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Wendy

Guest
I have at last persuaded Michael to write down his memories of the time he worked for Greener's 1963-65. I am going to send his piece to Carl for his Brummagem magazine. Sadly we don't have any photo's of Greener's to go with the article does anyone have any please?:):)
 

Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
Hi Wendy, When I first started with Royal Mail in Birmingham one of my best mates was called Harry Kyte, Im not sure how it was speelt, but his
Dad worked at WW Greeners for many years, Harry lived in Small Heath I
think, we lost touch when I moved out to Burton on the overspill scheme, bye for now Bernard67Arnold
 
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Wendy

Guest
I don't think Michael knew the men in the workshops as he was the delivery lad. He remembers Chris who was in charge of the range.......well as a lad he would wouldn't he.:)
 

Dave89

master brummie
Hi Wendy, When I first started with Royal Mail in Birmingham one of my best mates was called Harry Kyte, Im not sure how it was speelt, but his
Dad worked at WW Greeners for many years, Harry lived in Small Heath I
think, we lost touch when I moved out to Burton on the overspill scheme, bye for now Bernard67Arnold

Hi Bernard

In the late 1960s a Mr Kyte (or Kite?) had the off licence near the corner
of Templefield Street and Garrison Lane. I wonder if he was related.

Kind regards

Dave
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
David Williams' book "The Birmingham Gun Trade" show a series of pictures from the birmingham museum & art gallery of the workshop of a Robert Kyte, but this seems to be separate from Greeners. The trade probably came down in the family
Mike
 

edgbaston

master brummie
Hello Wendy,my Dad George Clayton worked for Greeners till it closed,also his brother Bill and his brother-in -law Jack Knight.Does anyone remember them.Mary
 
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Wendy

Guest
Hi Mary, Michael remembers the name Clayton he said he thinks one or both of them went to work at Potter's in Aston.
 

sospiri

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Hi Wendy,

I think I have some off another site, but won't be able to dig them out until tomorrow. My uncle and aunt were caretakers for Greeners mansion near Barmouth during the war and I have had correspondence with the current MD - I think they're based in Cheltenham now. The mansion eventually became a hotel, not sure whether it still is.

Maurice :cool:
 
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Wendy

Guest
Hello Maurice,I read the story about the Mansion, apparently They were in a carriage and the wheel broke Mr Greener had to walk to the nearest town to get help. Mrs Greener waited and was captivated by the area so he built the house there. We went past a couple of years ago, it is a hotel and it looked lovely it's on the road to Aberdovey overlooking the sea. I am hoping Carl might have some pictures. But if you have any we would love to see them. What a job your Aunt and Uncle must have had it's a massive building but in a beautiful place!:)
 

sospiri

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Hi Wendy,

Here's the four pictures that I have. The problem is that I can't remember which site they came from, neither do I have any idea to whom the copyright belongs. They were originally captured for use in my own private records.

I'm posting them here, with apologies to the original copyright holder, whoeever he/she may be, and I quite understand that the mods will remove them if we get a complaint!

I can't remember a lot about the TY’R CRAIG CASTLE, as the mansion was called, as I was about five years old at the time. My aunt and uncle used to occupy the lodge - I'm not sure whether that is still standing - and I can remember being carried on my uncle's shoulders along the beach towards Llanaber. At one point we went into a cave that had clear water and some weed in it. This would be in 1942 and in the intervening years I have tried several times to find that cave, to no avail. It is certainly not marked on any of the OS maps of the area.

But I've rambled on enough - here's the pics.

Maurice :cool:
 

sospiri

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
OK, thanks Mike. I collected them several years ago. If Wendy/Carl want to use them, they will have to seek permission from whoever currently owns the copyright then.

Maurice :cool:
 
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Wendy

Guest
Thanks Maurice. I have just sent Michaels article to Carl. I will contact the site about using the photo's. I will keep some for my own use anyway.
Thank you for all your help.:):):)
 

edgbaston

master brummie
Hello Wendy thankyou for your reply,I would have loved to ask my Dad more about his time at Greener's and Potters but he died last year.He always said he enjoyed working for Greener's infact he loved his work all his life.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Michael worked as the van driver at Potter's when Greener's closed. He said last night he remebered Bill Clayton a nice character in overalls!:)
 
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paul stacey

master brummie
hi all
did you know that "greener's" supplied all the escort guards arms for the "OVERLAND STAGE Co" in the USA in the 1840's/50's, their shot guns were regarded as the finest in the world.
regards
paul stacey
 

edgbaston

master brummie
Hello Paul,you have just reminded me of a John Wayne film in which he asks his son to pass him his Greeners rifle.Mary
 
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Wendy

Guest
Hello Paul,you have just reminded me of a John Wayne film in which he asks his son to pass him his Greeners rifle.Mary

Mary, I can't forget that one Michael jumped up and shouted.......did you hear that a greener's rifle! Then I got all the info on the rifle and how he had shot one on the range at Greeners. :sleepy::)
 

paul stacey

master brummie
hi mary
I'm not sure but I think they were '8 gauge' shot guns with short barrels (SAWN OFF) I also think they supplied these "man stoppers" for the British army and other organisations.
regards
paul stacey
 
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