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Courtyards and yards of brum

Astoness

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hi folks thought this thead may compliment dennis williams great passages and alleyways thread...back to the days when homes were just not fit for habitation by todays standards...its all to do with social history of course and thats the way it was and folk knew no different..life has evolved at lot since those days and who knows what it will be like in a couple of hundred years time...

lyn..


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Chapel Terrace Saltley Road
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Astoness

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nos 3.4 5 and 6 court 7 cheapside..circa 1905

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court in cromwell st..duddeston circa 1905

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yard in milk st 1950s...demolished 1955


(Pic2 (missing) court in cromwell st..duddeston circa 1905
IMG Photobucket won't release this pic2 at the moment ... I'll get it when they are not looking ... :D Oldmohawk)



back of 131 fazeley street.. circa 1905

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Astoness

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courtyard in digbeth..circa 1905

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this pic was shown to the small heath history society who are pretty sure that this pic is of arthur st ..there is a memorial plaque on the wall to honour those who died in ww1

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2 court tower street..

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Astoness

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yard in digbeth..circa 1910...ive looked closely and on the right it looks like there is a pile of the steel bands that were around the large barrels...could be they made them here...

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court no 7 william st..circa..1905

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Morturn

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Astoness

What a really great subject; fantastic photos, hope you have a few more.

Thank you for sharing them
 

Astoness

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hi morturn...yes ive got some more to post tomorrow..i have always found the subject of social history fascinating and must admit i have always sort of hero worshipped the people who struggled to survive in some awful circumstances and living conditions but the thing is they they would not have classed themselves as heros as said before it was a way of life for them at that time in history.. i still admire them though and would have been a step up from living in caves...
lyn
 
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Vivienne14

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Agree with Morturn. Excellent thread Lyn. Seeing so many photos together of the courts brings it home just how widespread these were. A very visual record of conditions. Also shows how people did their best to make it home too - nicely planted shrubs in pots in the third photo. Keep 'em coming Lyn. Viv.
 

irene floyd

master brummie
Hi Lynn.Great photos i love looking at the old photos i look forward to seeing the others you are putting on.Irene
 

sistersue61

master brummie
Lyn, like yourself, the social history fascinates me, when you look what people put up with it is amazing how well we survived, but as there was no other way, I would think that they just got on with it.
Looking at your pics now, some of them are quite recent - in the 60's - hadn't really thought about how other people lived, yet nan and grandad lived in a terraced house and had an inside loo put in, as I can remember that, must have been in the 60s.
Thanks for posting them, looking forward to more.
Sue
 

Astoness

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thanks everyone..so pleased that you think this if a good idea for a new thread...sue you would be surprised just how many families were still living in unsuitable housing well into the late 70s..villa street where i grew up from the age of 5 to 18 was not demolished until the 80s and that street was first cut round about 1850 possably a bit earlier....have sorted a few more pics out for scanning tomorrow...too tired tonight as ive been doing a spot of decorating and i nodded off earlier lol..

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lynne webb

master brummie
Smashing pics Lyn, I love the one of the three little lads and the barrel rings, my grandad and most of his brothers were coopers so I'm guessing they would have used the same sort of things. Keep them coming.
Lynne.
 

Key Hill Brian

Proud Brummie
Great pics Lyn - As people say - not too long ago - We all lived in similar housing in the 1960's, some of my rellies refused to move into 'new' flats and kept moving as they knocked down their street to another a few streets away - until they knocked that down, and so on!
Basic by today's standards, and certainly overcrowded - but it was what you had and could afford and you made the best of what you had - No Satellite dishes, motor cars, or separate bedrooms per person than!

Happy days in many ways...............

Brian
 

sistersue61

master brummie
Have to agree Brian, much less frantic pace of life and more consideration for others - some of todays children think money grows on trees and don't understand having to earn things!
Sue
 

rowan

Born a Brummie
Great pictures Lyn thank you so much for sharing them.
My Great Aunt lived in such a house at the back of Aston Hippadrome and I remember well how 'rough' it looked from the outside but it was a little palace inside, the range shone with her hard rubbing of the Zebo and her whites were so white from boiling in the brew house and dipping in the blue bag water.
They took so much pride in the little they had and the community was great.
Thanks again Lyn....look forward to seeing more.
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Great photo's Lyn, as usual so very interesting, sad how really ill some of the children look, and the women so aged beyond there years, we are so lucky to live in this period of history. Thanks for posting again Lyn some more please.
paul
 

dottieau

master brummie
Great pictures Lyn they remind me of the homes my aunties lived in in Pope Street not far from the ice rink. Most people only either had front or back of house but one aunty had the back and front. Picture 4 is sad with the 3 boys makes you grateful that that our parents that came from that life gave us a better life. Still I know that was the times hard times for the working class.
 

Astoness

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yes dottie some of the scenes are very sad indeed and as we all know in the very early days the children also had to work from a very early age..ive got a 12 year old rellie down the mines and i believe they were going down even younger than that...no welfare state back then to help folk out so it was quite simple..you work or you starve....

hi paul oh i do agree with you the women and i think the men aged very quickly back then owing to the hard life that most of them had...

just scanned a few more to post in a bit...

lyn
 
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terryb18

Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
This one is of me being held by my father in our back yard. 1947. Note where they used to empty the coal down the cellar.

Terry
 

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