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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Today at 02:52:06 AM »
Lewis's Pedal Cars: The Austin J40 was built in Bargoed, S. Wales by disabled miners and cost 33 when production started in 1949, it was a top quality pedalcar which featured working headlights, opening boot and bonnet, brake and a real small Austin steering wheel. Fully restored examples sell today for up to 3500 and there is an owner's club. Link: http://www.austinworks.com/pedalcar.html
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 10:17:07 PM »

Peg are you going to tell us then ?
Sorry Sci - we're going off topic (already got 1 yellow card) :(
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Scipio on Yesterday at 08:24:43 PM »
I'm just glad that practice didn't develop to include men's nose hairs. :o
Peg.


Peg are you going to tell us then ?
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Old Birmingham / Re: Kingstanding
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 07:47:09 PM »
Why King's Standing (Kingstanding)? - Where King Charles I supposedly reviewed his troops on 18 October 1642 during the English Civil War:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingstanding
The very spot: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=52.5583&lon=-1.8826&layers=168&b=6
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Kingstanding
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 07:34:01 PM »
The Circle - does anyone know when it was constructed? - my memory of it being there dates back to the beginning of the 50s, this old OS map of 1892-1914 shows just a junction. https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=52.5532&lon=-1.8843&layers=168&b=6
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Snooks on Yesterday at 07:22:57 PM »
 ??? Ha! The mind boggles!  :o

But I have lots of good memories of that store.


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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 07:18:04 PM »
I also remember having the ends of my hair singed with a match after it has been cut!
I'm just glad that practice didn't develop to include men's nose hairs. :o
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Lewis's in Birmingham
« Last post by Snooks on Yesterday at 11:37:44 AM »
I have come to this thread late but I remember Lewis's really well. If I was lucky my mum would buy me an ice cream there when we were shopping. I also remember seeing Father Christmas there and having a picture taken sitting on his lap. It was Lewis's my mum took me too to have my hair cut properly as a treat. My dad would put a pudding basin on my head and cut round it... true! I was very small but I also remember having the ends of my hair singed with a match after it has been cut!

And like others remember the roof garden. I thought it was amazing!
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Old Birmingham / Re: Kingstanding
« Last post by Peg Monkey on November 13, 2018, 10:52:26 PM »
Community Centre - is it still on the circle, behind the shops, bordered by Kings Rd and Kingstanding Rd? I've not been that way for a number of years but attended many social events there including weddings and 18th birhday parties. The earliest was when I was pressed into service as a page boy for a much older cousin - the bride. I was 3 so that makes it 1952 - 67 years ago, there is a pic of me in full wedding gear floating around somewhere and I live in dayly dread of it falling into the wrong hands - definite blackmail material.
Peg.
P.S. Why is the groom traditionally placed on the brides right arm? One reason: Knights in shining armor days - so his sword arm was free to protect the virtue of the maiden he was escorting - not sure maiden's still need their virtue protected in such a manner but it's a quaint idea.
I know what you are thinking: What if the groom was left-handed? - Sorry can't answer that one. :-\
P.P.S. Did I enjoy the day? - Not really, would have preferred to stay at home in Heaton St building a go-cart.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Photo 'Stella' Brum 1947
« Last post by Peggotty on November 12, 2018, 09:45:32 AM »
 O0 Perhaps.  Pop died in 2000 so can't ask! :D
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