That's what I thought as well. Here's an extract from my (incomplete, only done to wartime yet!) BCT route database:I take issue with Peter Walker on the route of the CITY CIRCLE 19 as I do not remember it ever going to Five Ways were it would have met the INNER CIRCLE. My memory is that it crossed Broad St from Granville St to Sheepcote St.
I take issue with Peter Walker on the route of the CITY CIRCLE 19 as I do not remember it ever going to Five Ways were it would have met the INNER CIRCLE. My memory is that it crossed Broad St from Granville St to Sheepcote St.
Just joined the site - so my input to this thread may seem a bit late.
I lived in Benacre Street most of my childhood life and went to school at Hope Street at infant, junior and senior level.
I remember the inner circle 8 well. Between the years 1961 to 1965 (age 10 to 14 ) me and my best friend William used to ride the no. 8 all the way 'round on a Saturday (and often weekdays during school holidays)- just for the fun of it. I think our parents were glad to see the back of us for a few h
We did this often, depending on if we could scrounge up the fare, and always bags'd the upstairs front seats if we could. We'd do our fair share of secondary smoking and have a crafty fag of our own if we could afford one (3 old pence for two Woodbines or Park Drive with two matches purchased from one of the local Papershops) and enjoy the view. we would take a few sarni's and a bottle of cold tea to share on our journey. It was great fun and nobody ever bothered us - not even the conductor. Our biggest decision was which direction to travel round the route in, though often this was dictated by whichever bus came first.
I once saw a photo' of a no. 8 bus approaching a junction in a book about Birmingham, and there at the front on the upper deck were two young lads, one to each double seat, gazing out of the windows. it's not a brilliantly clear photo' so I can't say for sure, but it could have been us.
Wish I'd still got that photo'.