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Kingstanding

DaveWall

proper brummie kid
Welshmans Hill and the "Pimple" are not the same place, Welshmans Hill is halfway between the Bush and Banners Gate on the Chester Rd and yes, you will find it on old and modern maps. The Pimple was allotments bordered by Finchly, Sidcup, Ellerton and Danesbury Cres, the place doesn't feature on any old maps i have seen and as others have said i think the name was a local name for the place.


bren

I was looking through the forum comments regarding the 'Old' & 'New' Colleges and found a map being shown that indicates the hill North East of the Lodge Pool having the name of 'Branston' or 'Brunston' Hill. Perhaps someone having a better print of the map might be able to clarify. We lived at 11 Hurlingham Rd (the back garden was 'The Pimple' to me). The dirt racetrack on the flatter lower section (now housing) - ah the memories..
 

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Eric Gibson

master brummie
I was looking through the forum comments regarding the 'Old' & 'New' Colleges and found a map being shown that indicates the hill North East of the Lodge Pool having the name of 'Branston' or 'Brunston' Hill. Perhaps someone having a better print of the map might be able to clarify. We lived at 11 Hurlingham Rd (the back garden was 'The Pimple' to me). The dirt racetrack on the flatter lower section (now housing) - ah the memories..

You must have been close to the entry to the 'pimple' at the bottom of Hurlingham Road (we called it the gulley), we used to go in from Sidcup Road at the top end.
I remember the dirt track racing, we had Raymond Nye from Leyton Grove as our best at it.
 

DaveWall

proper brummie kid
You must have been close to the entry to the 'pimple' at the bottom of Hurlingham Road (we called it the gulley), we used to go in from Sidcup Road at the top end.
I remember the dirt track racing, we had Raymond Nye from Leyton Grove as our best at it.

We were the middle house in the block of 3 in the piccy attached. As you can possibly tell - the original entry to the pimple was where the white car is now parked - (note the footpath/kerb crossover still in place) although when I was there that entry (about 15 foot wide) was closed at both ends. Sometime after I left in 1964 I presume the council sold off the gullyway to the houseowners who extended their house over it. My brother (Richard Wall) said he often cycled in a team there - although when I was around it was cheap motorcycles & not cycles.
 

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Actongrumpy

The Quinton Kid
Does anyone remember the doctors surgery at approximately 614 Kingstanding Road - Doctors Fletcher, Dougherty and Le Breuilly?
 
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Eric Gibson

master brummie
We had a Dr Dougherty or similar (may be spelled differently) at the surgery corner of Dyas Road and Old Oscott Lane. A tall Scotsman.
 

Actongrumpy

The Quinton Kid
We had a Dr Dougherty or similar (may be spelled differently) at the surgery corner of Dyas Road and Old Oscott Lane. A tall Scotsman.
You were quite right to question the spelling Eric. It was Doherty not Dougherty. I have just found some information on the Birmingham Forum. Dr Doherty moved into 169 Old Oscott Lane, when Dr Fletcher retired in the fifties, before emigrating to Canada in 1966. The practice had two surgeries, Old Oscott Lane and Kingstanding Road. I house sat for the Dohertys at Old Oscott Lane when they went out, (fielding the telephone calls), but I couldn't remember where it was. No doctors lived at Kingstanding Road - they used the ground floor as a surgery and waiting room. We lived in the rest of the house for one or two years and my mother acted as housekeeper, telephonist, receptionist and general dogsbody.
 
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Eric Gibson

master brummie
He was our doctor until he moved to Canada, a very nice man and a damned good doctor, he had cause to deal with my wife a few times, she was a bit accident prone, he stitched her leg when she dropped a glass panel and it sliced into it. He also attended our house when she had a fit whilst pregnant with our second child.
The docs who took over were the McMinns, husband and wife, they were customers of mine when I worked at Brooklyn Garage.
 

Actongrumpy

The Quinton Kid
He was our doctor until he moved to Canada, a very nice man and a damned good doctor, he had cause to deal with my wife a few times, she was a bit accident prone, he stitched her leg when she dropped a glass panel and it sliced into it. He also attended our house when she had a fit whilst pregnant with our second child.
The docs who took over were the McMinns, husband and wife, they were customers of mine when I worked at Brooklyn Garage.
He was good Eric; too good! As I said, he was ex RAF and if he gave you an injection he threw it like a dart but without letting go. He was bombarded with free samples from reps and when I went in complaining of a cold he gave me three injections, ( one a day), that the rep had asked him to try out. I stood hand on hip waiting for the first one not realising that he'd already done it; completely painless. Same with the second one. Being an idiot of a teenager and full of bravado I said to him, "Bet you can't get it in the same hole." "Want to bet", he said and flicked it to within an eighth of an inch of the previous one. I remember him trying not to smirk, as I tried not to scream, and saying,"That'll teach you not to open your mouth." That said, they were a really nice family - I wonder where they went in Canada? I'm glad you and your wife had good experiences with him.
 

Astoness

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He was our doctor until he moved to Canada, a very nice man and a damned good doctor, he had cause to deal with my wife a few times, she was a bit accident prone, he stitched her leg when she dropped a glass panel and it sliced into it. He also attended our house when she had a fit whilst pregnant with our second child.
The docs who took over were the McMinns, husband and wife, they were customers of mine when I worked at Brooklyn Garage.


hello eric...what years were you at brooklyn garage

lyn
 

nickcc101

master brummie
He was our doctor until he moved to Canada, a very nice man and a damned good doctor, he had cause to deal with my wife a few times, she was a bit accident prone, he stitched her leg when she dropped a glass panel and it sliced into it. He also attended our house when she had a fit whilst pregnant with our second child.
The docs who took over were the McMinns, husband and wife, they were customers of mine when I worked at Brooklyn Garage.
Hello Eric

You didn't by any chance know David Burrows (spelling) or his Brother when you worked at Brooklyn garage, I went to School with David.
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
Hello Eric

You didn't by any chance know David Burrows (spelling) or his Brother when you worked at Brooklyn garage, I went to School with David.

Not a name I remember, there were brothers David and Bernard (the foreman) but their surname wasn't Burrows and you've now got me scratching my head to remember what it was. :(
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
hi eric my ex hubby was a self employed mechanic and always used brooklyn garage to get the MOT certs..

lyn

If that was when I was there it might have been me doing the tests, I was a tester right from the start of the MOT.
I've remembered the brothers' name it was Lee, Bernard and David Lee.
 

Astoness

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i eric well if he was going there in 65 you would most likely have met him..he was certainly using that garage when we married in 72 and up until 78 because i would go with him sometimes...actually eric i feel we are like ships that pass in the night:D because didnt you work at watsons garage in villa st.i lived in villa st but not sure if it was the same time as you were there..58 to 72 for me..small world

lyn
 
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Eric Gibson

master brummie
I worked at Watsons from 1950 until 1960 when I moved to Brooklyn but from 53 to 55 I was doing my national service as a REME mechanic, mostly in Egypt.
 

Astoness

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well in that case eric we were both in the street at the same time..actually i have a question to ask you but i will put it on the villa st thread like i dont go off topic:D
 
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