many thanks, this would be about 1944/45, but I have a feeling it must have been the radio shop. Can you put a date on their existence?do not remember the pub, but on Saturday, all of sudden I was passing a name I had not heard of or seen for decades- The Old House St Home'. I remember my Dad and Uncle would take the dog out for a long walk and be home late for Sunday lunchI used to take my fathers radio accumulator to Dingleys the cycle shop for recgarging until Durrants the radio shop provided the same service. There was a cycle shop adjacent on the right of the Vine pub. Clearly seen in the Vine photo.
poor old Harborne, I don't go back any more, so sad to see all the old places demolished and shiny new ones in their place. Paul
Having looked on Google, it seems the top end of he village has changed considerably more than the bottom end. Having said that, there seems to be far fewer old style shops and more of the Estate Agents, Bookies, Charity shops type of thing. No Co-op, no meat shops not over much to interest the regular shopper. How things have changed. Are there any shops still trading that were open in the early 60's? (David Groves)
Sorry to be picky David, but Harborne was always referred to as 'the village' not town. Town was the city centre.Don't worry Paul, Harborne is actually pretty well intact. OK some buildings have gone but basically the town is still recognisable with many of the landmarks still there
I always knew what you call the Mews as Albert Walk. I was told that the bollards at each end were actually cannon from the Crimean War. I remember the pet shop very well. There was a large blue Macaw that used to sit above the doorway and try to peck you as you went in and out.The Old House at Home was of course on Lordswood Rd half way to Bearwood..There were all ways less shops at the top end of the High St. above the Royalty Cinema (Which is still there) than at the lower end of the High St. below the Old Police Station. The top end of the village has seen more of a change in buildings that the lower end. I remember Durrants Electrical, Murrays Fish and Chip Shop, Murrays Green Grocery, Tennant Sweet and Cigarette Shop and the Outdoor by the Bundy Clock. A little lower was a petrol station alongside another newsagents and of course the original Harborne Police Station.The Bus Garage and Old Harborne Cinema as well as Wimbushes Bread and Cake Shop. Opposite was a Chemist, Gas Show Rooms, a butchers, Post Office and the Newspaper Shop run by Mary Faulkner. How many remember the shops in the Mews, among which was an electrical shop, gents hairdresser and a Pet Food Shop. Happy days.