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Summer Lane

Mikeo

New Member
these shops were at the bottom of the lane..constitution hill end...it was at one time thought they may be saved but they were demolished a few years back...happy to say that at least i can say i went into a couple of shops down summer lane...

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Hi. I worked at Preedy's next door to the newsagent from 1963 when I was 16 to 1965 (That,'s Preedy''s gate to the left of the picture). When I was 16 it was my job to take all the sandwich orders from my fellow workers and to collect them from the cafe in the photo. When the new MEB building was being built the other side of Preedy''s, the cafe made a fortune as all the construction workers used it.
 

adap2it

master brummie
these shops were at the bottom of the lane..constitution hill end...it was at one time thought they may be saved but they were demolished a few years back...happy to say that at least i can say i went into a couple of shops down summer lane...

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We would refer to the TOWN end of Summer Lane as the TOP end. The bottom end was considered to be the ALMA st end, we didn't know North from South back then.
Dave A
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
dave i still dont lol

thanks for your memories of the lane mikeo..keep them coming

lyn
 

Mikeo

New Member
dave i still dont lol

thanks for your memories of the lane mikeo..keep them coming

lyn
I've just found this photo of what used to be Preedy's at 15 Summer Lane. This pic was taken in later years just before it was demolished. You can see the big metal gate to the right which was next to the newsagents shop. Had some happy times there. It was my first job on leaving school.Preedy's 15 Summer Lane small file.jpg
Sorry it's so small. I've tried reducing the file size in order to post it but it made the photo small too!
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
not sure if this one has been posted before but it came to my mind again and the thread is too long to go through so just in case here is a fine georgian building built 1789 that used to be a doctors and surgeons at no 381 summer lane situated with the corner of hospital st...one can only weep and wonder as to why it was seen fit to demolish this fine building but having said that i am always thinking this...photo and map below

lyn

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OuterCircleBus

master brummie
I'm sure this building was the frontage of the power station which stood on the site between Summer Lane and the canal. You can see it in this aerial photograph taken in 1937. Look to the left about half way up. The chimneys for the boilers are on the left and the cooling towers are on the land now occupied by the Centro building. You can see the gable end of this part of the building with a white outline across the top of the gable.
As it would have been built by the Corporation it would have had a marked similarity to the bus garages built between the wars.
Just in case you missed it, Livery Street, Snow Hill and Snow Hill Station are on the right!
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Take a look at post #643.
 

Sugar

master brummie
This photo just reminded me of I am sure in the 60s the shop that took the corner up was a show room for kelvinator fridges which we purchased a kelvinator fridge from.Also further up there was a shop that sold trophies and medals which I was told were made in the factory next door to it .yes it's amazing how old buildings jogs your memories of time gone by.
 

Sugar

master brummie
Further up this road on the corner of Henrietta street and summer lane there is a very old building which I always passed I never found out what the building was for or when it was built it is only small it looks like a church but cannot be sure of all the years I passed it I never seen anyone go in or come out of this building.I was surprised to see it is still there even if it is derelict it must be a listed building otherwise it would of been knocked down by now .It use to have iron railings in front of it but they have been removed .I have seen it on Google street view and would love for one of the experienced forum members to investigate and try and find out more about this little building thank you.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Is this the place you mean, Sugar?

 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Sugar, I seem to think that this building has been mentioned on this thread before but if not I believe it was the mortuary possibly to the model lodging house nearby or to the original general hospital. I can't remember which. I do remember my dad telling me about it when we were on the top deck of the 5a bus going into town. I have a feeling that it was converted into a dwelling at some point - wouldn't fancy that!
 

Sugar

master brummie
Sugar, I seem to think that this building has been mentioned on this thread before but if not I believe it was the mortuary possibly to the model lodging house nearby or to the original general hospital. I can't remember which. I do remember my dad telling me about it when we were on the top deck of the 5a bus going into town. I have a feeling that it was converted into a dwelling at some point - wouldn't fancy that!
Thanks for that but I am shocked it was a mortuary of all things .well at least I know what it was built for but what a shocker.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Viv, could you post the link again please? Each time I try to access it I'm taken to a screen I don't recognise and after filling it in told that I do not have 'admin privileges'. XenForo?
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Hi Lady P. The link is to the Summer Lane morgue thread started by Astoness https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/summer-lane-morgue.24448/page-2
In it she posted some of her own photos taken of the place, but they no longer seem to be available. If she sees this maybe she could repost them if she still has them.

Meanwhile here are two taken from Streetview. The second shows the rear view from Henrietta Street - inhabited ? The other is the front view on Summer Lane. Not a grand place by any means. Viv.

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