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Booths Farm

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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oh lol viv i could well be the first bhf member to be arrested in the name of history...if this happens can you start a collection to bail me out ha ha..its all coming back to me now my friends used to drink in the bell pub corner of cramlington road and used the gully to get home to caddick road...ps well done viv i knew your red dot was right..
 

Dave M

Pheasey Born Bumper
thats great dave at least we now know that the remains of the farm is still there...shame it was demolished it would have made a great attraction...i am busy for the next few days so it will be sometime next week when i can get over that way...how far was that board from the remains dave were they visible to you..
lyn the info board alongside the remains, whats left is visable
 

Astoness

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thats great dave i just hope i can get to it from the end i know...trying to juggle things about so i maybe able to get there tomorrow...fingers crossed...
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
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Thanks Dave. Glad to see there's some of the farm still there and not built upon. Viv.


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Barmybrummy

proper brummie kid
booths%20farm%202[1].JPG Booths Farm Farmhouse is marked from my memory as a child. The footpath running up from Caddick road passed a field where horses grazed, then you passes various out buildings and the house sat behind these buildings. After the farmhouse was vacated by the last residents it stood empty for years. As children we were able to get inside, some of the rooms had the doors blocked off and you could see into these rooms only by looking down through holes in the upstairs floor. Walk on and you came out on Booths Lane. We used this route every Saturday to get to Kingstanding baths and to get to school at Great Barr Comp.
 

Astoness

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thanks for those great memories barmybrummie...and thanks for those excellent photos dave...i still intend on having a look myself but will prob wait until the weather gets better..

cheers

lyn
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
And thanks from me Dave and Barmeybrummy (aren't we all?!!). It's just occurred to me that if it hadn't been for the notoriety of Wm Booth, none of the farm would have been preserved. It would most likely now be underneath more houses. I doubt the farm itself as an interesting example in the area would have saved it from obliteration. Looking at the maps it's almost like its in the way and everything has been worked around it. Viv.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Booths Lane, Great Barr

William Booth was a Notorious forger and minter of false coins,and on the 28 march 1812 the military attacked his fortifyed farm house in great Barr,
Hence Booth,s Farm Road when he was captured the authorities found £ 3 ,000 in good notes,200 Guineas in gold ,, £600 in counterfeit silver coins
And a large amount of notes,
He was sent for trial at Stratford Assizes, for years previously he had been tried at Warwick, for the murder of his brother, John,
But had been acquitted for lack of Evidence, this time he was not so fortunate, booth was executed publicly on 15 August 1815
But the hangman bungled the job and so the coiner had to be revived, and Hanged again two hours later
He was hurried at Hands worth old church and later moved thus Booth was tried twice and. Hanged twice and hurried twice

, Alan,,, Astonian,,,,,,,
 
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