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Wendy

Guest
Great photo Viv just as I remember it. I can still see the lovely lights hung on chains inside. I went there often.
 

mizzyjo

master brummie
John can you re-post Erdington High Street please as I can't get it and I have so many memories of the place.
Thanks. Jo.
 

jayjay

New Member
Hi all,

Just catching up with this thread.

I have many vivid memories of Erdington and lived there from 1974-1988

I grew up on the estate (Glenthorne Way) which was built next to, what at the time was called Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre and was a young offenders institute/prison. Both my mum and step dad both worked there and that entitled them to a house on site. Glenthorne was on the Kingsbury Road, just opposite Rookery Park.
I went to school at Birches Green (then later Hodge Hill).
Most of my childhood was spent hanging around the Hight St and i spent a lot of time at the swimming baths and the library, or just knocking around the graveyard reading headstones at the Church. I used to work on a market stall at Wilton Market on a saturday (is Wilton Market still around?)
I joined the Army in 1988 and have not been back to Erdington since, although I am planning a visit soon.

Unfortunately, I lost a lot of my old photo's of Erdington (including all my school photos) and some priceless memories in a house fire.

Despite searching high and low across the internet, I can't seem to find any old photos of Glenthorne YTC or of Birches Green School. Would be delighted if any of you fine people could direct me to any that you know of.
 

Patsi

knowlegable brummie
Lynda. Ann Harris was my dancing teacher for tap and ballet. Mom had to buy a tambourine for me which we put ribbons on and my first pair of pink satin ballet slippers I wasn't very good but at that time I wanted to be Moira Shearer!. I used to go to Cecil Road for lessons on Saturday mornings. I remember being in a show at the YMCA on Reservoir Road and singing Happy Days are Here Again.

jennyann

As a newbie to this forum I am still reading and catching up with so much nostalgia and finding posts that trigger so many childhood memories for me.

I too went to Ann Harris's school of dance in the 1950's , she had a son and daughter if I remember rightly?

My most enduring memories are the shows at the Birmingham Hippodrome.......'Happy days are here again'.... yes indeed!

I still tell people that I 'trod the boards of the Birmingham Hip.
 

Gudrun

knowlegable brummie
Hi

For those of you interested in Erdington's history, there's a book out on Erdington Cottage Homes - the children's homes off Fentham Road (The Gardens) - The Children of the Homes: a century of Erdington Cottage Homes. It covers the history of the Homes from when they were built as part of the workhouse until when they closed in the 1980s and has memories of people who lived there as children as well as bits of information about the history of Erdington generally.

You can find it on Amazon but the postage is cheaper from www.childrenscottagehomes.org.uk/bookshop
 

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ASTONITE

master brummie
Here is an ariel view from the 1920s, it's from the ariel photography website, it shows Erdington infirmary (Highcroft) on one side and the Cottage Homes on the other.EPW021001.jpg
 

Gudrun

knowlegable brummie
Funnily enough I spent weeks trying to find that very picture and get permission to reproduce it in the book. I did get permission in the end but then couldn't believe it when it turned up on that website free and available just the other week. What is particularly interesting about the photo is it clearly shows the deep green of the superintendent's lawns (the big house in the middle of the drive) and the brightness of the asphalt yards that the children's houses had.It is also interesting to look at modern aerial views (thanks Google!) and see how little the street has actually changed.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Lovely memories thanks for posting the link.. I went to the high street often my brother was manager of Tescos early 70's.
 

sistersue61

master brummie
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Brings back memories for me too,from the late 60's and 70's used to go into Erdington from Sutton with nan to the markets, especially the one diagonally opposite Woolies that used to sell material, nan and mom were keen seamstresses and knitters. Can remember Owen and Owen and had my first fob watch from Roberts jewellers in York Road (I think), lovely engraved one, still have it sadly doesn't work now, washed once too much!! And again in the late nineties and noughties, Micks nan lived in Stockland Green/Erdington and used to go to the "village" on the ring and ride, or with us if we were visiting, his mom and dad got married at St Barnabas too
Sue
 

jennyann

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Staff member
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Hi Sistersue61: Lovely memories for you. The Erdington Market on Barnabas Road is still going strong. I too used to go there regularly with my Mother years ago. I have a friend who lives close by and she knows all of the market people who are there today. When I visited she took me around to all of the stalls that were open and introduced me to the owners. It was such a friendly place to visit and has hardly changed over decades. There is a photo and many others on Keith Berry's site that can be found at https://www.pbase.com/beppuu/erdington
 

sistersue61

master brummie
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Thanks JennyAnn, was in a stand off with hubby, he was insisting that there was only Wilton Market and that the other one was the back of Wilton Market - now he has to admit he is wrong lol!
Will have a look at Keiths site later.
Sue
 

chocks2

master brummie
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Brings back memories for me too,from the late 60's and 70's used to go into Erdington from Sutton with nan to the markets, especially the one diagonally opposite Woolies that used to sell material, nan and mom were keen seamstresses and knitters. Can remember Owen and Owen and had my first fob watch from Roberts jewellers in York Road (I think), lovely engraved one, still have it sadly doesn't work now, washed once too much!! And again in the late nineties and noughties, Micks nan lived in Stockland Green/Erdington and used to go to the "village" on the ring and ride, or with us if we were visiting, his mom and dad got married at St Barnabas too
Sue

I too remember Owen and Owen but it was called Taylors back in the 60's. I also had my first job in York Rd, right opposite you at an electrical store called Clearlight Electrical.
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Great memories, I was brought up in Marsh Lane.
Went to Erdington Grammar and worked in Woolies on Saturdays, my Dad was beat bobby in the High street(Village) area.
When I was a child there used to be Wrestling matches in the Barnabas market.
Lovely to see the doctors surgery in the High street, remember Dr Houston and Dr Throne, my parents solicitor was in the house next door.
 

Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
Re: Erdington as we know it.

I too remember Owen and Owen but it was called Taylors back in the 60's. I also had my first job in York Rd, right opposite you at an electrical store called Clearlight Electrical.

I forgot about Taylors chocks.
The good old Palace picture house. Saturday matinees. Back seats in later years:redface:
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
Re: Erdington as we know it.

Nice to see my pub, The Lad. I feel quite thirsty now:rolleyes:

I enjoyed seeing "The Lad in the Lane" again too.
Every so often we used to make the trek across the city to meet my grandad in there, (he lived in Birches Green Rd).
While the grown ups were inside we kids would be running riot outside. I used to love seeing my cousin, Tommy Pallett. I wonder what happened to him ?
 
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Wendy

Guest
Re: Erdington as we know it.

I loved the Erdington markets and visited them often with my Mother when she lived in Sutton. My sister worked in Foxy Lady next to the undertaker opposite the church. There was a brilliant Red Cross charity shop as well...great memories.
 
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