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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #88 on: January 27, 2019, 10:54:51 AM »
the only two shops that I remember in our road (angalina street) was a paper shop called luckets  and a green grocer   called well we called it  dolly dings  and she made home made toffee on a stick   it was ok for pulling your milk teeth out ;D O0
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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #89 on: January 27, 2019, 11:33:36 AM »
I just want to say thank you for all of the posts and pictures.  I'm doing family history and discovered that my Mother was raised in this area as a child during the War.  Also, my Nana lived on Balsall Heath road from around 1910 to the 1950's when she had to move due to the demolition.  She had a seamstress shop there for 40 plus years.   Thank you again..


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Welcome to the forum, I've been racking my brains trying to think of a part of Balsall Heath Road that was demolished in the 50's and the earliest demolitions I can think of is when they demolished a section opposite Wenman Street for the new Mount Pleasant School in the mid 1960's. Have you any idea of the location of the shop?
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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #90 on: January 27, 2019, 01:12:19 PM »
All I know is that she lived on 56 Balsall Heath Road and had to move to make way for some new road.  Or so, I was told?  My Nana was a dressmaker for all of the years.  My guess is she worked out of her house.  It probably wasn't an actual shop. 

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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #91 on: January 27, 2019, 01:46:19 PM »
All I know is that she lived on 56 Balsall Heath Road and had to move to make way for some new road.  Or so, I was told?  My Nana was a dressmaker for all of the years.  My guess is she worked out of her house.  It probably wasn't an actual shop.


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Yes 56 was a house, down near the Pershore Road junction opposite the Earl Grey public house and I can think of no reason that would require the demolition of any houses there before the end of the 60's in fact where your Nana lived new houses were built in the 70's. It may have just been the Council playing it's old trick of compulsory purchasing property years before they really needed to in the hope that the occupier would stay on an pay rent ans they could recover the meagre sum they paid for it.
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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #92 on: January 27, 2019, 02:54:55 PM »
Following your post in the other thread. The online electoral rolls (which do not list every year) show Elizabeth Skelcher is listed on the online rolls at no 56 from 1930. Before 1939 it is with (mother?) Ellen, and form 1939 till 1947 various other names, presumably lodgers. She is still listed there in 1965 , the last year that the rolls are online

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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #93 on: January 27, 2019, 06:45:19 PM »
The shot of Balsall Heath Road 1954. Irememberthatfairly well as I lived about 100 yds or so towards Moseley Road
The shop on the corner (BH Rd an Arter Street) was owned by Lowes although by Ď54 MrLowe had passed on. Iíve been racking my old brain trying to remember the name of the newspaper shop just below but it just wonít come. On the opposite side of the Road was a little grocery shop run by an old lady called Toombs. She took no prisoners but really had a heart of gold if anyone was in dire straits.
Brilliant set of pics! Really took me backwashes hoping to see a snap of Prattís the chippie almost on the corner of BH Rd and Clevedon Rd. Best chips in the area but always a queue outside the shop too .....in the rain!


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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #94 on: January 27, 2019, 07:49:51 PM »
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In 1950 according to the trade directory there was a Winifred Skeltcher (dressmaker) at 56 Balsall Heath Road, she is still there in 1969, but after that number 56 is no longer listed.

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The newspaper shop you were looking for was at 291 Balsall Heath Road, and was owned by a Walter Jarvis perhaps when you knew it, and J Pyatt's chip shop was at 130 Balsall Heath Road which was between the black patch and Cox Street West.
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Re: The "little" shops of Balsall heath.
« Reply #95 on: January 28, 2019, 11:37:46 AM »
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Another image of Balsall Heath Road from Arter Street, this one shows all three of the shops mentioned by you.
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