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Montgomery Street Co-op

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Montgomery Street Works
« on: May 04, 2020, 12:10:03 PM »
Hi Everyone,


Does anyone have any memories, photos, stories of the old Council Works situated on the canal side of Montgomery Street in Sparkbrook? It's just opposite the listed Marlborough Pub on the crossroads of Sydenham Road, Anderton Road and Montgomery Street. The address is 272 Montgomery Street B11 1DS.


It's now known as Montgomery Street Business Centre. We are a group of tenants that work and run small businesses there including engineering, metal polishing, vespa restoration, food production, catering, laundry and a cafe to mention a few.


We got together to start a campaign to prevent the Council auctioning off our site to the highest bidder last December. We've succeeded so far and we're in the process of negotiating with the Council to buy our site. We intend to run it as a not-for-profit Co-operative and improve and preserve it for generations to come. Montgomery Street Business Centre is now the last remaining business start-up hub left in Brum.

We'd love to hear any memories, stories, photos of the site along with the other businesses in the area  O0 

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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2020, 12:19:29 PM »
If I remember correctly there was Public Weighbridge in Montgomery St years ago, I recall coming along there one very windy night on a Vespa Scooter with a rather big windscreen. Just as I approached the weighbridge a gust of wind caught me the windscreen acted like a sail and I took off The Vespa landed some yards away I landed on my chin. Still have the scar to this day some 60 years later.
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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2020, 12:38:46 PM »
Ouch! Scars always trigger interesting memories. Cheers for that Spud.

There's a business now on site that restores Vespas.

Where was the weighbridge exactly? Have you got any more recollections from back then? Do you remember the Council Works or the cut?

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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2020, 12:52:09 PM »
The weighbridge was on the Left of Montgomery St coming from Birmingham I think that it  must have been adjacent to the Council Dept no more than yards from the junction with Anderton Rd.
I worked for Cartwrights the Timber Merchants they had a depot in Anderton Rd it ran alongside the Railway. I only spent the odd day there standing in for Yard manager. it was a huge yard. I think it closed in the late 60s or early 70s  along with their other yards. Never really sure what happened to Cartwrights but I  often wonder if there was a bit of a dispute with a couple of the Directors. They were a really nice company to work for.
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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2020, 01:12:07 PM »
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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2020, 05:33:05 PM »
Was there a working mans club just by there      :-\
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Re: Montgomery Street Works
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2020, 09:04:12 PM »
The nearest working mens club was the Anderton Social Club in Sydenham Road, about half way down on the left from Anderton Road. I came from Dolobran Road where I spent my first 20 years until I got married. I think the weighbridge was further back into Montgomery Street. I'm wondering if there was another entrance into the council yard.There was a nursery school on the corner of Montgomery Street and Grace Road and I think the weighbridge was approximately opposite the nursery although my memory could be playing tricks.


Good news to hear that the yard is still in active use.