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Vivienne14

Kentish Brummie
Burton’s the Tailors shop on Soho Road has lost its name on top of the building and has suffered a very poor window treatment in one window recess. Maybe some original signage has been presernved under the ‘Noor’ sign. Also wonder if any of the marble plaques placed at most Burton’s shops have survived at ground level. Be worth a look if anyone is passing, they’ll have named members of the Burton family engraved on them. Very little of the original ground level seems to be there after modern window replacement. Viv..
 

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pjmburns

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Seems to be very little space under windows for plaques. Unlike others I have seen.
 
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A Sparks

master brummie
I worked for Newport and Green who ran the little discount market type place, on the front they sold men's clothes, shirts, anoraks etc and at the back groceries.

They also ran the newsagents on the corner of Soho Road and Nineveh Road a few doors down, the building is still there, on the left, but not a newsagents now.
 

Richard Dye

master brummie
I worked for Newport and Green who ran the little discount market type place, on the front they sold men's clothes, shirts, anoraks etc and at the back groceries.

They also ran the newsagents on the corner of Soho Road and Nineveh Road a few doors down, the building is still there, on the left, but not a newsagents now.
I wonder if the dance studio is still there? I remember that one and Gilbert & Harding (I think) near the Odeon on Birchfield Rd. Sorry to be off topic.
 

A Sparks

master brummie
I wonder if the dance studio is still there? I remember that one and Gilbert & Harding (I think) near the Odeon on Birchfield Rd. Sorry to be off topic.
I think that had gone before I worked there, it was on the other corner I believe, think I've seen a photo.
The small block of new shops set back from Soho Road was there then - this is 1966 to 1968 - so the row of old buildings had been demolished by then.

Enid Goodwins was the dance school off Birchfield Road, Livingstone Road I think.
 

Vivienne14

Kentish Brummie
Just about recognisable with much ground floor alteration, a camping supply shop at 131 Soho Road. The older image is from 1966. Lots of sun loungers and folding chairs on display. Probably increasing in popularity as garden furniture (as well as for camping) by this time.

Next door at the newsagents/tobacconist is a Meccano, Hornby, Dinky enamel sign next to the first floor window. Must have been a popular shop with children. And there’s a doggie in the window - real ? Viv.

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Vivienne14

Kentish Brummie
This row of shops in the 1960s is still recognisable today. It’s opposite the Red Lion and near the junction with Boulton Road ( the houses just in view on Boulton Road have gone). The glimpse of the Little Red Shop looks like a hardware shop. Not sure what Alan’s was on the corner (linen, curtains, fabrics perhaps ?) but it seems popular. Doubtless some will remember the sweet shop next door. Viv.

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Esg66

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View attachment 116069 This is the picture I promised Stephen I would post of Soho Road at the junction with Boulton Road. Boulton Road is to the right and The Little Red Shop is the shop on the corner of Boulton Road. I have viewed this with a jewellers' loupe and it is clear that the articles outside, although I could not identify them individually, are hardware items such as buckets, etc. I used to live (1960-64) in Linwood Road, which is to the left, just past the bus stop. This photo was taken during the 1950's.
Do you remember the Drs surgery in Linwood Road Dr Warlow was my doctor.
 

Richard Dye

master brummie
This row of shops in the 1960s is still recognisable today. It’s opposite the Red Lion and near the junction with Boulton Road ( the houses just in view on Boulton Road have gone). The glimpse of the Little Red Shop looks like a hardware shop. Not sure what Alan’s was on the corner (linen, curtains, fabrics perhaps ?) but it seems popular. Doubtless some will remember the sweet shop next door. Viv.

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I think Wilds was a tobacconist where I bough a cherry weed pipe from. And where the older photo was taken was WT Baker, a butcher I worked at after school and on Saturday!
Great memories, thank you!
 
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