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les may

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« Reply #3927 on: December 08, 2019, 08:55:16 AM »
 I am in Devon, and a very late starter here, having only recently found this wonderful site which triggers many memories of people and places that I would love to hear more about. I lived at 106 Inkerman St 1938 (born) to1959 (married) with my father Jim who worked at Morris Commercial,Adderley Park, and with 2 elder sisters Iris and Joyce, (still with us) who both went to Bloomsbury St. My mother Emily died in about 1944. Our next door neighbours were the Browns and the Gardiners, the Gilberts lived at the back of us, Alf Gilbert had a printing business in his shed. Opposite were the Dixons, Johnny about my age and a younger sister Joyce I think.  Mark Dixon was a plumber/builder. Their house was at the entrance to Homers? yard, and had a strengthened cellar that was used as an air raid shelter, rather better than our Anderson down the garden by the Rea. His brother had the cobblers shop just down the street. We were opposite Greens the grocer. So many shops! I can recall about 10 in Inkerman St alone, even before Duddeston Mill Rd. Brian King in Alma Crescent, Roy Troughton (his father kept pigeons} and the Bowdens in Inkerman St, and Keith Brown in Duddeston Mill Rd are some of the friends that I remember. I attended St Annes and then went to Central Grammar School, losing touch with many local pals who went on to Loxton St. One of the Marsden lads was at Central.  “The Britt” was a few doors down, my father a regular customer although he used all the local pubs and a few more! Richardsons shop was nearby. Mr Richardson was a disabled war pensioner who had an adapted Morris 8. On Saturdays we could hear the roar of the crowds from St Andrews, and of course I grew up with factory hooters,railway shunting engines, horse drawn drays and the occasional steam brewery lorry. Auntie Ag (Swift) lived down the street, near to Barnards the ice cream man and the Cheshires. Joy Cheshire was a friend of my sister Joyce. At the age of  about 9 I had a few “girl friends”. Hilary Sparrow in Devon St, Barbara Shaw in Dollman St, where are you now? I married a girl from Sutton Coldfield, (she had been a Brown Fairy, remember their Christmas visits to St Annes?)  Canon Edwin Thomas married us at St Matthews, he forged the Wedding Certificate to put me living with the Rhodes family in Devon St so that we could be married in his Church! A wonderful man, I saw him last at a 211th scout troop re-union at the church. I would be thrilled if this forum prompts a few responses about my happy years in Vauxhall.

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« Reply #3928 on: December 08, 2019, 09:59:13 AM »
Hi les,Welcome to the forum nice to hear from an old Inkermonian.Born 1939 lived at 183 best childhood friends Bobby &Kenny Bowden (lived 2 doors from them) Tommy Fryer ,up by you the Crossleys the Wards.Took Mom & Dads bets to the Marsdens used Pickfords shop ,it was only across the road.And always took my shoes to the menders by the Brit.Its a great forum keep with it  O0 O0
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« Reply #3929 on: December 08, 2019, 10:11:38 AM »
Hi Les


Welcome to you., I also spent a few of my teenage years living in Inkerman Street, but it was an on and off sort of thing, but my parents lived there from 1963 until the street was demolished. They had moved the short distance from Francis Street, to Ruben Place which was down the Railway Club end of the street.


I actually worked at Homers for a short while, and drank in the Brit occasionally as well as the Vic and of course the Railway Club and a little bit further afield the Adelaide at the top of Erskine Street and the Ashted Hamlet over the road.


I left Inkerman street a long time before it ceased to exist on my travels and moved to Solihull when I got married.
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« Reply #3930 on: December 08, 2019, 10:19:09 AM »
Hi Les , welcome to our forum what a informative introduction
Lovely reminders . I was born in Erskine St the Whittingtons near the bridge
A war baby I recognise a couple of names Marsdens bookies
Barnards ice cream  / toffee apples shed up the double knack
Browns , nibblets The railway club Co- op crisp factory
Might I suggest look at Phil's photo's also Brum Pics
It will bring you so much  pleasure  on seeing Brum of old
Its fascinating  the hours that go by
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« Reply #3931 on: December 11, 2019, 01:54:30 PM »
You mentioned your aunty Margaret having the surname Vernon, did your uncle, her husband work in a trunk factory in Ash Road by any chance?


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« Reply #3932 on: December 13, 2019, 04:47:06 PM »
 Have just completed the 358 page marathon! What a treasure trove. I found a pic of St Annes vicarage in Cato St, which I visited many times to see the Rev Thomas and his lovely wife Joan, but could not find anything on St Annes church, a pic or when it was bombed. Did I miss something, or can you suggest a source of info?
 I was often lucky enough to get a free bag of “crisp scratchings” at the bottom of Inkerman St, and the Rea culvert was always open for (forbidden) adventure at the bridge into the railway yard or at the bottom of our long garden. It was a fearsome sight in flood, and a great provider of bonfire fuel. It ran crystal clear for a couple of weeks each year during the factory hols, but was usually an open drain for industrial waste and debris. My older sisters remember a flood of cocoa beans during the war. Having dropped into the culvert (it seemed a very long way), the risk of a flash flood was added excitement but it never happened of course.
 Was St Johns in Dollman St a church or a chapel of some sort? I think the Boys Brigade (deadly enemies of we Scouts!) met there.
 We knew the Browns in Galton St, Mr Brown an amputee,  Leila, a friend of my sister Joyce married Bob Bailey the Scout master at St Annes. I had great times with the 211th
 What an elegant place Ashted Row must have been in its hey-day, with its cabstand and spacious houses. I remember what I was told was the Coleseum, a bombed out music hall or theatre on Saltley Rd, opposite the end of Devon St, the site became a garage I think. I used to catch the Inner Circle nearby for my long journey via Aston Cross to an apprenticeship at Pype Hayes.
 I think there were stables at the river end of Alma Crescent (or was it Cathcart St), would these have been Co Op or Railway horses? The stables along Viaduct St were a great attraction too.
 I bought my first modern motor bike from Hyland Crowe (a BSA 125 Bantam) on Bloomsbury St.
 So pleased that the library survived, a real haven through my boyhood.
 This ia a real mish-mash of memories, but you have opened the floodgates!

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« Reply #3933 on: December 13, 2019, 06:43:11 PM »
Hi Les May, first a big welcome i was born in Erskine St  Saint John's Church was run by the church Army so may have been classed as a chapel in the late 50s I was a cub & a scout i remember being a young lad the Boys Brigade Band marching down Dolman St towards Erskine St , I can't recall them being based at St John's
The crisps was the Co- op originally a Co-OP coal office ,do you remember the Railway Club more or less opposite all in Inkerman St  the Midland pub Erskine St
2 bombed pecks either side of the pub the stables would be railway horses
Viaduct St was definitely  Co-OP stables the flooding of the River Rea I saw myself
Loads of Cadbury wrappers quite a few with chocolate inside some older lads used ropes with hooks on the end one pulling a long wooden ladder out regards Leo
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« Reply #3934 on: December 13, 2019, 07:48:10 PM »
Les,my uncle Horace Round who lived at 191 Inkerman St opened RTPCrisps in Saltley Rd in the 50s almost next to the Pub in Cato Street & another Uncle had had the fruit shop on the opposite corner.I worked for him in my school holidays and Saturdays with my father who fried the crisps & Scratchings.
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« Reply #3935 on: December 15, 2019, 01:13:58 AM »
Phil thanks for the info to Dek's query about the Shepherd and Shepherdess on the corner,so it is the pub we are looking at (if only the door and window) and the photographer is facing Dartmouth street so to speak.
 
I'll post this picture of what was supposed to be a pub at one time called the Prince of Wales (that makes four of them in Nechells area?) again is on a corner of Lord street, as you can see it was taken over by the Salvation Army,I looked in a 1967 Kelly's it is not listed. the photo was taken in 1964. can you name the street that runs across Lord street?
 
the second photo is looking the opposite direction,the building in the background looks newish to me?
 
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« Reply #3936 on: December 25, 2019, 08:00:51 AM »
ShirleyMay : merry Christmas, ShirleyMay, 2019.
I knew a Johnny Pickett. He was at our school fir a while. I can't remember if it was my junior school, St Clement's in High Park Street, or my senior schooling Charles Arthur Street, both of which were near Nechells Green.
The boy I knew was tall and skinny with straight blonde hair and a very pale complexion. He was a very quiet lad and well behaved. He had a nice smile.

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« Reply #3937 on: January 01, 2020, 01:13:31 PM »
The mention of Victor Turton....does anyone know if he was an insurance collector in the area?