CRABTREE ROAD 19/02/2019 Western Place. My Great Grandfather Fredrick William Attrill lived at 11 Western Place, off Crabtree Road and my grandfather Harry Attrill was born there in 1903, youngest of several children. They were Electroplaters. Frederick died in 1924 aged 60 and is buried in Key Hill cemetery with his wife Myra who died giving birth to Harry my Grandfather who joined the RAF in 1919. Two of my grandfathers sisters emigrated to New Zealand, his elder brother Alec had a barbers in West Bromwich, apparently. Best Wishes. Harry Attrill


CRABTREE ROAD 20/04/2016 I am looking for Jeanette Daniels whose last address that I have was: 9 Matilda Place, Crabtree Road, Brookfields, Birmingham, UK.
If anyone can put me in touch with Jeanette (Nettie), I would be most grateful. We were middle school pen pals from the late 50's to mid 1960's. 
PS I stumbled upon this site looking for Jeanette. I think this is a lovely website and the contributors have such warm. lovely memories of their neighborhood. 
Refreshing to see and read.
Rosalie C. Ashbery

ROSALIE ALSO WROTE. I found this site just today 20/04/2016. I have been trying to reconnect with a woman whom I corresponded with since we were both fourteen years old as Pen Pals. Her name is Jeanette Daniels. We lost touch but I would love to reconnect with her again. On your site, a woman by the name of Pam Willis was also trying to locate Jeanette. I tried to email her but the email was rejected as SPAM and was not delivered. Pam's inquiry was dated July 2003, her email may have been changed by now.
Is there any chance that you could let her know that I, too, am trying to find Jeanette? Maybe you have knowledge of Jeanette's whereabouts? Please let me know if there is a chance that either Pam or Jeanette will correspond with me? Thank you, IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS ENQUIRY PLEASE EMAIL

CRABTREE ROAD 10/01/2013. My name is Pauline Joyce (nee Busby) I was born in Crabtree Road in 1942 I had three brothers Alan, Robert and Stephen I went to All Saints School then Camden Street School . We left there in 1957 and moved to Harborne were in still live.I am now married with two children and one grandchild. Your site has brought back many memories thank you.Pauline Joyce 

CRABTREE ROAD 06/08/2010
Thanks to Dena Whitman nee Hargreaves for the photographs below.

Left is Edna Hargreaves with her daughter Dena outside 9 Crabtree Road Brookfields taken about 1944. And right is Caroline Castle (Dena 's Great Grandmother) on the step of her sweet shop no13 Crabtree Road. Caroline had the shop from around 1912 and was famous for her ice cream and toffee apples.

Crabtree Road Brookfields VE Day Street Party June 1945. Centre Front Dena Hargreaves. Can you name some of the others? And Dena Hargreaves on the right with her cousin Val Leon outside Denas Grandmother Rose Whitman's house 9 Crabtree Road.  Val lived in Clissold Street

CRABTREE ROAD (Brookfield Memories) 06/05/08
Reading all these great comments has really set me thinking. I remember my first day at All Saints school as being very overwhelming. Thrown in at the deep end really. At lunchtime I decided not to go back again! My first friend was Sandra Shellis who lived in a terrace on Lodge road. I wonder if anyone remembers her or her family? They lived opposite Dr Mackinnons ? Friends are so important. Others I recall were;June Wilkes from the newsagents opposite our shop, I remember Ken Aston (I knew him as Keith), all the children from Western terrace, Highfield terrace and Brookfield Road. Some of the names do escape me and I agree with Ken we had far more freedom as children then. Does anyone remember the Lyric cinema? We used to go on a Saturday morning. What an invasion that was! We use to save some of our money for a bread roll on the way home. The other place we played was by the cut at the top of Brookfield road. I was always told never to go there. And of course we played in the street. A huge skipping rope across Brookfield road, bouncing balls up the wall etc etc and going miles on our scooters! My parents ran the shop at 75 Crabtree Road for about 20 years and I have vivid memories of that time. More now, thanks to this fab site.Best wishes to all who may remember me.
Mary Free nee Evans


All Saint's School Christmas play; late 1950's
Back L to R ? ? ?,Linda Dodson,June Wilkes, Len?, Robert Jones, David Gibson,? ? ?, Jean Cassidy, Maureen Kemp,? ,Susan Evans, Janice Flowers, Mary Evans
Middle two boys; Stuart Relton, Gary?
Sitting ;5th from left Derek Wilson, 3rd from right David Norton?

Me (Mary Evans) and the Stilges family who lived at the top of Western Terrace 1953 - from left to right; myself, Michael, Terry, Maureen, Mary.

Mary  Evans (me) and my mother Mrs Ida Evans outside our shop 75 Crabtreee Road in the 1950s

The site is really good and I (Suzanne Rose nee Stilges) re visit regulary. My brothers and sisters have been mentioned [See photo 2 above] Mary,Maureen,Terry,Michael Stilges and can be contacted via my e mail

What a fantastic site! I can't believe I've just read about my parents and my life at 75,Crabtree Road,the grocers and drapers shop. It has brought back so many memories. It's just fabulous.I shall visit again.
Mary Free nee Evans

What a fascinating site!
I loved the mention of Mary Myra Evans from Crabtree Road, as she is my oldest friend!
Does anyone have any information about Key Hill Tavern and the licensee who was my grandfather, John Inshaw. He would have been there in the 1920s, I think. Janice Andrews nee Inshaw

My father Ivor Moore was born in Crabtree Road in 1923 (I think the number of the house was 23).   His mother lived in the house for most of her life, so there must have been Moore's in the street from around 1900 until well into the late 1960s  I remember visiting my Grandmother in Crabtree Road in 1964 shortly before my parents and I left for New Zealand.  I recall too that we had many Auntes living in the area.  My father is still alive and I have seen photographs of the area from when he was a child and yound man.  I'll folow up with Dad and see if I can get a bit of a history and some of thse photographs for your web site.
 Regards, Nigel Moore  Email:

Very  emotional  to  look  at  your  site  but  my  life  in  Crabtree Road  was  from 1934  to  the  age  of 13   my   father   was  the butcher  in  Crabtree Road as you can imagine  I  lived all  through   the  the  war  years  there.    
Brian G Bell   Email:


I was amazed and delighted to read about my grandfather Leonard Crutchley, who made and repaired shoes and boots for so many years at 92 Crabtree Road. 
Ken Aston was spot on with his description of him. He owned the shop since the 20's and only retired at 73 because he was persuaded to. He was always happy and when children were sent to collect and pay for repaired shoes, he normally gave them back a penny for sweets. Many however did not realise what a colourful life Leonard had led. He was born in Brerton, Rugeley in 1899 and had many occupations including a pit pony boy, half of a comedy/ contortionist duo act 'the knockabouts' , a perriot artist, and I understand his wife's uncle taught him the shoe repair trade. My grandmother Cissie Crutchley was somewhat of a recluse. Rarely leaving the house. My father Raymond Crutchley was also born above the shop. I myself remember spending many happy hours banging nails into old shoes and watching my grandfather sharpen his knife to carve the leather to sole shoes. I can still smell that leather now! I still have one piece my grandfather gave me which still had the cow hide on it. I myself was born in Dudley Road Hospital, lived in Wood Green Road and attended City Road Primary School. When I mentioned Ken Aston's article to my mum Lilian Crutchley, she said 'Oh I remember the Astons. I think one was sweet on your dad'. Oh happy days. Anne Davies  Email: makemineadouble@msn


I've previously sent you some info and photos of my grandfather Leonard (Leon) Crutchley, who ran the shoe repair shop at 92 Crabtree Road, which you kindly posted on your site. I've now come further photos which you might like. Taken outside my grandfathers shop it's of of my grandfather in his leather apron and cap with an unknown young man, not sure if the younger guy is a local but if he is, someone may recognise him. And my aunt aged 3 is posing outside the shop, so this would date the photo about 1928. This was about 3 years after my grandparents married, so I'm guessing pretty soon after they moved into Crabtree Road. Another photo of Crabtree Road withbunting and flags out, not sure what the ocassion was.

I think your site is fantastic it brings back such nice memories for me and I am only 47. I lived at
8 Crabtree Road and went to All Saints School. Keep up the good work.
Jeanette Doyle Email:

Albert Victor Mason Dairyman born 1888 lived at 85 Crabtree Road in 1913 married to Minnie Loyns. Rod Lees   Email:

The Mitchell family were living at 28 Crabtree Road from at least 1881 until the 1890's. Is anyone related to any one of the Mitchell's please contact me if you are. Someone must be related. Please get in touch Pauline Roberts  Email:

 I have been trying for some time to trace Jeanette Daniels who used to live in one of the terraces off Crabtree Road. I think her father was called Walter. She was an only child and left HNR school in 1958. The family left Brookfields in the early sixties and went to live in a high rise flat in Ladywood. I would welcome any information about the family.
Pam Willis - July 2003              Email:

I was born at number 8 Crabtree Road, when I was three my family moved to number 48.  Next door was Mr Giles the boot mender, at the back of our yard lived Mr styles our landlord and next door lived Mr & Mrs Cornwell.  I also can recall Mrs Higgins greengrocers, Mrs Young's grocery shop, Granny Weaver and her daughter Lizzie; there shop was right opposite our house.
I went to All Saints School (1947 - 1958) and the headmistress was Miss Cole, she really was a tyrant.  One of my teachers was Mr Collins; one day he bought his little son to the school and to keep him quiet he sat him in the waste paper basket.  When I was eleven I went to Camden Street School and left at fifteen. I have three brothers Alan, Robert and Stephen.  If anyone remembers our family it would be nice to hear from you. Pauline Joyce nee Busby  (See Pauline's All Saints School Photos on the School page).
Pauline please contact  Nick & Rona Burroughs on they have tried to contact you on your old email address.

I was born at 38 Crabtree Rd moved to 5/29 Park Rd got bombed then moved to Winson Green.
First to James Turner St. then moved to no.1 Bryant st. on to 6/18 Tudor st.on again 45 to74,Eva Rd.the last five houses in five Tony Warrington.

CRABTREE ROAD  in the 50’s                      20/06/02
Frequent visitors to this site, will no doubt have read the feature on Brookfield Road shops, which were in fact on Crabtree Road, where it met Western Road. There were however, other shops in Crabtree Road in the direction of All Saints Street. I mentioned Mrs Atkins the draper in a previous article. Her shop was on the left hand side of Crabtree Road, in the direction of All Saints Street. She had a husband John, a dapper little man with a pencil moustache, but it was Mrs Atkins who ran the shop. On the left of Atkins shop stood a terrace of two bedroomed houses. The houses faced each other across a central path. Each house had a small front garden. At the end of the terrace was a tiny Victorian chapel. It had, what I now know to be cast iron mullioned windows, and it had painted double doors – very typical of that style of chapel building at the time. I have often thought that it was a peculiar place to site a chapel, tucked away as it was, at the end of a terrace. Even in the 1950’s it was disused, and by the 60’s had fallen into a state of disrepair. I particularly recall a large lilac tree that stood at the front of it. As the tree became more overgrown, you can imagine that we kids were not slow to colonise the boughs of the tree as a den. Out of the way of adults, but well within the earshot of parents, should the call go up! As a sad footnote to the demise of this part of Crabtree Road, I visited the area in the late ‘70s, just as the terrace was about to be demolished, to find the lilac tree, still standing amongst a scene of urban destruction.
Scaling the wall to the left of the chapel, would bring you to the upper part of Highfield Terrace, where I was born, but we’ll meet the folks who lived there another time. Some of the occupants I recall from the terrace next to Atkins Drapers were The Stilges family, in particular three of the kids Terry, Michael and Maureen. On the opposite side of the terrace were Billy and Irene Thomas. Irene’s sister named Jean, was a good friend of my sister Jean. If you recall other people who lived in this terrace, please click on the ‘contact’ button of this website.
Granny Brooks lived near the entrance to the terrace, and was friends with my grandmother. I am sure like my Gran, she was in her nineties when she died. A couple of doors away, lived Granny Newton. I should point out to clear up any confusion, that neither of Granny Brooks or Newton were related to me in any way whatsoever, but all of the kids in the area referred to them as ‘Granny’
Moving further along Crabtree Road, was another terrace. In the first house on the left, a double fronted house, lived the Dolmans. They moved there in the late ’50,s . To the right of the terrace stood another grocers shop. I think there name was Wheeler. Certainly, they had a son called Lawrence. John Shelley, was another friend from that time wholived in the terrace. If you can recall the names of these terraces please contact the site. Blackwells bakery, was closed during the time I lived in Brookfields. It was a corner shop, with two steps up from street level. It was quite a large building as I recall, and had a yard on the right hand side. A little further along was Miss Weaver’s. Like Mr Crutchley, the cobbler please see my article on Brookfield Road - Miss Weaver never aged in my eyes. She would always be humming, whenever you entered the shop
At the bottom of Crabtree Road where it joins All Saints Street was Keedwell and Cottrell. They were a firm of jobbing builders and had a yard there. Among other properties, they maintained the houses we lived in. I recall that the properties weren’t well maintained by today’s standards, but in fairness, it must be said that the rents paid were not great – I think our rent was 7/6 (37.5p) per week in the ‘50’s. Also a lot of modern techniques such as damp proofing etc’ simply did not exist at that time. As a result I remember two recurring problems regarding our house in Brookfield Road, which I know affected all other houses in the area. The first was rising damp. Although they have been filled in now, each house in the area at that time had a coal cellar. Access for the coal was through a rectangular hole at street level, covered by a pierced cast iron grille. The cellar was at basement level and - I assume because of the lack of efficient damp proofing – was constantly damp. Another writer on this site, has mentioned the origin of Brookfields as being just that ie brooks and fields. To my certain knowledge, the cellar of number 14 Brookfield Road, occupied by the Mc Hails, used to regularly flood. To the best of my recollection, our house , opposite number 14 only flooded once, to a depth of a couple of feet.
Back to Crabtree Road. On the adjacent corner to Keedwells builders yard, at the junction of Crabtree Road and Clissold Street, stood a café. Like Blackwells the bakers, access was gained by a couple of steps up from street level. Starting on the way back up Crabtree Road towards Prescott St – now gone and grassed over. Backing on to the yard of the corner café, was a shop that was unused for a long time, but I vaguely remember that it replaced the corner café for a short period.
Further along on the same side stood Miss Taylor’s shop. A little bay windowed place, like some of the other shops in the area, it had previously been someone’s ‘front room’ I’m pretty sure Miss Taylor was a florist, and even as a youngster, I would occasionally run errands for her. She was a smashing lady, very well spoken. She later looked after a boy called Frank Stacey, a friend of mine from All Saints School. I recall her business card – very swanky! – to this day. It read Leah G Taylor.
Keedwells electrical goods was the next shop along. Another bay windowed emporium, I recall my first record was purchased here. In 1959 at a cost of 6/8 I bought Bobby Darin’s Multiplication. I considered myself at the grand old age of 9 years, to be the epitomy of cool.
Finally, at the junction of Crabtree Road and Prescott Street, stood The George. Like the ’outdoor’ at the junction Of New Spring Street referred to in my article on Brookfields Road, The George was an Ansells house, and served mainly regulars. I remember one frequent visitor, was Granny Brooks, mentioned earlier in this article. In conclusion, I am sure there will be gaps in this story, as I myself lived in Brookfields Road. If you are an ex resident of Crabtree Road, or have any knowledge of it before it was demolished and rebuilt, please get in touch with this website. Equally if you have or know the whereabouts of any photo’s please let us know.
by Ken Aston


Mr and Mrs Atkins wedding photograph - about 1920's

Mr and Mrs Atkins wedding photograph - about 1920's

Insert photograph came from the grand daughter of Mr and Mrs Atkins - 72 Crabtree Road - drapers shop as was - lovely to see them mentioned on your site - I recall trips to the warehouses with them to get stock in for their customers - the shop was a dream playground for us as children. Attached is a copy of their wedding photograph - about 1920's I think - hope this reminds people of what they looked like.    Cheers Joy Atkins E-mail


Rutland Terrace, Crabtree Road

Rutland Terrace, Crabtree Road

My family have longstanding connections with Brookfields, Hockley & Winson Green. I was baptised at All Saints Church in 1950, and attended All Saints School from the mid to late 50's.
My first home was 6, Rutland Terrace, Crabtree Road. I took this photo in August 1991 of Rutland Terrace that had been built in 1888 and is still there.  No.6. was also the home of my godparents, Maisie & Hector Allcott  where my parents were living at the time later in the mid1960's we moved to no.3 .
From Gordon Smith.