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Summer Lane

roly

master brummie
That's great Mike, thanks. Lovely maps. I was going the wrong way from 268 (typical) I thought they would number the houses from the city end but they probably started on the other side of the road at the city end and came back down, is that right? I can start looking through all the books again to see if I can find a photo. I do wish there were a few more names on old photographs - I can only name a few of the people on this one and they're directly related. Having said that I'm just as guilty and never write dates or names on photos.

I was born in 7 back 268 in 1965.Didn't actually live there as I was given up for adoption very soon after. If anyone remembers the Hamblin family please get in touch as I am trying to trace blood relatives. Thanks.
 

Astoness

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hi folks..every so often a photo comes along that makes all the searching worth while and we are very thin on the ground for pics of summer lane...i have personally never seen this cracking one before....summer lane taken from the junction with brearely st dated 1959....the factory on the left is still there as is the zebra crossing...next to the factory i believe is an entrance to summer lane school...heading on down towards the corner would be the brittania inn corner of njsw and summer lane...just above the roof of the school building you will see the roof of c brandaurs njsw which is being renovated at the moment...

lyn
 

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Wendy

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Smashing photo Lyn. I have recently found my great granny's baptism from St Phillips, it seems she was born in Summer Lane.



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Astoness

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great wendy...now if you can find her on the 41 or 51 census you may find out what number she lived at always assuming the family were still living there..i had a rellie living in summer lane in the 1950s

lyn
 

mossg

master brummie
Great picture Lyn, I have never seen that one either. Nice to see The Summer Lane Post office from a different angle.
 

mossg

master brummie
Great picture Lyn, It's a new one on me too. Good to see Summer Lane post office from another angle.
 

Astoness

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sorry steve i dont think i have any in my files but there could be some vicarage road on the forum somewhere...

hi ya moss....which building was the post office...i reckon thats a postie on his bike coming down summer lane with his bag slung round his neck

lyn
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Not seen this one before either. We spent a very cold 3 hours in Summer Lane on Wednesday night waiting for the RAC as we had managed to hit an obstacle in the middle of the road and got 2 punctures in my (new-to-me) car. We parked on the Murco garage forecourt and the manager there was really helpful and kind offering us the use of the telephone etc. The garage closed at 10pm (he asked if we'd be OK if he turned the lights out) and he waved goodbye as he went - really nice man. A proper 'Summer-Laner'. We spent the next two hours in the dark counting cars (120 with lots of police cars included) and thinking about what it must've been like years ago.
 

Astoness

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nice to know that the summer lane spirit is still there lady p.....hope you and your car got home safe and sound..

lyn
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Yes thanks Lyn - bit dozy at work the next day but then that's nothing new!

I was reading about Carl Chinn on another thread and thought I'd give his book 'The Real Peaky Blinders' a plug. It's given me much food for thought regarding the Summer Lane area in the late 1800's. Well worth a read - it came in my stocking on Christmas morning but Parker says he's only seen it at Waterstone's where he bought it. Might be mentioned on the forum elsewhere.

Some years ago I spotted a hand made map showing where all the gangs were but I can't find it - it may have been in a book from the library. I'll start looking as it mentions quite a lot about Summer Lane. Must try harder with the filing system!
 

Astoness

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hi lady P..glad you got home ok...carls peaky blinders book is next on my list....there was a very chance that carl would have popped into the bull on the day of our christmas meet up to say hello to us but unfortunately that was the day of his peakys book signing and straight after that he was off to london so he couldnt make it....that hand made map sounds interesting so if you do find out where you saw it i would be glad of the info...

all the best

lyn
 
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Astoness

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now that has got to be the best photo ive seen of the houses on that side of the lane wendy can see a little girl sitting on the step and it runs in continuous line to last one i posted thats shows the post office in the far distance on the corner....just brilliant...

lyn
 
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