Kingstanding Road

Kingstanding road today

Your memories of Kingstanding road.

Memories of Norma Bird

Funny how seeing Memories of Kingstanding title, it brought back so many thoughts of living there in childhood to my 20s.  The Geman plane that dropped its bomb on a house in Hurlingham Road, hiding under stairs at school as the planes went over it, causing the building to shake with flying over it so low. The German POW’s repairing the Kingstanding Road by the Settlement and my mother making me walk past them very quickly so I would be unable to speak to them. The Barrage Balloon landing on a house in Dulwich Road and all us kids running there to see it. My dad did firewatching at his works all through the war so our mom had to make sure we were in the shelter on her own, it must have been a hell for her as she had 4 of us to cope with.  My youngest brother at that time was born in 1941 so he had a Mickie Mouse gas mask, I hated my gas mask, it made me so hot and breathless, they were ghastly to wear. Who else remembers them like that? The winter of 1947 was bad in Kingstanding, you couldn’t stand up on the ice, and to add to this problem my grandma (a real Black Country woman) died on Christmas Eve and they couldn’t bury her because the ground was so frozen.



  1. My father grew up on Kingstanding Road after the family moved from Ladywood in the 1930’s.

  2. I was born at 519 Kingstanding Road. Friends of mine were Margaret Breakwell, Diana Bridges. Friends of us all, 2 brothers & 1 sister, were David, Alan & Roy Bates. Next door, Nigel Rogers. Also, 2 midwives, Miss Francis & Miss Lindar. Would love to hear from any of my old friends.

    • My dad, Graham Rogers, was born at 517 Kingstanding Rd. He is Nigel’s older brother and lives in Canada.

  3. Hi val I now live at 521 been here for 14 years sad to say people who used to live here passed away . Nice family at 523 the wheelers been there since they were built I know a little about area grew up here but only a young buck of 45

  4. I can recall the celebrations for Queen’s coronation, held at Grasmere Garden Centre. Close friend of Margaret Breakwell and I can remember her younger sister, Pauline. Also, the Bates family and Susan & Nine Perkins. Are you all still around? Would love to hear from you.
    Val Latham (nee Surch).

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