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Church Road, Yardley.

ALB10N

master brummie
A question from my wife & daughter.... (We lived next door to this place, now our daughter does)

On the corner of Church road & Wroxton road, Yardley, there is now a veterinary centre..... Before that it was a bathroom showroom. On the angled corner of the shop, above the ground floor is a very faded sign.... What did/does it say? (It can be clearly seen on Google maps)

Presumably built in the early 1900's, I wonder whether it started as a shop, or, got converted later.

Any info will hopefully shut 'em up!!!! ;)

Cheers

BiLL
 

suemalings

master brummie
I remember the bathroom shop, I used to live at number 3 Wroxton.

Before it was the bathroom shop it was a grocers owned by the Ayres. This would have been in the mid-50's. The Ayres also had the house next door in Church Road. The people who had the bathroom shop, knocked the house through to enlarge their showroom.

My mother-in-law in Newcroft Grove used to have the Newsagents on Church Road. She has sent her brother up the road (he lives in Church Road) to have a look!
 

suemalings

master brummie
The Ayres bought the shop as a grocers, my MIL is a good friend of the daughter so she is going to ask her who they bought it off.

The previous owners had opened a little cafe at the back of the shop.

There used to be another shop at the other end of Wroxton too. On the corner, same side. But when I lived there (1977-1980) it had already be converted ot a house.
 

suemalings

master brummie
In 1911 Albert Johnson lived on the corner of Wroxdton and Church. He was a Painter and Decorator. He used to keep his ladders etc, at the side between no. 1 Wroxton. His wife Annie opened the shop.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
According to the 1950's Kelly's Trade Directory in that year is was occupied by a George Raymond Ariss Grocer, and as G.R. are the only initials that can be made out on the sign I would assume he is the gentleman responsible for it.

Phil
 

Trebor

master brummie
I used to live in Croft Road, opposite Wroxton Road, when we lived there, there was a general store on the corner of Wroxton Road that was converted to a house after we left in 1977.
Trebor
 

Trebor

master brummie
Sue, Ian Pettit bought our house when we left to live in Sutton Coldfield.
Trebor
 
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suemalings

master brummie
What a co-incidence. Unfortunately we lost contact with Ian not long after he moved from Croft Road, which was in the early 1980's
 

ALB10N

master brummie
AHA!!!!

That's a great response..... :) Thank you all for taking the time and trouble.

I lived at 232 from around 1986 - 1993ish... We paid £18,800 for it. The shop next door told us they were considering buying it themselves at the time...

Sue,... Did your MIL also own the Launderette opposite Woolworths?

Cheers!

BiLL
 

suemalings

master brummie
Mother in Law's (Margaret Dawkins) father used to own the newsagent's at 212 Church Road. They also had the house on the corner of Church Road and Blakemere. I know the laundrette you mean, no they didn't own that but a member of the family worked there for years.

We bought 3 Wroxton Road in 1977 for £6000.00. It hadn't had anything done, although it had electricity, the original gas mantles where still there. Birmingham Council used to give a grant in the 70's for "repairs and renovations", so we were fortunate to be able to get new windows and a new roof. The dining room floor was quarry tiles but they all had to go and (a condition of the grant) a concrete floor laid. No central heating though, just an open fire in the "parlour"!
 

kat

Ex Brummie
Read with interest your comments on Church Road, my grandfather lived at 218, he also owned a cycle shop in the early 1950's in the same road. His name was William Linforth. His wifes parents (surname - Horsley) lived in Church Terrace - opposite St Edburgha's Church, also in Church Road Yardley. Wonder if you or others have any information on these.
 

Bojalu

master brummie
Kat,

Are you any relation to Sismey and Linforth ?
They designed furnace's for the glass industry.
The were situtated in Yardley on the coventry Road, facing Preston Road. The firm moved to Redditch in the 1990's.

Bo
 
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kat

Ex Brummie
Could be a connection, the Linforth name is fairly unusal, I will try and look into that. Ironically my father W Linforth was a glazier for metro' Cammell Bickenhill, thanks for info
 

mah

master brummie
Kat, if your grandfathers shop was where Subway shop is now(just pastYew tree lane)lremember going there to buy a new cycle about 1950. Margaret.
 

kat

Ex Brummie
Margaret, How interesting, I would say that is the same shop, as a child I visited the shop twice it was fairly small, W Linforth came to live with us eventually and the remains of the stock was stored in our shed. I was in England recently but there was so much to do in a short time and this was one place I couldn't recognize, we visited Church Road, missed out on Church Terrace also.
 

suemalings

master brummie
I've just been talking to mother-in-law, whos'e father had the newsagents in Church Road. She tells me that "Daddy Linforth" as he was always known, had the shop on the corner of Wroxton Road (the oposite corner to the grocery shop which became Kelly's the Plumbers). She said he was a wonderful man and repaired every puncture in Yardley. It was a very small shop.

Just our of interest also, when I lived in Wroxton Road (1977-1980) our neighbour's name was Barbara Horsley, this was her maiden name, I never knew her married name.

MIL still lives just around the corner from the Yew Tree and Wroxton, she's been in Yardley for about 60 years.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Mr.Linforths shop was crammed full of bicycles, bike frames, bike forks and wheels etc, i and the rest of kids pre & post WW2 if our bike wheels got buckled would go to Linforths and he would work on the spokes tightening & loosening them until he had straightenen the wheel rim and only charged a few old pence, i remember he was nearly always smoking a cigarette with a long ash on it. Len.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
mah, Linforths cycle shop was past the former Woolworths store over Croft Rd past the houses and the former Citizens Advice shop past some houses and the you got to the cycle shop. Len.
 
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