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ParkerBrum

proper brummie kid
Hi Tony
It really is peculiar what everybody remembers about early school (or anything, come to that). I can't recall anything about Christmas at Benson and there's just a vague memory of the Town Hall but I don't know why. I remember a few of us (don't know who), running 100 times around the school buildings after school - goodness knows why, it just seemed like a good idea. I remember our 'games' lesson was held on a pitch at the top of Rookery Road but I don't recall how we got there (or Grove Lane baths) - presumably by bus? I also remember the very small sweet shop, just down the road from school on the same side and I seem to recall buying a 'jubbly' triangular orange flavoured ice block from there but I'm amazed now that they would have had a freezer? Looking back now, I'm wondering how the hell we didn't walk to and from Benson together at all, as we both went the same way? I hated school dinners so went home every day, sometimes stopping at the chippy on Park Road and getting 3 x 4 penn'orth of chips and maybe some 'scratchings' (bits of loose batter'), to take home for lunch with my mum and brother, who both worked at Griffith, Gilbart & Lloyd. Happy days!
 

TAM253

Brummie babby
Hi Tony
It really is peculiar what everybody remembers about early school (or anything, come to that). I can't recall anything about Christmas at Benson and there's just a vague memory of the Town Hall but I don't know why. I remember a few of us (don't know who), running 100 times around the school buildings after school - goodness knows why, it just seemed like a good idea. I remember our 'games' lesson was held on a pitch at the top of Rookery Road but I don't recall how we got there (or Grove Lane baths) - presumably by bus? I also remember the very small sweet shop, just down the road from school on the same side and I seem to recall buying a 'jubbly' triangular orange flavoured ice block from there but I'm amazed now that they would have had a freezer? Looking back now, I'm wondering how the hell we didn't walk to and from Benson together at all, as we both went the same way? I hated school dinners so went home every day, sometimes stopping at the chippy on Park Road and getting 3 x 4 penn'orth of chips and maybe some 'scratchings' (bits of loose batter'), to take home for lunch with my mum and brother, who both worked at Griffith, Gilbart & Lloyd. Happy days!
Hi Rog - my brother recalls that sweet shop as well and the fact that their cat used to lie on top of the sweets in the window which is something that I also recall (must have been an old cat!). Would be closed down these days but I also loved their ‘jublees’ especially the half frozen ones. We used to get a special bus to Grove Lane baths (and Rookery Road) and I remember Stanley Wassell pushing me in before I could swim (actually still can’t to this day probably because of that!). Remember the chip shop well and remember being embarrassed by my mom when she told the woman who ran it that I thought she was beautiful, rarely went in after that and used the one in Ninevah Road. Actually I have a morbid memory of a child being run over in front of the chip shop and the owner putting a blanket over him until the ambulance arrived. I was on my way home for lunch (like you did not like the school dinners) when it happened and when I was returning a policeman was breaking the news to his mother that he had died. Things like that you never forget. Cant think why we never walked together to/from school perhaps one of us liked to get there early something I am renown for to this day! All the best - Tony
 

ParkerBrum

proper brummie kid
Hi Tony
Yes, the cat! I'd forgotten about that, it always seemed to be there but it never put me off buying sweets (nothing ever did). I also used to like the licorice sticks (like pieces of a branch). How amazing that I can't recall catching the bus to Rookery Road or Grove Lane? I never learned to swim either, although I can't recall being pushed in. As soon as my legs leave the ground I'm petrified. You must have been a bit more forward than me because I can't remember a beautiful lady at the chippie but I can understand how embarrassed you were. So you used to go to the Nineveh Road chippie - opposite the Handsworth Central WMC? Now THAT chippie had probably the best chips I've ever tasted and I remember years later when I lived in Harborne, driving down there because I just had the taste of those chips in my mind. I suppose the death of that child would always have been at the back of your mind when you went there, though?
Well if you got to school early, the chances are that you were there before me. My excuse is that I was the forerunner of the 'Just In Time' planning for re-stocking employed so many years later by industry. I only needed to be at school just in time for the lessons. One thing I disliked about Benson (but it would have been at any school) was the small bottle of milk we were given. I've never liked milk on its own (unless it's a milk shake) and I was also not that bothered about being a milk monitor, especially when it was freezing cold, or raining.
I remember being made to stay in at playtime once by Mr Griffiths, with Christopher Bilboe and another, I'm not sure what we had done wrong. Our punishment was to write out the Lord's Prayer 25 times. When he came in to check how we had done, I hadn't written it down once! I honestly couldn't remember the words at all - I must have just followed what everybody said, a bit like if you forget the words of a song for a quarter of a second, the beginning consonant of the singer can immediately jog your memory so it seems as though you never forgot the words. Needless to say he was not too pleased and I don't think he thought I was very religious after that.
I also remember being taught how to tell the time and when the lesson started, it seemed as though I was the only one who didn't have a clue (maybe that's another reason why I just scraped into school on time?). Regards, Rog
 

Dee74

New Member
hi guys
getting back to park rd many years ago the 3 house where the white transit
out side was a very good old girl freind usd to live with her father and two
other sisters and a brother [ the white house ] they really did know how to
party [ maggie, janet , patty .pat went to live in baccus rd ] i beleive janet
went to live some where around the saltley gate and i do not know where
maggie went to live, after there dad died in that house but they orinated
from upper sutton street aston in the 60 ,s
thanks again lynn for those unforgettable moments astonian ;;;;;
:)
 

Dee74

New Member
hi juck
yes sure was the days of happiness and contentment well it was for me any way i did not live in park rd myself but i did use the pubs around there
i was like a sailor a girl in every port
and i had quite afew girl friends around on the park rd and lodge rd i will not name on hear incase some one is relative in one way or another
my now sister inlaw lived three doors from the hydralic pub across from scribonas
as i have said i used all the pubs around there but me and our kid would come out of the exchange and straight next door into the shipy of your aunts
to round of our nights run with a girl from brookie up the rd and incidently i mustadd yes the chips and peas was cracking and my grand fathers brother ran the coffee shop on the corner and aunt maud was the care taker in lodge rd
i wonder how those girls made out now as we are all older are they married divorced and to the point hgow many kids they ended up with
i often wonder do ladies ever think back in time about when they was young and about the lads they used to go out with when they was young
thanks for the memory juck i do have one memory of a family still whom i knew for years lived across the rd from the norton pub
and thats the nottinghams family three sister maggie patty and janet all ginger hairded girls and the brother whom was my good friend calleed freddie
named after his father fred from upper sutton street and moved to park rd i still wonder where they are now they also came from aston church rd nechells
juck thanks for restoring mymemories astonion
Hi Astonian, the Nottingham family u mentioned are my family. I'm the daughter of one of the ladies. I lived at 243
hi guys
getting back to park rd many years ago the 3 house where the white transit
out side was a very good old girl freind usd to live with her father and two
other sisters and a brother [ the white house ] they really did know how to
party [ maggie, janet , patty .pat went to live in baccus rd ] i beleive janet
went to live some where around the saltley gate and i do not know where
maggie went to live, after there dad died in that house but they orinated
from upper sutton street aston in the 60 ,s
thanks again lynn for those unforgettable moments astonian ;;;;;
Hi Antonian, I lived at 243 park road with my mom, two aunts and grandad.. the Nottingham family u mentioned.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi dee i am sorry but astonian will not be able to reply to you as he sadly passed away last year...for members who may not know this the words gone but not forgotten underneath a members avatar denotes that they are no longer with us..it just the forums way of paying our repects

lyn
 
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Dee74

New Member
hi dee i am sorry but astonian will not be able to reply to you as he sadly passed away last year...for members who may not know this the words gone but not forgotten underneath a members avatar denotes that they are no longer with us..it just the forums way of paying our repects

lyn
Hi lyn,

I'm as very sorry to hear this, may he rest in peace, god bless.

Donna.
 

ken wilkes

proper brummie kid
Hello ex Park roaders.Ihave just joined.i lived at 236 the paper shop.I was a paperboy for a couple of years.1958-60.i have sadly learnt that Keith Bird has passed.Ialso remember--Derek Wardle ,Roger adams Kenneth Moore and his brother. I also remember lorraine Heath.(ihad a crush on her !) If i can help with any memories please let me know.My late brother in law Pete ran the shop after my mom retired
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
Hello ex Park roaders.Ihave just joined.i lived at 236 the paper shop.I was a paperboy for a couple of years.1958-60.i have sadly learnt that Keith Bird has passed.Ialso remember--Derek Wardle ,Roger adams Kenneth Moore and his brother. I also remember lorraine Heath.(ihad a crush on her !) If i can help with any memories please let me know.My late brother in law Pete ran the shop after my mom retired
hello ken and welcome to the forum...hope you enjoyed the photos of park road that are on this thread...hopefully someone will remember your family....enjoy

lyn
 

ken wilkes

proper brummie kid
Looking at the photos in this thread I believe it could well be that the telephone box partly obstructed the pavement and might also have made vision for vehicles entering from Wharf Road difficult particularly as road vehicles were now far more in evidence than earlier times. The wall, where the box once stood does not seem to suggest any alteration.
Purely a guess, but if that is correct then maybe someone remembers where the box was re-sited especially as popstar mentioned the need by a large number of people for public telephones.
The phone box was added 1956-7 and stayed i think..but remember i am getting old and memory not as it was
 

ken wilkes

proper brummie kid
other names i have thought of.--CLEWES,WARBOYS,RICHARDSON SUMMERS,MOODY.MRS HODNIT WHO LIVED IN WHARF ST.SHEILA RICHARDSON WHO WAS MY SISTER JANETS PAL LIVED IN WHARF LANE.MR AND MRS COLLIS WHO LIVED IN WHARF ST. JEAN HAYWARD WHO WORKED IN THE SHOP FOR A WHILE AND LIVED IN PARK ROAD TOWARDS THE CHAPEL
 

Stewi Stewi

proper brummie kid
I have a friend who lived in Park Road - she does not have a computer so she won't have seen this. Her father ran the pub near Factory Road, I think it was called The Railway or The Engine or something similar. Her name was Susan Jenkins. Came from quite a large family, Dot, Maurice (Mossy), Shirley, Linda, Barry - cannot remember the others. Does anyone remember this family? I also had a friend whom I lost touch with who lived on The Pleck, which was near the railway bridge, her name was Carolyn Walker. I have been trying for ages to locate her, but although I know she lived at Frankley for some time, she seems to have moved away and I cannot trace her. Any help would be very appreciated.

Shortie
Yes I remember the family - I used to go to school with barry - noticed the pub has been turned into some type of other business now- real shame how the area has changed - as i live in the past there is hardly a day goes by where i do not think of park road - stewi
 

Stewi Stewi

proper brummie kid
Phil, I sent over to my cousin in Canada your late brother's Park Road memories - and this was her reply.
I can absolutely remember everything. Who is Keith ? We lived at 170 Park Road and I bought a second hand bike from the Second hand shop opposite Goode St - it was a mans bike and I remember when I first had it I kept running it into the pavement and really hurting myself. I also remember going up to the sweet shopup by Abbey St - I think that is the name of street and I also used to take the ration book up every Sunday to get 6d of sweets. I remember getting some fish and chips from that shop just round the corner from Ford St And you know - what Keith said is exactly how I feel about it - I have lots of fond memories from living there. Mom used to work at Pascalls opposite your house in Ford Street. She also cleaned in the Abbey pub just at the corner of Park Rd. Our house was on the front but we had to go up the entry, up the yard and it was the last toilet on the left. And we used newspaper tore off a piece of the newspaper hanging on a nail on the back of the door. If I went to someone's outdoor toilet where there were pieces of paper hanging on a nail I used to think that they were posh. I worked at the cake shop on the flat - I just cant remember the name but I worked there and it was in the middle of the flat on the right side. We used to go to the Co-op on Friday and we would go the greengrocer on the left hand side of the flat It was a big shop. Oh my God this has so delighted me - you tell Keith (if you know him that is) that he has brought back so many memories
 

Stewi Stewi

proper brummie kid
Yes I remember the family - I used to go to school with barry - noticed the pub has been turned into some type of other business now- real shame how the area has changed - as i live in the past there is hardly a day goes by where i do not think of park road - stewi
Yes the old engine I knew Barry & his sister - nice family
 

Stewi Stewi

proper brummie kid
Lyn, this picture I have posted before. That is me leaning on the car and that's my mother standing at the bottom of the entry with 114 to her right. That was the first car I can remember having a ride in. It belonged to the elderly couple who lived at the top of the yard and they used to baby sit me while mom and dad brought in the pennies.
Hi I seem to remember the car - what year was photo taken ? Stewi
 

RobT

master brummie
Hello ex Park roaders.Ihave just joined.i lived at 236 the paper shop.I was a paperboy for a couple of years.1958-60.i have sadly learnt that Keith Bird has passed.Ialso remember--Derek Wardle ,Roger adams Kenneth Moore and his brother. I also remember lorraine Heath.(ihad a crush on her !) If i can help with any memories please let me know.My late brother in law Pete ran the shop after my mom retired
Hello Ken, You mention Roger Adams, do you ever remember him having a Bond 3-wheeler? Regards RobT
 
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