the next few days. The DfT have...
  8. Lloyd

    Census dates

    I recently came across this list of census dates, it may be of use or interest. The early ones are really just headcounts, and not as informative as the 1841 and later ones which have detailed name information. 1801 - March 10 1811 - May 27 1821 - May 28 1831 - May 30 1841 - June 7 1851 - March...
  9. Lloyd

    50 years of motorway coach operation

    To mark 50 years since the opening of the M1 (actually on 2nd November 1959) and the start of the famous Midland Red Motorway Express service between Birmingham and London, Wythall museum's Midland Red CM6T motorway coach joined Roger Burdett's newly restored Midland Red C5 coach and a modern...
  10. Lloyd

    Steam Trams

    We have had photos of the steam trams that used to ply our streets 100 years ago, but in Bern, Switzerland, one has been restored and runs again: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iax79ezuQPM In Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch New Zealand there is an 1881 Kitson steam tram locomotive identical to...
  11. Lloyd

    Stratford Road horse tram depot

    I only spotted today a tram depot I never knew existed, between Sturge Street (now St Johns Road) and Jenny's lane (Now Baker Street), Stratford Road. The site was later taken by the Salvation Army chapel, now called Lighthouse Chapel. (give the link a minute or so to open street level view)...
  12. Lloyd

    Tubbs and mineral waters

    I seem to think that someone was looking for a Tubbs connected with mineral water making. While researching something else, I came across this in the London Journal: "NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, William John Oakes and Frank...
  13. Lloyd

    Kings Heath in the 60s

    I found this old home video on youtube and thought some of you would like to see it. Kings Heath, people and places in 1960. YouTube - This Is Kings Heath - 1960
  14. Lloyd

    No 1931 Census to look forward to

    From https://www.1911census.co.uk/ In theory the 1931 census for England & Wales would have been available for public access in 2032 or perhaps earlier if rules were to be changed. However that is not to be. On the night of Saturday 19 December 1942, there was a fire at a store in Hayes...
  15. Lloyd

    1881 Pub search

    This link to a search of the 1881 census for pubs and their occupants: https://www.1881pubs.com/Search.asp
  16. Lloyd

    Birmingham on film

    How about a place for film clips with Birmingham as the backdrop? See who you remember on this one, and whatever happened to that fountain?
  17. Lloyd

    Night Mail

    The first Travelling Post Office in Britain was a converted horsebox that left London for Birmingham on January 20, 1838. January 10th 2004 marked the last journey of the Travelling Post Offices (TPOs), which sorted mail at the same time as carrying it across the country. "This is the Night...
  18. Lloyd


    Comprising train and track footage quickly shot just before a heavy winter's snowfall was melting, the award-winning classic that emerged from the cutting-room compresses British Rail's dedication to blizzard-battling into a thrilling eight-minute montage cut to music. Tough-as-boots workers...
  19. Lloyd

    Where is this? No. 65

    A row of suburban shops, sometime in the late 50s or the 60s. In my younger days I knew them well: I delivered papers from one, had my hair cut in another, delivered milk to many of them, these were probably the first shops I ever saw from my pram, as they were the nearest to our house. But...
  20. Lloyd

    Where is this 53

    Preserved 1937 Birmingham Corporation Daimler no 1107 is seen here in 1976 on a special 'Golden Jubilee' run round the outer circle 11 route, which was then 50 years old. Yes, I know that's 32 years ago! The bus was 70 last year! Where is it though? As it's easy I want the name of the road and...