Hi Paul,Greetings. sorry I do not have any other pictures but I will ask my sister in law, wife of Tony who died in 2012. I know St Mary school in Wills street as the "elementary school" I attended there briefly, probably in 1938 ?? The gate went into the play ground. A class room on the left was for juniers where I was. At the top was the senior class. A Mr Tommy O'locklin was the head. The school was evacuated so I had to return to the convent in Hunters Road.
An interesting memory. We went to a playing fields by bus, I had an apple, when I was eating it several other children asked for the core!!
I was in an air raid shelter, right at the back of Mlleys yard when the church belonging to the convent was bombed in Brougham Street. I later found a bomb map of the area and I was sure if there had been another bomb in that stick I would not be here. I have memories of the shelters at No 8, would they be of any interest. Nice to remember. Regards Paul
Hi Bill,I wouldnt mind to go and live back that way if i could get a flat in the new building.
Hi Paul,Dear Everybody,I have found in my book case "Old Hansworth, Lozells, Birchfield and Perry Barr" by Eric Aemstrong. It is published by Stenlake Publishing I could not find it on their website, 2 on Amazon at £7.50. ISBN No9781840330755. There are 49 pages and it is a collection of postcards from 1910 to 1940 at a guess. Outside and inside the Villa Cross. Paul
Dear Lyn, yes the front cove rshows the villa cross frontage with crosses blind. To the right is the villa cross public house, inside is a picture of the cinema inside. My first "date" with my future wife was a visit to the pictures, that would have been in 1945. There are 49 pages and it is all pictures. From old post cards I think, by the comments. Most are dated. It was available on Amazon. Good luck. Paul.hi paul i dont think i have that book...when you say there are pictures of the villa cross do you mean the villa cross picture house ?
From the above picture I can see that the scullery had been removed at some time. Upstairs the lefthand window was a landing. The small one in the corner, above the end of the hall was a glory hole. The one on the right was my bedroom and below the living room. Beyond that was the scullery, now demolished, and beyond again was a toilet. It had a high tank and it used to freeze up in the winter. My mother also had an old mangle in there. Paul.i have been keeping an eye on numbers 2 to 8 wills street for 10 years now as i go down the old end quite often to see whats going on etc...the last time i was down there was only about 3 months ago so imagine my surprise when i popped down yesterday and saw that a total refurb is ongoing which will result in the buildings being turned into apartments to rent...to highlight the changing face of these buildings i am posting some photos that i took of the fronts and back in 2009 and 2011 and the photos i took of front and back yesterday...as you can see nos 2 to 6 well under way no 8 is now being renovated and has scaff up... the back of the properties completely gutted for what could be turned into a car park for new residents....hope these photos are of interest especially to paul mann who used to live at no 8View attachment 134285View attachment 134286View attachment 134287View attachment 134288View attachment 134289View attachment 134290View attachment 134291View attachment 134292 View attachment 134285View attachment 134286View attachment 134287View attachment 134288View attachment 134289View attachment 134290View attachment 134291View attachment 134292
Lyn, I see the picture of the front is in other places on the forum. So I have scanned the two pictures from Eric Armstrong's book. I hope ypu like them. Paulonce again many thanks for your memories of wills st paul..always enjoy reading them...also i will try and get the book you mentioned...all the best
Hi Astoness,many thanks for doing that paul..what great photos..i have many happy memories of going to the villa cross picture house
Hi. The picture my brother took is of No 8. 2 to 6 were terraced houses used by Malley;s as offices. No 8 was a double fronted detached house. From what has gone before it must have been built in the 1800's. I see that Bendall's were in residence in the 1900.s They had a confectionery shop on the corner of Hamptead Road and Villa R. I am guessing but they probably had a maid/ cook. this would account for the bell system between the rooms at the front and the kitchen behind. The history of the shop and the owners would be very interesting.Paul, I can't say two much about the history of J & W Malley but my father Jim Speke worked there for over 35 years as a painter/decorator before his retirement - and I worked there in the office (£10 cash in hand !) during my uni vacations in the late 60's. At that time they had two main customers, Ansells & Marks & Spencer - refurbishing work on the pubs and re-arranging & building counters in M&S across the Birmingham/Black Country.
In your picture of the boarded up windows, the ground floor window far left was the office managers office - where I worked, making up wage packets amongst other duties. (Ken Upton was his name - lived in Barton-u-Needwood. ). The upstairs was directors offices.
Directors were Malcom Lintern-Mole ( M&S account) Wilf Badger (Ansells a/c) and Norman Tooke ( new business) - it was he who got them the contract to build housing estate on the site of Ellowes Hall Sedgeley - and they also built THE Jack Cotton's house in Shirley/Solihull.
Not sure what year they left Wills St. - but I remember seeing later they had moved to an office across Slade Road from the Armada pub at Spaghetti Junction.