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Richarddye

master brummie
The last of this film. I am sure they are all in the same area,
9. Have decided with Phil’s advice that this is somewhere along Beales St. Beales St.
10. Another that will probably never be identified.
11. Possibly Vicarage road, but not really sure.
12.A pub where we can just perceive Mitchells & Butler on the fascia. It was unidentified, but now has been identified as The Crown at the junction of Church Road and Alfred St






My Grandmother lived at 16 Alfred st, and uncle lived on Church Rd and another had a greengrocer 7 fishmonger on Litchfield Rd. Thanks for the memories!
 

mikejee

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With the help of Brummylad I can now identify the five photos below as being in Upper Cox St. The first three run together and comprise nos 31 -19 on the west side of the road, while the fourth is nos 11 & 12 further up, and the fifth the back entrance of Mary St School , together with the houses to the right of it running from no 57 down to about no.49.
A few houses had been built in the street, mainly on the eastern side, by the time of the 1881 census, with a much larger number by 1891. The houses in the street did originally contain a variety of occupants. There were a number "living on their own means" including in 1891 Rose Wright ( aged 34) at no 26, who had her sister with her, listed as a domestic servant. At the same time no 30 was Herbert Matthews, a grocers manager, at 28 Frederick Smith, a carpenter, at 25 Trevor Brandon, a fish salesman, and at 20 Henry Sims , a gold beater. No-one in the street appears to have gained notoriety, or , at least, if they did it does not seem to have appeared in the papers with their address.

0A.nos 25-31 Upper Cox St.jpg1A. nos 27-19 Upper Cox St.jpg2A. nos 27-19 Upper Cox St.jpg3A.11 and 12 Upper Cox St.jpg4B . back mary st school.jpgmap c1950 Upper cox St.jpg
 

mikejee

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On the corner of Upper Cox St with Balsall Heath Road (180 Balsall Heath Road) was the Wearwell Overalls Co. This can be seen on the map in the previous post. The company was formed in 1939 at 20 Longbridge Road to manufacture, though they did also make army uniforms at one time. They added this site, which seems to have been more a shop and offices, in the early 1950s and remained until the late 1960s, when they moved the business to Tamworth. Immediately before WW2 the site had been occupied for a short time by a furniture dealer, Emanuel Miller. However originally , in around 1870 till about 1937 it was a bakers, originally run by Thomas Marshall, and for the last 20 years by the Proffitt & Westwood chain.
To the left of Wearwells , no.182 seems always o have been an off-licence, the last tenant being J.J. Clooney.
Next door, G.H.Monk & Co had a number of retail shops in Birmingham, but only had this wholesale site at nos.184, 186 since the early 1950s. Previously no 186, presumably including the factory behind shown on the map, had always been a butchers. Before WW2 no 184, other than a short period as a tailors, had always been a grocers with different occupants..
No 188 always to have been a grocers of some sort, while no 190, on the far left of the second photo had been a toy retailer, a childrens clothes shop amongst other things.

5. Balsall Heath Road.Upper Cox StA.jpg6B. Monks Meat.   186 Balsall Hth Rd.jpg
 

sue griffiths

proper brummie kid
My Grandfather Richard Waite lived at 5 and 6 Westerley Terrace, Speedwell Road, would the houses there look the same as these.
 

mikejee

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Am not sure which houses you asking if they were the same as. I do not know where on Speedwell road Westerley terrace was . It was not a terrace of small houses set back from the road , as there do not seem to be any like that in that road. All the houses in that road were similar to those in post 277
 

mikejee

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Sue
Sorry to be confusing, but if your ancestor had been living at an address such as this in the mid 1900s , then I could not have been certain that 5.6 Westerley Terrace, Speedwell Road was the same address as 5,6 Speedwell Road, as houses were then often numbered in such a terrace separately to the number in the road. However, as it was your grandfather, and more recent, then It is reasonable toassume that. Having said that, I now realise that I did take a photograph of this property and it is on post 279, and the position is in red on the map below

map c1951 showing 5,6 Speedwell road.jpg
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Aerial view dated of Speedwell Road but dated 1952 so looking better than it was by 1970. The houses marked red on the map (Numbers 5 and 6) are marked very faintly pink in this view.
SpeedwellRd_1952.jpg
part of a 'britainfromabove' image
 

sue griffiths

proper brummie kid
Thank you so much, I know the Waite family lived at 23 Speedwell Road in 1891. Then moved in 1901 census to 5 and 6 Westerley Terrace so most probably this road. Richards son Enos lived with the Kiteley family at no.7.
 

alan bartlett

master brummie
The Osborne tower is in the background of The Golden Arrow, at the junction of Gladstone st. and Church Lane. I should think this café was the last original building in the area. It had been a grocers from its erection around 1883 till the late 1950s, only changing use to a café for about ten years.
The next looks like it is showing the school in vicarage road again, but there seem to be extra buildings to the right part of the school compared to the first picture in #7.
No idea where the next photo is, though almost certainly in the same area, but perhaps someone recognises it
The next is 90 Church Lane, Aston. This site seems to have largely worked in metal trades. In 1900 Benjamin Bloomer, nail & boot protector maker worked there, in 1921 it was a shoeing smith, George Murrell, while in 1936 Sydney Barnett made chair frames chair frame, but by 1946 it had become Regent cleaners.
Last is one that almost certainly will never be identified, though again in the same area









The picture of the café on Church Lane looks like the place I used to work in the 60,s. then the tower block was not there, all the old houses were still intact. The company I worked for was Lambert & Flowers, pipe fitters and heating. The building was the office where we received our job instructions. They also had a yard at the top of Church Lane near the junction with Lichfield Road where the vans etc were kept. Amazing picture, I didn,t expect to see that place again, happy days though.
 
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