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And a bit below the 'D' in Sheldon you can see The Elms on the map. This is a photograph of The Elms at the Radley's, about 1890, with members of the Cattell family, related to the Cattells of Sheldon Hall.
Thanks Ann B iv,e just had a good look and got my bearings off "the smithy" which is still there, so the large house named the Chestnuts looks as if it was on the opposite side of what is now known as Sheldon Heath Road. the road just up from the smithy must be Horrell road and the road past the elms, the radleys.
Ann B on the 2nd map just above where it says Garretts Green, there is something there that looks as if it could be buildings. I wonder if that was where the farmhouse was, that would be somewhere near Mickleton Avenue
Ann B, In that rundown area of Milverton Ave with its vandelised row of shops and the quaintly named named King oF Bohemia pub, opposite to them was a residents community hall whose name i can not recall was built on or near the site of a large house. Len.
At the top of Church Rd hill going towards the Radleys on the right hand as i remember at the start of WW2 1939 there were about 8? shops the first shop was a newsagents and if you wajked past the side to the rear you would see The Elms Farm house, it was used during the war as hostel by BSA Machine Tools, Kitts Green for workers from all over GB who were sent to work there, it was still being used as hostel until circa1950?, later it was demolished and The Elms Farm estate was built. Len.
Thanks Len. I don't remember the name of the community hall either. It's Elderfield Residential home on Garrett's Green. I'll check at the library then. It may have been compulsary purchased.
I bet a photo of it will prove elusive.
And I wish I had seen The Elms farm house.
I think I can help you out on this One ... Elderfield Elderly Persons Home (Birmingham City council) was built on land that was previous buildings, (I worked there for a while!!) ... however Elderfield EPH is due to be demolished in the next 18 months / 2 years .. Elderfield EPH address is Meon Grove if this helps (not Garretts Green Lane )
I will ask my Mom if she remembers the White House (she grew up in Lea Village) .. what I got confused with earlier was the picture of the Chestnuts ... now a church ? .. The Chestnuts I remember was and still is corner of Garretts Green Lane and Sheldon Heath Avenue, The church is further up Garretts Green lane heading towards Coventry Road/Barrows Lane.. another thought about a white building.. could that have been St bernards Grange ?
Re The Chestnuts. The photograph is of the original house, that was called The Chestnuts, and was on Garretts Green, where the Church now stands. The Chestnuts Public House was named after it, but the pub was not built on the site of the old house. And is, as you said, on the corner of Garretts Green and Sheldon Heath.
Hope your mom can shed some light on Annveitch's white house. It maybe the one Len mentioned.
Hi Bernie, the little road called the Smithy is quite new it is the entrance to the little row of houses built in the early 70s.Heading back to the Coventry rd just before Common lane there is another new road Romford Close i think,buillt mid 60s. They had to demolish 3 or 4 bungalows to make the new road entrance. The land behind the bungalows linked up to the Smithy and was used for crane hire company. Where Church rd changes to Sheaf lane ,just past st Thomas Moore's Church at the junction of Sheaf Lane and Mardon rd does any one remember the old cottage that was there.