HEATH STREET 07/10/2019 My family lived at 5 back of 140 Heath Street 1950s till 1970 it was a great place to live, the Albion pub was across the road where my parents were regulars I remember going over to get my penny chews,. Me and my siblings went to Sumerfield School we all used go to Dudley Road cinema every weekend and we had Sumerfield park up the road. My mom Olive Gorman used to work for the Masonic Hall on Dudley Road my sister Carmel used to look after us while mom and dad worked. Back then you had to eat what you were given. We share the outside toilet with our neighbours. If I could go back I would, It would be nice to hear from anyone who knew my family. My dads name was Gerard Gorman sadly both my parents have passed away when I was young the only family I remember then was the Hodges and the Dickinsons. Peter Gorman peter_gorman725@msn.com

HEATH STREET 19/072019   My Nan and Grandad Gerald & Alice Byfield lived at 90 Heath Street and my Dad and his sister and two brothers were born there. Den Byfield reverbaudio@yahoo.co.uk

 HEATH STREET 14/02/2019. Just found your site by chance and to say how much I enjoyed reading the stories it brought back memories of my life at 1/303 Heath Street where I was born I was the eldest of four I had three brothers Kenneth, Arthur and Alan went to City Road school, got married at St Cuthberts church in 1959, moved over to the other side of Brum when my mother died in 1982 I never went back to Winson Green but I always like to read about the place I grew up. Frances Troughton francestroughton37@gmail.com

HEATH STREET 05/02/2019 Great Memories.  We lived at 168 Heath Street I was the fourth child of eight born to Agnes and Frank McGuinness. We all went to Saint Patrick's RC Dudley Road. We lived in a three bedroomed house just over the road from the Albion pub there was a cafe at the junction of Tudor Street and Heath Street. 
After “Saint Pats” most of us went to Cardinal Newman RC in Bearwood. I have just found this site and what a gem it is hearing about families that we haven't seen for years notably the Mooney family who lived on Winson Green Road just next door to Summerfield School. We lived next door to Mr and Mrs Peters who was a well known foster parent in that area.
There was a sweet shop called Rubies which was down the street by the public baths which was next to the scrap yard owned by the Mault family . My dad worked at GKN factory and was a barman in the Shakespeare pub I would be glad to hear from any one who knew us, we left there in 1970 and went to live in Stirling Road Edgbaston. Paddy McGuinness Paddyruiskie@aol.com

HEATH STREET 15/07/2017.                                                                                                     What a great site. I lived at 1 back of 28 Heath St Birmingham from 1948 till aprox 1950 it was cold and damp has anybody got info yours Robert Osborne.     ro001s9763@blueyonder.co.uk

HEATH STREET 11/06/2016

 I lived in Heath Street, my Gran had the paper shop at 163 name was Whetton. All my relatives lived in Heath Street & Winson Street in the early 1930s to the 50s. Names where Adams and Jordan. I enclose old photos of the shop in the late 1800 and early 1900s.

In the first photo is my fathers aunt her name was Baker. Second picture with my gran is my aunt Rose and uncle Tom taken early 1900 Jean Margaret Jeanes   jeanjeanes@hotmail.co.uk

HEATH STREET 16/12/2013


I was born in 1962 and lived in 7-9 Heath Street (the newsagents) untill about 1965 we had the shop plus behind, and above of course my bedroom was at the top and I had bars on my window. . I remember being sat on the counter when an escapee from the prison came in (although it may have been the hospital, in retrospect) I was a very small child at the time but I do have memories of playing in the back yard with the neighbour's children. I used to sit on the counter when my parents were working, we had an old one armed bandit in the shop. My Dad used to shoot the rats on the canal at the back. I recently went to the Birmingham back to backs which are preserved and it really brought back memories I would love to hear from anyone who remembers the shop
Julie Parker   julie_62_uk@yahoo.co.uk

HEATH STREET 02/06/2012

Birmingham Tramcar: Late 1930s. HEATH STREET???

Birmingham Tramcar: Late 1930s. HEATH STREET???

Birmingham Tramcar: Late 1930s.
Tram at Soho Junction.
Route Soho to Hockley..via Lodge Rd.

At first it was thought this photo may have been taken near the terminus in Wellington Street
Photo with thanks to Derek Weston derekjohnweston@hotmail.co.uk

The photo could not be of Wellington Street since trams never ran there.The 32 route came from Lodge Road and down Foundry Road and terminated outside The Railway Inn in Victoria Street then returned the same way. I think the clue is in the caption of 'Soho Junction' since the 31 tram ran to Soho, near the Smethwick border, via Dudley Road & Heath Street. The houses look very much like those in Heath Street which I walked past to visit my gran who lived there in the 1950's.The tram has PW on the front which means 'Permanent Way' and was used for maintenance of the tramlines and was never used on public services.  James Holloway

HEATH STREET 13/07/2011 St Cuthberts Youth and Community Centre.  Great memories of Winson Green.Thank you. Marion and I, Mike Symmons, lived in the flat with our family at St Cuthberts Youth and Community Centre between Heath St and Cuthbert Rd. At times we had up to 500 participating at the centre a week between 1980 to 89. All activity was developed with the participation of young people and their families and trained volunteers mainly locally but some from further afield. One helper a curate, Keith is now Bishop of Chester. Another Maraid was a nun from Southern Ireland and a further was a diocesan worker from Africa.We joined in the Winson Green carnivals; Birmingham youth leagues- doing well at soccer, pool, table tennis, angling, raft building and racing, and many more with girl and boy teams; held special holiday activities, camps and residentials that included ski instruction, climbing, scrambling and cycling. There was also a full weekly programme of varied activities including canoeing, street art and dance, drama supporting consideration of important issues(can anyone remember when a member of Dexys Midnight Runners joined us to watch a play?), and producing and distributing a free community newspaper, The Green, by the young people. Together we gave support to each anothers development and wellbeing aiming to also assist community development. We encouraged one lad to attend Bobby Charltons Summer Soccer School.We have fond memories of many from this time and are grateful for all we shared. Christ Church, Summerfield gave us this opportunity to build our community with a focus on young people and children. The building was modernised with the help of communiy service teams and fund raising. With changes in the area and the emergence of Summerfield Centre our community closed. If anyone is interested I still have many photographs, newspaper copies, video recordings from this time including a professionally produced one for Frontier Youth Trust, a national trust, made to illustrate the impetus it gives to support youth and community projects like ours.
 We would welcome hearing from anyone who also appreciated our time together.
 Thanks   Mike Symmons   msymmons@btinternet.com

HEATH STREET 22/10/2010
I am enquiring if there would be any possibility of obtaining a photo of the Coronation celebrations 1953 that took place in the Dudley Road end of Heath Street - I am interested as I can remember my father wearing 'whites' with a whistle around his neck organising the childrens races? I am asking for the impossible I know but if you do not ask you do not receive. Thank you  Val Liddington  val@liddo.co.uk

HEATH STREET  Guest Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN) 14/12/08

Henry Oliver Jones my Granddad in the GKN Fire Dept MARKUK06@aol.com

My childhood was spent in Winson Green and I have great memories of living there, we moved into 3/248 Heath Street when I was four years old (1961).One of my first memories is holding my dads hand as we walked up the yard to view the house. I think it was the first proper home my parents had. My mom, dad and three sisters and two brothers lived in a two up, two down. We had to share a toilet which was at the top of the yard, if I wasn't allowed out to play I would say I needed the toilet then on the way back nip under the hedge and off to play, I knew I would be in big trouble when I got home but it didn't stop me! We didn't have a bath so it was the tin bath every Sunday night! Me first being the eldest.
I went to Summerfield junior and infant school, I think the head teachers name was Mr Cocking.
Friends I remember who lived in our street were Tina Weaver, Lorraine McGregor, Jane low and Linda Beard other friends were Jayne Bradbury, Ann Jones , Jennifer Clueit ( I think she lived in Aberdeen Street ) and Maria Cole. I remember going to Summerfield Park, usually with several sisters and brothers in tow, mom would pack some jam sandwiches and a bottle of tizer and off I would go- I was doing this from about eight years old! and we never come to any harm. I remember the sand park, I also remember a park which we called the Chinese park ? I don't know why.. it was further on from the sand park , perhaps in the middle of the flats that were built? We went to the Grove cinema on Dudley Road on Saturday mornings, we always had a bag of chips to share after and then we would look round Woolworths.
I remember down the bottom of our yard was a shop which we called Ruby's, next to that was a shop that sold clothes and small items - wool toys ect- also a grocers shop called Bishops? My dad used to get me to get things on tick till Friday, they were always so nice to me in the shops. There was also a bookies on the corner ( my dad spent a lot of time in there bless him) The wash baths were only a few houses down from us and we went there a few times.
I have so many happy memories, although we moved to Yardley wood when I was twelve, most of my childhood was spent in Winson Green and although from a big family my mom and dad did their best for us. Sadly my dad has passed away but I'll never forget the places he took me, the Botanical Gardens on Sunday mornings or the Reservoir, up the Dudley Road, Bearwood, Lodge Road and into town on the bus or sometimes we would walk there.
I love the site and was so pleased to see that other people have fond memories of the people and places.
Patricia Keegan nee Astley      

HEATH STREET   03/04/08     BEST BARBER for miles?
How come no one as mentioned one of the best barbers for miles around. The man in question was Edgar Mason who had a shop in Heath Street near the junction with Winson Green Road opposite the Shakespeare public house. I don't know when he first opened his shop but it was one of the last building left on that part of Heath Street, I should think it was there well into the seventies when it closed. It was the only Barber my father would go to he would even come back back to Winson Green just for a haircut after leaving the area. Of course he took me there for my hair cut from a early age and Edgar used to put a board across the arms of the seat for the kids to sit on. In those days men and boys for that matter seemed to have there hair cut more often than these days, and it was not unusual to wait a couple of hours for your turn especially Saturdays or early Friday evenings. Edgar's wife would keep him supplied with cups of tea and plates of sandwich's and I wondered how he kept the hair he was cutting out of his food and drink because there was no stopping just eat on the job. There was always plenty of magazines and comics to read while you waited. Sometimes my mother would take me in the week to avoid the wait but often still had to wait a while. When I was old enough to go on my own I found the best time miss the rush was dinner time. In later years he moved his shop into the back and opened a ladies hairdressing salon upstairs and I believe it was run by his daughter. By this time he had an assistant working for him but my dad would only let Edgar cut his hair. Edgar must have been a good barber because his shop was always crowded and often men would walk in, see the queue and walk out because they knew it was going to be a long wait. Or could it be you could not buy the clippers like you can these days and get the wife to give a haircut.
Regards John Gillon jgillon61@hotmail.co.uk
Mike Green

My mom was the 3rd of 4 daughters, her parents names were Jack and Ginny, my moms name Constance, and her sisters names was Doreen, Rene, Margaret, they lived in Rose Terrace Heath Street. Approx where Jawel Paints is now, they all lived in 6 back of 327 and then 2 back 327. She tells me about the scrapyard called Parkers, and the sweetshop, Suches which was the newsagent and Davis"s which was the grocers come sweetshop, this was owned by Tom and Lily they had a young son also called Tommy, my mom once told ne she was scared in the entry by young Tommy who held a torch to his face in the dark, tragically he died in a road accident sometime later, she also remember Shiela and Liilian price who lived in the same terrace.
Moms parents drank in the Heath Street Tavern and were regulars, along with the Albion Pub to, her mom also cleaned at the Bellefield. Jack and Ginny moved to Avery Road after the children left home. unfortunately Jack died of cancer some years ago and Ginny died a few years after that, they did everything together and couldn't bear to be apart. I hope this can jog the memory of the people who surf your site, i'm very glad its there.
 If anyone wishes to contact me, you can by email or phone. MARK.
 Email: mcrum69@hotmail.com or Phone on 07813834386 


Having seen this site for some time now I would like to add a few photo's taken in 1953 for the Coronation. Both were taken inside the Mission Hall, Heath Street opposite Tudor Street and next to the Albion Pub. In the group photo the Evans clan can be seen. In the bottom left hand corner is my Grandmother (dark coat, glasses and hat on), Clara Louisa Evans (nee Mantle), she had returned on a trip with my Grandfather (Albert Leonard Evans) from New Zealand for the Coronation. Above her head is another lady who I do not know but the lady beside her with the hat on and a curl on her forehead is my mother, Elsie May Evans (nee Lowe). My mother was born in Heath Street (a twin, her twin brother being Albert Leonard Lowe) in 1916 at 2/150. We were at the time of this photo being taken living at 1/150 Heath Street. The three boys at the left of the table are me, Albert Leonard Evans and standing on his chair is my younger brother, Frank and next to him is my older brother, Malcolm. The second photo shows us better in a group. My older brother, Malcolm sitting in the front, first from the left. Me third in from the left sitting and Frank fourth in from the left also sitting, we all have the same dicky bows on. The others in the two photo's I do not have any names for but someone else may know people from these photo's.
Albert Evans Email:moreland.evans@xtra.co.nz

 I would like to know if anybody new my father John Eric Wilkins born 1935 and lived at 259 Heath St  his mother was Elsie May Wilkins then married William Aspinall I would appreciate any information if you would like to ring it 01543378033 thanks Julie Dewett nee Wilkins  Email: scottmachin1@hotmail.co.uk

I was born at 132 Heath Street in 1952 and lived there with my Mother Jean and my  Grandparents Fred and Flora Harman.  We were about two hundred yards away from St Culthbert's Church and just a couple of doors from "Turley's" Sweet Shop. There was another sweet shop just alittle further down the street run by Mrs Johnson. My best friends in those early years growing up were Teresa and Michael Kane (who emigrated to Oregon USA) and Frank and Marion Evans who moved to New Zealand. Fish and Chips were bought once a week from Sherwood's Fish Shop in Tudor Street and newspapers were purchased from "Alf's" newsagents on Winson Green Road opposite Summerfield School.  Regular visits were made to The Grove Cinema and occasionally The Crown and even went a couple of times to The Lyric off Summer Row. Other shops on (upper) Winson Green road I can recall was a second hand furniture shop called (I think) The Green Swop Shop, a toy shop were I paid in weekly for my firework collection every November, a fish bar near Alf's newsagent, and near the top of the road a pet food shop and a jewellery and clock shop. Play times were spend mostly in Summerfield Park or by the Feeder next door to the canal that ran down the other side of Heath Street.
James Harman    jamesharman09@yahoo.co.uk

A very interesting and informative site, which has brought back memories of my childhood, and has given me more information for my family history research, Thankyou.
My mother (Winnie Whitehouse, nee BURFORD)was born at 234 Heath Street. My Grandmother Kate BURFORD lived there from at least 1921 until just before her death (in Dudley Road Hospital) Dec 1967. I remember visiting there on numerous occasions. 234 was next to the bathhouse mentioned on your website, did the family move into my grandmother's house on the front, or the house at the back? My Grandfather - George Burford - died in 1949, he worked at Nettlefolds as a galvaniser. My parents were married at St. Cuthberts Church in June 1948, my mom was also baptised there in 1924. Mom worked at Scibbens - the cake factory - during the war. My aunt (mom's sister) also lived in Heath Street back of 236 or 232, her name is Edna Taylor. She moved to Icknield Port Road during the 60s.
Jenny Allen  jenny@allen53.plus.com

HEATH STREET  24/08/06
 I found this website whilst doing some research on my family tree I am trying to trace my father's brother, JOHN CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON. In 1974 he may have lived at 90 Heath Street. Would anybody be able to assist me?? any assistance would be greatly appreciated.Edel thompson

An enquiry re the MORTON family
who once lived in HEATH STREET if you know of them please contact John Houghton
E-mail Address:   jh004d9116@blueyonder.co.uk
MORTON, A. C., Private, 2nd Hampshire Regiment. He joined in January 1917, and in the following May proceeded to the Western Front, where he saw severe fighting in various sectors. After taking part in engagements at Arras, Bapaume and Albert and many other places, he was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai on December 3rd, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
16 Back of 387, Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham.

Me, my four sisters and mum moved to Health Street in 1970. When we got their it was the last of the war torn slum housing in Winson Green. We lived right next door to the Bath house and would see people at weekends returning after having a bath. The back of our house had a court yard which had been destroyed during the war, on the otherside of our house was a bomb peak. We spent about 5 years living in Heath Street. The conditions were really bag (no inside bathroom or toliet,desperatly in need of repair) we were an immigrant family from Jamica. It was a happy time with a sence of community. Does anyone know of any more immigrant families that were there at this time? or have any pictures of Heath Street before they tore it down in 1975/6? I also remember the sweet shop on Heath street and I think a pub called the Shakespearer - where my father drank on occasion.
Monica Herber  

I came across this site looking for info on my great aunt Polly Beaman who ran a shop in Heath Street. She raise my grandmother Laura Snooks/Beaman as her own, and was a well known character in Winson Green.
Andrew Brown   

My mom was from Winson Green, she lived in Heath St with her 3 sisters and their parents Jack and Ginny. My father worked at the old "Grove cinema" on Dudley Road as a projectionist. the whole area has a deep meaning for us all and was wondering if anyone has any info on the Grove cinema. I would be very grateful.
Mark Crum.  mcrum69@hotmail.com
On pages  35/36 of the new book "Birmingham Cinemas" ISBN0752430807 published 2003  images of this picture house and a few historical facts are shown.

Brings back memories of the years we lived in Chesterton Ave which if I remember was just of Heath Street. I attended Handsworth New Road school leaving in 1967.
Would love to here from any old friends.   Chris Terry     

I use to live in Heath St and Heath Green Rd. As a young boy I went to Summerfield School and funny thing is I worked on it last year 2002  repairing brick work. As I got older we moved down the road, and then I went to Nelson. Richard Cash   

My family used to live at 8 Heath Street (1st house next to the Lee Bridge pub), Winson Green. The entrance was at the rear of a Tailoring repair shop called "The Clothed Clinic" which was run by an elderly Jewish man. I would love to see a picture if anyone has one or knows where I can get one from. When I lived in Heath Street I attended St Patricks school. Later we moved to 31 Chiswell Road.
 Noel Stone stoned999@aol.com

I have been on your website to try and find any photographs of Heath Street, Winson Green during the 1960's - 70's. My mother and her family used to live on No.111 Heath Street - their surname was McKeown.
My grandfather also used to drink in the Shakespeare Pub on the corner of Heath Street.
If anyone could send me or knows of any photographs available that would be fantastic.
Thank you  Laura Mulholland