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Wrensons

Bishopsmate

master brummie
We used to do our shopping at Wrenson on Station Road, Stechford. It was called Meredith's then became Wrensons and then Mason's. Used to be opposite Love's the greengrocer's. I used to take the 'book' up on a Friday after school with some money and pay for last weeks groceries and then wait while the current list was made up. Then I had to cart it down Lyndon Road home.
When we moved to Hall Green in 1957 I still had the same thing only Wrensons was on Baldwins Lane parade of shops. Was I glad when me dad bought Mam a walkie basket for one of their anniversaries!!
 

Derek Hudson

proper brummie kid
Re: Derek Hudson

Wrensons.jpg
Iam very pleased to have this web site.

A BIG HELLO TO EVERYONE

I Worked for Wrensons from 1957 to 1968, and how I found this super site was looking for ex Wrenson people, and to try and get some old photographs of the shops.
Already I have had an e-mail from Australia,from a manager who worked in Erdington in those old days.
There is so much to do and see, it is very exciting.

ALL THE BEST.

Derek Hudson
THIS PHOTOGRAPH HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A VERY KIND LADY, PLEASE REPLY IF ANYONE OUT THERE RECONISES ANY OF THE STAFF, ALONG WITH MR PALMER, AT ORPHANAGE ROAD ERDINGTON.
THANK YOU

Derek Hudson
 

Ian Leggett

master brummie
We used to do our shopping at Wrenson on Station Road, Stechford. It was called Meredith's then became Wrensons and then Mason's. Used to be opposite Love's the greengrocer's. I used to take the 'book' up on a Friday after school with some money and pay for last weeks groceries and then wait while the current list was made up. Then I had to cart it down Lyndon Road home.
When we moved to Hall Green in 1957 I still had the same thing only Wrensons was on Baldwins Lane parade of shops. Was I glad when me dad bought Mam a walkie basket for one of their anniversaries!!



Good to hear from someone who remembers Station Road Stechford as it was the first store I managed as an 18 year old. It had a very friendly customer relationship. It was a little later than 1957 above as I was there about 1962. Regards Ian Leggett.
 

Bacon man

New Member
Re: Wrensons HELP NEEDED

My name is Roy Knight and I am looking for help in finding a past employee of Wrensons, the details I can remember are as follows

Her name was Betty Lucas possibly now Budd or Bubb she married a driver called Patrick who worked,we where at the Birchfield Road Perry Barr shop 1956-58 she was born on the 6th June and was last known to be living around the Witton area.

Many Thanks for any help Roy
 

Derek Hudson

proper brummie kid
Re: Wrensons HELP NEEDED

H:) hello Roy,
I worked in the other Birch field Road branch in 1964, the manager at the perry Barr shop was Mr Pretty I don't remember the lady you mentioned Happy days in Wrensons for ten years, take care, Regards Derek Hudson
 

Bacon man

New Member
Re: Wrensons HELP NEEDED

hello Derek I also worked 57 birchfield rd the managers in my time was mr willkinson and mr barnes thanks for your reply
 

brummiebarb

New Member
Hi, My dad was Mr Hughes, manager of the Station Rd shop in Knowle, and he was friendly with Mr Parsons, Leamington. I`ve got a picture somewhere of dad and mom with Mr and Mrs Parsons at a Wrensons social. I think it must have been in the mid 50`s. Wrensons shops had such a unique smell and the staff were so friendly.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Welcome Brummiebarb. If you'd like to post your photo (when you can find it!) we'd love to see it. But in your own time. If you need help posting photos, do let us know. Enjoy the forum. Viv.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I mentioned in a much earlier post that I worked, just for a few months in 1953, at a Wrensons store. It was a very good working environment to be sure and it was solely because, at a that time I saw a more interesting future in pharmaceuticals, that I left. I recall my interview for the job, a very pleasant experience but of course at such a distance in time I cannot remember the gentleman's name or the place of the interview. The main thing that I remember is that as a very young person I was given a lot of freedom of thought and my suggestions were welcomed and often taken on board, compared to many of today's retail outlets where everything seems to be programmed - even the staff.
Wrensons, were not limited solely to Birmingham, but most of their outlets were in Birmingham, with a few in the West Midlands, so they can be regarded as a Birmingham company I believe. A shame such pleasant and caring companies had to succumb to changing trading conditions.
 

Williamstreeter

master brummie
I remember Wrensons on Broad St , manager Mr Tumelty a true gentleman . He was at church St Peters off Broad St every Sunday . I too remember the smells of the coffee , cheese etc , I also remember the zip wire carrying money in containers across the shop ceiling height . What days they were , the best thing though is we can remember these gems and record them. What character is in the shops nowadays absolutely nothing I'm glad I was born when I was, we have supposedly progressed from the backwoods to the present , for what they don't even grunt an acknowledgement at you nowadays .
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Post 154 is a good photo of how things often were before pre-packaged supermarket methods came into force. The sides of bacon and the hams and legs take pride of place. Notable are ten men and just two women; often the other way around today.
Post 155 I suggest might be 1953. Flags and bunting for Coronation year. Interestingly the shop next door has large outdoor hanging lights, probably electrical by this time.
 

Bill Boyd

master brummie
Jennyann, what a great photo, it looks to me like the corner of Gravelly Lane and Somerset Rd Erdington. Its a 2nd hand/antique shop now.
 

mikeya

knowlegable brummie
Hello all
The page from the 1937 Birmingham telephone directory that has the entries for Wrenson's shops. The photo above would have been 168 Gravelley Lane, ERDington 1528. The list of shops shows that they were quite extensive.

https://flic.kr/p/QDs6oL
Mike
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
At that greengrocers just up beyond Wrensons, after the war I came down on the bus S76 and waited in the queue to buy bananas, the first I had ever seen. We were allowed three or four. I had to wait until I got home to find out how to eat them that was late 45 or early 46, the picture brings back many memories, the bus stops were behind the cameraman, ok your starter for 10, ....and the car is a.....?..
Bob
 
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