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Harborne

Aidan

master brummie
Well lets hope one of the Directory or other Experts are watching this thread and can suggest what the current Weekin Works factory on Park Hill Road Harborne used to be, as the architecture certainly looks victorian or poss Edwardian.

Swivelling the Streetview Image to the left gives a lovely shot of the Harborne Railway bridge - a fave landmark
 
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Elizabeth Redmond

Guest
Well apparently it was a laundry at one point,1890s and then it was part of the Chad Valley,rom the 50s ,I couldn't see a link oh and now its apartments
i just googled weekins works sorry its not apartments its a business park
 
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Aidan

master brummie
AH - thanks again Mike & Elizabeth - its always been a source of confusion to anyone I've asked that lived in the area and you've cleared it up in one fell swoop!

Playing around on Streetview - here is another fave landmark - the Fireman's head outside Harborne Firestation in Rose Road, a source of fascination when I was a kid although he seems to have weathered a lot since then
 
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Aidan

master brummie
More Streetviews - the beautifully ornate Victorian cast-iron vespasienne on the High Street. The French always have a word for it don't they? I believe the derivation is because Emperor Vespasian made a tax on it.

I don't suppose the history is written yet for this or how it came to be there but I don't remember seeing a similar in any other Birmingham village (but maybe the necessity wasn't there). I love the typically Victorian flourish inc the Grecian Key pattern around the top rail and the outrageous pommel.
 

Aidan

master brummie
I think it was the cause of a certain lack of urge when a double-decker pulled up to the stop that used to be directly outside! Thankfully they seem to have moved the stop a little further down the road now
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Albany road harbourne was formely known as green rd [ named changed in 1883 ]

Emerson rd harbourne was formerly known as highfield rd [ named changed in 1897 ]

have a nice day every body best to you all Astonian ;;;;;
 

Aidan

master brummie
Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any info on the Gooseberry Growers Society and their members or exploits, especially connected with The Green Man? I wonder if "Bobby" went to a good home?

Astonian - were these name changes connected with the building of the Houses and School on those roads as the architecture (to my untrained eye) would seem to fit eg Emerson Rd and Albany Rd
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi aidan
yes there is a familar archictec to them and they go back decades from the land owners
whom owned hem even today its was the calthorpe family whom now is a big organisation of a trust
they virtualy own every think in the south side of the city and virtualy all up the bristol rd
one half was the cadbury family and across the centre is the calthorpes family
they worked liked the cadbury trust at one time in there reign of power they ran the justice system in birmingham along with the calthorpe family and there bounville trust housing you could not paint your front door a different colour of paint if you wanted to do you would havehad to get permission but it was not granted by them
even today the calthorpe trust you have have to get permission to do any altraations to your property
even the bristol court hotel could not repair there balcanys unless its the same material
and its these people whom was partly to blame for the rd changing ;there rules at the calthorpe trust still in excistance that i do know as i do know alot of the wiggs involved with them and at one time i was on the harborne
committee ; years ago
best wishes Astonian ;;;
 

Aidan

master brummie
Thanks Astonian - I believe that Calthorpe refused any Pubs on their land, hence the dearth of pubs between Harborne and Hagley Road with the notable exception of "The Dirty Duck"
 
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Dominic25

Guest
Hi there are a few things on the old hospital site from what i've been told a care home,health centre,there's a few photos on the thread,just seen the church i got married in on the link,

Hi Liz, The Medical Centre is on the site of allotments, the care homes are on the hospital site, and the Mormon church is next to that where there were 2 or 3 big houses, and then the swimming baths. Hope this helps.
 
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Dominic25

Guest
View attachment 50792I thought i had put this on its in my album,can't remember the name even though i went in there most days

Hi Liz, The shop was mainly a proper tobacconist who also sold sweets, and I think was called "Maughans". I remember the chap behind the counter always wore a short grey working over-jacket made of nylon, and always smoked a little cigar!
 
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Elizabeth Redmond

Guest
Thank you,they had a few small toys in there i remember,because my niece loved going in there,ever hopeful she would be treated to more than a bag of sweets,
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Just a small cutting on when the weathercock on Harborne church was repaired and reguilded in 1970
Mike

harborne_cock.jpg
 

Aidan

master brummie
I bought "The Harborne Pub Song" Christmas single in 1982 but no longer have a record player to play it on. It name checked every pub on Harborne High Street (I think) to the tune of twinkle-twinkle if I remember right. I remember one line "...and the little White Horse" which always made me smile when I clicked on the beautiful arts & crafts latch of the bar. The band was Malfunction which seemed to have been based in the Kings Arms.


Apparently the single itself is "rare" now - is Redington's Rare Records still going....
 
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Elizabeth Redmond

Guest
Never heard that before Aidan,although i frequented all those pubs,70s/80s,i found it amusing in the 90s when the youngsters i know
Christened it the Harborne Run as if it was some new thing they had discovered:)
 

Aidan

master brummie
Indeed, the song dates itself as two of the pubs have sadly gone now... Still enough for a good night though :sick:
 
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