BACCHUS ROAD

BACCHUS ROAD04/02/2017                                                                                                         If a certain Robert Hewitt or Barbara Mann should read this, we would love to get in touch.

Although I didn't live in Bacchus Road, I have good reason to remember it. In June of 1964 I was working as a 16yr old for the Birmingham Co-op (B.C.S.) Grocery Dept in Broad Street, Ladywood when  I was asked to go and work at the Bacchus Road branch. Working next door in the Dry Cleaning dept was a certain Monica Richardson. We met, started courting and married in March 1967.  We are celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary this March  with family and friends in Birmingham. And they said it wouldn't last.  We now live in Pembrokeshire. 

Albert and Monica Moulsdale Wedding Day 18 March 1967

Albert and Monica Moulsdale Wedding Day 18 March 1967

Best regards      Albert Moulsdale       albert_topoj@hotmail.com

 BACCHUS ROAD 20/01/2017  Old friends in Bacchus Road Area from 1953 to 1985               I would like to hear from any of my old friends in and around that area. Especially Yvette Richardson who lived on handsworth New Road, whose dad was an Estate Agent, Pat Gregg who lived in Benson Road, her mother was a hairdresser, or Susan Smith whose parents lived and worked in the small corner shop in Benson Road, opposite a large factory. We used to walk to Soho Colllege for Girls every day. I would also like to hear from Keith Wilcox whose dad was a prison warder, Jonny Ackrill who worked at a butchers, and Roy Ellis whose dad was a bookmaker. 
My parents used to have the greengrocers shops called Binnells in Bacchus Road until early 1980's
I would love to hear from anyone who remembers either myself or my parents. Gillian Shephard
My email address is Gill.loftus@hotmail.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD14/01/2016                                                                                                                                                        Seeking Jean Margaret HALL (married name Evans), once of 44,Bacchus Rd.   Lost touch since we both married, would like   to 'catch up' before ...it's to late !!!!    Regards Derek Weston  email derekjohnweston@hotmail.co.uk  or  Derek @dweston1.wanadoo.co.uk 

GOOD NEWS Derek found Jean and linked up together again after 60 years.

BACCHUS ROAD 28/11/2015                                                                                                                                                                I, as it seems a lot of others did, found this site by accident. I was born in Handsworth New Road then lived in Bacchus Road which came within the borough of Winson Green. I attended HNR school from 1954-1958. Myself and my mates had great fun growing up in that area, going down to the Red Reck and up the Lanes to catch frogspawn in the numorous ponds, we would take a packed lunch and bottle of pop and lose track of time playing hide and seek and we would be home in time for tea, never ever felt afraid being in such an isolated place, but then we never strayed far from our mates. Then as I got older I started to go to a café down Grove Lane called Mick's Café, opposite Handsworth park. There was a jukebox which was tuned into a basement where us teenagers could bop the night away. All the bikers would hang out there. Also many a happy hour was spent down Rookery Road, there was a dancehall, I think called the Plaza, where live music and then famous groups would perform, some still performing today. I would go with my friend Sandra Moore but as often happens we lost touch when we got older. The 50's and 60's were the best years to be a teenager, I would not have changed a thing. Even though I was only 2yrs old when the war ended I still remember growing up surrounded by flattened buildings that had been bombed during the war, our house was in the same road almost as Soho and Winson Green railway station so I think that is why our area was a target, fortunately our house, and nan's 5 doors from us, escaped any damage. I shall keep looking on this site, comments bring back wonderful memories.   patricia gardner nee shrimpton:     patagardner@virginmedia.com

BACCHUS ROAD 04/05/2015
I thought I would send this photo of the City Laundry Bacchus Road, it was taken in 1976 when I worked there I'm at the front (glasses and rust coloured boots) and my future and still hubby at the back (the one with the straggly beard.It was taken at the retirement of our manageress Mrs Lees, my name was Susan Lawton and I married Mick Curry we, moved to Telford after we married. I remember a few faces like Jeanie Bates and Bridie Hands.
It would be nice if anyone recognises themselves or anyone on the photo and gets in touch.  Susan Curry    chichimama77@yahoo.co.uk

City Laundry Bacchus Road

BACCHUS ROAD18/10/2014
I lived in Bacchus Road from 1950 to 1957. My parents ran the shop on the corner of Allens Road, no 135. It was called H. Jones after my father. I went to Benson Road school and remember Miss Legge, Miss Dumelow and Mr Evans. There was Mrs Moore's drapers shop on the opposite corner of Allens Road. My name was Hazel Jones and my Friends were Carol Williams, Francis Comery, Rita Day to name a few. In the school holidays we would pack sandwiches and lemonade and walk to Black Patch Park. Or on Sundays mum and dad would walk us to Handsworth park. I went back to look at the area a few years ago. The old shop is now a house and the whole place looks so shabby.
Hazel Penn    


BACCHUS ROAD 15/09/2013 and 01/10/2013

The original "Cottage Baths" in Bacchus Road

I lived on Bacchus Rd. from 1964-1982 with my parents and two sisters  We lived in the caretakers lodge which came with my dads job as engineer. He worked in the boiler house & repaired machines in the laundry. Mom worked in the clinic.They remained there until dad retired & the laundry & Clinic closed down & was then demolished
The Old Cottage baths were separate to our buildings. Our buildings ran from the corner of Benson Road to just past the bottom of Markby Road. Then shops, then Cottage baths.We know that our house (caretakers lodge) was built in 1876. We moved in in July 1965, at which time the Cottage baths were still open. Mom thinks they closed around 1967 and stood empty for quite a while before being demolished. My dad Stephen Campbell worked in the boiler house and repaired & maintained the machines in the laundry. It was run by the Public Health dept. when we moved in but then changed to Social Services. The laundry manager was called Dora Lees.
My mom Dorothy(Dot) Campbell worked in the clinic.The boss was Dennis Spencer. Patients were referred by their GP for treatment for head lice and scabies.
In 1993 mom was moved to Montague Street when Bacchus road clinic closed down. The building remained standing.
When dad retired in 1997 the laundry was still up and running. Mom said the council came in regularly and took pictures of everyone at work, but they never saw the photos.
I have a few photos of family with buildings in the background, let me know if you want to see them.
I hope this is of some interest to you,  Kind Regards   Susan Barnacle nee Campbell   sweety_sue62@hotmail.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD 22/06/2013                                                                                                                                                             I've recently returned from a memorial pilgrimage tour to Normandy to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings. When I was attending the Airborne Service of Remembrance at Ranville Airbourne Cemetary i visited the grave of John Shrimpton. His battalion [ 8th] were attacking a German strongpoint at Annebault, Normandy on the day he died. I recalled a conversation I had with my father, John Holloway, over 40 years ago when he told me that he went to school with John Shrimpton. They were both in the same class with my father's twin brother James at Handsworth New Road. I believe the Shrimpton family lived in Bacchus Road, our family lived around the corner in Lodge Road. I also remember a lady called Edith Shrimpton living locally when I was a child there in the 1950's.

I wondered whether anyone else had any other information or know of any more Winson Green's war heroes.
 James Holloway james4111@virginmedia.com 

BACCHUS ROAD 29/04/2012
I am trying to find any information about the coucil run laundry on Bacchus Road almost opposite Willis Rd, I was bought up in Willis Rd and then Markby Rd,my mom and dad ran the off licence in Markby Rd from the late 1960s to 1978.
I worked at the laundry in the mid to late 70s met my hubby there, we used to do laundry for the council run nurseries and some homes the manageress was a Mrs Lees and then a Mrs Caney the other part of the building was used to treat people with infectious diseases such as scabies, I would like to find out more as to why it closed and what happened to it and some of the folks that worked there.
Hoping you can help.
Susan Curry chichimama77@yahoo.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD 26/03/2011

Anniversary parade from St Chrysostom's Church about 1947.

This picture was taken in Bacchus Road. Joan Moylan is seen leading the anniversary parade from St Chrysostom's Church about 1947. Our  thanks to Joan Moylan for the Picture

photo by JOAN MOYLAN.  Joan is the little girl second from the left front row.

photo by JOAN MOYLAN.  Joan is the little girl second from the left front row.

BACCUS ROAD & Allen's Road 30/03/2011
 In the background you can see the spire of Benson Road School, the occasion 1937 coronation fancy-dress parade can anyone help with names?    roy.edwards32@talktalk.net                                         

BACCHUS ROAD 07/07/09

Both photographs were taken at the VJ party located near the railway bridge in Bacchus Road (Niniva Road end) in1945  
Many thank to Margaret Moylan for supplying the photos.

 

BACCHUS ROAD 14/10/08

Does anyone remember the Children’s Nursery on Bacchus Road I went there in the late 50’s and if I remember correctly the head was Ms/Mrs Brown who had a little black sausage dog (dachund). We used to have to queue up in the morning for a spoonful of castor oil……..at least I think it was castor oil before we had our bottle of milk. We were made of sturdy stuff in those days!!!

Ann Gallagher    gallagherann2701@hotmail.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD 01/04/08

I was very interested in Colins recollections of Bacchus Road, especially the 'penny pick' shop on the corner of Leanard Street, 'The Grapes' public house, known locally as 'The Jolly Bacchus'. But there were more shops further down towards Nineveh Rd., a newsagents, a woman that sold everything connected with sewing and knitting, a greengrocers and ironmongers etc. Opposite,on the corner of Park Rd. was a building that was privately occupied but looked like it could have been an old public house, can anyone remember it?? Also , why was the road called 'Bacchus', I can't find any reference to a vineyard or winemaking!!! but maybe with its close vicinity to Hockley Brook, this may have happened in the past.! Finally, who were, Benson, Allen, Talbot, Harding, Willis, Preston, Musgrave etc....where they prominent men from the 19th. century, or perhaps reputable employees of Matthew Bolton.?? Somebody may know. Derek Weston  derekjohnweston@hotmail.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD 26/03/08

Bacchus Road should be recognized in History, for the contribution it played in the formation of Winson Green Community offering all shopping facilites & Services to residents north of the" Flat "Starting with Ronnie Swain & Wife running the only Motor garage petrol station Pre 1940 with pump handles, recalling from self experince,ocasionally doing odd jobs to earn pocket money,sweeping up and help using the pump handle. Next door the Co-oP the future of Stores to come, families from a wide area of the district became members, children would earn their pocket money, fetching the family weekly grocery. Having to take the Rations Card have it stamped brings back the futilely of the era. Next door was Old Mother Jones Cafe, were you could spend your pocket money,purchasing a Bottle pop and a slice of home Bread Pudding. If you had any money left, the temptation was to enter Daddy Eagles Newsagents & Tobacco shop, and purchase a packet of cigs and say "for my dad". Ada Windbush bread & cakes shop followed then Richardson Butchers, were my brother worked partime Johnny the Pawnbrokers.to Rosie Browns Fish & Chip Shop,1d of chips & some batters, always gave two scupps and when wrapping them up knocked some off. Drapers Ladies & childrens clothes next the childrens favourite a shop full of pop & sweets. Mr Priest Electrical shop where local residents had the Radio repairs and replacement parts and accumulator recharged. Post Office & Telephone box. Across the opposite side of road Shufflebottoms Fruit & veg shop, next Billy Brannian Barbers shop follow by the Public Washing Baths many a story attached to that building.                                                                                                                                        The Following premises was two fold the local known boxer Carl Barton owned the local Coal Merchants which deliverd to houses via a wheel barrow delivery,this service was carried out with the help of team of local lads that earned their pocket money for a 1d per delivery. Another Pop & Sweet shop, plus a row of shops of Grocery, Butchers, Bread & Cake shop, Chemist and Fish & Chips shop.                                                                                                                                                 Then a large section of Buildings owned by the Birmingham City council,used as City Laundry for items from schools and offices. Mrs.Lees Ladies Hairdresser. Birch Family Greengrocers. Shoe repairs shop. Newsagents. Chemist shop. Fords home Breads and quaility Confectionary. Penny Pick Sweet shop, you choose your Favourite for 1d. The Local so called Tin Chapel, later converted to the British Legion Club "The Grapes Public house was  last building and the only pub  in the road.                 Regards Colin Mills                                                                      

Additional memories 31/05/08 I have about the shops Colin Mills recalls are the butchers was called Richards. A few years ago I used to see Grayson Richards in the wholesale meat market in Birmingham. The drapers was called Pardoes and the sweet shop next door was Beaumonts. The greengrocers opposite was run by the Binnells for part of the 1950's. The sweet shop just past the public baths and opposite the end of Preston Road was run by sisters named Hartill. Going towards Benson Road was Luke Smith the chemist and Albert Yeomans the butcher, his brother Frank had a butchers shop in Benson Road. There was also a lady who ran library from a shop.                        JAMES HOLLOWAY

BACCHUS ROAD 22/02/08

Reading a heart rendering story of a youth in Markby Road losing his life. This made a sad recall of my mate 11year old Reg Essex, he and I  were out roller skating in Bacchus Road and as young lads do, showing off how clever we could perform on them, when Reg race down the road and hit the pavement, and hit his head on the adjoining wall and collapsing. I returned to his house and fetched his mother, the local shop keeper phoned for a ambulance, and he was taken to Dudley Road Hospital were he never recovered and passed away, and at that age did not understand the end of life. His mother always acknowledge our friendship and at later date adoptive two brother aged 12years old and asked myself to befriend them. This I did for Mrs Essex in my memory of my mate Reg. I introduced them both in the 14th Boys Brigade at The Institute Lodge Road where they both stayed from their youthful years into manhood, both becoming officers of the Brigade. Out of adversity,sometimes brings happiness. Colin Mills  


BACCHUS ROAD 26/04/07

The year 1939.a group of six boys were walking along Bacchus Road eating chips,nearby the local Post Office,had a telephone Kiosk and post box infront of it. when one of these lads looked into the phone box and said to us other lads,their is a parcel on the shelf.So being inquisitive someone decided to find out the contents inside,when picking the parcel up he said,that it was ticking away,so the thoughts were a bomb.so the decision was to take to the Police station at Dudley Rd/summerfield park. so we all walked up to Winson Green Rd to the Police Station, all six lads went inside thinking we may recive a reward. The desk sargent took the parcel and unwrapped the so called bomb,and to our amazment,it was an alarm clock ticking away. The police officer was about to give us all a thick ear, for wasting his time, when we all turned around an ran. On the way home we found out who the joker was we all gave him a kick up the rear end and ran home laughing.    I hope that the lads involved read this on the website.                                                                          Regards Colin Mills 

BACCHUS ROAD 22/08/06
I Have just found your fantastic site which brought back many memories. My father was born at the greengrocers in Bacchus Road in 1916 and when her parents died he was adopted by his aunt and uncle Lily and Harry Blocksidge who had the newsagents and fishing tackle shop in Icknield Street. After they died in the early 1950s we lived there for a while with Uncle Percy Dawes. He wasn't a real uncle but came to live there during the war and stayed thereafter! I remember playing with the girl next door Christine Hands who I believe now lives in Great Barr. The shop was demolished in the 1960s and Dad moved his business to the Soho Road until 1977 when he retired due to ill health. Judy nee Blocksidge   bab90@hotmail.co.

BACCHUS ROAD 05/11/03
I lived at 132 Bacchus Rd. for 19 years. 1948 to 1967 then emigrated to Canada, and still here.
Daughter Linda went to Benson Road School from 1955 to 61, then King Edwards Grammar School for Girls ,son Stephen went to Benson Rd.also but came to Canada with us when he was 10.
Names I remember, Mr and Mrs Fred Lewis in corner store Bacchus Rd and Leonard St. Mrs. Moore, corner of Bacchus and Allens Rd. Gord Latham on Bacchus, Charlie Millington on Bacchus.
I am now 77 years old so my memory is a little dimmer, would anyone who knows me or my family please drop me a line. Len Holland 

BACCHUS ROAD 04/08/07

Your site brought tears to my eyes. I live in Surrey and have all my life, but my mother sometimes was not able to look after us (in hospital) so we lived with my grandmother at 49 Bacchus Road. We also went to the local school for a while in the early sixties. Did they make fun of us! we had Surrey accents so we were easy targets. However, they are my fondest memories. As I had only just started  school, I can't place the geography. Bacchus Road was a terrace and I remember the last house in the row was right next to the railway line and we used to peer through the fence.             My sister and I were sent to a shop with a big mug and some money and came back with Faggots and peas, but I can't remember the shop, it may have been near Allen Road. I remember going to the public baths, because my grandmother only had a pantry, it was a cupboard with a big square sink. I remember a sweet shop across the road on a corner. My grandmother was MrsFenton, and my auntie and uncle lived a few doors up the Shrimptons.                                                                   There was a pub I think called the Railway and my nan would take us she would drink a pale ale and we would be with a soft drink and a packet of crisps watching the trains. I don't know how accurate my memories are but I love the site.    Best regards, Valerie val@valmushroom.plus.com

BACCHUS ROAD 06/03/07

BACCHUS ROAD 22/08/06
I Have just found your fantastic site which brought back many memories. My father was born at the greengrocers in Bacchus Road in 1916 and when her parents died he was adopted by his aunt and uncle Lily and Harry Blocksidge who had the newsagents and fishing tackle shop in Icknield Street. After they died in the early 1950s we lived there for a while with Uncle Percy Dawes. He wasn't a real uncle but came to live there during the war and stayed thereafter! I remember playing with the girl next door Christine Hands who I believe now lives in Great Barr. The shop was demolished in the 1960s and Dad moved his business to the Soho Road until 1977 when he retired due to ill health. Judy nee Blocksidge   bab90@hotmail.co.uk

BACCHUS ROAD 05/11/03
I lived at 132 Bacchus Rd. for 19 years. 1948 to 1967 then emigrated to Canada, and still here.
Daughter Linda went to Benson Road School from 1955 to 61, then King Edwards Grammar School for Girls ,son Stephen went to Benson Rd.also but came to Canada with us when he was 10.
Names I remember, Mr and Mrs Fred Lewis in corner store Bacchus Rd and Leonard St. Mrs. Moore, corner of Bacchus and Allens Rd. Gord Latham on Bacchus, Charlie Millington on Bacchus.
I am now 77 years old so my memory is a little dimmer, would anyone who knows me or my family please drop me a line. Len Holland 

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