FOUNDRY ROAD 27/03/2018  Antique shop.                                                                            My family lived at 37 Foundry Rd in the sixties and I remember a Mike Jones who had an antique shop with a small workshop at the back. I used to go into the shop just to have a nose around on my way home from Camden St girls school. Does anyone know what happened to Mike Jones and what happened to the shop. He was always very kind and gave me a couple of books. Many thanks if anyone is able to help. Linda Mccall

FOUNDRY ROAD 06/09/2017 Pawn Shop corner of Foundry Rd and Perrott St by the school I'm still looking for a photo of this pawnshop owned by my Grandfather Harry Barton.
I've had a couple of people get in touch but no luck soo far I think the dates it was there would have been between 51940's and early 1940's even a bit before.
Thanks for your help anyway not giving up yet.  Regards Sheilah Pagett.


FOUNDRY ROAD 21/06/2017.  PAWNBROKER SHOP.                                                     Barton's Pawnbrokers shop on the corner of Foundry Road and Perrott Street sometime between 1925 to 1952 or thereabouts. I would like to see a photo of the Pawnbrokers shop if anyone has one please. I have asked the question before on this site but heard nothing, I have now changed my e-Mail address to So thought I would try again.
My phone number is 01213565235 or 07704113328. Would love to hear from someone.                    Thank you.  Sheilah Pagett    Email Address:



PHOTO taken in 2004  near the bottom end of Foundry Road and a painting by Ron Smith

PHOTO taken in 2004  near the bottom end of Foundry Road and a painting by Ron Smith
I have scoured the site trying to find out if there was a ‘Sweetmeat’ shop in Foundry Road. On the 1891 census my GGG Grandmother is said of had one and she lived at 57 Foundry Road. Her name was Mary Baker. Also on the 1901 census my G Grandparents Sarah and William Nicholls were greengrocers and lived at 1 Franklin st. I wonder if you have any information or you could post my message, I would love to know more about there lives and see any pictures if there are any.
With many thanks, Sandra Day

I would like to know if there's anybody on this site that knew the Baker family they lived on 45 and 59 foundry road from 1891 till mid 1940's the family that lived there were Thomas baker and Mary Anne baker their children's were George Henry Baker, Ernest Baker, Doris Baker and William Thomas Baker,George. Henry Baker got married to Mabel Young in the late 30s and moved to Franklin Street and had Maurice Baker, David Baker, and Malcolm Baker in the 40s of 3 back of 26 Franklin Street.
 many thanks George Baker

The name of the caretaker of Foundry Rd School was Norman Whiting. His son Keith went on to be a headmaster.
My grandparents and parents lived at 79 Foundry Rd from about 1916 until 1956. I'm looking for information or pictures of the 'Engine' pub.
Christine White  EMAIL :


Junction with WINSON GREEN ROAD with LODGE ROAD on right. Photograph from Alan Dolman (Dolmans  Garage)

Junction with WINSON GREEN ROAD with LODGE ROAD on right.
Photograph from Alan Dolman (Dolmans  Garage)

 FOUNDRY ROAD 27/05/07
1948 to 1976 Memories of Lillian Thomas and Sheila Blackwell  .
My name is Lillian Blackwell (nee Philips) I was born in Bennett Street, Lozells in 1928 where I lived with my Mother and Father, Ethel and Frederick and two sisters, Ethel and Winnie and one brother Dennis. At some time in the 1930's we moved to 160 Wilton Street, Lozells. My link with Winson Green is through marriage. In 1942 I met and was courted by a Thomas Blackwell, a true Winsonian, born and brought up in Franklin Street. Tom's mother died when he was very young and he and his sister Vera were brought up separate from their father. Tom lived with a Linda Payne who had a house in Wellington Street and his sister Vera was brought up by an Emmie Jones in Franklin Street.  Tom's father remarried to a Rose Harris who also lived in Franklin Street and with his new wife they had another child Janet. Unfortunately we lost touch with Tom's stepsister many years ago.                                                                                                                Tom and I married on the 26th December 1946, Boxing Day, and we moved into our first home, number 6 Foundry Road as soon as we returned from honeymoon. We were lucky enough to buy number 6 and from memory I think we paid £275.00 (yes two hundred & seventy five pounds) for it and our mortgage was less then £2.00 per month. At the time I don't think we realised just how lucky we were, the war was barely over and the economy still in a bit of a mess. The house required much modernisation and we worked hard to make it suitable for the modern living of the late 40's, 50's & 60's. For us life was quite good, Tom had a regular job, and in fact he was never unemployed throughout his working life. By trade he was a sheet metal worker and when we met in 1942 we both worked at Eastgates in Newtown Row. I remained in that job until I gave up work in 1948 to have our first, and only child, Sheila, who was born in October of that year.  Winson Green was a great little community, it was neighbourly, trouble free and above all the people were friendly. Much of our social life revolved around the Railway Inn at the bottom of Foundry Road in the railway triangle. Tom certainly liked his beer and he was almost a daily visitor right up until we left Winson Green. Tom was always cheerful, friendly and well into the community spirit and as a family we went on many trips organised through the Railway Inn, to places such as  Blackpool, Stourport, Evesham and Weston Super Mare. The attached photos, one of the women and another of the men, is just one of the trips from the Railway Inn, unfortunately I can't recall where it was too, but we all look like a very happy bunch.

                      LADIES  FROM THE RAILWAY INN

                      LADIES  FROM THE RAILWAY INN

In the ladies photo are: me the tallest person on the back row left, other ladies in the photo
on the back row are: to my right with glasses Dolly Dyer to my left Linda Scriven,
in front of Linda to her left Mrs Lee and in front of me and Linda is Mary Davis.
Children on the front row looking at the photo: left Ann Scriven, my daughter Sheila and Sandra Davis.

                         MEN FROM THE RAILWAY INN

                         MEN FROM THE RAILWAY INN

Tom is the one with a pint of beer in his hand! The others I can recall: far left is Tom Rostock, 3rd person on 2nd row is Sammy Davis, to his left Mr Evans with the hat on, front row left Mr Scriven and lady on far right Mrs Evans.

                            IN THE GARDEN AT No 6 FOUNDRY ROAD

                            IN THE GARDEN AT No 6 FOUNDRY ROAD

Photo taken in the back garden of number 6 Foundry Road of Sheila our daughter on the right, and I think Joan Butler 2nd left, not sure about the others. Our house was just a few yards from Winson Green Road where there were plenty of local shops, from our house crossing over and going up Winson Green Road first, was the Off Licence owned by a Mrs Silk, next was a grocers shop then a drapers shop and Willies wireless shop, after that there was the Acorn pub and finally the Globe cinema. Back to the corner of Foundry Road and Winson Green Road and there was a barbers shop; must have been number 2 I think, and just round the corner of course was Dolmans garage, handy for petrol and, in the winter paraffin for the heater that was used to stop our water pipes freezing. Going down Foundry Road was Mr Crouch the Newsagents and Albert Newman's the Grocers and just below number 6 was Clayburns another Grocery shop. Right at the bottom of Foundry Road was  Normans the Shoe Repairer. Number 6 Foundry Road was also very handy for getting around, there was a bus stop almost immediately outside the front door and so on wet and windy days we didn't need to stand in the rain, just waited for the 96 to come into view, then quickly opened the door, a couple of quick steps onto the bus and we'd be off into town.  Bus trips were regular events in the 50's and 60's we would go into town to browse the shop windows and to buy that extra special treat such as cockles, mussels and other goodies only available from the old Bull Ring Market.  The number 11 outer circle bus stop was also close by, we could easily get into Handsworth, going clockwise, or up to the Dudley Road in an anti-clockwise direction there to catch another bus to Cape Hill for those things that couldn't be had from our local shops.  Sheila, our daughter, went to Foundry Road primary school and then on to City Road Secondary Modern, she left school in 1964 and her first job was at British Oxygen in Lodge Road, although she didn't stay there too long. I think she had a string of jobs in a short space of time until she married in 1968 and moved away from home to live in Kidderminster. We spent many happy years in Foundry Road until finally in about 1976 Birmingham City Council acquired our house for a proposed road-widening scheme, which never took place. We were offered a council house in the Woodgate Valley, which we took and in 1977, we left Winson Green forever.  Tom retired in 1991 and we then decided to move to Burnham on Sea to be near Sheila, but she soon moved back North and now lives between Bristol and Gloucester, but me, I stayed on and am still here in sunny Burnham. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2002 and is very much missed; he would have liked this web site very much indeed, he was a proud Winsonian. What I have written here is just some background information on my family and me. I have recalled some of the people I knew and now hope to write about some more about Old Winson Green and email to you what I can recall, which as I get older seems to be less and less. Some of the people I can recall right now are: Mrs Cheetam, Beaty Collins, Ivy and Fred Bailey, Lil Sergeant, Tom Jenkins (who was our coal man) and his wife Nancy.
If there is anyone out there who remembers me; Lillian, Tom my husband or our daughter Sheila then please get in touch via Sheila's email address.

I have just read about Foundry Road in your 'Streets' section of the web site, and there was a reference to "the cake lady", a Mrs Wilks. I believe this woman married a Harold Kendrick Mole and her first name was (I believe) Emily, or Emma.                                                                        My mom actually remembers getting off the bus / tram and walking down Foundry Road to the house on the left where cake was sold from the front room. Does anyone know what the house number was? Or where abouts in Foundry Road the house was? Or if there is a photo somewhere please - this would be great!
Dave Hanson

I have just had a very enjoyable trip down memory lane on your website.
As a former resident of Foundry Road, Eva Road and Icknield Port Road
John Bird  Email:

I was born in 1946 from then until around 1963 lived in Foundry No. 37 directly opposite the school, . I attended Foundry Rd School from 1951 until 1957, with Miss Moyle as the headmistress (I went on to Lordswood School),
My sister Pat Brown is 18 months younger than me she went to Foundry Road school too. She may have been in the same year as you.
My mother and father were Dot and Bill Brown,.My Gran and Grandad Parlett lived in Ford Street, Hockley.
I now live in West Hollywood in Los Angeles and am writing a biography which will include my early days in Winson Green.
I was a musician and then latterly in videogames, Tomb Raider being my most well known.
Best Regards
Geoff Brown   E-mail

FOUNDRY ROAD  25/01/05                                                                                                        My name is Pollie Chew (nee Greasley) and I was born at No.84 Foundry Road, Winson Green in 1918. I went to Foundry Road School until I was 11 years old and then on to Handsworth New Road School. I had a nice friend in Eva Road called Alice Clark and another called Leah Pell. I wonder how many of my old school mates are still living. I will be 87 years old in February 2005 and I now live in Shirley.
I was the seventh child of ten and I am the only one still living. My sisters were Amy, Laura (Sally), Violet, Marion and Frances. My brothers were Bill (Sonny), Charlie, Dennis and Jack. I remember the man who kept the corn shop under the bridge at the bottom of Foundry Road and the Railway Pub with four cottages alongside it. There were the Allenders who had a shop selling faggots and peas on a Friday night. Mrs. Hanslow lived on the other side of the road and sold cow heels, pigs feet, tripe and, again, faggots and peas. Next door lived the lady who sold us 1/2d worth of cake crumbs and her husband was the only person I knew who owned a car (a Ford, of course).The cake lady was named Mrs Wilkes and her daughter went to George Dixon Grammar School. I passed the exam but my mother couldn’t afford to let me go; Mrs Wilkes paid for her daughter to go. Then there was Mr Goode who drove the illuminated tram and also had a shop. Mrs Bird kept a little shop at the top of Foundry Road, she sold us a little celluloid doll for 1d and a packet of little pieces of cloth for 1/2d to make clothes. Round the corner of Foundry Road was Sloe Lane which led to the Black Patch Park. We went to a Weslyan Church opposite the park every Sunday afternoon. Eva Road, Perrott Street, Wellinton Street, Winson Green Road, James Turner Street, Kitchener Street I remember them all. Gypsies lived in Kitchener Street and Perrott Street and the coal barges came into Wellington Street. Then there was the ‘Soap-Hole’ opposite the Railway Inn – so called, I believe, because soap used to be made down there. Round the corner from the Railway Inn was a row of houses in Vittoria Street. At the back of the houses they kept pigs. There was a large yard where they built fireplaces and placed a big boiler on the fires. In the boilers they cooked up the food for the pigs. Everything went into the boiler – potato peelings, cabbage leaves, leftover food etc. When it was cooked, they poured it into a trough for the pigs to eat – they loved it! Mom used to send her peelings etc and a man would mark 3d on a card they gave her. Come Christmas, she would have enough saved to buy a piece of pork. As she had such a large family, they used to give her some offal like liver, lights and kelp, which she used to make her own faggots.
I have so many memories of my life as a child in the Twenties and I would welcome any contact with people who remember me.
Pollie Chew (nee Greasley), Shirley, January 2005
see Lodge Road 10/12/07and the Stories page 30/12/08 for the contribution  Pollie and her son Tony have added to this web site


My Mother (now 70 yrs) and myself have been trying to find out more about the early life of my
Great Grandfather, ROBERT GEORGE SHUTT..
He was from Winson Green we think and his WW1 widow, Rosa, lived in Winson Green at the time of his death in 1915.
We wonder if anyone knows any more about him! His parents lived in the vicinity of Bishop Latimer Church. We would like to know if anyone knew Rosa Shutt also

 The War Graves Commission gives the following information:

Initials: R G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment: Devonshire Regiment
Unit Text: 9th Battalion.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Service No: 12428
Additional information: Husband of Rose Rowland (formerly Shutt), of 1, Back of 9, Foundry Rd., Winson Green, Birmingham.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Col. Grave.

Andy Martin   Email:


FOUNDRY ROAD 30/09/0  

Foundry Road taken from Winson Green Road End with Franklin Street on the left
and a photo taken at the junction of Franklin Street and Foundry Road taken in 1953.
The shop in the second photo 21 Foundry Road.was owend by the Liggitt family up to1918 which is the year Hannah Liggitt died. Apparently, one of the daughters…Florence Grace Liggitt was a “pianist at Picture Palace”  or so it was given as her “Rank or Profession” on her marriage certificate Thanks for the information and photo from John W. Boake Ontario, Canada.

My mother Daisy Cherrington went to Foundry Rd. School. I have three medals that she was awarded for perfect attendancein 1908.  I believe she lived at 81 Foundry Rd.
I have enjoyed reading the accounts of people living in that area. It filled me in with a lot of info that I would have no way of knowing. I have enjoyed it SOOOO much  Thanks again Ted for the best site I have been on.
Lillian Alder   
See Lillians mothers medals  on Foundry Road School page

FOUNDRY ROAD 13/04/03 & 23/04/03
I was born in Winson Green  (Sheila Shell formally Blackwell) in 1948 and lived at number 6 Foundry Road. I went to Foundry Road School I think in1953 and would be interested to see if you have any information or photographs from that time.
Another shop which I would like to mention is Clayburns does anyone remember this shop
I would like to hear from anyone who attended Foundry Road School from 1953-1960 also anyone who went onto City Road School?                              

*1953 CORONATION street party Foundry Road. Sheila's other photographs see Foundry Road School and Wellington Street.

*1953 CORONATION street party Foundry Road. Sheila's other photographs see Foundry Road School and Wellington Street.