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Do you mean Irving Street off the Horsefair (A38 Bristol Road).
The numbering denotes it was one of the so called 'Back to Back' houses and if at the back it would look onto a 'court'. Someone with more knowledge will be along shortly. I used to work at AT Gittings near the bottom of Irving Street in the early 1960's and the houses were still in being along with various small workshops and in a road running off running Street was Pickavants that made specialised tools for the motor trade.
Forgot to say - you might be better to post this message in the surnames section Pamela.
as a boy i spent quite a bit of time on irving street. The people i knew (winters) lived at 1/201. This meant there was on building with a common wall separating two units. The unit that faced out onto the stree was 201 the back unit which you got to through a passage way was the 1/201. This was very common in birmingham. The only other family names i remember are the wall's and the kerr's.the street was very working class and ran from bristol road to gt colmore street. As you can guess it's all pulled down now. I live in the united states now but have vivid memories of irving street. Ed hughes
Hello, my dad lived in Irving St, till he married in 1949. I think his mother lived there for quite sometime as she was the oldest parishioner in the parish of St Catherine of Sienna. They lived at 108, it was a back to back but for some reason 108 was made into one house, I remember going up one staircase and down the other. I have a photo of my brother and I standing outside the house, I'm new to the site so I'm not sure how to send in photos? I'll have a go tomorrow, my grandmother was Agnes Flanagan and my dad was Tom. regards Margaret
Hello, these photos were taken in June 1960, the photos show my brother Tony who had just made his Holy Communion, my grandmother Agnes Flanagan, my dad Tom and myself. Agnes's house was a few house's up from Bow St, she lived there till the house's were demolished about 1963/64. The car we are standing by was a Ford popular, it was brand new that year at a cost of £500 I think dad had a discount off it because he worked for Hanger Motor Company. Irving St is still there, I think where 108 stood is a car park? regards Margaret
Margaret: Great pictures. I must have past you house many times when I went to St Catherine's. It would have been mid 50's. I remember there was a newspaper/sweet shop just up from you. Your grandmother I'm sure knew my father as he was a pillar of St Catherine's. His name was Philip Hughes. He must have assisted there for 30 years. I grew up on Belgrave Rd near the Pershore Rd. All the best!
Hello Edwin, if you go on to the churches site I've put a photo on of the inside of St Catherine's church. I have older cousins who attended church with Agnes regularly I'll ask them if they remember your father. best wishes Margaret
Hello , I was at the Birmingham Lives Local History Society Fair yesterday at The Radisson and I bought an Old Ladywood calendar and inside I was surprised to find a photo of Irving St. I didn't know that Irving St was part of Ladywood in times past. Regard Margaret
I well remember Irving street, I worked at the shopfitters in adjoining Bow St & we were always doing jobs at A.T.Gittins auto electrics including the dire job of painting the iron roof trusses above the workshop in the early 60's, the dust & muck was 2" thick as it hadn't been touched since the war.
perhaps Bernie D'boult remembers getting splashed with paint !! ::
That's good Phil. It looks about late 1950s. In 1956 the newsagents was Mrs Elizabeth Clough at 159A. More important , at 157 was William Barker & sons furniture makers. If you enlarge the picture and aquint, the board above the entrance 2 doors away certainly looks like it starts with a large W, so that fits