Author Topic: The Jungle cafe, Highgate Rd Balsall Heath 1960 also Blues at 16 Trafalgar Rd  (Read 5162 times)

Phil

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I've attached a photo showing The Jungle on Snow Hill, a place that I never used. I also never used the Jungle on Highgate Road either obviosly this is why I had no knowledge of it. Since last posting to this thread I have studied the trade directories and I think that the problem with the name "the Jungle might be because the premises at 2 Highgate Road which was first on the right under the bridge from Moseley Road in the up to the mid 60's were registered to a J C Ryan as dining rooms (posh name for a cafe) but there was no name registered it might well have been called the Jungle then.


Then the cafe remained closed (no listing ) from 1967 to 1971 when it re-opened as the Jehlum, so it's entirely possible that people just continued calling it the Jungle.
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Phil..
Thanks for reply & the photo of the Jungle Café, on Snow Hill.  I was not aware of the one in Highgate Rd, despite passing under the bridge several times a day for years, also I had it in my mind that Jones's fishing tackle shop was the first shop next to the bridge on the right, going from Moseley Rd. I know that whole corner was demolished some years ago.
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Hi Susan
 
As I am some eight years older than yourself I doubt that we would have known each other, well not as children anyway. Yes it probably was the shop further down that I was thinking of. No I don't remember any of the names that you mention, but there again I lived in Larches st just by Larches Passage with my grandmother. Although I moved out of there before it was demolished in 1972.
 
I remember he sweet factory in Woodfield Rd and the builders yard next W.E.Bakers. I also remember the chippie in Woodfield Rd, but we always used Hickmans in Kyrwicks Lane for much better chips. 
 
It's all gone now and there are only a few places recognisable left.
 
Phil



Phil...

The sweet factory that was in Woodfield Rd was owned by a family named Diamond, they lived in Webb Lane Hall Green. I went out with their daughter Annette at one time during the mid 60s. She was/is friends with my wife & is God Mother to our daughter and we still see her & her husband several times a year.

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Phil

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Yes the corner site was empty for a long while, but Aziz coaches has taken over the whole corner now. As I say I don't remember the cafe and all the member of my family that might are no longer with us so I can't ask them either. It's a pity Freds is not still open as I could have asked him, He would have known as there wasn't much going on around there that he didn't know about.
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Thanks for reply, Phil. O0                                                                                            Malc.
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