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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Streets of the City
« Last post by Phil on Today at 11:30:10 AM »
This photo if the information given with the photo is correct must be the oldest photo of Birmingham I have ever seen. The occasion is of the first official visit to Birmingham by any reigning monarch. It's the 1858 Visit of Queen Victoria to open the grounds of Aston Hall as a public park. Just arriving at New Street Station she is being received at Town Hall before making the journey to Aston.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Wanted, please. date of openining of shop in Rubery.
« Last post by cocacolakid on Yesterday at 02:56:29 PM »

Phil..

Looking more closely at the o.s plan from 52, the layout looks very much like how it was when we moved there, including the shape of the parking area. If it was wasteland well before the shops were built, why would there be the numbers 2 & 4 be on the plan? there is also shown the row of council owned lock up garages shown, they were there at my time of being there. Your comment regarding the registering of businesses could well mean that my mother didn't do it if it wasn't compulsory.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Wanted, please. date of openining of shop in Rubery.
« Last post by cocacolakid on Yesterday at 02:40:37 PM »

Phil..

Yes the shops were where the houses now are, with those cars parked. It was always a parking area when we lived there, but a slightly different layout. I have posted for some info on a Rubery group I am a member of and asked for info from anyone who lived in Longwood Rd at the relevant time. I have had some response and several have confirmed that it was just wasteland that the shops were built on, going back as far as 1955 by a couple of people that were living there at that time, though they don't know why it was just wasteland, the kids in the road used to play on it.

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Birmingham Chat / Re: Wanted, please. date of openining of shop in Rubery.
« Last post by Phil on Yesterday at 11:26:58 AM »
Malc


This is a section of an OS map of the area dated 1952. as you can see it is quite different to that of today. Were these shops built on the area that is now a car parking area? The thing is entry in the trade directories were completely voluntary. When a new business was known to have opened they would write to you and ask if you wanted to be included, this could be just a free listing or a paid one with an advert. The thing is if the time that the shop opened and the last directory in 73/74 was only a few years then perhaps they never got around to asking if they wanted to be included.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Wanted, please. date of openining of shop in Rubery.
« Last post by cocacolakid on Yesterday at 10:41:39 AM »

Good morning Phil..

Stonecroft Avenue was on the corner as you say, I don't know what was on the site of our shop and the outdoor prior to them being built, all I know is that they were newly built from the ground up, and there was a 3 storey block of flats being built next door to the shops, but they were set back a fair bit from the shops. The rest of Longwood road existed of  old 3 storey blocks of flats, houses & some maisonettes., the same for Stonecroft Ave. I guess where the shops & the new block of flats were built there was a residential buildings of sorts that had been demolished. The shops were demolished along with some of the flats sometime in the 80s and new houses were built on our side of the road, the flats along the other side of the road were modernised, we had left Longwood Rd before all the redevelopment had started. Seems strange that there doesn't seem to be any record of the shops. I would have thought they would have had to be registered as business premises.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Wanted, please. date of openining of shop in Rubery.
« Last post by Phil on Yesterday at 10:03:07 AM »
Malc


Looking at the maps for the 1950's I can tell you that number 2 & number 4 were in place then, So perhaps if you had to wait for them to be finished because they were being converted to retail premises from ordinary flats or houses because of the lack of shops in the area, Both numbers were on the corner of Stonecroft Avenue and seem to be part of a larger block, maybee a maisonette block. There seems to been some sort of a reconstruction in the 70's and number 2 & 4 with their blocks disappear from the maps.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Hick Street Almshouse
« Last post by Hannah Bill on Yesterday at 09:56:01 AM »
Thank you so much. This is incredibly helpful.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Hick Street Almshouse
« Last post by mikejee on Yesterday at 09:31:54 AM »
Had to reduce size of file to fit in with requirments of the site, but you can jus t read it. The originsl article is much longer, but is not very relevant to what you are enquirig. From Birmingham ?Gazette. 17.7.1908
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Old Birmingham / Re: Hick Street Almshouse
« Last post by Hannah Bill on Yesterday at 08:28:10 AM »
Mikejee thank you so much. Do you have anything else you could upload for me? The newspaper you mentioned would be really helpful.
If I've understood the map correctly is this location now the college site?


Thank you once again.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Hick Street Almshouse
« Last post by mikejee on March 22, 2019, 11:47:32 PM »
I cannot find any reference to an almshouse in Hick St in birmingham directories or in the newspaper archive. however there were almshouse constructed  by the James Llloyd trust in memory of him  in 1869 (fromcontemporary newspapers) on the south side of  Belgrave road, close to its junction with Moseley road.. These are shown in red on the map below
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