ABBEY STREET 02/05/2019 I am Paul Loxton, my dad Dinky Loxton always told me stories of Abbey Street and the surrounding area when I was growing up, the hard times, and the good times. Dad had 4 brothers, Harry, Albert, Raymond, Jimmy, and 2 sisters Elsie & Rosie, with his father Harry and mother Elizabeth. I was wondering if people out there still remember them, they have all passed on RIP, except my Dad, he being the youngest at 76 is still alive and kicking and still living in Brum. Regards  Paul Loxton.

ABBEY STREET 26/09/2018. I have recently found your website relating to Abbey Street and note that an old friend of mine Jacqueline Perry nee Carnell had contributed.  I have tried to email her as I have a picture of her, Mary Orange and me taken in our back yard at 35 Abbey Street and would like to send her one.  Do you know whether she has changed her email address? I do not do Facebook or any other social media.I think your website is fascinating.
Janice Bissell nee Hextell

ABBEY STREET 12/01/2017                                                                                                         I’m trying to trace family history and my family were blacksmiths in 20 Abbey Street, Hockley. Ernest Strawbridge from 1932 or earlier as listed in the Kellys directory. Anything you can tell me would be great. Thank you Kathryn Strawbridge

ABBEY STREET 07/10/2017. Looking for an old friend                                                                My name is Sharon Murphy, I am looking for a lady who used to live on Abbey street in the 60s /70s, she was known as Abbey Street Ann, by her friends, my mother in law was a very good friend her name was Ann Murphy, I believe that Ann from Abbey street had a daughter called Ann-Marie, who was around 15/16yrs in 1975/6. If anyone has any information I would be delighted to hear from you. Thanks Sharon.

ABBEY STREET 28/04/2017    Memories and All Saints School                                                   I've only just found this site it's fascinating. My family lived in Abbey Street, I'm the youngest of three sisters Pat, Chris & Marilyn Walford. We all went to All Saints School, I was there until 1965 and remember Stephen Calder, Kenny Strawbridge and Terry Weston so well. Nobody seems to have mentioned the Annex, I can't remember exactly where it was but somewhere in the direction of the Flat, Mr Gaffney taught us there, I recall it being absolutely freezing . I have great memories of the school, Mrs Sharrett giving out Christmas presents to each child, wrapped in blue or pink tissue paper, 'lessons' outside in the playground which involved toy irons and ironing boards.I remember the Nativity Plays really well as I was the narrator and had to use a real microphone from the Pulpit. To this day I can't drink out of a soft plastic beaker without thinking of Mrs Nicklin pouring hot chocolate from a white and blue enamel jug, the memories of the smells and steam in the kitchen are so strong. Oh, and the outdoor corridor on the first floor, I loved that, sometimes going back to class along that corridor I'd see my Mum walking to work and would wave and call. The P.E. classes in the Hall with the 'Apparatus' that looked like scaffolding, the little room at the back of the Hall where we lined up in vest and knickers for our medical tests, the wooden slide outside for the children in Mrs Brookes class - I can still feel the splinters!
We lived on one of the back rows of houses in Abbey Street, back of 62 which was Bill and Margie Lackey at the outdoor. Bill and Alice Arley lived on the other side of the passage and Bill grew prize chrysanthemums with huge flowers which he used to put bags over to keep them pristine. I think my sisters got into trouble for posting bits of grass and sticks through a hole in the Arleys outdoor toilet when Bill was in there!
Brighton Place, was more of a scary place for me though my older sisters played there a lot, what sticks in my mind is watching a child with diphtheria being taken to hospital, swathed in a bright red blanket and a family there where the Mum kept a pet rabbit that wandered freely round the house and stretched out in front of the fire - was it a lady named Joan Randell? 
Good Heavens it's been a long time since I've been back there but this site has made the memories flood back......I don't have any school group photographs, did we have them? I'd love to see them, I can remember quite a lot of names, but not the faces so much of the children in my class, would be good to see what we were all like.
Marilyn Walford

ABBEY STREET 15/12/2013
My name is Ronald Sutton I am now 58yrs old and have two sisters Linda who is now 65yrs old and Edith who is 67yrs.
I was born at 7/59 Abbey Street Hockley later we moved up the hill to number 24 Abbey Street by Strawbridge’s the Blacksmiths, my Father worked for Foundry Flux on Park Road Hockley.
Yours Faithfully.  Ronald Sutton

Two photos thanks to Ron Sutton Mrs Edith Sutton and Mrs Powell knitting in 7/59 Abbey Street Hockley also known as Brighton Place  the other picture was taken around 1961 in the yard             ( Brighton Place )

 ABBEY STREET 13/10/09
I was born at Dudley Road hospital in 1953 and lived in Abbey Street until 1970. My dad had the blacksmiths forge and with his father used to shoe the horses for Scribans Bakery also any barge horses that used to be walked down from the canal basin in Lodge Road. I went to school at All Saints and Handswoth New Road. Found your web site fantastic.
Ken Strawbridge     

What a fantastic site, I am Ann Nottle formerly Monaf. It is my class in the picture of the All Saints Christmas play. We lived in Abbey Street from around 1953 and were probably the first mixed race family in the area. Maureen Kemp and I who is also in the picture went on to George Dixon grammar school and then to live in Cornwall together and are still in touch. I am contacting my brother to see if he has any old pictures of the area.
Kind regards, Ann Nottle nee Monaf 

If anyone lived in Abbey St, Hockley l would love to hear from you.This is in respect of my family history project.  From the mid 1850s till circa 1880 my g/grandparents raised a family of ten children in No 36 Abbey St, by coincidence in the mid 60s l worked for G/G/Lloyd in Park Rd as a driver,  they owned a house in Abbey St about a third up on the left from Park Rd which l often went into.This was long before l began genealogy so l had no idea of its prominence, l can't recall the internal layout and l just wish l had been into photography then. Basically l would like to imagine the conditions a family of twelve would have living in a smallish terraced house Even better if anyone has photographs of these houses or Street pre-redevelopement l would love to see them.    Pete Ellis

ABBEY STREET 05/02/03 and 10/02/04.                                                                                      I was born at 4/35 Western Grove, Abbey Street  in 1947 My brothers and sisters all attended
All Saints School, Handsworth New Road (Girls), and Icknield Street Schools. We were one of the lucky families we had our own loo (outside), but it was ours!
DOES ANYONE remember the Outdoor run by Marge Lackey ???
WHAT ABOUT the Pawn Shop and the Cobblers?
REMEMBER knock door run?, skipping?, British bulldog?
and playing cricket in the `Horse Road`?
We used to play for hours in the street, safely.  OH what times we had!
Jacqueline Perry (CARNELL)   Email:

This photo was taken in the early 60`s, its my Mom Dot Carnell, sitting in the front garden of 4/35 Abbey Street.

We lived up a grove in ABBEY STREET, there were 5 houses, we all had 3rooms down and 3 rooms up, and our own seperate toilets! But a lot of the houses were back to back,with just one room and a scullery and 2 rooms up stairs and had to share toilets with other families. I had a friend whose family lived at the back of the cobblers shop and they had four children!                              Jackie (Carnell) Perry  Email:

ABBEY STREET     19/07/02
Just a few names to stir memories Steven Earl, Paul Sale, Paul Tierney, Keith Higgins (his Dad had the greengrocers in Crabtree Rd)
An old lady I loved who had a dog called Jack, I used to call her Granny Brookes, I was told she would have a drink at the pub ( or offlicence I'm not sure) every day like clockwork until she died when she was well over 100 years old.
My grandfather Bill Thomas had the pet shop on Lodge Road, Near the prison. I was born in Dudley Road Hospital in 1948. I also lived in Abbey Street just off Lodge Road, Not far from Scribbans Bakery. Now I live in South Australia a seaside town called Christies Beach. I was elated when I stumbled on your web site.
P.S. I used to go to a youth club called the Stonehouse Gang that met in Camden St school.
 from Ian Thorpe
(Does anybody else remember this club meeting there?)