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76  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 10:56:01 PM
You're probably right, tough times.  I vowed never again and I've grafted, done jobs no one else wanted and done ok.
77  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 10:50:34 PM
I have a mate up around that area. We keep in touch at Christmas but not seen him for about 10 years, he must be 73 now. Since I've found out how easy it is to get to that neck of the woods I'll pay him a visit and call in Wainrigg. Isn't it funny how that name had completely gone from my mind, as though I'd blanked it out.
78  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: COLESHILL on: January 02, 2018, 10:45:13 PM
I can still smell the paraffin now. The nearest shop to that type f shop is Bunners in Mongomery, Powys

I knew those roads well around there, but memory fading, been a long time. I remember the pub call ed Engine, was this Shustoke? I also went out to the Griffin Pub, on a very bad bend. Was this Over Whitaker or Whitaker Heath. Was there a place called Forge or Furnace along there.

The Griffin had great open fires, the beam above the bar was a tree that has not been squared apart from the top. The landlord was a very serious guy!
79  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 10:36:30 PM
I often wondered how the place turned out. It was a nice little two bed, I had the one with larger garden as I had a Land Rover to park as well as my mini van.

Shame I had to let it go, the recession hit big time, self employed, no work! First and only time in my life I claimed dole. As self employed I had to wait 8 weeks before eligible for benefit.
80  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: January 02, 2018, 10:27:47 PM
You're probably right. I went in the Dog a few times early 70's.
81  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 10:24:07 PM
Do you know Wainrigg rings a bell. That name had completely gone out of my head. Number 17 if memory serves me well.
82  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: January 02, 2018, 10:21:25 PM
A couple of news papers is one thing but a jigsaw, how long was it before the arrival of the next train?
83  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: COLESHILL on: January 02, 2018, 10:16:20 PM
Just found this photo thought it might be good to keep members in check.  Grin

Old pillory and stocks Coleshill Warwickshire



I don't know if those stocks are still there but they were there in the 70's. There used to be a good ex army shop down on the cross roads. I can still remember the old boy in there. Wore a brown cow gown and those half glasses like Rumpole of the Bailey.

There was a tropical fish and pet shop up the hill, sort of down an alley way. Bought a couple of fish from there on occasions.
84  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 10:09:50 PM
We headed up hill to get to it. Not sure what hill was called. I have a feeling that Stonedelph was near and Wilnecote.
85  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 09:30:50 PM
Hello townie, I Think the name Pennymore Park was dropped once the development was completed. I was on Pennymore Rd. As you go in to Pennymore Rd there is a small cul de sac on the right with about 7 houses, it was in there. Looks like f I had stayed, very busy road near by.
86  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: TELVISION on: January 02, 2018, 09:25:26 PM
I did enjoy Peaky Blinders and Taboo, but not a great telly watcher any how.
87  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: TELVISION on: January 02, 2018, 09:06:30 PM
Give me a good documentary any day. Can't do these reality TV things, soaps or so called celebrities.....
88  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Tamworth on: January 02, 2018, 08:59:29 PM
Tamworth for me means a few things. Drayton Mannor Park, going bike rides from Chelmsley Wood out to there in the summer.

I can also remember working at Doultons, they mainly made insulators, toilets and I remember China for the Habitat stores. My main place of work in Doultons was in the boiler house repairing the pipe work. This was early 70's the old boy that looked after the boilers was called Bert. Any excess steam that the boilers produced was diverted to a steam turbine which drove an electric generator, electricity produced was used in the factory or fed into the grid.

In about 1980, I bought a new house on a development called Pennymore Park. It was a big mistake. Probably only stayed there a couple of nights, got rid of it.
89  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: KINGSBURY on: January 02, 2018, 08:33:41 PM
Gerald, I've been doing a bit of driving up and down M54, M6 and M42 this last few months, I'm surprised there is any green field sites left in that part of Brum at all.

Back in October I had to pick my neighbour up from York. Coming back towards Manchester there was a two hour delay. I decided to head straight down the M1 and cut across the A5 towards Wales. I thought once I got near Tamworth I would know where I was, no chance. Every thing changed beyond recognition. I eventually picked up the M54, by chance I think!
90  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Members New and old on: January 02, 2018, 08:07:56 PM
Hello Gerald, I have a few hobbies. One of which is helping my son on the farm. I enjoy wildlife and the countryside in general. Today I've been making bird nesting boxes. I restore old Land Rovers and still working on my old farmhouse after nearly 40 years.

Now that I have retired I hope to get my garden back into shape perhaps a pollytunel, and veg patch

Best wishes Twm Sion
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