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Southalls factory

Pete R

Rocker
All I can add is that in 1971/2 I had a couple of girlfriends who worked at "Sarfhauls" (as they called it), and I used to pick them up on my 'bike occasionally. Hannah and ? .... I'm getting old.
Once more, another piece of social history disappears.
 
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Wendy

Guest
The entrance to Southall's on Alum Rock Road 1976. With thanks to Nick Hedges.



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sheldontony

master brummie
I think that 1920 picture is the side road off Alum Rock rd, entrance to offices when I worked there. Can anyone comment please?
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
morning janice yes this is the photo i have seen and i am just trying to confirm if it was southalls at alum rock...there was also a southalls in villa st where i lived and i know that this was hit during the war causing 1 death...looking at the photo im pretty sure its not the villa st factory but it would be nice to confirm that..

thanks janice

lyn
 

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cookie273uk

master brummie
Lyn, that's Southalls, Alum Rock, I used to maintain their telephone system for a time late 50's whilst working on BT (then Post Office Telephones). Eric
 

MWS

master brummie
Thanks for that link, some great photos. One of the 'bomb damage at unidentified Birmingham Road' photos looks very much like the railway bridge at Eastfield Road to me.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
Lyn, that's Southalls, Alum Rock, I used to maintain their telephone system for a time late 50's whilst working on BT (then Post Office Telephones). Eric
great eric thats confirmed it for me then...

many thanks

lyn
 

Pete R

Rocker
On the "Canal World" Discussion Forum, there's an overall map of Bomb hits, (HE and Incendiary) posted last March. Its very low resolution, but illustrates the number dropped. We are 20miles from B'ham City centre here, but in line with Castle Bromwich & Hams Hall, and there were about 100 or so out here.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Internet archive as just uploaded a Southalls catalogue of 1896 ( https://archive.org/details/b28081456 ), which can be read or downloaded. It is an interesting read. A beef tea & gravy extractor; all sorts of restrictive belts such as "for pendulous abdomen": travelling douches; ear trumpets; electromagnetic machines; Ingrams family enema apparatus all in " superior velvet lined mahogany box complete"; feeding bottles of all sorts; water filters, some very ornate; hot water bottles, including special ones for the ear, the teeth, the throat and the stomach; nipple shields, including a metallic one , presumably in case you have given birth to a vampire with very sharp teeth; plaisters (interesting that this is the original name for plasters) including ones with isinglass on silk. Also various "condiments" such as carbolic dentifrice (very unpleasant I should think) and toilet vinegar (?) ,
 
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Stitcher

Guest
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I seem to ecall hearing somewhere that nearly 500 women worked here.
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
Sorry, I realised afterwards that it was a Ford Anglia, but I was in bed by that time so couldn't change it.

I'm not sure that I like the term 'mate' though. I'm an old lady ;)
my dad hated being called mate, he said i have not fell of a sandwich
 
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pebble

New Member
My mother worked there between 1960 and 1966. I just recently visited the area to have a look. I think this Google Map shows the now derelict site.Southalls.jpg
 
Another building well known to the residents of Alum rock is at present being demolished.
Hi All,

My mum, Yvonne worked at Southalls in the Lilywhite Sales Division in the late 1960s onward. He maiden name was Bowker. Does anyone remember her?

We are trying to locate the address for the trustees former employees pension scheme administrators. Can anyone help us with this please?

Best regards

Mark
 
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