what a great shot OM of farm st school my old school..opposite that st saviours church where our mom was baptised...farm st infants and juniors mixed was all one school that had 2 entrances..the main one was in villa st and a gate entrance on the farm st side..om the building you mentioned on the far corner has been there for over 100 years and was the peoples dispensary..in the 60s part of it was used as a dentists which i used to go to and is still a dentists today...the shop next to the dispensary with the awning down was miss bunches shop..mom always got our shoes from there...I know the feeling Gerry. I used to live in Villa Street, next door to the cafe on the corner of Villa Street & Nursery Road. The area was so much better then, compared to now. If my memory serves me well, wasn't the church St Michael's.
In my opinion, how much nicer the area looked when the church was there. I used to be on the back of an old Ariel motorbike, tearing my way through Hockley at 35 mph, on my way to Sea Cadets, "T/S: VERNON" at the resevoir., that was in 1952.
I seem to recall on my journey to school on the No 11 bus that we passed a Sea Cadet establishment in Acocks Green just down from the Railway station. I thought that was T.S. Vernon or is my memory playing tricks?
Totally agree. Prince Charles once called the old Bullring a concrete jungle. Now it definitely is with glass panels thrown in for good measure. I very much prefer the old Bullring in the top picture, with a few trees & greenery. This so-called modernization of our once beautiful city is taking away the character & replacing it with concrete & glass structures just to make more money for the fat cats.After a modernisation of the Bull Ring area, St Martin's Church look comfortable in the view.
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After the latest modernisation the church does not sit so comfortably.
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But possibly from another view it is not so bad ... perhaps looks better from street level ... although more grass and trees would please an 'oldie' like me ...
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oldMohawk, you comment about people in 1934 is very appropriate. However I just looked at your Google Maps link of Thimble Mill Lane, that I used to travel frequently 60 plus years ago, to say surprised is a gross understatement. I fully understand the need for change but at any cost!In 1934 the area around St Josephs Church on Long Acre was full of houses and small factories. Walter Street curving in from top left, Railway Terrace and High Park Street in the view.
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Now - all the houses have been replaced by warehouses and other large buildings. St Josephs Church is still there. Most streets are in original positions ... what of High Park Street ?
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The people living in 1934 would have been astounded if they could have looked in their future and seen how High Park Street looks now ... click and see !
It's also the where. When I look at the photos of areas of redevelopment what has happened in the city is a redistribution of land use from families to business alongside accommodation of the car with massive road development. This also meant that large tracts of land are simply used for car parking for a lot of single floored warehouses/industrial units.Absolutely, I think it’s not so much about the what it’s the how!
It's also the where. When I look at the photos of areas of redevelopment what has happened in the city is a redistribution of land use from families to business alongside accommodation of the car with massive road development. This also meant that large tracts of land are simply used for car parking for a lot of single floored warehouses/industrial units.