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Peg Monkey

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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #55 on: December 12, 2018, 03:30:47 PM »
I lived in Heaton St, 10 mins from The Flat for the first 10 years of my life (1949-59) the shops were great for your everyday needs including Christmas (only an occasional visit to Lewis's, or the like, was needed for luxuaries). Most of the shops have changed but one that has survived and flourished is the Bakers H V Smith - I must have had my very first custard tart from there, but I can't actually remember the occasion, it's a year or two ago.
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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #56 on: February 10, 2019, 12:20:44 AM »
Merchandising - 1950s style. After seeing the 1955 movie Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier my mom treated me to the must haves of the day: a Davy Crockett hat and gun - from Woolies on The Flat, of course. A great store, spent a large proportion of my life in the 50s around the toy counter - remember pick and mi[/size]x?[/i] Does anyone do that now?
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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2019, 05:30:18 PM »
The Flat and The 3rd Sutton Coldfield Company The Boys' Brigadewhat's the connection? :-\
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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #58 on: February 23, 2019, 10:47:06 PM »
The Flat - 1950s. There wasn't many everyday needs you couldn't obtain on The Flat but there was one notable absentee - a bookshop.
If you only wanted to borrow one Spring Hill Library was about 10 mins or so walk but to purchase one I think you had to head for the city.
I believe larger branches of Boots in the early days had a lending library/book sales department but I personally never availed myself of the service.
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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #59 on: November 15, 2019, 03:12:52 PM »
The Bull's Head - anyone know what's happened to it? Last time I checked I was sorry to learn it was derelict. The first 10 years of my life (1949-59) I lived in Heaton St (15 mins walk from The Bull) and it was very much at the centre of my family's social world, both my grandfather and father were members of the fishing club there and I remember many a Saturday evening enjoying a bag of crisps and a Vimto whilst sitting on the steps to the staff quarters in the entrance hallway.
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P.S. Woolworth's - sadly now long gone.

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Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Reply #60 on: December 06, 2019, 02:06:06 PM »
Norton's -1950s, Hockley's only Dept. Store. A great store all year but particularly around Christmas, great toy dept in the basement. The store's slogan, By-way Value does not, for me, convey an instant message, perhaps the meaning of the phrase has changed over 60 years, I looked up byway in the Concise Oxford Dictionary, two definitions: 
1. A minor road or path.
2. A little known area of knowledge.
Any the wiser? :-\
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