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Author Topic: Sparkhill & Sparkbrook  (Read 7604 times)
Annie
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« on: August 14, 2009, 09:27:18 PM »

My very first home, albeit for just six weeks, was 81 Newton Road, Sparkhill, just off Stoney Lane. It was my nan's house, and was getting a little overcrowded after I was born. So we moved out to Sheldon. But myself and my older brother spent many happy hours down there, until nan died in '57. And where we went to the Saturday morning crush, followed by roller skating at the Walford Road Rink.

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 01:52:26 PM »

Mom and dad and family, about 1950, in The Red Lion Ladypool Rd.

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 11:08:58 PM »

How those areas have changed.
Had a walk in that area the other day,some memories came back too.
Lovely family snap,and is it nearly 60 years ago?
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 03:10:33 PM »

Tim,

Yes it has changed such a lot. Although most of the roads and houses are still there, the whole 'look' of it has changed.
This is another photo taken in The Red Lion Ladypool Rd. on the same night. As you say, about 60 years ago. It is of my nan, Frances Bradley with her family. Perhaps they were celebrating a birthday. Graham Webb spotted his uncle, Fred Ford on this photo. Fred is at the back top left. And Graham's mom was a member of the Red Lion's darts team.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 03:13:50 PM »

And an old external photograph of The Red Lion Ladypool Rd.
Last year (2008) it was gutted and turned into yet another restaurant. I went down there so I could have 'then' and 'now' photos in the bar, but I was just a few months too late.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2009, 04:02:23 PM »

Ann,again some wonderful photos.You're right,the majority of the buildings are the same,but somehow the look and feel of the place is different,even from my early 1970s memories.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2009, 04:52:33 PM »

Tim,

As Ladypool Rd. is now in the centre of the balti belt, it will never again have the look or feel of how I remember it. I expect one day it will have another reincarnation.

Here's my dad at the front of 81 Newton Rd. Sparkhill.

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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2009, 05:09:09 PM »

A hansome man,now we know where you get your beauty from. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2009, 05:20:25 PM »

Thank you Tim.

You certainly fit into this site. But I am just an avatar!

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2009, 05:24:45 PM »

Your real beauty comes from your words,the physical side is best left to the imagination. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2009, 09:25:56 AM »

Gilbert Harold Merrick, better known simply as Gil Merrick, was born in Sparkhill on 26th. January 1922. In the mid 1950's, he was considered to be the best of the goalkeepers in the country.
The ex Birmingham City Football Club player has become a legend in his own lifetime. He has just won the vote to become the latest to be honoured with a plaque on Broad Street's 'Walk of Stars'.

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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2009, 09:31:52 AM »

Gil Merrick,I grew up round the corner from him,he lived/lives Bills Lane,Shirley.
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2009, 09:35:25 AM »

Tim,

Then can you remember if he had daughters, and if so what there names are. Because I thought I knew them, but I may have got mixed up with another City player.

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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2009, 02:29:11 PM »

Tim,

Then can you remember if he had daughters, and if so what there names are. Because I thought I knew them, but I may have got mixed up with another City player.

Ann

Knew him to say hello to,but wasn't a family friend as such,so sorry no idea about his family
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2016, 04:46:40 PM »

Hello all

I'm working on a BBC documentary about life in the west Midlands in the mid 60s. I would love to hear personal stories from people who lived in the Sparkbrook area.

Please get in touch. lina.hashweh@firstlooktv.co.uk
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