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Bracebridge Street

michaelwicks54

Aston bred & proud.
Hi Dave I am new to this site I am sure my mum was best friends with your mum.my mum was called ruby Roger's and she lived at 174 bracebridge st and your mum used to babysit my 2 elder brothers around 1957she also gave us your old toys I remember one was a game I think called climb Everest which had 4 plastic men attached to each other and we had to climb a cardboard mountain. I may be wrong but we new her as Mrs bamford and she always wore a full apron and we lost touch when we lost her address when we moved in 1971.i remember you all moved far away like Devon I think. I may be wrong but we did know a Mrs bunford.
Hello Dave. I lived in Bracebridge street too (number 20), at the aston road end, near the traffic lights. I am like yourself & would dearly love to see photo's of all the house in our street before they were demolished. I have only seen photo's of where my house used to be. I really loved my time there, & went to school around the corner at Elkington street.
 

Sugar

master brummie
Hi There, I've come across some photographs from Coronation Day 1953 on what I believe is Bracebridge Street (please correct me if I'm wrong) I know The Keough's lived at number 195 and that they were still there at this time as I have addressed letters.
Yes definitely bracebridge street as pic num 10 shows 174 and 176 my parents bought 174 around 1955-56 we were very lucky we had a bathroom built on from the kitchen when they bought it which was very rare in them days ,I remember my mum telling me the people they bought it from the husband was high up in the some union and was well off also the alleyway at the side of our house led on to another alley that took you through to ashford street where spartan steel factory was .The factory next to our house I do not know what it was called but it extended all the way round the corner and up ashford street.Great PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Smartsavage

Brummie babby
I'm not entirely sure of the year OR the school but the lady in the front row, 4th from the left, is my mother-in-law and was born in 1942. She lived at Bracebridge Street until at least 1954 so it would be a local school.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
lovely photo..looks like your mom in law has a bandaged left knee..she looks about 6 or 7 to me certainly taken at infants and junior school

lyn
 

Sugar

master brummie
Just had another look - you can just make out 'CLIFFORD'S CAFE' on the window in St Stephen's St. I never knew it had Five Ways Coffee House on the front. I wonder what it started life as? You can also make out the mirror behind the counter. Uncle Arthur used to keep his car in the yard at the back, through the doors in Bracebridge Street.
Hi I know it's an old post but I do know the last people to own this cafe was an Italian couple called the fabrees my brother use to go with there son to the same grammar school in the late 60s till the early 70s when we left and I am sure they left the same time.you never know they might of bought the cafe from your uncle.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Hi I know it's an old post but I do know the last people to own this cafe was an Italian couple called the fabrees my brother use to go with there son to the same grammar school in the late 60s till the early 70s when we left and I am sure they left the same time.you never know they might of bought the cafe from your uncle.
Well Sugar, I think you could well be right! My Uncle and Aunt sold the cafe in about 67/68 and moved to Wylde Green. I don't know anything about the new owners though. I don't think the cafe survived for much longer as everything was flattened in the redevelopment. It was a funny building with most of the rooms designed to fit the corner plot.
 

Sugar

master brummie
Well Sugar, I think you could well be right! My Uncle and Aunt sold the cafe in about 67/68 and moved to Wylde Green. I don't know anything about the new owners though. I don't think the cafe survived for much longer as everything was flattened in the redevelopment. It was a funny building with most of the rooms designed to fit the corner plot.
Yes we had to move no one had a choice it was compulsary purchase so we got paid for our house plus the moving costs this was in 1972 ,years later we found out the family next door who were a lovely Sikh family never took the first offer they were offered and refused to leave until they got more money which they probably got so we missed out we did not know we could do this we were so nieve in them DAYS!
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Sugar, I think that happened to a lot of people especially the older generation who were brought up to respect/fear authority. I know my husband's mom and dad accepted a paltry sum (£50) for their house in Bordesley Green and he was still paying the (private) mortgage on it years later. The council seemed to think it was fine as they'd given them a rented property.
 

Sugar

master brummie
Sugar, I think that happened to a lot of people especially the older generation who were brought up to respect/fear authority. I know my husband's mom and dad accepted a paltry sum (£50) for their house in Bordesley Green and he was still paying the (private) mortgage on it years later. The council seemed to think it was fine as they'd given them a rented property.
I have just come across some paperwork belonging to my parents on the purchase of their house in bracebridge street in 1955 the solicitors were Bottely and Sharp at 47 Temple Row Birmingham 2 their fee was 40 pound and the house cost them 900 pound so even then the solicitors took alot of money for there services .So really at least the solicitors have not changed since then they all still charge high prices for their services !!!
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
There was a firm, that made badges. they made the old AA and RAC badges.any one remember the company?
 

Dave Bath

master brummie
hi dave..i am always getting the two rays mixed up....sent an im to the wrong one once...lol....im going to chase up me cousin about the bracebridge pics tomorrow...dont worry i wont let it drop....

lyn
Hi Lyn,
Am trying to get used to BHF ways of working after ±11 years. Not succeeding at the moment. Hope you and yours are all well and that this comment is in the correct place. Bob Bruce sent me a message out of the blue today after ±60 years. Wow!
Cheers, Dave.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hello dave its good to see you back...i was only thinking about you the other day...hope you are well...all is ok here..how lovely to hear from bob bruce...smashing....keep in touch dave if you need any help with the forum just let me know

lyn
 
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