Author Topic: Streets of the City  (Read 80295 times)

Scipio

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Re: Streets of the City
« Reply #594 on: January 06, 2018, 09:18:18 PM »


John


So you would have lived quite close to the new Shareholders Arms then. It didn't last that lomg after they built the new one did it?


Phil I think it was the new one I used to drink in among others between 76-96 it was closed before 1996 , originally it was an Ansells
house then late 80's . Pat Brennan working on behalf of Banks' brewery refurbed it got it going and then it closed after a couple of years or so . Pat Brennan just for the record , owned the Aston Tavern , plus he bought the Old Crown in Digbeth so he ain't no fool
when it comes to pubs . Altogether with his brothers and sisters we worked it out once there aws about 21 pubs involved

Ian Dalziel

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Re: Streets of the City
« Reply #595 on: January 07, 2018, 02:41:05 PM »

Ian, back when the first photo was taken it was still a thoroughfare and open at both ends and I always thought it remained that way until they closed the top end of it in the eighties, back when the first photo was taken there were very few parking restrictions in the city as I remember it.


Sorry Phil, I would normally bow to your superior knowledge, and I realise that memories can often be wrong after many years but I am reasonably sure that New Meeting Street was closed at the south end, when I regularly used it from when I learned to drive in 1960. Even though there were not many parking restrictions at that time, it was often difficult to find a space in High Street, New Street or Corporation Street during peak periods so New Meeting Street was a good alternative. I can only ever remember using the Dale End entrance and the other end was probably closed because of clearance for the Queensway.


Also, Roy's first photo shows parked cars almost blocking the street which, even then, would not have been allowed on a through road used by commercial vehicles.
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Phil

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Re: Streets of the City
« Reply #596 on: January 08, 2018, 10:46:47 AM »
Ian


I have to be honest and say that I do not remember when they closed off the bottom end of New Meeting street other than to say I don't think it was as early as you seem to think. In Roys photo which was taken in 1963 it was still open as you can see the pavement kerbs for Moor Street and if you look at the first and third photos I am posting now and compare them you will see that the street was blocked off much higher up.


The second photo was taken a little earlier in 1962 and shows the bottom end of the street from the Everyman cafe looking toward Moor Street.
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Ian Dalziel

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Re: Streets of the City
« Reply #597 on: January 08, 2018, 12:16:21 PM »
Hi Phil, my recollection is that if there was no room to park on the way down the street, then we parked in the space at the bottom where the road junction used to be. However, my memory has occasionally failed me in the past so I am willing to admit I may be wrong in this case.
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