i only remember 3 shops. one on the corner of npr....one just down from n.p.r.on the left going down the hill that sold vantas pop.and the other on the corner of mounts st.....No photos to offer, sorry, but I am interested in any information about why Trevor Street was so called. An ancestor of mine, Phoebe Trevor, ran a shop at 356 Nechells Park Road (also listed as 'Steuart Street') according to Kelly's 1878 Directory for Birmingham. I can see from past and present maps that Stuart Street and Trevor Street form a junction with Nechells Park Road so maybe it was a corner shop? Not much left there now due to redevelopment. The Trevor family were around Birmingham for much of the 19th Century so I was curious about a possible family connection to the street name. Maybe just coincidence?
Not always easy to work out the exact year streets were built but as you can see from Mike's map above it was there in 1889.I am still interested in the origins of Trevor Street, not least when it was first built.
She is in Aston Street near Gosta Green with her husband David as early as 1838 acording to two other sources. He was a seedsman or corn merchant, so the 'provision dealer' reference fits well. There is a faint possibility that the Coleshill Street person is her daughter but I have my doubts, as she would only be 20 in 1850.Before that, in the 1850 P.O. directory, she is listed as a provision dealer at 85 Coleshill St.
Glad the information we provided was useful. The numbering was changed i the late 1889s to as it is today, but previously (as in 1876)was consecutive (1,2,3,4.. to end of the street and then back down the other side)Interesting to note that the even numbered addresses were on the Stella Street side of Nechells Park Road, as today (if Google Streetview is anything to go by). Also the absence of a front garden on the map indicating a likely shop front.
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Phoebe's daughter Phoebe married William/Walter Lilly, registered Sep qtr 1858 Kings Norton.My current understanding is that the shop-owning Phoebe Trevor was most likely to have been my great-great-great-grandmother (Nee Mavity b.1797) as she is listed in the 1878 directory as 'Mrs'. She had a daughter of the same name (b.1830) but if the daughter had married she would surely have changed her surname? If so, by 1878 Phoebe was 81 years old and might have been running the shop for a long time.
Whether this has anything to do with the naming of nearby Trevor Street in the late 1880s I don't know. It could just have easily been the landowner's name, or a local dignitary, but I thought it worth dropping into the mix.
Thanks MWS - I haven't delved into the wider family tree in any systematic fashion yet, but all clues are welcome. I'm beginning to wonder if the Trade Directories list the proprietor's name rather than the actual shopkeeper? The business may have still been in her name in 1878 even if the staff were of a different generation.Phoebe's daughter Phoebe married William/Walter Lilly, registered Sep qtr 1858 Kings Norton.
The elder Phoebe is living with her son William in 1871 in Yardley, so might not have been working in the shop anymore.
In 1881 Phoebe's daughter Ann is listed as a shopkeeper in Nechells Park Rd, having married George Drake in 1870.