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Hi Ian, Mr Barlow was the Head all through the war, his office was one of the few remaining rooms on the first floor, he used to let me help him construct beehives in the lunch break, which he placed out on the temporary roof for honey. I think I can remember Mr Gregory, Miss Onions of course but no one else, I have a poor memory for names. I'll post a couple of pictures of the boundary, I delivered papers from there in the mornings on Tigers Island, what was the name of the proprietor? I've told Cathy Pearson about your VE Day picture, she lived at 111 after being bombed out of 77, she says she remembers being at the party and would love to see the picture. . Best wishes, Brian
Hi Brian, Where was Tigers Island? Sorry but cannot remember the paper shop proprietor. I lived at 48 Parkdale Road from 1943 to 1965 (my parents bought the house new in 1939). I will search out the photo.I remember the trolley buses well as the 58 service. We walked from the Wheatsheaf to Parkdale Road for some years until the 60 service was added with the diesel buses. I have a great picture on my living room wall of the Bull Ring in 1949 with the buses driving over cobbles. Regards Ian.
Hi Nick, Will also find the photo for you. Not sure how to put it on the forum yet.Regards Ian.
I lived at 37 Goldthorne Avenue as a child 1935 to 1939 (aged 5 to 9) and we used to play on Tigers Island ( not so much traffic then)it was on the Birmingham boundary on the Coventry Road near the old Eldom Airport where the trolley buses turned around, I remember lots of weeping willows there. My father worked for Bryants and we lived there while they built Eldom airport, we moved to Shirley in 1939 Eric
So Tigers Island was at the Boundary then. Must admit I never knew that. So does anyone know why it was called that?.
We used that roadway a lot as we walked to Elmdon Vale to go along the hills and ride our trolleys down the hillside. In the winter it was a great place for the sledges. With Elmdon airport we would walk up the stairs in the terminal and watch the planes as they unloaded. Usually Don Everall Rapide, Aer Lingus Dakota and later BEA Viscount. My father set up a St John Ambulance Air Ambulance from Elmdon in 1949 (the first in the UK) using the Rapide. I remember the Kings Cup Air Race at Elmdon, and at some stage a Hawker Hunter jet overshot the runway landing in the field near the A45. Regards Ian.
Cranes Park;; Joe Hodrien (Greengrocer). Woodfields (Sweet shop).Moyle & Adams (Grocers). A wool shop, butchers, chemists, shoe repairers
I might be wrong but I always believed Tigers Island was where the Coventry Road split. There was a petrol station at both ends and The Wagon and Horses public house.
When I worked for GPO telephones around 1966 I was based at Lyndon repeater which was on the left hand side of the island when travelling towards city centre. This was a large mainly underground building used for communications and designed to be used in the even of nuclear war.
Tigar (sic) Island first appears in the 1891 Census as the home of the Burgess family; Thomas Burgess was employed as a gamekeeper, presumably at nearby Elmdon Hall. (My thanks to Les Homer for pointing this out. He can remember a cottage of that name on the site of the new office development, Eagle Court.)
Hi everyone. This is my first post on here. I'm finding all of the pictures and stories on this and other Sheldon threads very interesting and fascinating. I was born in Sheldon in 1981 and lived in Newark Croft (just off Carnford Road) until 2001. When my wife and i got married, we moved to Mardon Road (just round the corner from the Ivydale bombings) until 2008 where we moved to Catherine-de-Barnes in Solihull. I'm always on the look out for old photo's and stories of the history of Sheldon. Although i don't live in Sheldon anymore, i always call it home and have some great memories. My dad still lives in Newark Croft who i still visit every week. I think our house on Mardon Road was built in the 30's, probably around the same time as the houses on Parkdale, Ivydale, Silvermere, etc. It's amazing how much Sheldon has changed, and continues to change going by some of the old pictures other members have put up. I particularly like the pictures of the corner of Arden Oak Road/Coventry Road, where our favourite curry house Shabar now stands.
Hello Everyone, The Coventry Road was made into dual carriageway from the bottom of Wagon Hill presumably to relieve the traffic on the Hill probably when the bus's were introduced before the war. The new road on the left going to town was called New Coventry Road, I've attached some pictures. This is not Tigers Island!
Good to know the origin of the name Tigers Island.
It seems everyone would like more pictures and I would suggest that you go on "facebook" and go to "East Birmingham Past & Present" page there are literally hundreds of very interesting photographs from way back to the present day and some very serious researchers. I have been amazed and have downloaded about 600! Good luck and Best wishes.
Have we yet ascertained where Tigers/Tigah Island is, I still believe it was where I played as a child on the Coventry Road boundary towards the newly built airport. This was 1935 /39 over 75 years ago and I was only aged 5 to 9 (am 83 now) so memories are a bit vague, but I do remember trolley buses turning (must have been the terminus) and I certainly remember swinging on the fronds of weeping willow trees. Eric
Tiger's Island Cottage......was on A45... and was located opposite Estate in recent photo ..... the footpath alongside Airport boundary marks the cottage garden, one concrete fence post remains ..... the cottage was located on the current car park ... a small bungalow was adjacent ....last cottage resident, a keen gardener ... was a retired gent, with a pronounced limp ...... Hope this helps.