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Cadbury's Bournville Factory

oldMohawk

master brummie
Cadbury Ladies about to set off on a cycle ride. Their cycles have chain guards so their long dresses won't get caught in the chains. No date for the pic but it looks early 1900s. The trees in the road look well protected as they did in the post#418 pic.
CadburyLadiesCycle.jpg
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Ladies bicycles usually had a chain guard. One good thing about a ladies bicycle, if there was one at hand, was that in icy conditions or snow when your wheels went into a slide you could usually safely end up in a standing position - as the bicycle went beneath you. Whereas a mans bicycle, with crossbar usually meant you ended up lying on the ground! :eek:
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
I had a good look at Linden Road but could not seem to find the houses on the right ... perhaps I will have another look ... :)
I did put some views of the road and aerial views in the 'Then and Now' thread see quote below ... click title bar 'up-arrow' to go there ....
A nice view of tree lined Linden Road Bournville in the 1920s. The Carillon Tower in the distance.


Still tree lined today


An aerial view of the area taken in 1928. The Carillon Tower on the left with Bournville Lane crossing Linden Road on the right and the Cadbury factory.


An aerial view now and the Carillon Tower has changed and changes at Cadburys.


images from 'britainfromabove', Google and Apple.
 
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Vivienne14

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At first I too thought it might be Linden Road, but I think it's more likely to be Bournville Lane. Linden Road is relatively straight, whereas Bournville Lane has more curves. Also, it's quite possible the girls are going to/or leaving work at Cadburys. The growth of trees along these roads makes it quite difficult to pinpoint the exact spot the photo was taken. Viv.
 

mikejee

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I have a different photo of a similar scene, but different, titled "Bournville girls leaving cycle house" Not sure exactly where it was , but would be somewhere on what I knew as the girls grounds, opposite the factory on Bournville lanebournvillr women leaving cycle house.jpg rounds, opposite the factory on Bournville lane
 

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jmadone

master brummie
It looks to me as if the ladies are the same in both Mike's and Mohawk's pictures. Clothing, hats, jewellery etc appear to be the same in both pictures the only difference being the position of the camera and ladies. Taken on different days perhaps or have they been asked to pose for the pictures.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Looking at the pic in post#426 I can see a large building behind the cycle house positioned at right angles to it and a building on the right near the road to which the path descends to.
I think they are the buildings I have marked on the 1914 map below.
Red marks the cycle house.
Blue marks the building behind the cycle house.
Green marks the building to the right near the road.
Orange marks the path to the road as seen in post#421.
1914map.jpg
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
This aerial view dated 1928 possibly shows three buildings reference the map in #431.
The red spot marks the building which could be the cycle house.
The blue spot marks the one behind and to the right of the cycle house.
The green spot marks the building adjacent to Bournville Lane.
aerial1928.jpg
image from 'britainfromabove'
 

mikejee

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Old mohawk
I think you right about the cycle house. However the green-spotted building is not the same as on the map, as it was the purpose-built branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank built after 1920.The blue building would seem to have expanded from the period of the map, and has since expanded again and is the Bournville club
The earlier post of the road is definitely Bournville lane, as can be seen from the attached photo of a similar period. Note fence design

bournville lane poss. c1920s.jpg
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Cadbury Ladies about to set off on a cycle ride. Their cycles have chain guards so their long dresses won't get caught in the chains. No date for the pic but it looks early 1900s. The trees in the road look well protected as they did in the post#418 pic.
View attachment 125998
Now now girls, behave yourselves.
These were Cadbury girls Eric. I am sure they were very well behaved. :)
All the young Warwickshire ladies I knew, as a youngster, were well behaved. Devon is too hilly for many cyclists.
 

OldBrummie

master brummie

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Superb pictures in post 437, although I have a great many Amberley Publications this is obviously one I missed. The map in post 431 shows what an extensive railway system it was around Cadburys, but where was Bournville shed? Was it a MR/LMS shed or was it Cadburys with the LMS allowed to use it? Strangely enough it was all mentioned on Tuesday night in Julia Bradbury's Canal Works Programme on BBC 4, although she was concentrating on the canal (Birmingham & Worcester) element.
Bob
 

mikejee

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Bob
I think it was their own shed. will have to check it, but am just going out and it will have to be dome later. The shed was further down the line, and the site later became a distribution depot for a while. Is now housing. Shown in red on this c1955 map

map c1955 showing bournville engine shed.jpg
 
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