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Marston Green & Tile Cross

jmadone

master brummie
Sheldon Hall 1953 and 2008.
Sheldon Hall in 1919 as it appears in Sale catalogue.
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There was an amendment regarding the staircase and panelling within the hall
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In another thread "Fifield Farm" mention is made to Seymour Smith and his wife May Florence (Bartlett). My brother-in-law whose mother was May, says that she was living at Sheldon Hall as a young girl prior to marrying Seymour as her family farmed the land there.
 

jmadone

master brummie
Another beauty of marston green crossing :)
Looks as though that was taken from the signal box. I longed to be in that box when I was a young lad trainspotting there. I just wanted to turn that huge wheel that opened and closed the crossing gates!
 

mbenne

master brummie
The route you describe is the one taken by myself and family and friends on many occasions. After walking or cycling through the park and then ascending the path up the hill to Marston Green do you remember passing this farm house which became the clubhouse for the golf club.
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In the small enclosure on the right just behind the stone wall there used to be two or three wooden huts used by the T.A.
I do remember the club house. We used to get the path from Greenvale Avenue / Parkdale Road up to the station. In those days the club house was more like the picture below. There was also a pool nearby. Having only ever seen minnows and sticklebacks in the brook I couldn't believe it when I saw a very large carp wallowing near the pool edge. The pool was rather deep and at the top of a big hill?

I actually went inside the club house but have no recollection of doing so. One evening my friend and I cycled to Chelmsley to see my aunt and uncle who lived just off Berwicks lane. We returned early evening just at it was getting dark. For some unknown reason we deviated from the path at the station and descended the steep grass bank in front of the clubhouse. I must have hit something on the way down and apparently somersaulted onto my back, knocking myself unconscious. My friend went for help and I was carried to the clubhouse. Rather than call an ambulance my friend cycled home to tell my Mom and Dad who eventually decided I needed to go to hospital.. All I remember of the incident is closing the garden gate at my uncles house, a vague recollection of a bright light and a voice saying I'd been in an accident. Hadn't a clue where I was when I woke up the next morning in Solihull hospital, where I stayed for the next week!

My bike was badly damaged and had a large kink in the crossbar but, on the upside, as my Mom worked at the CWS bike factory I got a new one. The accident happened where the hashed lines appear on the map in front of the clubhouse.

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mbenne

master brummie
Sheldon Hall in 1919 as it appears in Sale catalogue.
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There was an amendment regarding the staircase and panelling within the hall
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In another thread "Fifield Farm" mention is made to Seymour Smith and his wife May Florence (Bartlett). My brother-in-law whose mother was May, says that she was living at Sheldon Hall as a young girl prior to marrying Seymour as her family farmed the land there.
I wonder what happened to the staircase. In recent years, before it was turned into a restaurant, it was acquired by developers who went bust and after remaining empty for some time a lot of the interior was stripped by opportunists!
 

jmadone

master brummie
I wonder what happened to the staircase. In recent years, before it was turned into a restaurant, it was acquired by developers who went bust and after remaining empty for some time a lot of the interior was stripped by opportunists!
My sister in law recalls visiting her husband's family in the late 50s early 60s and seeing the staircase still intact. She said that on a subsequent visit, date not known, it had been removed.
 

jmadone

master brummie
I do remember the club house. We used to get the path from Greenvale Avenue / Parkdale Road up to the station. In those days the club house was more like the picture below. There was also a pool nearby. Having only ever seen minnows and sticklebacks in the brook I couldn't believe it when I saw a very large carp wallowing near the pool edge. The pool was rather deep and at the top of a big hill?

I actually went inside the club house but have no recollection of doing so. One evening my friend and I cycled to Chelmsley to see my aunt and uncle who lived just off Berwicks lane. We returned early evening just at it was getting dark. For some unknown reason we deviated from the path at the station and descended the steep grass bank in front of the clubhouse. I must have hit something on the way down and apparently somersaulted onto my back, knocking myself unconscious. My friend went for help and I was carried to the clubhouse. Rather than call an ambulance my friend cycled home to tell my Mom and Dad who eventually decided I needed to go to hospital.. All I remember of the incident is closing the garden gate at my uncles house, a vague recollection of a bright light and a voice saying I'd been in an accident. Hadn't a clue where I was when I woke up the next morning in Solihull hospital, where I stayed for the next week!

My bike was badly damaged and had a large kink in the crossbar but, on the upside, as my Mom worked at the CWS bike factory I got a new one. The accident happened where the hashed lines appear on the map in front of the clubhouse.

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I used to live in Greenvale Avenue from the age of 3 until I married 1970.
 
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