Memories of Hawthorn Road shops
Picture and information from Woolworths Virtual Museum
The self-service salesfloor at Woolworth’s 232-234 Hawthorn Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham 44, which opened on 28 October 1955
Memories of Paul Hillcox
Photograph of Ken Hillcox at Tranters
Memories of Alan Hitchman
I saved my paper round money and bought a red “Norman Invader” bicycle from Allens Cycle shop on the Hawthorn road around 1950, it was my pride and Joy.
Memories of David Mitchell
Memories of Dennis
Yes there was a bakery, Wimbush’s next to Harris the cleaners, on the corner of Warren Farm Rd & Hawthorne Rd The Greengrocer was Roses next to Lathams a haberdashery shop on the corner of Hawthorne & Dyas Rd.
Memories of Peter Walker
I don’t remember all those shops in Hawthorn Road, but I do remember going into Peacocks just over 62 years ago, on 7 May, after we were let out early from school, and buying two Union Jack flags. Next day they were flying to celebrate VE Day.
Memories of Lynne Hart
Spent my life on Hawthorn (without an E) Road. We lived at 160 which we have recently sold as my Father died last year (Ken Butler should anyone know him!). The shops – Boots on the top corner, Wimbush, Wrensons, Littlewoods, Foster Menswear…. Fond memories of a sweet shop called The Cabin, Williams the Furniture shop (where else!), W J Taylor (with the record booth at the back), Leavers the ladies dress shop (which I could only afford in the sale), Miles the pet shop (still there), the Newbys at the Post Office, and in particular, Gwynnes the toy shop.
Memories of GG Jean
Rochells the butchers. The mom and dad used to live up our road and the daughter opposite them. They used to sell cows udder by the lb and it sold like hot cakes. They had another family shop on the Kingstandin road just down from Dyas road and my neice Helen [sky blue] worked there for a while. I think she left after a compulsary visit to the abotoir.
Memory of Brumdelv
My grandparents lived in Hawthorn Road and my mother remembers going into the Anderson shelter during the war. She left school at 12 when the building was taken over for use by the forces. Her brother had a ladies and childrens clothes shop in the road also.
Memories of Morice Sellars
Hawthorn road I have seen no mention of the bike shop next door to Mattys and also who could forget the aroma that you got when you went into Corkings the hardware shop. Across the road from this shop lived the local midwife Nurse Cook, I was told by my mother that she delivered me in 1937, she also delivered my son in 1959 are there any records of how many babies she delivered and how many Tours de Kingstanding, Erdington and Great Barr did she do on her trusty bicycle from 1937 till she retired.Further along Hawtorn road backing onto Warren Hill road where Dr Massey the police surgeon lived was a shop that housed the Y W C A before it moved to Perry Common in the late 1950s. Some the members I remember were the Prince twins Ron and Charlie, Grace Guy, Maureen Bowen, Cliff ?, Jeff Smith (like myself now living in Australia) not to forget Pat Stanton who I married in 1958. The club mistress was a scottish lady Jo Cunningham.
Memories of Norma Grove
The whole of my childhood was spent in Kingstanding. I have never forgotten the cold winds that blow across Hawthorn Road in the winter the older family members used to say K/s was on a level with Russia in height and that was what caused them I have some other things you might like to know if so write again and I will put them on for you. norma graves.