Thanks for your reply @TwoJames Turner - Street
From Carl Chinn's Book "The Streets of Brum - Part 3"
James turner was a Birmingham gun barrel manufacturer who tenanted Holford Mill, Handsworth on the bend in the River Tame above Witton in the 1850s and 1860s. It seems unlikely that this road was named after him.
There is another James Turner, who was minister at Cannon Street Baptist Church from 1754-80. This is regarded as the 'mother' church of Baptists in Birmingham. Turner was instrumental in firmly establishing Baptists locally.
I went along to the Library of Birmingham but it appears they or any Birmingham Library has a copy (Or as least their online catalogue does not list any although they seem to have lots of Part One and Part Five in the series)"Was James Turner Street in Winson Green named after the gun barrel manufacturer of that name or was the street name derived from James Turner, the 18th century Baptist minister from Cannon Street Church?"
Thanks will follow up that suggestionMight be worth asking about A.H. Bevan's street register in the library.
Thanks we now have a new possibility and this one makes a lot of sense.Is it possible is that the street was named after James Richard Turner of Rotten Park Lodge (d. 1933), who built many hundreds of houses in Birmingham and Smethwick around the turn of the century and was also active in local politics?
Yes a very plausible candidate, Just need to find some contemporary proof.A little more information about JR Turner, my great-grandfather. Born c. 1851 in Tiverton, Devon. Built whole swathes of houses in Edgbaston, Balsall Heath, Smethwick etc. Very well-known in Liberal political circles - Bonham-Carter family etc. I remember him being mentioned in documents held in the David Lloyd George museum in Criccieth. So a plausible candidate, I think.
I am looking for proof not a repeat of Carl Chinn's doubtful assertion who makes it clear in his book he goes not actually know.Article from the Daily Telegraph throws some light on the origin of the street name but not totally proven according to this article.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture...Benefits-Street-Many-people-here-do-work.html
If Jenny is owed an apology - I feely give one.Not sure this is the way to achieve assistance if I may say so. In fact I feel Jenny is owed an apology.