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Cannon Hill Park

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jake

Guest
cannon hill park in the 50/60s had a paddling pool at the back of what was the war museum which is now the entrance to the nature centre,
anyone know where the exhibits from the war museum went
 
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mewla4

proper brummie kid
I seem to think that the building half way down the tree lined route was a natural history museum. my childhood memories of cannon hill are of going to see the banana plant on afternoons out with my grandma
 

RobertS

master brummie
Your right Izzy. It was natural history. The inside was fairly dusty (wish museums were still like that). The main entertainment value for us was the wooden arbour that ran all the way down the side. The quest was to climb on at one end go up, along the top and down the other end without getting caught by the long suffering staff. The worst position was to be caught at the top with the staff underneath and nowhere to go.

We did the same thing at Kings Heath Baths, heaving ourselves onto the roof and while you never got caught as there were several ways down the staff always recognised offenders and stopped them using their swimming passes.
 

Graham

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Yes it was never a war museum; very small full of stuffed animals and minerals, my favourite. I must have been in there more times than in our own house. Lol.

Graham
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Hi all
I left Brum some time ago and as I am now getting on a bit, the old grey matter is sharply in decline. I was speaking to my sister some time ago, about a few places I thought I remembered she thought I might be dreaming. I remember going as a small lad to some kind of museum near to cannon hill park, I am sure it had a Whale, and stuffed animals in it. What I do remember is the Midland Counties man outsid.
 
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suemalings

master brummie
I remember the "museum" in Cannon Hill Park. It was part of the small "zoo". Cannon Hill was one of our Sunday outings. It was either spend 7/6p on a joint of meat for Sunday dinner or use the money for bus fares and spend the day out with a picnic!
 

Pomgolian

Kiwi Brummie Admin' Team
I also remember the 'Stuffed animals' as a child, hate seeing such things now .
It was the fashion when I arrived here in NZ for many people to have stuffed Deer and even there Fawns as hunting trophies in their living rooms, no longer 'PC' though and must admit that's one 'PC' I'm in favour of
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Thanks to all for reply's about the little natural history museum at cannon hill park, was there a full size blue whale hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the exibits.? and I remember my dad taking me out of there and down the road a bit stopping by some railings and peering down into the gloom you could just make out the "river ray" am I correct in this,
 

tali

master brummie
Can anyone clarify the situation of the Botannical Garden at cannon hill park which has be closed for years -will it reopen?
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi mewla4
yes thats right i remember the big green house it was really hot in there
and we would look up to those big green banna,s always on a sunday we would go a gang of us if we did not go there we would pay sixpence to get in the botanical gardens and our real reason for going was to try and collect pop bottles
to get some pennies the posh folks as we called would leave the masons bottle on he grass and we would try and race each other to see whom gets it first
i thought of the thread with bannanas but you beat me to it
best wishes astonian ;;
 

Graham

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
I remember the River Rea culvert very well as it was a place that we often played in even though we were very frightened of catching polio there! I also remember a high waterfall and how green and dangerously slippery it all was.


Graham.
 
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paul stacey

master brummie
thanks Graham I never knew of the culvert, but as a youngster it always looked kind of magic and mysterious from up top. I lived in Raglan Road as a child and I remember when my old dad pushed me high on the apple tree swing, over the fence there were bull dozers and graders working masses of dust building some thing very big.was this the b'ham cricket ground it would be around 1949/50
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Paul

The culvert started just inside Cannon Hill Park (this point is part of the Nature Centre now). Its starts where the River Rea and the Bourn Brook meet. They both drop down a weir into the culvert that was built to prevent the occasional flooding further downriver that used to occur. This is a photo of the culvert taken from one of Cannon Hills two bridges over the Rea.

Phil

Edgbaston Cannon Hill River Rea.jpg
 
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jan hedger

Guest
Yes, I remember the museum too, a visit to the park wasn't complete without going in there. As a grown up many memories also of the 'little zoo' as we called it with my childen and nephews.
Going back though, has anyone photo's of the tulip festival? Once held in the pak with two days of all sorts of entertainment. I remember a main ring with marching bands etc. and of course a fair! It was a yearly grand day out!
Jan
 
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biffo

Guest
Just opened this thread on Cannon Hill Park. Particularly the reference to the little museum at the Pershore Road entrance.
It certainly was a dusty little gem of a place. One of the highlights (oh the excitement) was a glass case with a stuffed stoat/ferrett and if you pressed a button on the front of the cabinet it changed from a summer to a winter scene( seriously it was clever) we never could work out how the stoat turned from brown to white as if by magic.
With reference to the wooden pergolas, these went down (probably still do) each side of the museum. There never was a war museum there but further down the drive was a war memorial at the turn which led to the Queens Drive and the bridge over the Rea into the park.
 

Graham

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Just opened this thread on Cannon Hill Park. Particularly the reference to the little museum at the Pershore Road entrance.
It certainly was a dusty little gem of a place. One of the highlights (oh the excitement) was a glass case with a stuffed stoat/ferrett and if you pressed a button on the front of the cabinet it changed from a summer to a winter scene( seriously it was clever) we never could work out how the stoat turned from brown to white as if by magic.
biffo, thanks for that, I remember the glass case very well and spent many hours in that little gem of a museum. I could even leave my bike outside without it getting pinched!

Graham.
 

audrey696

New Member
Hi there,

I am DESPERATLEY looking for a photograph of the tram stop in use in Cannon Hill Park or a tram in the park. I have searched in the central library, internet etc to no avail. If anyone can help it would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks
 
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