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Market Hall

A Sparks

master brummie
Yes!!
My mother always used to take me to Pimm's Pets - she loved it herself.
It's my main memory of the Market Hall too.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Hello. Not sure where these two bombs ended up. Lurchphoic.View attachment 114313View attachment 114314
The top photo, two inquisitive gentlemen and the schoolboy raises an eyebrow. Has this ordnance been de-activated? Also noticeable is the absence of officialdom and exclusion zone tapes. :eek: I guess during WW2 miles and miles of tape would have been required - but then it was not part of everyday life at that time.
 

bullring boy

master brummie
Thanks for the reply. My father Reggie Morrell (no longer with us) worked as a slaughterman there from 1945, de mob, till he was dismissed with the union dispute. He worked for FMC ( fat stock market corporation). I have his old FMC bone saw which he used to saw everything with. It's useless now but in very good condition as regards appearance and marked up clearly FMC. I would be happy to let you have it as a bit of fun to present to your b in law on his big night. Also if you look on you tube there is a corny but interesting advert for FMC from the 1950's. regards G.
Hi Grea. I've just recently joined the Birmingham History Forum. Reggie Morrell was my uncle. I was born in Skinner Lane and my dad worked at Evans and Kitchen in Hurst St, so you might be able to work out who Bullring Boy is! I remember your dad. I have very many happy memories of childhood family get-togethers and would love to be able to share them, along with seeing those photos!
 

Grea

master brummie
Hi Grea. I've just recently joined the Birmingham History Forum. Reggie Morrell was my uncle. I was born in Skinner Lane and my dad worked at Evans and Kitchen in Hurst St, so you might be able to work out who Bullring Boy is! I remember your dad. I have very many happy memories of childhood family get-togethers and would love to be able to share them, along with seeing those photos!
What a lovely surprise, I was thinking about you not so long ago when someone mentioned not getting snow like we used to. It reminded me of the time we played in the snow, I borrowed moms best yellow wool gloves. These got soaked so you put them in the range to dry in your kitchen. That’s the last I saw of them, burned to a crisp. I have lovely memories too, fishing trips with your dad, family get togethers and gran always causing an argument. You will enjoy this site, really interesting and informative. G
 

bullring boy

master brummie
Thanks so much for writing back. I remember the range in our kitchen - black and red ceramic tiles. (Sorry about the gloves.) My dad ripped it all out to make the house more "modern!" It would be worth a fortune now. I've been living in France for the last 35 years but on my retirement wanted to come back to the UK at least for part of the year, so I bought a house in Stratford upon Avon (the Brummie's dream!) I love Shakespeare, which is one of the reasons I bought it, but the other was to re-live all those fishing trip with my dad. I've since been fishing many times on the Avon, usually opposite the church or down by Lucy's Mill. You mention gran whose name I think was Rose Shenton. I've got a couple of photos of her and am intrigued by her history. Do you have any details?
 

bullring boy

master brummie
Thank you Grea and apologies to everyone if I've contradicted one of the protocols, but as an internet incompetent I'm not sure what I should be doing
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi bullring boy just to clear this up it is perfectly fine to post about our memories of yesteryear on open forum...thats what we are here for but if you wish to swap personal contact details ie telephone numbers and email addresses with another member for the sake of your privacy we always suggest that you contact the member via our private message system which you can find by clicking on the envelope top right of the main page..these messages remain private between yourself and the recipient...enjoy

lyn
 

bullring boy

master brummie
Hi Astoness,

Many thanks for information and my sincere apologies if I've broken the protocols. As an internet incompetent I'm trying to navigate my way round the site, and to come across a long-lost family member was a bit overwhelming. Thanks again for all your help and advice.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
It is good that both of you have met here and I am sure the Mods will not 'kick you both up the bracket'. :laughing:
However PM's are the better way forward and you can make more personal comments using that system.
 

Grea

master brummie
It is good that both of you have met here and I am sure the Mods will not 'kick you both up the bracket'. :laughing:
However PM's are the better way forward and you can make more personal comments using that system.
Yes, a very pleasant surprise.
 

Grea

master brummie
hi bullring boy just to clear this up it is perfectly fine to post about our memories of yesteryear on open forum...thats what we are here for but if you wish to swap personal contact details ie telephone numbers and email addresses with another member for the sake of your privacy we always suggest that you contact the member via our private message system which you can find by clicking on the envelope top right of the main page..these messages remain private between yourself and the recipient...enjoy

lyn
Lyn, I was unsure if we should have continued to comment on someone else’s post so I suggested pm. I suppose I should have started a new post so everyone could have enjoyed the content. Sorry for the confusion G
 

streamboy

proper brummie kid
What wonderful memories of the Market hall I have, the lady at the entrance shouting Andykaria which were made of brown paper OK in the dry but when wet going up the bus stairs the bottom used to fall out and a pound of mussels whelks and shrimps would scatter on the bus platform , snarls from the conductress.
The big bomb , the cafe just inside the entrance where we drank Tizer, next door the pet shop with Puppies in the window with a crowd of kids begging mom to buy one, the smell of fish and the noise of the stallholders shouting at us to buy there offerings.
Ah memories and the black and white pictures in my mind Magic.
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
What wonderful memories of the Market hall I have, the lady at the entrance shouting Andykaria which were made of brown paper OK in the dry but when wet going up the bus stairs the bottom used to fall out and a pound of mussels whelks and shrimps would scatter on the bus platform , snarls from the conductress.
The big bomb , the cafe just inside the entrance where we drank Tizer, next door the pet shop with Puppies in the window with a crowd of kids begging mom to buy one, the smell of fish and the noise of the stallholders shouting at us to buy there offerings.
Ah memories and the black and white pictures in my mind Magic.
of a sat i would buy 2 pound of cooked whelks and mussles. and chomp them on the way home. stinking out the bus. lol
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Don’t think this image is on this thread. The final curtain for the Market Hall in 1961.

It’s from a film made by the South Birmingham Cine Society (Eric Lynex, Dr Roy Ashley, Mr Bob Marshall were some involved in making the film and the commentary was written by Miss Dorothy McCulla). It was first shown in March 1979.

Maybe we have a link to this film somewhere ? Viv.F4AE7A88-E48B-4846-9D97-451894982E69.jpeg
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
I don't think I want to see that - the photograph is bad enough. Of all my memories of the city centre in my childhood, the Market Hall is still the most vivid with the Bull Ring.

Maurice :cold_sweat:
 

Radiorails

master brummie
On a par with the infamous destruction of The Euston Arch in London. Anyone with a modicum of heritage and foresight could have Incorporated that part in the re-development of the Bull Ring.
Is Birmingham trying to ape Manchester and other cities in glass structures and short term buildings I wonder.
The Town Hall - in my view the epitome of historic Birmingham - is now surrounded by glass boxes of varying descriptions. Brick paths and paved areas are sterile, little signs of natural things such as trees, grass etc. No wonder the pedestrianised New Street seems popular at least there are trees for shade and a reminder that a natural world exists beyond the commerce.
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Staff member
If you look at most cities with a high level of retained heritage buildings, its because they at some stage in their past suffered a sudden and dramatic economic downturn. Industry and as a consequent the people left in their droves, leaving all for the old infrastructure as it was. No new developments meant no space needed to be created. The building that we now see as heritage were in the main left to fall into disrepair.

This pattern repeats itself all over the UK and the continent. In Cornwall, the bottom fell out of the tin market leaving all of the historic mine sites we know and love today. In the Peak District all the millstones scattered in the landscape are there because of a sudden economic downturn and all those beautiful stone barns are there due to changing farming methods.

The city of Bruges lost its harbour and with it its trade and livelihood. The buildings we now love were left to fall into disuse, which ironically, was their saviour.

I am deeply involved in heritage and the perseveration of historic buildings and don’t like to see them go. But heritage value arises out of rarity. If they were common, the curiosity of the passer-by would be eroded away by their familiarity.
 
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