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Kingstanding

chrishillcox

proper brummie kid
JennyAnn, you have a better memory than me. I don't remember all those shops in Hawthorn Road, but I do remember going into Peacocks just over 62 years ago, on 7 May, after we were let out early from school, and buying two Union Jack flags. Next day they were flying to celebrate VE Day.
I certainly remember the long path or track fromCollege Road through the allotments to Gipsy Lane - that was our route to Witton Lakes. The name Wyrley Birch is familiar - we used to call it Wairly Bairch in Black Country style, but I'm not sure if it was the name of those allotments.
The cafe I hardly remember at all. I never used it, as from about 1950 most of my social life was in Handsworth or elsewhere. Anyway, here is a list taken friom the Kelly's 1950 directory.Thanks for the memories!
Peter

Dear Peter, I was very interested to hear that you recall VE day. I acollecting oral histories from this area and wonder what you remember of the day. Many Thanks Chris Hillcox [email protected] www.kingstanding.wordpress.com
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Welcome Chris we will have to get Paul on the forum too. As Sylvia said Peter Walker passed away a while back but take at look at his archives. Sylvia take a look into Chris's site it is brilliant. Jean.
 

kev58b

New Member
Hi
My Nan & Grandad Tipping lived on Hawthorn Road Kingstanding, with there 8 children, 5 daughters and 3 sons, the youngesr my aunt Jean Tipping (now Harrison) still lives in the same house, my mother and her sister Joan both worked at astons cake shop on the Hawthorn rd, I rember when I was growing up every one going to nan on a Saturday the women going shopping over the road and the men going to stanleys snooker hall, grandad was in the shed or his garden and I used to watch the wesling with my nan, I have two photos taken of Hawthorne rd one in 1957 and the other in 1967, I also have some family ones of nan and my dad standing out side nans house.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Apologies can't post the link to Facebook as not registered. Worth a look if you are registered though. Meanwhile here's a taster. Viv.

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I moved to Kingstanding when I was 7, after my mum died (late 70s). My dad's family lived in Kingstanding (and still do) and I suppose my father, being in his late fifties with an only child of seven needed all the help he could get!

I joined Kings Rise Infants, and went on to Kings Road Juniors, before joining the doomed Kings Rise and then Kings Secondary School in 1983. I had to travel to and from Warren Farm Secondary School unattended for 50% of lessons, and to the playing fields a bus ride away for PE.

We lived on Bendall Road, and I have very fond memories of living there, with friends living on Bendall Rd, Sudbury Grove and Banners Walk. There is a high cul de sac part way up Bendall Road, I can't recall the name of it, but it was great to go down on Roller Boots when they had just become the rage in the early 1980s!

I can recall paying 2p bus fare to travel to the swimming pool at Warren Farm.

I used the bakers on the way to school that was in the corner next to Banners Walk, by the King Charles Public House. And my father used to send me to the chip shop and also the chinese take away for chips twice a week, whilst he cooked fish in the oven at home.

I used to pay my pocket money into the TSB via my Junior School, and I also recall visiting the TSB at the Circle to withdraw my money, and the rough park next to it where all the glue sniffers used to hang out!

I remember the Kingstanding Carnival - I entered one year!

We moved from Kingstanding during my first year of secondary school, I think my dad saw the writing on the wall for the standard of education for the children of Kingstanding in the 1980s!

Serena
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
I was reading about William (Billy) Kirton who once played for Aston Villa (see site link below). The link says that after retiring from football he ran a newspaper shop in Kingstanding. I know where the shop is (just round the corner near the the junction of Kingstanding Road and Dyas Road). I used to go in that shop very, very often. A bit of info from the site for you footie fans; AV bought him for £500 in October 1919, he scored fifty-three goals in two hundred and twenty-nine League appearances as well as six goals in thirty-two FA Cup games. He died at the Hartopp Nursing Home in Sutton Coldfield on 27 September 1970. I wonder if by the 1960s it would have been a family member (maybe his son?) who ran the shop, as I remember it at that time still known as Kirtons newsagents.

https://www.ozwhitelufc.net.au/leedscityprofiles.php/KirtonWJ.php


Viv.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Thanks for that link Vivienne. Will take a look and see if I recognize anyone?. Will take a look on face book too.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Be interesting to see if you find anything Jean. You'll know his shop. Here's streetview with Dyas Road to the left. And it's still a newsagents! Kirton's used to sell, not only newspapers and mags, but they had a great range of sweets in the 1960s. 2oz of milk bottles or shrimps was my usual. My mum often went in there too to pay the weekly paper bill as she worked for Bywaters one or two doors along on Kingstanding Road. Viv.

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MSGK

Still a Brummie
Nice to see that picture as in the late 1950s I also worked at Bywaters, Mr Jones was the manager when I was there, also used to pop into the newsagent. used to love the roast pork we did at Bywaters. Mike
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Hi MSGK and Miriam. Remember Bywaters as a nice clean shop. Like Kirton's it had two parallel counters stretching from the front to the back of the shop. Think they sold pork pies, chops, bacon etc but I don't remember them selling larger cuts of meat, like the regular butchers shop. But could be wrong on that. I remember that this row of shops from Dyas Rd, round onto Kingstanding Rd and up to Bywaters was quite raised up and when you were in the shop it seemed quite high up. In between Kirtons and Lathams there used to be a greengrocers cum fish store which had some stalls out onto the pavement, that too was quite raised up. We 'd buy cod roe and soft herring roes from there. Always a queue so it was either cheap or good quality (or maybe both!). My mum worked in various shops around Kingstanding and the one thing I especially remember was that all the shopkeepers would do each other favours. A real sense of community. There was none of the cut-throat retailing of later years. Viv.
 

irene floyd

master brummie
Hi Serena.My mom and dad was brought up in Bendall Road.My dad was a FLOYD.And my moms maiden name was LAGOE.Serena have you got any photos of Bendall Rd in the 1960s.I have tryed to get one i even went to Kingstanding Library.Irene
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Irene I will try to take a photo for you sometime this week and make sure I don't point the camera at any specific house. Jean.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
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This is a house for sale in the road Irene but I will still take a photo for you this week.
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This is a street party in the road. I will ask Chris Hillcox if he has any more.
 
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G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Have just sent an e.mail to my friend Janet who lived there for years in the hope that she has some old photo's. She said she does not mind me mentioning her name. They were the Mansell family.
 
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