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It has been closed since October 2007 to enable a £10 million restoration and improvement project to take place.
It has now been handed back to Birmingham City Council and will reopen to the public in the next few weeks (someone mentioned 18th July on the news a few days ago)
Alf, thanks for the link. Finally, Aston Hall and the grounds will look
like it should have for years and years now. I remember when the
Council researched the area around Aston Hall and Park that many of the residents were interested in having more sports facilities in the Park and it looks as though they will. I can`t wait to visit later on this year.
The renovations to the the Trinity Road entrance and Lady Holte`s garden sound very good. I often used to walk along Aston Lane to the 39 bus stop just beyond Aston Parish Church and whilst waiting there look up the main entrance driveway. In the Springtime it was a marvellous sight with the gardens planted out with bulbs and the trees in full leaf. This was after the Lodge had been demolished. I remember playing on the swings in the Lower Park in the late l940`s. I think there was a roundabout there also.
My father and his brother attended Albert Road School and this part of the Park was where they lingered on the way home from school. They lived in Witton. Happy days in a lovely park.
Hi Alf: Great memories of lawn bowling for you at Aston Park. Whereabouts was the bowling green Alf?
Hi Col: That must have been some job for your Dad. The Hall and Park
occupy a very large area. Did your Dad have a bike? I bet he had a big
bunch of keys It's great having all these memories of Aston Hall and Aston Park not forgetting the Church as well. I am aiming to visit the recently renovated Holte Pub as well.
I bet your dad chased me a few times,when he was the "parky".
Makes you wonder why they don't have them anymore,the certainly kept order.
I can remember going to Aston Hall after dark...scary.
Apparently they didn't have electricity untill 1984.
Dont know about the electric, but Dad told me that doors in the hall which were locked at night were unlocked (by the,mselves) by the morning. He also told me about steps on the servants stairs and a supposedly secret tunnel from the Hall to Aston church...Although he doesnt believe in ghosts he has admitted he hated locking up at night
The nightwatchman at Aston Hall,was the uncle of one of my childhood pals,so we had a couple of visits after dark,he used to stay all night,with just an oil lamp to patrol the place...he would have been a contemparary of your dad.:1020:whooooooo.
JennyAnn, the bowling green was to the left hand side of the Hall, looking up from the Peter Pan statue - hope he has had his head replaced during the renovations. During the summer of 1959 when Michael was a baby, I used to go with my Mom & Dad and sit and watch the bowlers, it was a lovely pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.
Sylvia, I used to take our Steve to watch the bowls, it would be when we came back to Birmingham for a short time 1962/3. When we were kids the Parkie would have a fit if he saw you anywhere near the greens, so it gave me a bit of satisfction to at last be allowed to sit there.
The thing I remember most as a child once was visiting Aston Hall with my uncle and having sandwiches at the back of the hall and watching the biggest redest sun in my whole life. I have never seen the sun that large ever. It was explained to me but cannot remember what the explaination was. It took only ten minutes to get home to Holte road. I would love to visit again but would rather remember where I grew up as it was then and not now.:cry::cry:. Jean.