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Foster Brothers Clothing Company Limited

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RHearn

Guest
My grandfather worked for Foster Brothers. I understand their office was on Bradford Street (B5), and was affected by dust from a coffee factory. I haven't been able to pin down the exact location. If anyone worked there during the 1960s/1970s or has any information or photos I would be most interested.

Thank you
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Foster Bros in 1962 was at 230 Bradford St, which was between Warner St and Alcester St on the north side. Alfred Birds works were between the same roads, so this would be the coffee firm you mention. The photo below should be on the forum, but I can't find it. To the left of Kirby Beard & Co can be seen 3 buildings. i believe one of those would have been on the site of No 230, though i don't think fosters were ever there at the same time as Kirby Beard.
Mike

 
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RHearn

Guest
Thanks Mike. The only other thing I have found out about the building, apart from the coffee dust, was it had large grey steps upto it - which could make sense as the road on the picture looks to be on a gradient.
 

Neville Philpott

master brummie
If i remember rightly, Foster Brothers finally ended up at Blossomfield Road in Shirley.

Had the chance of an interview there at one time but didn't bother to attend for some unknown reason.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI GUYS
DID,NT FOSTER BROTHER TAKE OVER THE ZIZZERMANS MENS CLOTHING SHOP
AS I SEEM TO REMEMBER THEY WAS AROUND LONG BEFORE THE MODERERN MAN FOSTERS
AND THEY HAD ONE ON SPRING HILL NEXT TO THE LITTLE TOBBACONIST SHOP
AND THE LIBARY , THE TOBBACO SOLD FOUR LTTLE DOMINO CIGGIE FOR 6d IN A PAPER PACKET
BUT I AM CERTAIN FOSTERS OOK OVER OLD MAN ZIZZERMANS SHOP
AND I BELEIVE ONE YEAR SOME TIME AGO HE WAS OR RELATED TO THE ZIZZERMAN LORD MAOR OF BRUM IN TIME GONE BYE
ALSO A CLOTHEING SELLER OF MENS CLOTHES WHOM BECAME LORD MAYO OF BRUM
WAS THE OWNER OF NELSON CLOTHES OF DALE END WHOM ALSO BECAME A LORD MAYOR
OF BRUM HE WAS OF A JEWISH FAITH I HAVE MET THIS MAN AND A TRUE SINCERE HONEST GENTLEMAM THROUGH AND THROUGH
AND GREED DOES NOT COME INTO IT
HAVE A NICE DAY GUYS BEST WISHES Astonian ;;;;;
 
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Seabird

Guest
I'm pretty sure Foster Bros also bought out Adams childrenswear, when it was a family business with a handful of shops round Birmingham - Bearwood being one that I remember.

I've now got a fashion shop in Pwllheli and the premises we took had been a 'Foster Bros' previously and luckily all their rails and fittings had been left. Saved us a bit of money on shopfittings!
 

jkbishop

New Member
Re: Foster Brothers Clothing Co Ltd
I remember it well. I started in Albert Road in late 50's working in the Counting House with Molly Hands, Miss Dumelow, Doreen Durham etc.My husband Colin started working with the sales team early 60's in Freeman St. We then went to Bradford St and yes you could fill a jar with the coffee that fell on the cars parked outside. Birds Eye had to reimburse us for the cost of cleaning our cars.
I left around 1965 but my husband moved with the company to Marshall Lake Road leaving in 1969. We had some great times working for Fosters I could write a book. There are lots of names of colleagues we knew at the time and some we still know today.
I would be pleased to know R Hearn who your Grandfather was ? and from anyone employed with the company during the 50's and 60's.
Jane Bishop
 
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BernardR

Guest
It was on Marshall Lake Road the contu=inuation of Blossomfield and was close to the Lucas Alternator factory. Now both retail parks.
 

Angela

Brummie babby
My grandfather, Sydney Weaver and his brother helped George Foster in the very early stages of the company. My grandad retired in about 1966 on his 70th birthday, he was a buyer and at one time head pattern cutter. His brother managed several of their shops around Birmingham including I think their very first store. I must check this out with my mum cos she knows some of the history. I'm not sure when grandad would have started working for the company but my guess is sometime in the early 1920s, if not before ... but he and his brother served in WW1 and I think grandad would have been too young to have worked prior to the war. Hmm, not sure those dates add up, I will have to go back to the albums I have several old photos of the counting house, and my mum remembers loving going to the factory cos all the ladies working there gave her sweets.

I also came across an astonishing momento that we have in our family photo collection ... a souvnir programme from the Great National Horse Show at Madison Square Gardens, New York from 1910 ... and I quote' Photos of the ponies sent by Mr William Foster, from his celebrated stud, Mel-Valley, Moseley, Birmingham' This must have been George Foster's dad.

As my grandad was born in 1896,, I don't suppose there will be many if any people who would remember him, but maybe someone knows the name? If there are any members of the Forster family out there and want to know more about the stud ponies, respond to this and I will get in touch.
 

Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
I didn't like going in Fosters. You couldn't go in and browse because you got jumped on by an assistant as soon as you walked though the door, especially the Erdington store. No wonder the place was always empty.
 

Angela

Brummie babby
Hope they were pleased with their purchases. Probably shouldn't say this but Grandad used to made suits for my mum and her sister out of end of rolls and they were gorgeous. If family history is correct, he also used to run up summer frocks for my sister, cousin and me. I know my grandad was so, so proud or working there that it has become a huge part of our family history. Thank for responding Sue ...
 

Neville Philpott

master brummie
I seem to remember most of my school clothes were bought from Foster Brothers.

When i had enough money saved from my first job i went out and purchased a new set of proper clothes again from Fosters in Sheldon.

I can't comment on the shopping experience it was a long time ago, but the quality of the clothing was first rate.

Having said that i never shopped there again, i discovered Zissmans and Nelson House plus all the new boutiques that were springing up.
 

boro keith

master brummie
I remember Fosters shop in Kings Heath and how my mother always took me there for my school cloths always bought with a provy check. It was great to leave school get a job and pay cash for my cloths at any shop I wanted
 

Angela

Brummie babby
Don't blame you ... they were old school ... but very natty for their day .... bless 'em, I think they got left behind ... but my goodness, did my Grandad always look the part ... never saw him without a tie or cravat ... and his blazers ... plus fours for golf and sharp suits with waistcoat were something to behold.
 
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