Sorry Bren, just looking back at some old posts, I must have missed this one. I lived on the Dormington side of Kettlehouse road, our house backed on to Stanway Grove, I went to Kinsgland road school on top of Bandywood. I believe the Kingstanding Pub was still there when I got married in '64 but we are sure the shopping precinct was there in the early '70s.The Kingstanding estate was started after 1928 when Birmingham acquired it because Perry Barr Corporation went bust. The Kingstanding pub in the picture was there till at least 1970, i am pretty sure it got through the sixties, i have a lousy memory but i can remember sinking a few with my dad in there and i was in my twenties. At the rear they had rows of tables and benches and two bowling greens, you can see them in that picture, it is this area that is now the shopping centre and it is the pub that has been rebuilt twice. As for the Irish, as a kid i didn't notice that many, there where a few but most of the families had all been moved up from Aston so it was a reflection of the mix in Aston.
Goffy might remember more/better than me regards dates.
By the way Goffy, which side of Kettlehouse did you live, i lived in Dormington Rd and backed on to Kettlehouse Rd