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Childhood Memories

Nico

master brummie
I recall the days when we had a modern grate and subsequent paraffin heater. Our dad used to pick up the paraffin at a filling station on Lozells Rd. It certainly was a lot easier than the open fire experience. However, it happened one day that the burner in the heater kept flaring up and our mom was freaking out. She took the paraffin can back to the filling station, which was quite a walk from Paddington St and found out it was petrol, not paraffin. could have been a major disaster...
Dave A
I had piano lessons taught by 2 old misers. Mrs Eberell was short and always wore an ancient longish dark silk looking dress with sparkling black beads and she taught on a baby grand in the front room. I was taught by her husband in the back on an upright. I can smell the room now. The fireplace void of any fire or ever having a fire lit in it. I was trudging there in the snow in the dark, they had a big dark tall paraffin heater in the hall which heated nothing, just melted the snow off my wellies in half the hour for when it was time to come back. When your play your fingers need to be warm. My excuse anyway! Pitted oilcloth floor. The other student in the other room playing far better than me. Mr Eberell taught the violin too and he had a pot of resin maybe that was the smell but it was musty and damp. When I told mum and dad about the heater they said I thought they chucked them out years ago. They are dangerous.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
That's what ours was built on to the pantry then the outside loo then the water butt then a wooden shed. All the houses I lived in had them. Like now except it houses the boiler now and has been made to be inside. We put tools and deckchairs in and flower pots, fishing rods, anything, zinc baths and buckets.
When the houses in Court Lane, Erdington where built just before WWII, they all had a coal house just outside the kitchen with the back gate coming between the kitchen wall and the coal house, so that the coalman could come up the entry between the houses and tip straight into it. When I have passed on a 'look that is where daddy lived' trip, I have wondered what had happened to the coal house, probably a granny flat now.

Bob
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Nico,

I could never play piano with cold hands and fortunately I rarely had to. I think I have told this story here before, but in the icy snowy cold winter of 1963 I was playing a club deep in the heart of the New Forest and within a few weeks they couldn't afford to heat the place. It got so bad that eventually we were playing in our overcoats, but that doesn't keep your hands warm. My sympathies and enough to put you off playing for life - at least I was getting paid for it!

John,

Yes, we dabbled with coke and once you got it going it was OK.

Maurice :cool:
 

oldbrit

OldBrit in Exile
Nico,

I could never play piano with cold hands and fortunately I rarely had to. I think I have told this story here before, but in the icy snowy cold winter of 1963 I was playing a club deep in the heart of the New Forest and within a few weeks they couldn't afford to heat the place. It got so bad that eventually we were playing in our overcoats, but that doesn't keep your hands warm. My sympathies and enough to put you off playing for life - at least I was getting paid for it!

John,

Yes, we dabbled with coke and once you got it going it was OK.

Maurice :cool:
Not as messy as coal, but you are right took more time to get going
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Our coal bunker as very similar to this one. It was brick built and had planks part of the way up the doorway over which the coal was emptied into the bunker. It had a plank door with a latch on it.

To reach the bunker you had to go through the gate at the side of the house, past the kitchen door and it was built just at the start of the back garden. It was in a handy position so that you didn’t have to carry the coal too far. I think it was joined to next doors coal bunker. This was a 1930’s house, so I think the bunker was probably a fairly standard design. Expect most have now been demolished (or maybe turned into sheds ?). Viv.
 

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mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
we had a celler.with a cast iron grate that the colman or burglars lifted to get access, so dad chained it shut. i white washed all the walls and used the celler for my model railwaylay out.
we used coke and coal. from bertha in park lane.which i fetched in a old pram lol
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
crikey pete you were posh if you electric lighting in your cellar...we had to use candles to see down ours and of course thats where the gas meter was...we had a cellar under the front room and one under the back room..coal was delivered into the back cellar...horrible dark and damp with lots of spiders..silver fish and slugs :rolleyes: if the coal was running low and mom and dad were short of money we used to have to go down and make up slack bricks we never stayed down there longer than we had to lol...none the less happy days

lyn
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
crikey pete you were posh if you electric lighting in your cellar...we had to use candles to see down ours and of course thats where the gas meter was...we had a cellar under the front room and one under the back room..coal was delivered into the back cellar...horrible dark and damp with lots of spiders..silver fish and slugs :rolleyes: if the coal was running low and mom and dad were short of money we used to have to go down and make up slack bricks we never stayed down there longer than we had to lol...none the less happy days

lyn
:grinning: i plugged a bulb holder into the ex lead that ran from the front room through a hole on the floor boards. lol.
as for coal, i got some bits from the old power station slack heap.and carried it home in a sack, i was like the stig. sorting about in the clinker and rubbish.:grinning: when i got home i was filthy.but mom did not mind.she was only to glad of the coal bits.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
forgot to say that when we moved into villa st the ceiling above the cellar steps was whitewashed and painted in black on it was a swastika there was also a gas mask and and hand gun in the cellar and when dad started to dig the back garden he found a further 2 guns buried...to this day i have often wondered if there used to be german sympathisers living in our house but its probably just my imagination running riot...makes you think though :rolleyes:

lyn
 
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Morturn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Birmingham Council used to supply concrete sectional coal bunker for the tenants. Our coal bunker was a homemade job using Anderson shelter corrugated iron sheets.
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
Birmingham Council used to supply concrete sectional coal bunker for the tenants. Our coal bunker was a homemade job using Anderson shelter corrugated iron sheets.
we had one of them. dad put a old window frame on the top and used it for plants:grinning:
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
forgot to say that when we moved into villa st the ceiling above the cellar steps was whitewashed and painted in black on it was a swastika there was also a gas mask and and hand gun in the cellar and when dad started to dig the back garden he found a further 2 guns buried...to this day i have often wondered if there used to be german sympathisers living in our house but its probably just my imagination running riot...makes you think though :rolleyes:

lyn
it would be just the job now lyn,in this lockdown 1603526810942.png
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
forgot to say that when we moved into villa st the ceiling above the cellar steps was whitewashed and painted in black on it was a swastika there was also a gas mask and and hand gun in the cellar and when dad started to dig the back garden he found a further 2 guns buried...to this day i have often wondered if there used to be german sympathisers living in our house but its probably just my imagination running riot...makes you think though :rolleyes:

lyn
Or it might have been the IRA
 
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