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Park Road Hockley

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.
 
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