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Sheldon shops

radleys

knowlegable brummie
Hi all,
I grew up in Sheldon in the late 60s and 70s, and was wondering if anyone could dig out some information on the shops in sheldon, and the changes between 1970 and 74? I'm particularly interested in the names of shops on Brays Road, Church Road, and Comberton road. If anyone could help, that would be really appreciated.

Many thanks, jerry.

(Ps. I've posted this on the '1974' Kelly's enquiry thread too. Hope this is the right thing to do!!!)
 

stars

master brummie
Hi Radleys
I lived on the radleys to about 1969, and my parents lived there well
into late 70s early 80s.

Coming from the Radleys with your back to Marston Green. The first shop was Masons or wrensons, then Halls (hardware) then Taylor and Wayne (post Office and sweets)
then Nurseryland (toy) Then the butchers then Wagstaffs (clothes etc) then a Jewlers then a couple i am not to sure about, i will have to talk to my kin to check.
but there was a chemist (boots) i think. Then a gully which led up to the big house. the other side of the gully was Jacksons (fruit and veg) a bit further along
was Stanley James (hardware, Carpets etc. I think it is still there. Over the other side was The bookies (i used to take my moms bets up the back of the shops where i was
met by a man who was waiting to take bets), this was before he got his licence, the Delesha Cafe, then Johnsons. When i get a bit of time i will update
this for you Jerry. Mikejee is good at this he may have a map listing the shop numbers

Regards Stars
 

dwilly

master brummie
took my test from comberton road, used to be a pub there, never went in it, was it the trip to jerusalum or something like that?
 

radleys

knowlegable brummie
Thanks for your replies. I also passed my driving test there in 1985. I remember buying lots of bike stickers from Williams as a kid, and being sent to Hathaways on errands. I'm not familiar with Kelly's directory...does it give a complete list of businesses on streets, or is it just those who register with them who get mentioned?

jerry
 

sistersue61

master brummie
On Church road was the Birmingham Co-operative society supermarket, my aunty lived in a flat above it as her hubby ran the co-op green grocers in the Coventry Road. there was the entrance to the flats, double wooden doors, then a greengrocers, can't recall the name, will ask dad later if no-one else comes up with more.
Sue
 

suemalings

master brummie
I've got a Kelly's for 1969:

Comberton Road: from Rotherfield to Frodesley on the right side:

Peter Ltd Turf Accountant
17 Chas. Holland, Newsagent
19 Kim's Drapers
21 DJ Hathaway, Fruitier
23 Denise Shirley, Ladies Hairdresser
25 RH Goode Flooring Ltd.
43/45 Birmingham Co-operative Society
49 Ministry of Transirt Test Centre
47 Burbidge & Sons, Butchers
51 Williams Cycles
53 Tennants Fancy Goods
55 Jim's Hairdressers
57 Mrs Hatcher, Beer Retailer.

I lived in Rotherfield Road in 1969-1970. I used to buy LP's from the Williams as they also sold a few records as well as cycles. My friends mother used to live in a flat above the shops.
 

robert

master brummie
Just to add a few more shop names at the radleys in the late 60s. Coombs, News agents they had 2 shops, Foster brothers, Allens tv and radio sales, there was also a launderete. Johnstones general stores, as stars mentioned ,also had a shop further down church road towards the wheatsheaf at the junction with Common lane next to that shop was a news agents and an outdoor.
 

radleys

knowlegable brummie
Many thanks your replies. Suemalaings, thanks for the list of shops on the Comberton Road- they're really interesting. I wonder if there were shops between 25 and 43, or did the numbers carry on on the opposite side of the road perhaps. Robert, I have absolutely no memory of a Foster Brothers being at the Radleys, although I remember my Dad used to go the the branch at the wheatsheaf quite regularly. I seem to remember a hardware shop on the junction of Church Road and Common Lane called 'Woodroffe's'??? I remember going there with my brother to collect some paraffin for those cold 70s Winters.
jerry.
 

stars

master brummie
Yes i remember Foster Bros, 12/6p for my sky blue jeans and i would put them on and sit in the bath
to make them shrink, (i needed a shoe horn to get them off.My mother would say you will regret that
when you are older,how right she was. I think these are on the Sheldon thread, but beings we are on about the shop names
i thought i would put them here. Also at the end past maypole was Paynes the shoe repairers.

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Regards Stars
 

Trebor

master brummie
I think one of the shops was the Yardley School of motoring, the owner was David Furey and is still operating in Solihull. I learnt there and so did loads of my friends and family, we then took our tests at Comberton Rd test centre.
Regards trebor
 

brummie nick

master brummie
I seem to remember a hardware shop on the junction of Church Road and Common Lane called 'Woodroffe's'??? I remember going there with my brother to collect some paraffin for those cold 70s Winters.
jerry.
I think Woodruff's shop was on the corner of Cranes Park Road.
Nick
 

robert

master brummie
Yes you are right Nick Woodruffs was at that junction. One of his sons has a pet shop at the Yew Tree.
 

artdeco-brummie

Brummie babby
does anyone know what happenened to "Griffiths and Fullard"? remember being dragged up there for school uniforms and sulking in the shop!
 

radleys

knowlegable brummie
That's right Nick, I remember now that Woodruff's was on Cranes Park Road. Robert, I also seem to remember the Newsagent on the junction of Church Road and Common Lane- I used to call in for sweets on the way to school. I think it was called 'Fred's'? - although I may be completely wrong!
 

stars

master brummie
Hi All
There was a doctors house about 4 houses down from the Radleys shops, across the road from
The big old house ( The Elms i think) The doctors name was Redlitch, sorry for the spelling, she was a German
doctor.
 

radleys

knowlegable brummie
Yes Stars..I have vague memories of going to her as a very young child...from what I remember, she seemed really brusque and really scared me. I think the surgery closed, and we registered with Dr. Rodriguez on Garretts Green Lane. He had his surgery as part of his home, and he seemed a lot more friendly.
 
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