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Kingstanding

Eric Gibson

master brummie
There was a driveway to the back of my house that ran from Dyas Road to Swinbrook Grove, looking on Google Earth it's fenced off at the Dyas Road end but still open but overgrown with weeds at the Swinbrook Grove end,
We all had garages off the driveway at the back of our houses, it looks as though they've ripped out the front gardens and park their cars there now.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
When I last looked at the alleyways Eric (there were lots running along the the backs of the 1930s houses) most of them seem nowadays to have been blocked off. Don’t know why. But the alleys used to give useful access to different roads. There was one leading from Kingstanding Road into Atlantic Road which we used every day to go to Kingsthorne School. If it was raining we’d shelter under a Hawthorne tree in the alleyway. Used to think it was appropriate being so close to Hawthorn Road. Viv.
 

Vivienne14

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Welcome mcook. I don’t suppose you’re related to Nurse Cook, midwife. My mum often spoke about her. We were home births and she delivered me. Viv.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
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Amazing that we were delivered by the same midwife Outinthesticks ! Mum said she was a no messing sort of nurse. Very businesslike in the way she went about delivering babies. I was a difficult birth and nearly didn’t make it, and if it weren’t for Nurse Cook, I probably wouldn’t be here. Viv.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
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For years I've tired to remember exactly were there was a nursery (the plantsman type) along Kingstanding Road. Now I've just spotted this on Google maps and think it might be the place. This spot is just along from Old Oscott Hill, heading towards the Circle. Does anyone know if this was once a nursery? We used to buy plants, shrubs etc from there, maybe even our Christmas tree. I did wonder if it was part of a farm, but we definitely used to go in through a gate off K'standing Rd. I'm talking about it being there in the mid/late 1950s. Viv.

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Had a breakthrough on this today, I’ve now found the name of the nursery: Grasmere Nurseries. Seems they sold a lot of shrubs, just as I remember in the 1950s/60s. They seem to have opened on a Sunday. I have a very vague memory of going there on a Sunday morning followed by Sunday School at the Settlement, then home for Sunday lunch.

In the 1940s they seem to have bought up lots of turf. Maybe this is when the gardening/home improvement movement got going.

The first advert is from 1965, the second two from 1948.

Viv.
 

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Anne70

proper brummie kid
Hi folks, I’m looking to see if anyone has any class photos from Kingsland School between the years of 1974-1981
 

BrumMack

master brummie
Hi Vicky,
Yes I believe Dulwich Rd infants is now Warren farm infants,
I also went to Dulwich Rd senior boy's school that was way back in the early forties, also I was in the scoutsat Brackenberry Rd Church
Mr Howe was Scoutmaster, his wife was head of the girl guides
I'm not sure of the wherabouts of the farm so I won't guess
My understanding, from looking at a map drawn around 1920 is that the buildings of Warren Farm were about where the junction of Charlton Road and Dulwich Road is today and from the map it looks like it was accessed from Hawthorn Road along a track that is roughly where Charlton Road is today.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
thanks mike i always thought that warren farm was situated a bit further over on warren farm road so i have just learned something

lyn
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Had a breakthrough on this today, I’ve now found the name of the nursery: Grasmere Nurseries. Seems they sold a lot of shrubs, just as I remember in the 1950s/60s. They seem to have opened on a Sunday. I have a very vague memory of going there on a Sunday morning followed by Sunday School at the Settlement, then home for Sunday lunch.

In the 1940s they seem to have bought up lots of turf. Maybe this is when the gardening/home improvement movement got going.

The first advert is from 1965, the second two from 1948.

Viv.
I'm almost sure Grasmere Nurseries to left of Midlands Counties Dairy on Kingstanding Road near the junction with Cranbourne Road.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Looking on Streetview I’d say it was where Heather Croft is now - relatively modern development. Seems appropriately named ! Viv.
 

Thomas Parry

knowlegable brummie
Hi there, I am wondering if anyone remembers a Mr. Albert Parry that lived at 122 Cranbourne Road from about 1939 until he passed away in 1977 - his wife was called Alice and he had two sons Kenneth and David (also another son Roy who passed away young).
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Hi there, I am wondering if anyone remembers a Mr. Albert Parry that lived at 122 Cranbourne Road from about 1939 until he passed away in 1977 - his wife was called Alice and he had two sons Kenneth and David (also another son Roy who passed away young).
 
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mulvey78

New Member
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.

Blimey, I remember Dr McMinn. She must have been there a long time. She was my doctor when I was at school in the early nineties.
 

Trident

Trident
The ones to your right as you walked down Dyas Road were not fenced off when I moved into Birdbrook Road in 1956, I used to go across the top and down as a shortcut to my house, still the same when I moved out in 1965.

They were built on some time after I left.

Opposite my house was an open field that later became, I believe, the driving test centre.

Ps. I went to Cranbourne Road school too, from 1940 to 45
 

Trident

Trident
My Sisters Brenda and Gertrude and I lived with my Mother and Father at 106 Atlantic road, next to our house there was some waste land known as the dip opposite the Dip there was a right of way through to Kingstanding Road, this was a short cut To and from Cranborne road school and the 29 bus stop for people who lived in Birdbrook Rd Rodlington Ave and the back of the houses on one side of Corbridge ave ( I think that was the name , its been a long time ago since I was in that aria. Al.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
My Sisters Brenda and Gertrude and I lived with my Mother and Father at 106 Atlantic road, next to our house there was some waste land known as the dip opposite the Dip there was a right of way through to Kingstanding Road, this was a short cut To and from Cranborne road school and the 29 bus stop for people who lived in Birdbrook Rd Rodlington Ave and the back of the houses on one side of Corbridge ave ( I think that was the name , its been a long time ago since I was in that aria. Al.
You might be able to spot your house in the aerial pic shown in the post quoted below .... :)
the pic is a forum link and is only visible if logged in
As well as the area in post#39, I roamed or travelled to grandparents across this area but some years later than the 1938 date of this image.
Red dot marks the Hare & Hounds Pub on the Kingstanding Rd.
Green dot marks a gap between the houses in Atlantic Road - why was it not built upon ?
Yellow dot marks the Kingstanding Rd-Hawthorn Rd-Dyas Rd-Warren Farm Rd junction.
Blue dot marks a sand quarry off Dyas Rd ... the 'cliffs' were as high as houses.
Mauve dot marks Kingstanding Rd Drill Hall with Co op dairy next to it and Goodway Rd to the right.
Orange dot marks Cavandale Ave unfinished in this image but finished by the start of WW2.
Most of the dot-marked places on the pic have been mentioned in various posts on the froum.
Click or tap on the pic to enlarge it ... use scroll bars to move across it.
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