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Lizzy

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Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2006, 01:33:47 AM »
Hi All
        Have been a bit quiet lately Its Great to see you have reopened this site again John. A few new names added.Cromwell Passage does anyone remember the people that kept Geese there I was chased by some back in the 40s.They scared me to death.
Do any of you remember the outdoor beer shop on the corner of conybere & upper highgate st???a mrs Cross owned it.the paper shop was next door cant think of there name.I remember the Hensons I went to St Albans school with there son George he left the same time as me 47/48 I also went to St Patricks Junior. The fruit shop I think it was next to Hensons was Goughs There son billy was my first boy friend he played soccer with my husband
at the old Calthorpe Park.
The last time we were back in the U.K. was 1995 it had all changed so much however we did meet Carl Chinn in the bullring he was signing newspapers a copy of the Birmingham Mail that was issued on V.E. day.He also held a great concert at the Town Hall.Have a great day everyone  Liizzy

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Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Reply #45 on: March 05, 2006, 02:10:59 AM »
Hi Lizzy,
It's good to see that you remember Cromwell Passage.
I was born at number 10 in Feb 1944.It was my Grans house and sadly she died when I was 6 months old.
The family moved to 173 Angelina St That was the top next to the bomb site cnr Upper Highgate St
My mother and father's was a wartime marriage that did not work out and they split in 1948 myself and sister  lived with my father.
Henson's had both the grocer and greengrocer shops as I remember they were next door to each other.
I do remember the Geese in Cromwell passage but not in any detail.My family surname is Ledbrooke and my mothers Shaler.Lizzy do you know the name??
Great to see this site and how it brings back the memories.Have a nice day all
John L Picton New Zealand
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Jacqueline

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Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Reply #46 on: March 05, 2006, 11:01:15 AM »
Hi Johnl,
   My mistake :-[ The name should have read Pepperel not Pepplin and yes mom said they did own the newsagent. She remembers the daughter was named Cathy who later ran her own shop near St Martins flats and a son named Eric.

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« Reply #47 on: March 05, 2006, 02:20:03 PM »
Hi there every one, at the bottom of Shereborne Rd and Longmore st, on the corner was a free house ( pub) if I remember right it was run by the family Hopes, I beleve the son John Hope later had the out door, in Upper Highgate and conybere St, also does any one know of the Souths family at the top of conybere St, one of the girls was Irene,  a little futher up was the Goods family daughter called Astrid, we all used to go to Hope St school, in the 1950-55 time. I remember I got on well with both of them, now I wonder what happened to them,
any feed back would nice......................John 2000 8)
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« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2006, 06:15:24 PM »
Shufflebottoms motor cycle shop. On the corner of taunton road & ladypool road. I bought my first motor bike from there in 1957 an old BSA C11 250cc crash helmets were just coming in but not law. I kept the bike for about 4 years. Andy Capp

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« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2006, 08:18:26 PM »
Andy, I remember Shufflebottoms the motor cycle shop, when I was 17 I used to take my girl friend to the shop and stand outside and show her the "bike "I'm going to buy, it was a Francis Barnett 125cc with a cowling over the back end, ( like the Triumph 21 ) that was a dream I had, the other was to get into the pants of my girl friend, but in the end, both where out of reach.( happy days )................John 2000 8)
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« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2006, 11:52:48 AM »
Hi John i do remember the vimto storage depot next to the Luxor. Next to that was pinnicks the furniture shop. The luxor was our saturday morning treat in the late 1940s & early 1950s sixpenny crush. To watch flash gordon & B cowboy films. Andy Capp

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« Reply #51 on: March 10, 2006, 12:50:22 PM »
Hi Tassie Devil.
Laura Dixons was above Chetwyns the gents outfitters in Hurst St. Alex Hoopers was on the Stratford Rd. Also there was the Casino in the Old Square, they knocked it down when they built the Lacarno. 

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Dennis on the Mornington  Peninsula, Victoria.

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« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2006, 09:54:48 AM »
Hi all you ex Balsall Heath Ex pats.
I remember Jakemans walk very well. I remember Eric Lovell and his sister Pat, also Tommy Potter. who lived in the walk,  I remember having my first kiss in the air raid shelter in Jakemans walk, I was around Nine years of age.
 I also remember The Black Patch in Calthorpe Park, We used to play football on it.
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Andy Capp

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« Reply #53 on: March 29, 2006, 12:12:11 PM »
Has anyone out there got any any old photos Balsall Heath from the past. there must be some hidden in attics or at the bottom of wardrobes in biscuits tins. A lot of the old balsall heath as vanished for ever. So it Would be great to see some old views of how it was. Please dig deep Andy Capp

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« Reply #54 on: March 30, 2006, 08:56:27 PM »
Hi John & Andy Capp, do you remember this little girl? When I was young she seems to have been in most peoples bay-window, alongside the aspidistra plant. I picked this one up in a Belgian antique shop, some 30 years ago now.

I know it's not a photo of Balsall Heath but there were pleanty of these to be seen in the area after the war.

Graham.