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Courtyards and yards of brum

oldMohawk

master brummie
It seems there was work improving slum housing at some unknown date as shown in this photo of reconstructed slum housing in 28 Court, William Street, Birmingham. The dark coloured notice under the first bedroom window says 'MoorCroft Cottages' and the notice on the end wall says 'House To Let'. There are many similar photos of houses in different areas.
They look as good as some 'new build affordable housing' I've recently seen although without today's 'mod-cons' and insulation.
28CrtWilliamSt.jpg
shoothill
 
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oldMohawk

master brummie
There are some 'before and after' images of reconditioned slum housing in the Staniforth Street thread.
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Pic 1 (also posted elsewhere on the forum) shows some very poor housing conditions. A wall plaque can be seen on a wall in the street beyond and there are suggestions that it is a war memorial and if for WW1 then the poor housing was obviously there in the early 1920s. There is nothing in this image which identifies the location but the following sequence of photos will.
Pic 1


Another view of the buildings and lavatory block in Pic 2, still showing very poor conditions and the edge of the wall plaque can just be seen. The original caption with the pic source suggests it is named Bagot St Court.
Pic 2


In Pic 3 below the buildings on the right have been reconditioned and the lavatory block demolished. The wall plaque can be seen and also part of an Ansells Pub. Apparently there was a project of reconditioning some slum housing in Birmingham but I have not been able to find any information about it. A close look at the memorial suggests there is a vase of flowers on it.
Pic 3


Another view of the the reconditioned buildings and more of the pub showing. Also a street name shows on the pub wall but is not clear in this jpg image. A low tower-like building with a conical roof can also be seen and looks to be part of the pub. The conical roof can be seen in an aerial photo on the 'britainfromabove ' web site.
Pic 4


With some photo editing on the original pgn file it reads Staniforth St as shown below, so the pub is the White Hart on the corner of Staniforth St/Bagot St. I've seen this confirmed on an old map but there does not appear to be any available photo of the pub. The house on the right in the previous pics backs on to Bagot St so maybe is why the court is known as 'Bagot St Court'
Pic 5
 
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Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
This house was ours! we lived at 1/12 primrose place. You can still see the initials that my sister wrote on the wall, DL and LL. We slept in the attic. the Abbott's family backed onto our house in the next yard to the right. We moved in 1968 due to demolition. happy days.
thats great...how lucky are you to have found this photo...

lyn
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
dawny58,

One of my father's relations lived in Primrose Place, but I would have to look it up to find the date. The surname would be SHEPHERD or a similar variant and it would most likely be early 20th Century.

Maurice :cool:
 

Clairabelle

New Member
This is an amazing thread:) My Dad grew up in house number 5, 779 Bristol Road in Selly Oak (where Sainsburys now is). Their left hand garden wall apparently bordered the Oak cinema car park. If anyone has any photos I would love to see them and show him. We visited the Birmingham back to backs in Hurst St last weekend and it brought back a lot of childhood memories for him!
 

PamMC

New Member
This is an amazing thread:) My Dad grew up in house number 5, 779 Bristol Road in Selly Oak (where Sainsburys now is). Their left hand garden wall apparently bordered the Oak cinema car park. If anyone has any photos I would love to see them and show him. We visited the Birmingham back to backs in Hurst St last weekend and it brought back a lot of childhood memories for him!
Hello, I've just joined this Forum and the first thing I find is a reference to the house I lived in until I was 9! I lived
at 5/779 Bristol Road with my parents and brother until my father's death in 1963 when we moved to Northfield. I have to say that when I think back it was pretty dire... When you left Bristol Rd, down an alley between the shops you arrived in a courtyard which lead to a path and on to a row of 5 houses ,no 5 being the furthest away next to the cinema car park. The courtyard was often knee deep in potato peelings from the back of the fish and chip shop which fronted onto Bristol Road......no health and safety concerns in those days. I think there was a wash house in the courtyard, but there was definitely the toilet block, which meant a short walk from our house! I remember having a lot of fun playing in the cinema car park and running over the mountains of coke which was stored there. What years did your father live there?..I'm not sure if I have any photos but will have a look.
Regards Pam
 
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