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In my old Wakelin's Street Guide, it shows WhiteHEAD Street, running from No.73 High Street to Alma Street. I remember it very well the No.8 bus travelled along it, there were traffic lights on the junction of Whitehead/Alma Street. On the left hand side of Whitehead Street at the corner of High Street was a pawnbrokers cum fancy goods shops - was the name Pawsons??? It probably did disappear around 1969 when the redevelopment took place and the dual carriageway from town to Perry Barr was built along Newtown Row/High Street etc.
Whitehead Street was a very short thoroughfare running from High Street to Alma Street, according to my Bartholomew's Pocket Atlas and Guide for 1954 - just as Sylvia Sayers says. I think it disappeared when the swimming baths and that awful shopping-precinct were built.
It was Pawson's, Sylvia, you're absolutely correct. A branch of the West Bromwich Pawson's firm. In the 1960's I knew Danny Pawson, jazz-trumpeter extraordinaire.
The Globe Cinema, the flea-pit to end all flea-pits, was just round the corner on High Street.
My grandparents William and Nelly Green lived at 2d Whitehead Street in the early 1930's. I understand it was rented from John Levick, who owned the engineering firm where my grandfather worked in Alma Street. They moved from there to buy a shop at 103 Wills Street.
Dad was a park keeper in the early 1950's before going to work at Enot's Mom worked as a cleaner at Ansells and I went to Alfred Street School tthen up to big school at Vicarage Road before moving away in 1970
My Reeves rellies were at 20 Whitehead st from 1881(perhaps before - who knows??) to at least 1925.Though in 1925 it was actually the Clarke name as one of my Reeves women had married and stayed in the family home.
That reminds me, I must see if i can find a will for her father....
Whitehead Street was a short Street which lay between High St & Alma St Aston. I've seen pictures of the Scotch House Pub on one corner and Herbert's Shop on the other corner but, I've not come across any other photos of it anywhere. It had a Regent petrol station opposite where my wife lived, a factory next to her house, a shop just along from her house and...that's about it really. I have this photo of my Brother-in-Law standing next to my first car (Anglia 100E) taken in 1967. It's looking towards High St/Whitehead Road and you may notice that the street has already been closed because of impending demolition. I am hoping someone else will have any photos and/or stories of Whitehead Street.
nice picture going back abit but never or less good one i recall that factory and the petrol pumps you asre on about
as you come down towards the old six ways directly oppersite there
directley facing yourself was a number eight bus stop that i mean directly opersite the factory
it was the last stop befor it went over the round about and down park lane towards the Aston cross
and just stopperd short of Potters hill
but also getting back to the factory i always there building let down the partade of shops that was there
and directly facing a you walked foreward was old dave rebuens betting shop the one time boxer
And my lot had all the coffee shops around alma street and most of aston aston included
i was born on lichfield rd aston and went to upper thomas street and workedAt Tubes rocky lane
best wishes Astonian,,,,,,,,
Just came across this pic which was taken at the same time as my other photo. This time looking to the corner of Whitehead Street & Alma Street. The open ground on the right was part of the petrol station.
A photo from the Alton Douglas book, Birmingham in the 60s. It shows the corner shop run by a Mrs Herbert which was on the corner of Whitehead St & Alma St. It was taken in 1967 when the Street was closed due to the coming re-development.
This is an incident that happened in Whitehead Street during October 1963. I wonder if anyone living in the area at the time remembers it. My girlfriend of 3 months lived next door to the house in the photo and the Mr Albert Rogers mentioned in the article was my future Father-in-Law.