Memories of Bernie Ryman
This is a photo of my wife with her mother out side their shop, A M OLDHAM at the Circle Kinstanding [ 653 kINGSTANDING ROAD].
Memories of Birmingham Municipal Bank, now Lloydstsb on Kingstanding Road
More information about the bank can be seen at Mr Parkes web site at http://www.bmbhistory.org.uk/bmb_173.htm
Municipal bank account book
Municipal bank account book
Memories of Margaret Potter
My earliest memories…. being carried by my dad to the Odeon cinema in the dark with my pyjamas on, i suppose ready to be put to bed when they got home. I remember Harry Rochelles the butcher on the corner at the Circle and their steak &kidney pies, my grandad Frank Jew used to do jobs for him over the years so we got our meat from him. Clare’s the newsagent, Baines the cake shop , can’t remember the name of the big fruit & veg shop there, my Nan Dolly Jew used to send me to buy loose potatoes and vegetables, there would always be a long q of old ladies and their shopping bags . Spuds etc. would be weighed on scales with weights and then poured from the metal scoop into shopping bag.. Also funeral directors further round, Hewards across the road. There were trees on the Circle island and metal fencing round the greens at the Circle. Also a great fish & chip shop across the road from Odeon, a bag of chips was a 3 penny piece and was wrapped in newspaper.
Memories of Joyce Fowle
my name is joyce Fowle of Adelaide S.A.I have a newspaper cutting sent to me from my cousin Reg Smith the brother of David Smith who contacted you about our Grandfarther Bill Wilson who did some building of some shops in the circle ,This newspaper cutting is of Oldham the Drapers the person did very well I Wimbush the Bakers my brother and I spent many an hour in all sors of weather in the war waiting for delivery of cakes if lucky you got one shillings worth then there was a shop in between I think it was a grocers then came Baines Baker over the road to Cozifit round the corner the Barbers then Lennons Drapers I worked there Mr& Mrs Lennon had one son Phillip over the road Parks greengrocer then Jones Fish & chip shop past the funeral directors there was a chemist just before Knights over the dual roadpast the billiard hall I think there was aHairdressers shop on from Knights onhe corner was Mecca sweet shop round the corner facing onto the Odeon was the British Restaurant people could
buy bowls of vegs all to help out with the rations I suppose my friend and I used to go in for a cup of tea and the treat of a Bun then there was a Fish & Chip shop.
The British Restaurant was on Kettlehouse rd 0pposite the exit from the Odeon the kitchen where the food was cooked was at the bottom of Banners Gate road my mom worked there,it was to help out with the rations you could buy bowls of mashed potato or bowl of peas jug of gravy taking your own bowl of course. So many memories remember when we moved from Twickenham road to Rough road in 1936 the feild opposite our house on Rough road was flat it was a farm there was an old farmhouse in the top right hand corner derelict I cant remember when the water works took it over but every night during the bombing there wre so many insendery bombs wre dropped there think the gerry’s thought it was a secret weapons place lucky none of us got hit only the house in Miilburn road looked like a knife had sliced through leavng the other house standing
I lived at the top of Rough road on the corner of Hartley rd & Rough Rd till we came to Australia in 1949
Memories of Barry Gater from the 1950’s