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Bordesley green

McAllister

Brummie babby
Hi everyone I lived in Digbeth in Alcock street would love to hear from someone from there I went to st Andrews primary then onto tilton road girls school thanks for reading this
 

Tinpot

master brummie
We moved to the area in 1970
My mother worked at the green grocers just near the junction of Bordesley Green and Victoria St. The owner was Mr Corbett. That would be about 1952. I can remember being there one day and seeing live chickens in a shed at the back. I went to a nursery nearby. Then later to Little Green Lane School. When I was 6 years old we moved to the Ideal Village from Grange Road.
 

RoseED

New Member
Regarding the photo of Harry Smith's shop at 346 BGE near the junction with Stuarts Road, can anyone remember the name of the road that ran from Stuarts Road to Station Road? It was widened and renamed as a continuation of BGE in the 50's.
Only just seen this.... 2021! I was brought up in a house on the right after junction with Stuart’s Rd. From 1953 it was all called Bordesley Green East and numbers changed. Up until just before that time it was called Royston Road. I remember my mother telling me and it’s on the very old maps
 

Icarus

Ancient Brummie
Only just seen this.... 2021! I was brought up in a house on the right after junction with Stuart’s Rd. From 1953 it was all called Bordesley Green East and numbers changed. Up until just before that time it was called Royston Road. I remember my mother telling me and it’s on the very old maps
Thanks Rose Ed. I did find the answer a few years ago via a 1953 A-Z but I appreciate your post. Welcome to the group. :)
 

Tates

master brummie
Hi everyone I lived in Digbeth in Alcock street would love to hear from someone from there I went to st Andrews primary then onto tilton road girls school thanks for reading this
I was born in Lower Trinity Street & my Aunt lived in Alcock Street........but I'm not of any use to you.
We moved when I was about 2 years old........although I have the odd memory of certain things.
 

McAllister

Brummie babby
I was born in Lower Trinity Street & my Aunt lived in Alcock Street........but I'm not of any use to you.
We moved when I was about 2 years old........although I have the odd memory of certain things.
thanks anyway maybe I know your aunt my surname was Aiken thankyou
 

Tates

master brummie
thanks anyway maybe I know your aunt my surname was Aiken thankyou
My Aunts name was Rose Smith.....her husband was Jack Smith & they had 3 sons......Brian, Keith & Malcolm.
They lived at the end of Alcock Street almost on the corner & I think here was a shop on the very end near Liverpool Street.
 

McAllister

Brummie babby
I lived at 9/68 but I don't remember a shop I remember the pub
I think it was called the western also the bakers under the bridge and the bookies I'm sorry don't recognize your aunt's name but I remember the Allen's I lived there from I was about 5 till I was 13 thanks again
 

batmadviv

master brummie
I have just noticed that Gardners sweet and toy shop, on Bordesley Green, near to the old Broadway pub, is now closed. Does anyone know how long it had been there. I can remember it being there in 1969. Does it go back much further.
Two of my aunts worked at Gardner’s sweet shop before the war. They used to live opposite Bordesley Green school from about 1920. They were certainly there during the war.
 

Dianad

proper brummie kid
I worked at the Post Office Supplies depot in Third Avenue for many years. In the mid 1980s the payroll was stolen and the thieves ran down the gully to their getaway car in fourth avenue. we used to walk to a lovely park by East Birmingham Hospital where we would eat our lunch.
Hiya
I was born and bred in Bordesley Green, Third Ave, and went to Marlborough Rd senior school.
 

Madeleine S

New Member
Wow, just been past that row of shops and Gardners is still there (in name anywat)!!! Surrounded by 'change' and huge Bangladisation.

How did they DO that? Is this a record. To my certain knowledge they have been a Milk Bar/Sweet shop since 1955....amazing stamina and fortitude.
I just found this site when looking for information about Gardner’s Milk Bar. My grandmother knew Tony Gardner well and used to take me there as a small child. I have memories of a heavenly place with red and chrome stools all along the bar. When I came to Australia and saw there were ‘milk bars’ everywhere I was so excited until I realised it just means corner shop here (and they’re an endangered species too now). But then I saw your post (which could well be 11 years old?) that said Gardner’s was still there!! Can this be true? And could it still possibly be? If so, is there any photographic evidence and what is it now? Any info very gratefully received
 

Tinpot

master brummie
I just found this site when looking for information about Gardner’s Milk Bar. My grandmother knew Tony Gardner well and used to take me there as a small child. I have memories of a heavenly place with red and chrome stools all along the bar. When I came to Australia and saw there were ‘milk bars’ everywhere I was so excited until I realised it just means corner shop here (and they’re an endangered species too now). But then I saw your post (which could well be 11 years old?) that said Gardner’s was still there!! Can this be true? And could it still possibly be? If so, is there any photographic evidence and what is it now? Any info very gratefully received
 

Tinpot

master brummie
I remember going to the milk bar. Penny chews and 4 a penny Fruit Salads on the way back from Alston Rd school . Then later Jubblies on route from Saltley. Always remember the nearby butchers that sometimes had what seemed like enormous cows tongues in the window. Everything changes.
 

tony reynolds

Brummie babby
moved to bge when i was 11went to alston rd teachers i remember harper deputy head wallace english williams science roberts davies p e pritchard head was in the b stream mates i remember grocott hawkes adams croft raybone Dodds edwards must be lots of others happy days i think tony reynolds
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
This memory was from a friend who grew up in Bordesley Green:

I remember Bourne’s sweet shop. In fact I can remember the smell of that shop. We used to rush out of school to buy sweets. My favourite was a penny Cadbury chocolate bar which I would take home and melt. Do you remember the sweet shop on Bordesley Green just round the corner from Palace Road and it also sold exercise books which being the girlie swot I am I would prefer to sweets. Do you remember Bluebird toffees? No wonder I’ve got diabetes
 

Tinpot

master brummie
This memory was from a friend who grew up in Bordesley Green:

I remember Bourne’s sweet shop. In fact I can remember the smell of that shop. We used to rush out of school to buy sweets. My favourite was a penny Cadbury chocolate bar which I would take home and melt. Do you remember the sweet shop on Bordesley Green just round the corner from Palace Road and it also sold exercise books which being the girlie swot I am I would prefer to sweets. Do you remember Bluebird toffees? No wonder I’ve got diabetes
I worked occasionally in the corner shop at Drummond Rd. One day when I was serving a middle aged man came in and said to my surprise - " Good Morning. I'm the man from Mars!" I was a bit surprised until I realised he was their rep of course.

I was born in 1947 and just have a memory of sweet rationing after the war. When we had a Mars Bar it was sliced up and shared out.
 

tony reynolds

Brummie babby
The site you are talking about was a workshop that specialised in Jaguar repairs and rebuilds.
It was run by a very jovial Jamaican chap who told me that he was going to do up old Models and ship them abroad because they fetch more money there.
He decided to increase his workshop space by knocking down a few walls, unfortunately the walls were load bearing and the upstairs fell into the downstairs, wrecking all his "stock".
I never saw him after that.
WALLY CROOK
 

Phil600

Brummie babby
hi folks can anyone remember dallaways garage on the Bordesley green between blakeland street and blake lane in the 70,s and 60,s ?
 
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