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Soho Road Handsworth

Carolyn Walker

knowlegable brummie
Lovely memories,where Boots was on the corner when i left school in the sixties it was a shoe shop,that was my first job.Soho Road always brings such happy memories.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
A postcard view dated 1953. The road to the left is Murdock Road. Some of the buildings are still there including the Red Lion pub, the building that was, in 1953, Boots the Chemist (with the gable) and the one next to it that was the Co-op (striped brickwork). The garage petrol pumps next to the Red Lion have, of course, gone. Wonder if there’s a ghost sign of “Cafe” underneath the billboard above the nail bar ? Viv.

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Dated 1949 - viewed from opposite angle. Taken from Birmingham Mail Aug 2014 article on Handsworth Nostalgia.
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Richard Dye

master brummie
Richard, was the butchers called Tibbetts?
No Jayelle, it was WT Baker but Tibbetts I believe was close by. In fact our manager or assistant would take there whites off and walk by to see how there winds display looked. In those days that was a big selling point along with the white lettering that I had to take off every nights!
 

paul stacey

master brummie
I am absolutely sure that the photo in #582, is of my father, PC Harry Stacey C Division, Birmingham City Police, he lived at 112a Vicarage Rd, Handsworth, and he often told me of traffic duty on Soho Road. He was 6' 2", and thin as a rake, blue eyes fair hair. I wish he was still with us so I could show him. Paul
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
oh wow paul...what a find for you...i am sure you have gone through all of this long thread but if not it could be an idea as you never know when your dad may show up again

lyn
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Yes Lyn, it was sad really, he was badly wounded at SALERNO 1943, and spent 15 months in a US military hospital, it had a long term effect on him and he left the Police in the early 50's. He was a great dad .miss him still loads, after 24 years since his passing. Paul
 

RobT

Acemeccanoman
I am absolutely sure that the photo in #582, is of my father, PC Harry Stacey C Division, Birmingham City Police, he lived at 112a Vicarage Rd, Handsworth, and he often told me of traffic duty on Soho Road. He was 6' 2", and thin as a rake, blue eyes fair hair. I wish he was still with us so I could show him. Paul
I have this photo at a slightly higher resolution/larger size than in #582
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Jayell

master brummie
No Jayelle, it was WT Baker but Tibbetts I believe was close by. In fact our manager or assistant would take there whites off and walk by to see how there winds display looked. In those days that was a big selling point along with the white lettering that I had to take off every nights!
Thanks Richard.
 

Jayell

master brummie
My Dear cousin Pamela Holland, ( PAMHOL), who is a member of this forum, and was born and lived all her young life in Vicarage Road , Handsworth, has sadly passed away after a short illness, I thought the fprum should know, ut did't know where to post it. Paul
So very sorry to hear the sad news about Pamela. I lived in Soho Avenue just round the corner from Vicarage Road and remember your family as I was always in Vicarage Road playing with friends I think that Pam went to the same school as me, although she was younger. My sincere condolences to all the family.
Judy
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
My Dear cousin Pamela Holland, ( PAMHOL), who is a member of this forum, and was born and lived all her young life in Vicarage Road , Handsworth, has sadly passed away after a short illness, I thought the fprum should know, ut did't know where to post it. Paul
hi paul so very sorry to hear that your cousin pamela has recently passed away...sincere condolences to all of the family...take care

lyn x
 

Qu.Be

Phlogiston Consultant
This photo takes me back! I went to Handsworth Grammar just around the corner on Grove Lane and was caught playing snooker in the snooker hall by the headmaster when I should have been in school. The snooker hall was just up from the junction on the left on Soho Road. This was truly a memory that hurt!
The head obviously didn't want you seeing HIM setting up shots on the green baize.

I remember there was a snooker hall, but it was way before my time at the grammar.
 

Steve Maybury

GOLF NUT
Great pic Lyn. I used to walk up Soho Road regularly when young as we used to live just further down the road in Soho Avenue which was on Soho Hill. I used to go to the Nineveh Dance Studios which were on the left hand side of this photo, and situated on the corner of Nineveh and Soho Road. This was after trams ran along Soho Road though!! I wonder what date this picture would have been taken? Also used the swimming baths in Grove Lane every week with school and then on Sunday mornings to meet friends. The No.70 Oxhill Road bus used to go down Grove Lane.

Judy
Hi Judy, I used to go to the Nineveh Dance Studio every Friday night to learn how to dance in the early 60's. When did you go?
 
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