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Hi, catching up with this old thread. I've Shelley ascendants in Lauriston Place and would like to find out more about the area. Does anyone have links/pointers to photos etc of Witton Road in the early 1900's}?
This is really helpful, many thanks Phil and Mike
I found some photos of the Witton area on the web, mostly from the 1960's/70's, I'm trying to get my bearings on maps as I don't remember the area myself, apart from passing through it on the train. I've a lot of family heritage in the Witton area between 1900 and 1950's though: my GGrandfather Albert Shelley and family moved to 7 Brixton Place, Priory Road from Chipping Norton around 1899, then to 147 Tame Road by 1911, while several of his children settled in Witton Road - daughter Mary Louisa with husband George Turner to 90 Witton Road, son William and daughter Matilda to 3 Lauriston Place, and son Henry to 4 Lauriston Place (3/198 Witton Lane by 1919).
Oh this is excellent, thank you Phil! The weather brings back a lot of memories, in Birmingham it always seemed to be raining in the 1960's . I tried comparing this photo to the google street view, the buildings on this side of the crossing are still intact, but the other side of Trinity Road, all gone.