mike i was just thinking that its no wonder that the crowds got a tad hot under the collar waiting for charlie to open up and start giving free meat away...in those days something like that must have seemed like their their christmases had come all at once..as said earlier when i next visit our dad i will ask him what he recalls of it...
wow topsy what a great bit of history...crikey an oak bed..2 mattresses and pillows and a bolster for just under 6 quid..couldnt get a decent pillow for that these days lol...
my grandad Bert had the butchers on wheeler street and my dad Darrell worked there.Sadly my dad has passed away but i shall ask my auntie and get back to you.My nan who managed the shop was called Marion.Does anyone remember Bert Steel who had a butchers shop in Wheeler St.? his wife managed it in the late 1940s and 1950s.Although I was his butcher's boy,at his other shop in Upper Sutton St.I used to run errands between the two shops.
Can't remember which corner it was on.
The 1943 Kellys does list :
Springs A. P. Ltd. spring mfrs. Reddings la. Greet 11.T A " Arpen, B'ham; " Acock's Green 2236 & 2237, though this is a bit far from Wheeler St, but I gather it was not uncommon for people to have to travel a fair distance to work in the war. No 294 is shown in red on the map below of the top of wheeler st around 1938. It is demolished now and , on Google seems to be a bit of waste ground between the road an a football pitch