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Aldridge Road .

oldMohawk

master brummie
A view of the Aldridge Road/Malthouse Lane junction in 1926. This pic is on the Birmingham Library site but is incorrectly captioned as Aldridge Rd/Shady Lane.
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Todays view and the two houses in the 1926 view are still there (marked with red spots) but every thing else has changed.
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Astoness

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nice pics phil and viv i have been looking for a photo of the old farm for a while...

lyn
 

Astoness

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quite right phil ive just checked...amazing how it looks now...there is a smashing chippy on the right of the modern shot just by the bus stop we use it a lot..im going to show the then one to my kids who all went to perry beeches..they will never guess the location lol

lyn
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
The northern end of Aldridge Rd at it's junction with the Queslett Rd. The Old Horns Pub (new version) can be seen behind the bus. A large queue for a small bus and the driver is busy with 'pay as you enter'. I do not know the exact date but looking at the cars etc I would say late 1960s or in the 1970s.
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oldMohawk

master brummie
The start of the building of Glenmead School. The houses in the photo are on the Aldridge Road and the block of houses in the right of the view lie just before the junction with Scarsdale Road. Beeches Road is to the left. The houses were originally owned by the First National Housing Trust and families rented them. In the 1950s the FNHT allowed the sitting tenants to buy the houses and some in this pic must have bought them because the FNHT would never have allowed the front of a house to be painted white as seen in the pic.
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Astoness

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phil just shown that pic to our tom and he guessed aldridge road but near the dog track...got the right road but a bit way off...he couldnt believe it when i revealed the location:D he got the right location on post 65 but being a bus driver helped..
 

Radiorails

master brummie
The new 46 bus route - Colmore Circus to Queslett - was introduced in January 1967. It was the first one-man operated service by BCT and as passenger demand increased the route was operated by similar buses but were double deck. These single deck were initially a replacement for the Leyland PS2's of 1950 but they had a life extension. There were 24 buses in this order and they had 37 seats. They ran on all of the single deck routes of the city and were withdrawn between 1979 and 1981. BON 466 C (fleet no.3466) was new in 1965.
Post 58 of this thread shows four of these buses.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
phil just shown that pic to our tom and he guessed aldridge road but near the dog track...got the right road but a bit way off...he couldnt believe it when i revealed the location:D he got the right location on post 65 but being a bus driver helped..
Hi Lyn, he will know where this is but might not know the bus which was owned by a company called Harpers and the the route went to Brownhills and some on to Cannock.
Phil
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oldMohawk

master brummie
I have this pic elsewhere on the forum and it shows the Beeches Estate being built in 1936. The car is on the Aldridge Road and Green Lane on the right eventually became Greenholm Road.

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Radiorails

master brummie
Harper Brothers company was founded in 1920 and became quite a large independent operator. In 1965 they were granted a limited stop service in the city boundary which protected the BCT's income.
They were taken over by Midland Red in 1974.
 

tim eborn

master brummie
Well that bus in #69 is about the ugliest I've seen. Not only that it is about the least happy one I've seen.
No wonders they were taken over.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
I used Harper Bros a couple of times when I was a teenager to go to a friend's house in Brownhills, and I remember my elder brother advising me to be careful, as Harper's buses were clapped-out semi-wrecks bought from other bus companies. The one on the photo #69 looks very much as my brother described!

G
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Well that bus in #69 is about the ugliest I've seen. Not only that it is about the least happy one I've seen.
No wonders they were taken over.
That style of bus could be seen all over the UK. They were Leylands (sometimes other engines) with MCW (Saltley) 'Orion' bodies.
May private bus operators ( that is to say outside the BET Federation) relied on others cast offs.
 

Vivienne14

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This view is labelled Aldridge Road, Perry Barr. Be interesting to find out the exact location on Aldridge Road. Viv.

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Astoness

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crikey viv i would not even know where to begin with that one..nice piccie though
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
This view is labelled Aldridge Road, Perry Barr. Be interesting to find out the exact location on Aldridge Road. Viv.
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I've marked two houses with red spots on this aerial view dated 1950. The house near the top of the pic has two chimneys on the gable wall. The house towards bottom right has a two windows in it's gable wall, the left one higher than the right window. Both of these houses can be seen in the pic in post#75 so the men are adjacent to the Birchfield Harriers site, probably just past the Grandstand which may not have been built when the early pic was taken.
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image from 'britainfromabove'
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I wouldn't be surprised in the houses on the right are still there but the wall, looks a little unsafe, it is well shored up so that has probably gone.
 
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