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« on: February 20, 2018, 07:01:11 PM »

Birmingham Wholesale Market is on the move...To Witton
This breaks a long line of history with the market being in the middle of Birmingham
not far from the Bull Ring.
Very soon very little will be left of Birmingham as we knew it.
Very Sad
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 08:05:14 PM »

So many changes. A friend of mine worked in the wholesale market in the mid 70's. He would be in work at about 4AM. he would then get home about midday and lie in the sun for a few hours before meeting us up the Crown Monkspath. He always had the best tan in the gang. I didn't do to bad working outside, but some of he lads that worked in the factories looked a bit pale. Very happy days.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2018, 05:17:33 PM »

Its now opened at Witton. I remember the markets well
and its sad that another load of history has now gone for
ever. Do the Council give one jot or is it all what money
they can make out of these schemes.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018, 06:34:26 PM »

A nice old photo of the Fish Market.
Corner of Bell Lane in Bull Ring Market. The Fish Market Hall is behind the horse and cart. Birmingham c. 1880ís.

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 06:29:54 PM »

Gerald,my wife's cousin who lives in Great Barr says they've made a right mess of the island area at Witton it's changed a lot .Kynokes is now called the HUB a huge industrial estate.Gone are the memories so sad
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 06:47:08 PM »

Hello Ed and Townie
I do feel very said about all these changes, History has gone for ever. I had a relative that was a director at J V Whites.
My Grandad was fish curer for Dexter wholesale fish merchants. I had another uncle that worked in the markets.
Townie knows that my Grandad met the fish trains at Curzon Street train station and the barrels of herrings were taken to Princes Row
to be smoked into Kippers. Townie has a photo of my Grandad on his tea break.
My Grandad and Grandmother did not survive the war. The smoke houses were round buildings with a small open centre at the top
The smoke houses in Princes row became a car part repairers.
During my training in horticulture I had to do a placement in the markets. I was told to keep my eyes closed, so I did.
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 06:19:16 PM »

Is this Drover Twm? his sheep and cattle having a lucky escape.

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 06:42:59 PM »

Brilliant townie, good picture. I must get a new Mac before next winter.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2018, 01:49:42 PM »

Hello Twm and Townie
A great picture, I'm third on the right.
No food on cobbles, very hungry belly, less meat on legs.

We have to work together to keep this forum alive. Lots of people want to get rid of Captcha so please
keep looking to find means of getting rid of it. We never asked for it.
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