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Jimcat

New Member
Hi all, jumping on this thread a little late, but just trying to find a bit more info on my mum's family. My mum was Valerie caswell, she had a brother, ken. There parents were Tom and Edith caswell. They lived in bridge st west through the war up until about 1950 when they were moved to a new estate. Tom was a builder then an air raid warden In the war. Would love to know if anyone knows of or remembers any of the family.
 

JCDR

New Member
My grandparents lived in Bridge St West and some family members, until moved out in about 1960. They lived two doors down from a small grocers shop, with a brew house for the houses to share. To the right was Lucas's and I used to watch the buses line up on a Friday to take the workers home. In Wheelers street just down from the pub was a fish and chip shop.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
jimcat and JCDR welcome to the forum...hope you enjoyed looking at all the photos of bsw on this thread...enjoy

lyn
 
Hello Im a new member. I lived at 2 Melbourne Terrace Bridge Street West from about 1952 until 1961 or so. There were I think ten houses in the terrace, all the toilets at far end and a brew house as well. Coming out of the terrace turning to the left in a few yards there was the Queens Head pub. A little further on there was the Lucas factory. Turning to the right there was a small grocer shop which sold everything, another terrace and a school - the name of which I forget. I used to attend play centre at the school on some evenings. I remember just a little celebrating the coronation all crowding into one house that had a television. I remember the Queen visiting the Lucas factory and a great mass of us gathering outside to wave flags. My worst memory is seeing the death of a little girl who ran out into the road from the terrace and was run over by a corporation bus which was coming down Bridge Street I think to collect workers from Lucas' - a terrible event. I went to school in Handsworth to St Francis school. We moved from Hockley to Burlington Street in Aston in about 1961 and I lived there until I left home in 1966. I have fond memories of some of those who lived in the terrace - the Wilkins family (the father had some kind of factory and the house was always full of assembly work) the Traynors (who moved baack to Scotland) and the Overys. Mixed in with memories of cold and some hardship I have such good memories of days in Bridge Street West.
 

trevor bow

knowlegable brummie
Hello Im a new member. I lived at 2 Melbourne Terrace Bridge Street West from about 1952 until 1961 or so. There were I think ten houses in the terrace, all the toilets at far end and a brew house as well. Coming out of the terrace turning to the left in a few yards there was the Queens Head pub. A little further on there was the Lucas factory. Turning to the right there was a small grocer shop which sold everything, another terrace and a school - the name of which I forget. I used to attend play centre at the school on some evenings. I remember just a little celebrating the coronation all crowding into one house that had a television. I remember the Queen visiting the Lucas factory and a great mass of us gathering outside to wave flags. My worst memory is seeing the death of a little girl who ran out into the road from the terrace and was run over by a corporation bus which was coming down Bridge Street I think to collect workers from Lucas' - a terrible event. I went to school in Handsworth to St Francis school. We moved from Hockley to Burlington Street in Aston in about 1961 and I lived there until I left home in 1966. I have fond memories of some of those who lived in the terrace - the Wilkins family (the father had some kind of factory and the house was always full of assembly work) the Traynors (who moved baack to Scotland) and the Overys. Mixed in with memories of cold and some hardship I have such good memories of days in Bridge Street West.
Hi Michael,
I lived the other end of Bridge St West right next door to St Saviour's church. There was a narrow alleyway just before the church called 'Cottage Row.' Going down, there were outside toilets and then five small houses on either side with a 'brew house' at the end. I was born there at no 3 in 1946 and the family moved to a brand new council estate called 'Ley Hill Farm' in Northfield in 1954.
Although I would be only 7 or 8 at the time, I remember that tragic accident when the little toddler was killed. After that, our parents then drummed it into us that if we played in the 'horse road' as it was known back then, we would be kept in from playing for the rest of the week.
There was also the death of an 11 year old boy called Frankie Thacker who lived up our end. He went with another boy and his father on a fishing trip to some canal in the countryside. They must have got bored and so went off exploring. Sadly, when crossing back and forth across the various locks, Frankie fell in and drowned.
The school you're thinking of if it was towards the Lucas factory was Burbury St Junior Infants. I went there from Jan 1951 until we left in 1954. It later became a secondary school and was renamed the 'Harry Lucas School'.
Similar to you, I remember the 1953 coronation because my father actually managed to buy a TV so that friends and family could watch it. The screen was about 9" square ! Until the novelty wore off, we would buy a bag of rocks (sweets) and watch anything.......including a really boring progamme called 'The Brains Trust' !
I've got DVD's in black and white of Andy Pandy, The Flowerpot Men, and The Woodentops. When I try to show them to my young grand children, they're bewildered that anyone would want to watch such rubbish, and they keep asking what has gone wrong with the colour.
Regards.....Trevor.
 

snpkes

New Member
Thanks Lyn, I look forward to going through from post 1 and looking at all your smashing photos again.
Regards, Trevor.
Do you happen to have any photos of the St Matthias Tavern? I have a corner shot. It was at 199 Great Russell St and West Bridge St and my second great grandfather Frederick Phillips kept it in the 1860s and 1870s. I would much appreciate any help.
 

Richarddye

master brummie
I'M 2 YEARS LATE IN REPLYING TO THIS THREAD BUT THE PUB ON THE CORNER OF BSW AND WELLESLEY ST IS "THE WELLINGTON". IT WAS MY LATE FATHER'S* LOCAL UNTIL WE MOVED FROM HOCKLEY IN 1954. ( *WILLIAM 'BILLY' BOW).
Trevor, what year was this picture taken?
 
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