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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by Peg Monkey on February 25, 2020, 01:14:35 PM »
Another thought. Could the steps be Horse Mounting Steps? Old enough to pre-date the urinal and whatever else came later to be placed in the area.
There are images online, some of the same three steps and a larger top surface construction.
Another strong possibility, Mike, if there was a horse trough maybe it was removed when the loos were constructed.
Peg.
P.S. I wonder why such a grand clock was placed on the island and who paid for it? - I'm ashamed to confess I should know - Aston Cross was where I changed buses (64 to Inner Circle Eight) on my daily commute for 5 years from The Lyndhurst Estate, Erdington to Harry Lucas, my senior school in Hockley.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by mike mancott on February 25, 2020, 12:20:59 PM »
Another thought. Could the steps be Horse Mounting Steps? Old enough to pre-date the urinal and whatever else came later to be placed in the area.
There are images online, some of the same three steps and a larger top surface construction.

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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by Peg Monkey on February 24, 2020, 09:11:06 AM »
In William Dargue`s History of Birmingham, he notes that originally on this spot was a preaching cross. Were the steps in front of it for Preacher`s to stand on?
The cross was replaced by an ornate clock, which after it decayed the clock in the photo was erected.
That sounds like a strong possibility, Mike. I did wonder if the steps formed a permanent display for a street vendor, e.g. a flower seller, and if they might pre-date the construction of the loos on what might have been a small market area - all wild speculation, of course.
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Cox Street West - 1881
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on February 23, 2020, 11:24:02 PM »
Happy Memories
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Old Birmingham / Re: Cox Street West - 1881
« Last post by SAM123456 on February 23, 2020, 08:22:38 PM »
I think it was Mrs kite who had a parrot who swore :) she sold milk/ bread/ cigs and sweets and served us dressed in her nighty!
You could look into her living room, were she would sit, from the shop and I still remember her grumpy face like yesterday - funny!
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Old Birmingham / Re: Cox Street West - 1881
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on February 23, 2020, 07:57:05 PM »
Was that the Off License that had the Parrot that swore.My Auntys shop Bradburys Leather goods was round the corner.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Cox Street West - 1881
« Last post by SAM123456 on February 23, 2020, 07:37:59 PM »
Hi my gran lived on cox st west too and I remember waiting outside that off license for a grown up to pass who I could trap into purchasing alcohol for me, actually my gran .. I was too young to buy!
Also the bicycle track I remember!
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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by mike mancott on February 23, 2020, 05:15:13 PM »
Is this the start of the stairway to Heaven.
Doesn`t seem to go far enough, Ed. Could be "heaven" for some lady a bit desperate for a wee. ;)
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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on February 23, 2020, 04:06:26 PM »
Is this the start of the stairway to Heaven.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Aston Cross
« Last post by mike mancott on February 23, 2020, 03:17:10 PM »
In William Dargue`s History of Birmingham, he notes that originally on this spot was a preaching cross. Were the steps in front of it for Preacher`s to stand on?
The cross was replaced by an ornate clock, which after it decayed the clock in the photo was erected.


From your enlarged photo, Peg, the top "step" looks larger, and more like a plinth or small platform area.
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