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Small Heath Park

Phil

Retired Layabout
Dave

In 1950 140 was a ladies outfitter, 138 was a ladies hairdresser and 136 was the post office. I can't say what they were at the time this map was drawn in 1955 because I have no Kelly's Directory between 1950 & 1962.
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Mike

Do you want to take a look at this because something is not right, Kelly's 1950 puts 2 shops after Byron Road before the post office, numbers 140 & 148. Though I have two different photos of the post office showing it to be on the corner of Byron Rd. If Kelly's have got it wrong then it puts my numbering out.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
I agree completely with your numbering Phil. Below I have taken the same map and tried to enlarge and sharpen it a bit. It definitely shows "PO" on the map at no 136. Just one thing, I think that the map is 1952-3 . If you got the map from me at some time, then I made the mistake. By the last Kellys (1973) no 140 is not listed and I reckon that , before the widespread demolition, the end two houses were demolished leaving the post office as the last house.

Kellys for 1955 shows no 138 as Nishat cafe (which it still was in 1973) and 140 as Stanley Griffen , ladies outfitter.


 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Mike

To be honest I don't know where I got the map, it could be one of the ones I had from you. The thing in the normal course of events I would agree with all that you say, but I knew this junction well and I don't think it ever altered from the day that it was built until they demolished all the buildings on that side of the road in the mid 70's.

I have a photo from what looks like 1910-1920 that shows the post office in the same place as in the photo from the early 50's that I posted. It's odd that both Kelly's and the map seem to have got it wrong, unless for some reason the post office has moved back and forth?
 

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mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
That's the explanation Phil. Below is the Kellys for 1913,, and the map c 1916. Both show post office then at 140 on the end.



 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Well done again Mike, odd that they should move the post office backward and forward like that, no consideration at all for people like us a hundred years later trying to sort it out.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
The change took place between the 1921 and the 1932 Kellys. The new office was also a telephone call office, which meant, I think, that you could make calls from it , presumably when call boxes were not that common. Maybe the drapers shop did not want to offer that service.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Having now had a chance to look at the 1924 Kellys (which is not virtual) I can narrow that down to between 1924-1932
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
A couple of Small Heath Park images as some of the early images on this thread have disappeared.

First c1905 park entrance and tram terminus
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Next the Pavillion in 1911. What an amazing structure! Viv.
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Jen herron

New Member
No the brum cavern was at the end of Malmesbury road opposite the park. It was an old community air-raid shelter . Do you remember the lily pond
 

oldsheldonian

proper brummie kid
My memories of Small Heath Park are walking through it to go to WaverlyGS and escaping from WGS in the lunchtime and rowing boats on the lake whenever I could. There was a British Restaurant somewhere in the middle of the park where I would get a cup of tea and a cup cake if I had any money. This was in 1951/3.
 

soco

Brummie babby
I know that this thread has died a little but I might be able to help with Golden Hillock Rd.
between 1945 and 1968, I lived at 102 Golden Hillock Rd. 96 was a photography studio and 98 was a newsagents. 120 was a woman's clothes shop, I think it was called Draisies, spelling is wrong. At the end of that row of houses was a grocers store which was called Lancasters and the post office was next to that grocery store.
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Saw the lodge house at Small Heath Park from the no 60 bus in the snow, and it was boarded up. What happened to it?



Some snow photos of the park from the bus.







I didn't know until I just read it now that Queen Victoria wanted it be named after herself! (Victoria Park until they later renamed it Small Heath Park).
 

mbenne

master brummie
I only ever recall going to the park once and that was in the early 60s. My Nan took me for a picnic. Jam sandwiches, wrapped in the grease proof paper wrapping from a Mothers Pride loaf and a bottle of cream soda pop to which she used to add a little milk! Got there by taking the 60 bus from Cranes Park terminus. It was a hot sunny day and we sat on the grass by a paddling pool? Not entirely sure but there could have been a seller in the park on a three wheeled bike selling Walls ice cream.

While watching the kids playing she caught a lad trying to steal the sandwiches out of her shopping bag. Must have been hard times :)
 
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