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Just been reading this old thread I went to a nursery the same time as your son i dont remember its name but it was at the top of brearley street on a slight hill it was not associated with the infant school st Chad's at the other end of brearley st .all the children were assigned an animal picture mine was a giraffe and we looked for our picture to show us where we hung our coats.we always had a nap in the afternoon i think in little bunk beds and there was swings and a climbing frame outside I must of been only 4 but I still remember vaguely little bits of my time there.I hope it is the same nursery you remember.Lyn, my son was at the nursery 1962/64 much earlier than your children. Also the photo posted c.1973 seems to show all different staff, but nice to see all the same.
Thanks for that .I did see them photos and I remember the railings but I dont remember the building having another level so I thought it was not the nursery but I was only 4 and only remember parts of the nursery so thanks again also while I'm here do you remember the small park I think it was up the side street from the barrel pub.sugar the last 2 photos on the previous post show brearley st nursery which is where you would have went to...click on them to enlarge...its still a nursery and my own 4 children went there as well...back in the 70s our mom was a cleaner there
I worked at St Chad's Comprehensive in Brearley Street for a short while in the early 70s. On the outside it was very imposing but inside I remember it light and airy and I found it welcoming. Classrooms were off central halls on both floors. Parquet floors, lots of glass windows to the inside as well as outside. Difficult to get an impression of the building outside because the street was narrow. I would turn in from Summer Lane and never walked beyond the school. I wish now that I had done so. It would have been 1972, maybe Feb or March, when there was a big explosion. Apparently a gas explosion in the factory opposite blew out its windows. Fortunately the smaller Victorian glass panes of the school held fast. The kids all thought it was a car bomb. Bad times in Birmingham then. I was told - don't know if it was true - that the Fire Service were so appalled when they did their inspection that they would not admit to having ever inspected it. No electric fire alarm, just someone going round with a hand bell and only 3 doors to outside, two at the front and one at the back into the small playground where you would be trapped by high brick walls and no gate out. Exit was only through the building. I visited for the first time recently and had hoped against hope that the building had survived and converted maybe into offices or loft apartments. All I could do was look at the dropped curbs in the pavement and a strange possible concreted-up door on the entrance to St Chad's Industrial Estate.Nice photo Lyn, I've had a fiddle with it to sharpen it for you. Imposing building. Viv.