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Lichfield Road Aston

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
yes stars i drank a many vimtos and ate many packets of smiths crisp with the little blue bag inside of salt ;
for years us locals thought it was a listed building and it stood longer than any other building along the lichfield rd ;
i grew up on that lichfield rd and there aint nothink i do not know about it ;
in the late sixtys or should i say it became a west indian pub ; and used by them for week end dancing and then the rot came in the druggs and the gangesters
the ship went first on the corner of slade rd just like like the tavern shame ; best wishes astonian;;
 

Zambodini

master brummie
A couple more to ponder over




I have dropped in here once or twice

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Perhaps you may have shopped here.


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Regards Stars

Aston Station Stores, was that just north of the bridge? I used to work in a shop Saturday mornings, just south of the bridge, I think it was called Modern Homes.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi zambodina
yes i recall the moderen homes and of course the last chance cafe ; an old friend of mine called ron worrall used to be in and out there is nick name was cow boy ; he used to work the gaff; [ meaning the fair ] if you do not know of the meaning he used to work the walzers for old
old queenie wilson ; and old billy wilson ran the dodgems ;big erners they was on the gaff ;
did you go in there your self ;i lived along the rd from them ; and my cousins lived just ten doors from the vine pub ;
there as been pics of the last chance on here afew years ago ; but they have all been taken [ shanged hied ]
best wishes astonian ;;
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi zombia
i never shopped there but passed it every day but i did post there bills through the letter box as i used to help the old post man on lichfield rd
before going to school every morning at the crack of dawn it was completely junk ; i can tell you
meaning the junk shop next to the pub and across from lovers walk ; wow such great memories seing that old picture [ thanks ] astonian
 

Meg72

New Member
I used to live next door to this, behind the barbers shop, I think the barber was Mr Roberts, anyone remember this. Sorry I do not seem to have done this right, I am referring to the last chance cafe, although it was not called this when I was there.
 

David Weaver

gone but not forgotten
Hello Astonian, I have a faint memory of a photograph of Gladstone Street full of old fashioned smog. Any chance of it being revived for my kids, they can't imagine it but the thirties was a little different? Kind Regards, David.
 

David Weaver

gone but not forgotten
Memories of times long gone. Nothing seems to have changed from when I was a nipper. I used to work for a short while at the Birmingham Rubber Stamp Company a few yards up the street. Loved the pictures no end. Regards,David.
 

Patty

master brummie
This is a long shot but I was wondering if anyone could help me. I went for lunch with a few of my old friends from the hairdressing shop I used to work at on the Litchfield rd in the 60's called Mavis's, it was just a cople of shops down from the Domestic, I have just seen a pic on here in the earlier photos of the shops right opposite were we were, the jute box repairers and the cafe and berringtons the ironmonger's. Mavis organised it as she lives in America now and was over for her grandsons wedding. There was a few of us there but one face was missing for me her name was Barbra Pritchard before she married and I was her junior and we had soo much fun. She came to the last but one reunion and told me her husband had died quite young and I think she was living in Castle Vale then, that would be 7 or even 10 yrs ago. The only thing I can tell you is that before she married she lived behind Mavis's mother shop further up the Litchfield Rd called Cox's. there was someone on here that new her mother and put a photo on of her mom and Barbara;s mom as they were friends. I think barbs moms name was Joyce. I would love to find her so any help would be gladly appreciated Patty x
It was thread 5 the picture of the shops opposite, the auto repairs then when we were there was owned by don Parsons and his wife nancy and all the girls used to come in and have their hairs done, they became good friends they were great
 
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Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI PATTY ;
Just read your thread and your request in looking for a friend and i agree yes there was a picture of a group of friends from old mavis ,s
i think our dear jean may know her; and on the subject of barbara pritchard if i recall her correctly i hink she lived in gladstone rd
which was just down the church lane on the right hand where gladstone rd was; i recall all the other info; you have spoken about and all the other residents
and he familys even the mrs cox shop as i only lived across the rd from th shop ;
i am sure one of us will be able to track her down ; yu might be able to get jim to trawl through the old archives he as to find the p[icture of her again for you ;
if yu asked him nicely ; have a nic day ; alan ; astonian ;;
 

deb kiely

proper brummie kid
hi all,
just heard it's the 40th anniversary of spagetti this took me back as my late father was one of the men who worked on its construction,his name was john kiely but known as tip as he came from tipperary he was a regular in the vine and most pubs
in aston he used to take our dog judy problem was she used to stagger home as well. our dog shandy was the sensible one lol i wonder if his name rings a bell with anyone as he seemed to know everybody.
 

oldroddy

master brummie
hi all,
just heard it's the 40th anniversary of spagetti this took me back as my late father was one of the men who worked on its construction,his name was john kiely but known as tip as he came from tipperary he was a regular in the vine and most pubs
in aston he used to take our dog judy problem was she used to stagger home as well. our dog shandy was the sensible one lol i wonder if his name rings a bell with anyone as he seemed to know everybody.
Hi Deb,
I new a chap called tip,and he did indeed work on the construction of the Aston Expressway,and Spagetti Junction,and he alway's had a dog with him,well more often than not.When i knew him he drank in The Albion,and The Avenue.
He was a friendly man,and i know for certain that my younger sibling's got empty pop bottles off him(and other workers),that they used to take back and get the money back on them.
What sort of dogs were they,as i may be able to say if its the same chap or not,
regards,Rod.
 

deb kiely

proper brummie kid
hi Rod.
judy was only a smallish mongrel dog she is the one he had with him mostly.he was a tall thin man,
he also liked his barley wine.
all the best Deb.
 

oldroddy

master brummie
hi Rod.
judy was only a smallish mongrel dog she is the one he had with him mostly.he was a tall thin man,
he also liked his barley wine.
all the best Deb.
Hi once again,
It most certainly could be the same chap,tall and wiry would describe him very well,and he was a lovely fellow who always had kind words to say to us children.
I,m sure he had a Cairn Terrier for a while,i think it may have been after he had Judy,he (the Tip i knew),bought it off a family in Hubert Street,regards,Rod.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi guys
does anybody have a picture of the old bike shop on the corner of grovener st west and the corner of lichfield rd aston
from way ; way back in the forties or even earlier than that ;
it was almost faceing the bee hive pub ; and the cafe was the bee hive cafe just afew yards from the bee hive pub ;
thelast chance was th other side of the rd and as you said passing the aston ralway station heading towrds the resser ;
also there was a charlie williams many years ago from erdinton whom worked at the ossram gec used to go every day to watch the
progress of the building of the spaggettie junction for years sadly charliedied abiut four years ago his wife daisy used to work on the old midland red at sutton ; she diedbefore charlie ten years before
charlie was a foremam inspector at the gec witon ;if anybody recals him ; best wishes astonian ;
 

mossg

master brummie
I wonder if Mike could look up an address for me.It is 13 Lichfield Rd,Aston and in 1861 it was very close to a residency called Clock Tower.I assume Clock Tower was Aston Cross.Moss
 
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