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Congreve Street

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Am I right in thinking Congreve Street no longer exits? This view shows a busy street in 1909, obviously important as far as transport links were concerned judging by the visible tramlines. The modern view (from Great Charles Street Queensway) is the closest I could get to the view shown on the postcard. Everything to the right must have been swept away with the 1960s ring road development and the Central Library building.

I have a vague memory that some exposed tramlines were kept around here, but can't remember exactly where. Viv.

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mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
On maps only I'm afraid Viv, though who knows what it will be called after the "redevelopment", possibly Congreve st again
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Viv,

I can just see the window of my old office at BCT - one of the basement level windows - in the 1950s. I think Race Relations now have that chunk of the building.

Maurice
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
I think the name survived as Congreve Passage. Presumably it will still be there in some form after the redevelopment.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi Ellbrown
Do you remember the white horse pub on congrieve street it was a huge pub with a foyer entrance
and when you walk to it and turn to go in it you had to go down a flight of steps to enter the pub
It also was in a big size tiles of dark green on the out side
Looking at the last two photographs being put on it would be judging the new picture
i would say roughly it would have been on the patch where that libary was and going by the older originale
picture near the corner best wishes Astonian,,, Alan,,,
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
ellbrown
this was there in the fiftys it went years before the eightys and the changing of the city ,
best wishes Astonian,,, Alan,,,,
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
GOOD MORNING MIKE AND VIV
Thanks a million for the picture thats the one ,yes it was very grand in its hey day
spent alot of money there and time,
I will down load that picture ,mike if thats okay have a nice day guys best wishes Alan ,, Astonian,,,,,,
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Viv,

A bit of a Turner-style painting, so difficult to see much details. Someone somewhere must have taken a photograph, or was it really that bad? :)

Maurice :cool:
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Congreve Street / Passage taken before lockdown. Through a gate at Paradise Circus.



And one month before.



Might be a long while before it is safe enough to travel back into the City Centre.
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Ell,

Do you happen to know if traffic will use this former street again when the roadworks are finished, or will the car be obsolete by then? :)

Maurice :cool:
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Not sure but they were going to open a new car park around here before the lockdown came into affect. The City Centre is probably deserted now.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
This has been pedestrian only probably since the building of the concrete library so I don't expect road traffic to use this again.
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Thanks Ell & David,

I think I last went in the old library 2013 and didn't think to have a look at Congreve Street. Probably concentrating more on what I needed to get done and not really having time to wander away from that.

Maurice :cool:
 
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