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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by frederick on Yesterday at 12:23:12 PM »
I remember see that house at Bingley Hall. I think I entered the commpertion.
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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by Spud on Yesterday at 11:44:49 AM »
I was at Dares at the time they exhibited at Bingley Hall I guess the house was built in about a month. The house which Dares built at Bingley Hall was known as 'The Challenge'  if I remember correct  which was quite luxurious at the time a sort a Chalet style with a particularly large sloping roof and the interior had a gallery running above the lounge area.
In an off moment one of Harry Dare's sons [ probably Robin Dare] offered the house as a prize for a competition while the exhibition ran boasting that the winner could have the house built on any of the Dare sites in the midlands. The winners came from Brum and obviously opted for the site in Handsworth Wood this being at the time probably the best site actually in Birmingham. This was of course much to the annoyance of the Dare Family who would have much preferred one of their sites in say Lichfield which would have been a lot cheaper area. . Dares did their best to convince the winners to change their minds but they stuck to their choice of Handsworth Wood.
 Normally the buyer of a Dares House was given the choice bathroom fittings kitchen units colour of tiles in kitchen and Bathroom etc but the winners were given no choice and lets say some of the fittings supplied were not up to the standard you might expect for a house of this standard but it was The infamous Dare family we are talking about .
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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by linwaisee on Yesterday at 10:15:13 AM »
I remember Dare's too. I also remember the ideal home exhibition and builders like Dare's would build a show house (life size in brick) inside the exhibition hall. I often wonder how long it took to build a complete house for this exhibition. Any ideas?
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Old Birmingham / Re: Hertford Street Balsall Heath.
« Last post by Mrsperfect on April 21, 2018, 04:19:29 PM »
Thanks Phil......


I remember a girl called Lila who I was friends with. I think she was one house up from us. We got on great until her father decided to butcher one of their chickens in the back garden. It was running around with it's head off and put me right off going over there again. You mentioned going to Clifton Road school, (on the other post) well I went there once as a bridesmaid, (very young) for the wedding reception. I enjoyed every minute of it. I thought I looked like a princess and we had a lovely meal![/size]
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Old Birmingham / Hertford Street Balsall Heath.
« Last post by Phil on April 21, 2018, 03:53:33 PM »
Mrsperfect,


You can reminisce about your early childhood in Balsall Heath, I'll just add that no I never had occasion to enter 43 Hereford Street. It's also worth mentioning like a lot of Balsall Heath it has changed drastically over the last 40 years or so. There are none of the original houses left in Hertford Street and they have even converted the Crown to housing which I think that there is a great possibility it's what it was originally when first built.
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Mrsperfect


As this conversation has now wandered off topic I will start a new thread concerning Hertford Street and it's surroundings where you are welcome to make any further comments or observations.
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Hello again Mrsperfect,


I don't doubt that you received dental treatment at Benacre Street, it's just that no one has mentioned a school clinic at Benacre Street before, whilst many including myself remember receiving dental treatment at Sherbourne Road School.


I remember Hertford Street very well originally from attending Clifton Road School once a week for 5 years for woodwork classed when attending Dennis Road School. Later in life I used the Crown public house on the corner of St Pauls Road quite frequently though I was never a regular there.


Would you believe I was born about 5 or 6 houses away from the Crown, (same side) at 43 Hertford St? I have never been inside it as my family moved to Moseley Village when I was eight. I used to catch the bus to school which went down towards Edgbaston Cricket Ground (No.1A?).


When I was 18/19 yrs old I went  to Torquay, (for the season) and stayed for about three/four years in Devon and Somerset. When I came back to Moseley I met my future husband, (Australian). We got married and migrated to Sydney. Although I have been back many times, I have few memories. The city changed so much too.


Many years ago I went to see where I was born one evening as it was getting dark. My husband shone the car headlights on the house and all I saw was a pile of rubble that was the house I was born in........very sad! :(



Another year I revisited it and there were all new houses built. The place looked much better than I remembered from the previous visit, plus Pickwick Park! Who would have guessed that all those houses in St Paul's Rd would be turned into a park! I used to play on a bomb site......I would have LOVED a park!


My Aunt Celia used to live at the bottom of St Paul's Rd and when I was about 16 yrs I worked at the dry cleaners on Ladypool Rd on Saturdays, (I can't remember the name but it was close to St Paul's Rd but on the opposite side) the woman was a bit cranky to the customers but lovely to me. I was saving up for a trip to the USA and also babysat at night too. I got to go to the states with my savings from the Britannic Assurance and my two part time jobs.


I used to buy a cottage loaf, (the round loaf with the bun on top) from Trippas' Bakery on the corner of St Paul's Rd and Ladypool Rd and run over to her house and we'd have hot bread and melting butter on it! That was the best bread I have ever eaten!
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Hello again Mrsperfect,


I don't doubt that you received dental treatment at Benacre Street, it's just that no one has mentioned a school clinic at Benacre Street before, whilst many including myself remember receiving dental treatment at Sherbourne Road School.


I remember Hertford Street very well originally from attending Clifton Road School once a week for 5 years for woodwork classed when attending Dennis Road School. Later in life I used the Crown public house on the corner of St Pauls Road quite frequently though I was never a regular there.
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Hi Phil


I just realised I posted on the wrong thread, you weren't talking about teeth at all!


I was born in 1952, so I guess school dentists for me would be about 1957 on. I just googled Sherbourne Rd and it's in the opposite direction to Benacre St, (I lived in Hertford Street, Balsall Heath) then. Are you sure about your dates as I distinctively remember the name Benacre.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Charity Adverts
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on April 20, 2018, 11:38:34 PM »
Always envisaged giving birth pills instead of money,but religion want allow it
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