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Nazareth House

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Hi there,
I am looking for information and photos of nazareth house convent and childrens home which used to be in Lickey Road, Rednal as I was there for a time in 1961. Can anyone help?
 

izzy eckerslike

Yaw've med my day yaw ave
You must have been there when we moved into Tollhouse road in 1961 & our garden backed onto the convent grounds, I remember the horse ( or was it a Donkey?) that Charlie Chester had presented them with & you could hear the hum of the Austin factory all night long including the steam shunting engines in the goods yard
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
You must have been there when we moved into Tollhouse road in 1961 & our garden backed onto the convent grounds, I remember the horse ( or was it a Donkey?) that Charlie Chester had presented them with & you could hear the hum of the Austin factory all night long including the steam shunting engines in the goods yard
Hi ! It was a Shetland pony called Christmas presented by Chipperfield Circus The Convent has since been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. My biggest regret was not taking any photos of the place.
 

pollypops

master brummie
This is an old photo of a tram at Longbrige Island. I think Nazareth House is the building with the chimneys on the right side of Lickey Road (just above the Tram stop shelters).
I know this photo is older than the 60's but it shows the location.

I don't remember where this photo came from - maybe from this site.

I shall ask around locally to see if anyone has photos for you.

Polly :)
 

pollypops

master brummie
Here is a photo I took recently which shows Longbridge Isalnd and the Lickey Road.

The trees on the right hide all the 'new' buildings

Thr tram shelters would have been where the two red cars are parked in the middle - partly hidden by the crossing lights.

Polly :)
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Thank you Polly, from the island I think Nazareth House would have been somewhere on the right hand side. I know it was opposite the start of the old Austin Works which was really vast. I remember walking with the nuns to the lickey hills, is Cofton Park on the left past the lonbridge works.I seem to remember quite alot but my memerois may be a little inaccurate as I was only nine years old!
Thanks again Polly, I hope you can find some others.
Tony
 

pollypops

master brummie
Hi Tony,
Your memory is very good! Going from Longbridge Island Nazareth House was on the right of Lickey Road and much further along (quite a long walk for a 9 year old) Cofton Park is on the left.
I will keep looking for photos for you.
Polly :)
 

bigland

knowlegable brummie
Pollypops

Thank you for posting the old photo of the Island at Longbridge, it must have been taken pre about 1952 as I think it was around then that the last tram ran. Nazarath House was the bulding you can see just above the tram shelters, Nazareth House also had a lot of farm land which extended to the back of the road I lived in, there was a fence & hedges to keep us out but as children we took great joy in getting over the fence this was during the 1940's
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Hi Tony,
Your memory is very good! Going from Longbridge Island Nazareth House was on the right of Lickey Road and much further along (quite a long walk for a 9 year old) Cofton Park is on the left.
I will keep looking for photos for you.
Polly :)
Hi Polly,
Hope you are well. Any luck with finding more photos of Nazareth House? Iv'e had a few responces but not as many as I hoped for.There must be some evidence of such a beautiful old building somewhere mustn't there?
Take care,
Tony.
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Hi Liz!
Sorry for not acknowleding your reply to my thread. I have been on friends reunited without much success. Thank You for taking the trouble to help.
Regards. Tony
 

pollypops

master brummie
Hi Polly,
Hope you are well. Any luck with finding more photos of Nazareth House? Iv'e had a few responces but not as many as I hoped for.There must be some evidence of such a beautiful old building somewhere mustn't there?
Take care,
Tony.
Hi Tony, I am still looking for a picture for you. I was in Bromsgrove library on monday and asked the staff but they think if there are any pictures they will be at Birmingham Library.
I am still asking local people so something may turn up. Like you, I am sure someone, somewhere has a photo - it is just finding that person!
I will keep looking!
Polly :)
 

pollypops

master brummie
Tony, someone has given me this picture and said they think it is Nazareth House. As I do not know what Nazareth House looked like I do not know if it is or not.
Does it look familiar to you????

I am sorry if the quality is not that good - it is a scan of a photocopy.

Polly :)
 
H

Humph3

Guest
Hi Tony,
I think this is a picture of part of the house which my sister was sent to in 1942 for three of or four months, when my mother was ill and in hospital.

My mother had been friends with one of the nuns there since about 1919 until the nuns death in 1944 and many letters, which my mother kept, exchanged between them. My sister was in fact named afer her.

Regards
Humph
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
WOW!
Yes this is it!!! Thank you so much. I feel quite emotional (how daft is that!) This was taken before the landscaping had matured I guess because when I was there it seemed more established. To the left of the building was where we used to play when we weren't in school. Behind the building I remember there was a laundry , we used to play in there and hide from the nuns! This was an early photo because there was a slightly more modern church built immediately to the right the brickwork didn't match the rest of the building.
Thank you so much Polly please keep in touch! Tony.
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Hi Humph,
Thank you for the photo unfortunately this isn't the place I was at. Maybe it was a previous childrens home, was it run by the Poor Sisters? They moved to Lickey road Nazareth House in 1957 I read somewhere. Thanks again,take care. Tony.
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Have you seen the photo posted by Pollypops? This is definately it ! Albeit a very old one, the gardens were much more mature when I was there with my brothers and sisters in 1961. The nuns weren't very kind but we wer not subjected to any physical or sexual abuse. I am hoping that I will be posted more photos, there must be lots taken over the years.
 

pollypops

master brummie
WOW!
Yes this is it!!! Thank you so much. I feel quite emotional (how daft is that!) This was taken before the landscaping had matured I guess because when I was there it seemed more established. To the left of the building was where we used to play when we weren't in school. Behind the building I remember there was a laundry , we used to play in there and hide from the nuns! This was an early photo because there was a slightly more modern church built immediately to the right the brickwork didn't match the rest of the building.
Thank you so much Polly please keep in touch! Tony.
Hi Tony, sorry I have been away and have only just noticed your reply.
I am so glad the picture was Nazareth House - I am not surprised you felt emotional when you saw it - it brought so many memories of your childhood back.
I thought the picture was probably taken some years before you went there but at least you now have one picture. I will keep looking for another one.
It is such a shame they knocked it down.
Polly :)
 

kryzwicki

proper brummie kid
Hi Polly, It's good to hear from you Hope you had a good time away. I have since found out that the photo was taken in 1912..... quite a bit before I was there! I sought help from the "thing detectives" website. They found the same photo and an ex Austin works employee sent me an aerial view of the lickey road, Austin Works and Nazareth House but the quality is not that good but I am very grateful none-the-less.My ultimate wish is to find photos of a more recent time period......I hope I'm not being too ambitious. I cant believe that such a beautiful old building hasn't been documented more. Perhaps there has been more photos taken of it but I really wish I had taken some because the place has never been out of my mind over the years. I have found out that the Birmingham History Archives Department of Birmingham Library has at least one photo but it is a bit of a rigmarole to get access to the archives. I will need to apply for what they call a CARN ticket.Anyway Polly I am so grateful to you for all your efforts and hope you can discover more photos.
My very best wishes.

Tony.(-:
 
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