Author Topic: Anyone from Stirchley  (Read 11551 times)

countrylad

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2017, 08:33:56 AM »
Not from Stirchley, but my main memories would be going either with the school, with mates or dad to Stirchley swimming baths.


As kids we would walk from Kings Norton to the baths mostly in the long summer holidays. Just up from the baths was a chip shop (always hungry after swimming), would get chips 6d or a scallop 1d (depending on finances). Across the road was Bunn's, I think this was a newsagent. Walking home we would usually turn left at the Breeden Cross towards Lifford res and walk back along the canal, past Junction House to Kings Norton.


Does anyone remember the family at Junction House in the mid 60's? They kept pigs and chickens. I can remember the youngest lad learning to swim in the canal. His sister in a little rowing boat and him in the water with a rope around his waist.


I can also remember that sometimes Stirchley baths would be closed for some reason when we got there. So we would walk further to Tiverton Road baths. When I look back we must have covered some miles on foot. Never a rucksack in sight, towel and trunks rolled up and carried under the arm...   

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #56 on: June 05, 2017, 12:03:23 PM »

A few photos of Stirchley baths. Thank you


Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #57 on: June 05, 2017, 12:09:03 PM »
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #58 on: June 05, 2017, 12:13:17 PM »
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

countrylad

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #59 on: June 05, 2017, 01:45:57 PM »
Thanks townie, good to see pictures of the old baths. I am sure there used to be a single diving board. Mind you, diving into only 6ft of water was asking for trouble. So probably removed as we got more safety conscious 


Looking at one of the pictures it looked ready to be demolished. Pleased to see from their web site that it is now a community hub. Interestingly, it looks like they have restored as original the old kiosk just inside the main doors where we paid to get in.     

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #60 on: August 15, 2017, 09:51:27 PM »
Hi,


My name is Thomas - I am enquiring about a family friend who used to live in Brent Road, his name was George Smalley and he passed in 1973. He had a wife called Laura who passed away at 41 years of age. I think they lived at No. 34 and George's father Wilfred lived at No. 36.


If anyone remembers this family I would appreciate any feedback.


Thanks,


Thomas

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Re: Anyone from Stirchley
« Reply #61 on: August 17, 2017, 08:54:30 AM »
Thanks townie, good to see pictures of the old baths. I am sure there used to be a single diving board. Mind you, diving into only 6ft of water was asking for trouble. So probably removed as we got more safety conscious
It's really good to see the old pictures inside the swimming baths. Yes, as far as I can remember when I was at Stirchley Primary School back in the 1950's, there was a low, single diving board at the far end. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a fear of water and never managed to learn to swim there even though I believe we went once a week from school.