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aberdeen street winson green

josietrue

gone but not forgotten
is there anybody who as got any photos of aberdeen street i lived at 6 back 125 up the big opening we lived there from 1950 untill 1961 then moved to 53 bridge street west hockley.
i remember the queens coronation party i would love to see any photos the familys up our yard was the underhills the powers the masons then us the o.beirnes all 9 kids great times was had up that yard ie making a raft and nearly drowning in the canel
does anybody remember the woodyard by the prison we got our plank of wood there ( pinched it ) to make a gocart then all the kids in the yard rolled down the winson green road on it happy days i wouldnt swop my child hood for any of the kids today
as poor as we was
 

yogimon

master brummie
Too true Josey... I was one of those 9 kids. We had a hard but happy childhood. I remember going around those houses in that yard,scraping a stick under the window ledges to find Daddy longlegs.. If i saw a spider now i would run a mile..I was too young to remember the wood yard but i remember we had to share a toilet between 3 houses. I remember the newspaper on the table then it would be cut up into squares for the nail on the toilet door...
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi josetrue
was that thebig opening by the shop at the bottom of the opening and next to it was the family of lou summerfield
and there was a lady called maggie living up there ; a little lady in size as i recall also a guy called frank whom was the safe cracker ;

or are you referring to the houses with the long big gadens in front of them ; astonian
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
is there anybody who as got any photos of aberdeen street i lived at 6 back 125 up the big opening we lived there from 1950 untill 1961 then moved to 53 bridge street west hockley.
i remember the queens coronation party i would love to see any photos the familys up our yard was the underhills the powers the masons then us the o.beirnes all 9 kids great times was had up that yard ie making a raft and nearly drowning in the canel
does anybody remember the woodyard by the prison we got our plank of wood there ( pinched it ) to make a gocart then all the kids in the yard rolled down the winson green road on it happy days i wouldnt swop my child hood for any of the kids today
as poor as we was
hi josietrue...go to my old street pics thread as i may have posted one of aberdeen st there...it may take you some time to trawl through all the pics from page 1 but worth a look

lyn
 

josietrue

gone but not forgotten
hi astonian
we lived up the opening behind the shop his name was mr jones or jens i think.
i only knew the neighbours by their surnames. I remember a small lady in size but i think her name was Mrs Underhill. she had a daughter called June and a son called John. She may have had other children but those two were the only ones i knew. I dont remember the Safe Cracker but i can assure you that there were many rogues up our Street. Mrs Owen lived in one of the houses with the gardens at the front, she used to take bets for the neighbours. Many the time i had to take one for my dad. There are a few other neighbours that I knew ; The Tenbys, Cheslins, Summerfields & Mrs Stringer who owned the fruit shop opposite the Queens Head pub (she used to give us the rotten fruit because she felt sorry for us!). There was also a little shop next to the Queens I can't remember the name of the man who owned it but he used to run us down the road for calling him name (he was a miserable old bugger!).
Do you remeber Mr Jackson who lived up our yard? He fell over the raiilway trying to find a brick to support the wheel on his motorbike, us kids were playing in the yard at the time, & our dad & Mr Power run down to try & get to him.
When I got married, we got a little back to back house in Peel St behind Mrs Forcebrook's shop, So I ended up back where I started in Winson Green!!!

Josie
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi josie
great news to hear that you know these people as i certainly did know all these people i used to court the girl when i was young many years ago
the first house in the street and my best mate was johny dunkley whom i knew from early age in life
i knew one lot of people in aberdeen street i went onto the winson green site and seen loads of them from the street even chris price whom his looking
for us ;old lou summerfield moved to castle vale in the midsixtys i think it was i used to work on transport with him and travel the country with him a real nice family clean and hard working ;
you never said a truer word about aberdeen street but saying that josie peel street and the surrounding streets was just as bad
i had alot of friends in peel street in them days from time to time i do drive down there and walk around and often where did they all moved to i think alot of them got shipped over to northfield way i met the lads in the chippy whom run it and they nearly fell over back wards whenthey seen me
forty or more years back recently and they kept saying i ain,t age i still look the same now as i did then; but i think they was haveing me on ;
i will try and think of franks surnme but he was up from the opening ;its great to know of you i hope you keep tpo this forum its brill;
best wishes alan; astonian;;
 

ampegboy

New Member
Hiya Astonian, the Little lady you mention who lived up the top of the yard was Maggie Howarth and Frank when he wasn't in the clink was her boyfriend. We used to pop in for a cuppa now and then and though I shudder to think of it now a safe with its back ripped out in the front room was nothing unusual, but in those days it was strictly mums the word.
 

josietrue

gone but not forgotten
hi ampegboy
when did maggie howarth live up the big opening by the shop i lived up the big openg from 1950 to 1961
was it before then or after as the only people i knew was
underhills
jacksons
powers
careys
masons
us o'beirnes
and richardsons
with thank josie
 

ampegboy

New Member
Hi Josie, the memory is a little on the foggy side these days so I can't be certain but I think it was quite sometime after you had left. I think it was 1965/66 to about 1968 she was a friend of my then girlfriend Brenda. I heard on the grapevine that sadly Maggie fell victim to the big C and died about ten years ago. Also I have vague recollections of a family called Mason who lived a couple of doors away, am I right thinking there were two sisters? Ampegboy.
 

josietrue

gone but not forgotten
ampegboy
the masons lived next door to us the two girls was sandra who was one of my best friends and her sister veronica
there was brothers but cant remember their names
josie
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi josie ive now got some aberdeen st photos... ive looked at all of them and the closest i can get to where you lived is nos 125 to 132 front shot..is that the big opening and shop on the right that you mentioned....pic 2 shows house nos 1 to 4 which is back of no 129....hope they stir some memories josie....both photos dated 1972

lyn
 

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josietrue

gone but not forgotten
hi lyn
where did you manage to find those meny thanks yes we lived up the big opening the lady standing in the doorway is mrs cambell
i use to take her dog for a walk but thats a other story lol
iyou have stirred up a lot of memories here 3 doors on the other side of the opening lived mrs cheslin her son still come to see me he is 78 now and as always been like a big brother
thank you again josie
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi josie got them from a contact glad they are ok...you wont find them anywhere else...do you know the lady who is standing outside the house...

lyn
 
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josietrue

gone but not forgotten
hi lyn
the lady standing on the doorstep is mrs cambell next door neighbour but i cant think of her name we lived at the back of her and mrs cambell
hope you dont mind if i print them of
josie
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi YA Ampeghboy
how are you yes true to say about little maggie and frank i remember thjat week end of the safe
the summerfields lied at the bottom of the opening i worked with him on long distance machine bumping meaninmg machine removals
all over the country some times with police escorts up and down the country you must remember the neibours down the long gardens
mary dunkley she died many years back and her parents and brothers and chris price at the bottom
 

ampegboy

New Member
Back at ya Astonian, Remember that weekend well, think we all sailed a bit close to the wind back then.
Saw Johnny Dunkley a few years back he's still living in Quinton and yes I remember the neighbours in the long gardens too, I was one of them I lived at number 26, the one with the big tree at the end of the garden. Don't suppose you remember Billy Wyleman by any chance? he lived round the corner in Peel Street and we used to knock about in the Route 66 or the Pub on the corner of Peel St.
Would love to hear from him again.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi ampegboy
nice to know you knew my old mate jonny and billy and the gang i will contact you shortly and i do beleie i can recall you
 

susie09

New Member
Hi i have only just joined this site but i remember living in aberdeen street until the houses were demolished and we went to live in bartley green. We lived at number 24 with the big long gardens, we lived next door to mary dunkley. I remember when mary.s daughter had a baby boy thst she named after jeff astle.. from WBA. I recall he came to the house after the christening. My Mom and Dad were Ray and Shirley Tuzzio. we were John, Susan, Jillian and David. Timmy came along just before we moved. I remember the Smarts, Sandra was my friend, as was ValerieTildesley, we used to go to Foundry Road School...... walking past the prison and passing patients from the mental hospital on our way.
On the other side of us were the Okeefes who we lived next door to ...... Sean, Robert, Lynette . We used to play two balls in the entry by mrs dunkleys door. There was a black family that moved into the end house with two small children bonnie and yawnie....... they used to sit on our step waiting for my dad to come home cos he worked for bluebird toffees and always bought sweets home. Dad usd to go to the Smiths Arm, Queens Head and Sir Robert Peel pubs. On sundays we would run up the street to tell dad his dinner was ready. Shorthouses and Jones were the shops in the street..... where we would have to go to get stuff addd to the book ready to pay when dad had payday....... happy days! I also remeber Blowers the newsagent on the corner by Winson Green Road ... a penny bubly gum and a packet of potatoe puffs every night after school was my treat. Does anybody else remember running round the block (peel street) and playing in the big entry up the road. Look forward to hesring from you Sue Tuzzio now Hinton.
 
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