Can anyone please tell me whereabout The Flats were? Mum used to take us shopping there and there was a Woolworths. Also what was the road that led from Hockley Brook to The Flats?
We lived in Lozells and my parents and grandparents always refered to going to Villa Road shops as "going up The Village". I was told by my nan (she was born in 1899) that this was because Handsworth was a separate village to Lozells which was part of Aston.I always wondered why it was called "The Flats". Similarly, the other local shopping area we went to with Mom was Villa Road in Lozells (or Handsworth, I was never sure of the boundary). Villa road was known as "The Village" as in, " I'm gooing up the village! R yow cumin' !"
I would be very interested to hear anything of the history of "The Village" and "The Flats". Pictures of "The Flats" would also be welcomed