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Sutton Park

Lady Penelope

master brummie
I spotted this bird in the park last week. I've posted a couple of views in case someone can tell me what it is. We've had one or two thoughts and suggestions so far. I've tried to put them right but they keep turning back - sorry.
 

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Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
I spotted this bird in the park last week. I've posted a couple of views in case someone can tell me what it is. We've had one or two thoughts and suggestions so far. I've tried to put them right but they keep turning back - sorry.

My guess is that it is a young buzzard that has not reached its adult plumage. In the book it says they have one brood, of three or four, between March and May.

A few years ago, in the nearby wood, we had 3 young buzzards. It was amazing to watch the youngsters waiting, on different trees, for the adults to appear. You could tell when they were about to arrive as they exchanged calls. The youngsters would take off just before the adult arrived and the adult would drop whatever it had brought from perhaps 50 feet and one of the youngsters would catch the meal sometimes maybe only about 12 feet below.

The young Buzzards were continually pestered by the magpie gang!
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Viv, another view of the same gate just a little further back. I can't decide what the large building is on the left hand side at the back. It must be a house I think.
I'm pretty sure that was a shed on the left for storing cycles at 2d, perhaps you weren't allowed to ride your bike in the park then. I think the next line is motor cycles but not sure about the 4d.
Most people are quite considerate but some cyclists go too fast.
 

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Vivienne14

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Maybe the large house was a park house Lady P? I don't really remember this gate, only the entrance off Ryland Road where my nan lived. That entrance was nothing like this, just a passageway I think from memory. There was also a pond nearby, always looked dark and threatening with loads of duckweed across the surface in places. Viv.
 

Lloyd

master brummie
I think the partly hidden sign said "All vehicles this way" or something like it. The smaller one says "Cycles Stored 2d, Motorcycles 3d, Small Cars 4d."
 

Astoness

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the tea rooms you see in vivs photo has been the asian grill restaurant from at least 1973 to my knowledge and still going strong

lyn
 

Vivienne14

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A map of the Park in 1887 and some images of areas marked on the map: Nuthurst, Holly Knoll(1907) and Gum Slade. The last image with the carriage (1910) shows ‘Crystal Palace’ in the distance. Viv.

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Lady Penelope

master brummie
Maybe the large house was a park house Lady P? I don't really remember this gate, only the entrance off Ryland Road where my nan lived. That entrance was nothing like this, just a passageway I think from memory. There was also a pond nearby, always looked dark and threatening with loads of duckweed across the surface in places. Viv.

Viv, I've been puzzling about Ryland Road and Sutton Park. Wasn't it by Rectory Park? Is there another one? I know the park is still there but I'm not sure about the pond and the duckweed.
 

Vivienne14

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I’ve just had a look on Streetview Lady P and it doesn’t look anything like how I remember it. I’m wondering if it was another address, they did move about a bit. But I know it was definitely Sutton Park and the pond was near an entrance - not a gated entrance, but down an alleyway. And it was a matter of minutes to walk to. Shall have to have a closer look on Streetview. Viv.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Viv, we went to Witton Lakes last month and I hardly recognised it. The trees had grown up so much but it is over 50 years since I went last. I think Sutton Park has changed a lot too, even since I've been going. Streetview never looks the same as I remember and I expect that's the trees as we;;. I've been trying to think of an alleyway but can't. I'm sure somebody will though.
 

cba

master brummie
Viv, I've been puzzling about Ryland Road and Sutton Park. Wasn't it by Rectory Park? Is there another one? I know the park is still there but I'm not sure about the pond and the duckweed.
I was brought up in 60 Rectory Rd and Rectory Park was my local park. I remember the entrance next to Rectory cottage where the Moore's lived. It could be thought of as a path. I don't remember a pond but there was a brook I think. Does anyone remember the hollow oak? We played in it in the 50's as did My Mum and her sisters in the 30's
Carolann
 

joe 90

master brummie
Ryland Road ran from the side of the Odeon cinema down past the Midland Red bus yard and up to High St and Rectory Rd turned off to the right by the church.Rectory Rd is where Good Hope Hospital is.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
Ref: the view of Town Gate on Post 1445, there was a small petrol-station on the left side of the road, just before the gate. The pumps had overhead hoses that went across the pavement. I've got a very vague memory that someone connected with the petrol-station once posted something on this Forum.

I drove down there the other week, and was pleasantly surprised to see The Asian Grill is still open. It's in the last building on the right in the photo, the one with the sign 'Teas and Lunches'. The Grill was one of our favourite restaurants back in the 1970's and 80's. Must go again some time.

G
 
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