HINGESTON STREET 12/06/2018.                                                                                                  I am trying to trace a family or relatives of Alfred & Prudence Jackson who lived at no 21 Hingeston Street, with sons Alfred Peter, James (Jimmy) Jackson & daughter Edna. I believe Jim as he was known died at sea. Age 24.
I have found out they were the parents of my biological father James Jackson, I was born in December 1939. If any one can help me I would be so grateful, thank you. 
Pauline Walkeremail paulinewalker2@gmail .com

HINGESTON STREET 01/06/2018                                                                                                My name is Jacqueline Early, I was five years old when we moved away Hingestion Street Birmingham. My youngest sister Christine was auditioned to play the baby in Cathy Come Home, however she was unsuitable. I remember the play centre with a trampoline and big piano, we went to the Catholic school but I can't remember the name (St Peters) ?). We lived in the Irish and Scottish quarters, my parents names are John and Janet Early. We lived in the back house next to a disused garage, my dad had knocked a hole through the wall and made it our special garden, he brought thick rope from work and used the tyres we found in the garage and made us all a swing by tying the rope to the rafters. If anyone remembers the Early family and Catholic School, I would like to hear from you.  Jacqueline Early.  jackieearly@outlook.com

HINGESTON STREET 27/02/2018                                                                                     Massive long shot again. I am researching my family tree and my Great Grandfather FRANK HAWTHORN married from that street in 1908. It states on the reg that FRANK HAWTHORN son of THOMAS HAWTHORN from 2/158 Hingeston Street married a FLORENCE MAY WILLIAMS daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS from 1/62 Hingeston Street. I also think from reading the reg that Frank had a brother FREDERICK HAWTHORN who's wife was named MAUD (maiden name unknown) they were witnesses at the wedding. It would be great to hear from some-one who know of either side of the family. Hawthorns or Williams. Thank you in advance.... also, I have been searching for a street map of Hingeston Street but have failed so far? 
Kind Regards. Angela Brookes bruxi@live.co.uk

HINGESTON STREET 21/10/2017 Moore Family 13 Hingeston Street.                                       I have recently started doing some family research and have now started looking at the history of my great uncle, Harry Moore, who I know lived at 13, Hingeston Street, Brookfields with his wife Annie Moore in 1939. Harry was born in 1897 in Scotland Street, Ladywood and joined the navy in 1915 until he got married in 1920. In the 1939 register Harry was down as a radial driller and Annie was a shopkeeper. From earlier postings I noticed that Brian Gough (16/1/2005) posted a picture outside his father’s shop at no. 15 (next door to Harry and Annie) and Dave Brown (24/1/2006) mentioned knowing the Williams, Moore's, Cannings and the Foxholes. I know it is probably a long shot but I wonder if anyone could fill in any gaps they may have regarding Harry, Annie or any other members of the family (if they existed). Kevin Moor  kgmoore@mail.com

HINGESTON STREET 10/01/2017  Brookfields Tavern 

Hi my name is Noel Reeves, my parents John and Maureen Reeves ran the Brookfields Tavern from 1962 to 1967. I lived there with my sister Margaret and brother Pete. I went to All Saints School in All Saints Road. Does anybody remember my family ? my parents are dead now. I  remember the Fitzgerald who lived next door. I remember another family called to the Alexander's I think they lived in Pitsford Street. Noel Reeves  noelreeves22@yahoo.com


I lived at 72 Hingestion Street with my mom and dad and later with my younger brother Donald we had the sweet shop in the middle of the street and just up from us was Llillies sweet shop we lived their until about 1958, I went to Ellen Street school and later Icknield Street scholl I had many happy days there, I remember going round the corner to the fish and chip shop for some crispy batter bits. Those were the days ! regards Barrie Cation    barriecation@hotmail.com


A Belgian historian is looking for information about the time Laurence spent in his country on war service. 





I remember Hingeston Street as I lived there from 1949 to 1963 approx. I lived at 1/162 (second entry from the top on the left hand side). The 96 bus which took me to Handsworth New Road School for a year (until I went to Sparkhill Commercial in 1962) was just past the top entry.
Someone on the site mentioned a woman being murdered (getting in through the cellar). I was told that this had happened in my house. The man had tried to smother his niece in her pram (a little further down the street) but did not succeed but then murdered what I thought was his mother in law. I cannot be one hundred percent sure that this is in fact the case so I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows more.
Someone also mentioned attending All Saints School and then Camden Street. My best friend Susan Watkins (who unfortunately passed away three years ago), was born in 1949 and went to both these schools so I would also like to hear from anyone who knew her. We were best friends all our lives and were bridesmaid for each other. She lived at 2/160 Hingeston Street.
My maiden name was Penwill, Pauline, my parents being Alma and Jack, now both passed away.
I remember Amy Keedwell at the local shop and her in laws had the electrical shop, past the top of Hingeston Street and the cafe on the corner towards the factory that made the Chad Valley toys etc (my Mom worked there for a while).
My aunt and uncle (Adams) used to live in Wharf Street before moving to Heaton Street.
Pauline Penwill no email address

My name is Linda Mason (nee) FitzGerald and my family and I lived in Hingeston Street in the swinging 60’s.
We lived next door to The Brookfield’s Pub. ‘Our’ house was down the entry/passway to the left of the entry into the yard.
I have many happy and treasured memories of our life in Hingeston Street .
On a Sundays The ‘Groombridge’ Brothers (Johnnie and Kevin) would come along pulling a hand cart with of fruit and veg left over from the week before!!! Their Father owned the fruit and vegetable shop down in Spring Hill near the library. The new TESCO is there now.
Pulling the cart along Ickneild Street right up to the top of Hingeston Street, their Dad would nip in to the Pub for a tipple. I would run out to the lads with my penny and buy a bag of apples half of which were rotten, however they tasted delicious, we would sit on the step of The Brookfield and their Dad would come out and give us a glass of lemonade each + maybe a bag of crips (Smiths) with the little blue bag of salt.
I will dig out some of the many photo’s my Mom May FitzGerald has. May worked in the Jewellery Quarter, in Spencer Streeet Hockley pining badges.
She loved her time there and they treated her like Royalty. She is alive and kicking at the ripe old age of 82yrs. My Dad Denis is also alive and we
Now live in Bartley Green.
Also, to left of the entry at the front of the back to back houses, lived a man called ‘Stan’. He was a painter and decorator and in the attic of his house he had a paper shearer and the kids from the yard would help Stan shear or shave the edges off the roles of paper. It was great fun and he would give us sixpence.
I will be in touch.
Linda Mason   Linda@englandsuk.com


Photos taken in Hingeston Street in background is The Laurels Pub can't remember date but some sort of celebration as it was a street party, I am dressed as Mrs Mop.
Alf Rogers   alfred.g.rogers@btinternet.com

This may seem a bit of a long shot, but I wonder if you may be able to assist me in tracking down my biological father whom I've never known!
You see, I was born in Hingestion Street in Spring Hill in October 1966. From the consistent stories I've heard over the years, my mother had an extra marital affair with an Irish man who worked in the second-hand shop in Spring hill.
From reading the Spring Hill forum/site, I noted that someone commented that they remember a Mrs Dean owned/ran the shop. Therefore, if I could possibly track her down then perhaps I'd have the name of the Irish man who worked for her? There couldn't have been too many Irish men who worked for her.
If you have any ideas or information that may be of help to me, I would be eternally grateful.
Many thanks
Nigel Wilkie nigel_wilkie@hotmail.co.uk


                                                                                ROSE AND CROWN HINGESTON STREET

Hingeston Street with the ROSE and CROWN between the back to back housing
 just before demolition in the 1970's. My Gt. Grandparents, Robert French, and Sarah Ann French were licensees at The Rose and Crown Inn in Hingeston Street in the late 1870's. Robert French died in 1880 but sarah Ann continued at The Rose and Crown until 1883. She remarried in 1881 to Ernest Alfred Worsey.   Gordon Wynniatt



 I've recently discovered your wonderful site and am enjoying it immensely thank you.

  Nellie Florence Hill (nee Foster) AND a neighbour named MIN.

Nellie Florence Hill (nee Foster) AND a neighbour named MIN.

 The lady on the left is my Aunt (my Mothers sister) whose full name was Nellie Florence Hill (nee Foster). For many years she was the licensee of the Mitchells & Butlers off licence/outdoor pub The Eagle Stores situated on the corner of Hingeston St. & George St West. I know because I lived with her for a year or two and attended Brookfields School.
The other lady was a friend (and customer) of my aunt. She was always called Aunty Min although she was not related as far as I know. She lived further along Hingeston St. and may be remembered by some of your readers as I'm sure that my Aunt will be. People and kids would bring jugs and bottles in to be filled with draught beer to take home. Aunt had a small locked cupboard under the counter where she kept a meagre supply of cigarettes for her special customers only!
 Best wishes, Lewis Edge. circasounds@aol.com

Just a note to ask you if you know anything about the Hingeston Street murders, these occured
in about 1948-49and took place at the TOP end of Hingeston coming on to Pitsford street, there were two murders, the second of which was Mrs Aston ( If I remember right ) and he got in through the coal grating on the pavement, went upstairs and killed her in bed, she was an old woman, the man who did it lived a bit further up the road and suffered mental problems, but at his trial it was revealed he had killed another old lady in the same way previously. 
Chris rovinoxid@hotmail.com

I often visit your site recalling events etc in Brookfields and although I have seen a reference to a Murder at The Laurels public house I wondered if anyone remembers the murders of two old ladies both living alone in Hingeston Street just above "The Laurels". I think one was a Mrs Aston and the was referred to as little Harriet she used to drink in "The Gate" public house in Icknield Street it happened sometime at the end of 1940/1950. I think the man convicted was named Whitehill or Whitehouse he also lived in Hingeston Street he was sent to Broadmoor and his mother used to come into the post office in Icknield Street ( where I worked) opposite Hingeston Street to post parcels to him I was living in Hingeston Street at the time but its so long ago it's difficult to recall all the facts correctly but I can clearly remember both little Harriet and the convicted mans mother I would be interested to know if anyone else remembers !!!
Margaret Yeates myeates@blueyonder.co.uk

The murder happened in 1965? after an argument between the landlord and a customer. What I remember being told by my Father, who drank in the Laurels, was the customer pulled a knife and stabbed the landlord and then just ran from the pub being chased by the regulars. My father did say that the man who died was extremely well liked and the perpetrator received a good hiding before the police caught up with him. Sadly my father is no longer alive so I could not elaborate on the incident. I know that the mother of the Wyatt family who was a barmaid at the Laurels and who lived in the first house after the bookies on George St. West, which was not a back to back house, as they had two big rooms downstairs where you could go into the front and come out the back into the yard, was a witness to the incident. I am sure she had a pub or worked in a pub up by the police station adjacent to Summerfield park in Winson Green sometime after the area was demolished. The murder was  reported in the "Birmingham Evening Mail", "The Gazette" and the "Sunday Mercury". Keep up the good works a fantastic site!!!  Regards Larry Foley E-mail : laurencefoley@blueyonder.co.uk



I enjoyed the piece about the Laurels Pub on the corner of Prescott Street and Hingestion Street. It was on a Saturday afternoon when it happened. I was at my Grandparents house (just of Lodge Road, in Harmer Street), when the murder happened. My Mother fetched me and told me about it. When we got home (we lived at 113 Prescott Street, just up from the Laurels), the place was swarming with police. We were told it was an argument about closing time. Supposedly the Publican said it was time to close for the afternoon, and the other person argued - I suppose a fight broke out It seems awful, but nobody bothered much. It seemed to be a case of 'oh well, another days excitement'. Not sure why but that's the way some people were then. We had some fun in those days. The only thing I didn't like was the thick fog. You couldn't see anything. It would be nice if I could find anyone else who remembers me and my friends - Christine Robinson and Pamela Holmes. The three of us were always together.   Ingrid Waldron-Webb  iggywebb@yahoo.com

Reading about the MURDER at "THE LAURELS" pub in Hingeston Street I rememered another MURDER that took place at 131 Hingeston Street around 50 years ago (mid to late 50's).
The blokes name was Hanlon ! he killed his wife with a hammer because he thought she was having an affair, I remember the police swarming all over the back part of the house as I used to live in the same yard (back house) 8/125, I wonder if anyone else remembers it ??.   Ken Grinnell kgbg03800@blueyonder.co.uk

First off all I would like to say what a wonderful site you have created, which is fascinating insight into the social history of the Brookfields district of Birmingham

                                                                         BROOKFIELDS TAVERN

                                                                       BROOKFIELDS TAVERN

I used to live in a pub from about 62 to 66 run by my Dad - John Reeves, called the Brookfields Tavern which used to be on the corner of Pitsford Street and Hingestion Street. We moved to Rugby when I was about 7, and I now live in Sheffield (aged 47).
I was visiting my friend in Bristol earlier this week and on the way back I had this sudden urge to stop off and visit the brookfields area. I went to visit All Saints School where I went to briefly- which is now a youth offenders centre. It felt very strange, and needless to say it seemed very different to how I remembered it, apart from the pointed arched shaped oak door to the main building which is still there.
Anyway hope you don't mind me contacting you, but I was feeling all nostalgic after my visit, which is why I found my way onto your website. Incidentally my Dad was friend of the lanlord who was murdered at the Laurels and I'm going to get in touch with him to find out his name.
If anyone remembers my Dad it would be lovely to hear from them. I know the Brookfields Tavern had an awsome darts team around 1964 to 66. Bert Tanner was one of the names I recall from the team.
  Peter Reeves     peter_r_reeves@hotmail.com

I'm fascinated by your site. I was born and lived in  Hingestion Street Brookfields I and my two younger brothers one of which was born in the house.. lived there with my mum and dad David and Betty Smith . I think we moved in 1969 when I was just 4yrs old, we were given a maisonette in Great Barr, I think because Hingestion Street was being demolished?
I was wondering if you know of any pictures of the street as I only came across one on the site?.. some of my earliest memories are of living on that road, and as I was only 4yrs when I left you can imagine just how early they were?I would love some more info and pictures about the street and indeed if anyone remembers our family? although I realise we weren't there for long.Lovely site thank you  Sue Sutherland nee Smith   susanjsutherland@hotmail.com

HINGESTON STREET remember us 02/07/08
Does anyone remember the Nichols family of 61 Hingeston Road between about 1910 and 1930. Doris, Horace, Marian, Stanley, Joan, Joyce and Betty all went to Brookfields School. I would love to hear anout the school and see pictures of it.  Colin Nichols cbn7k5bw@googlemail.com

Love this site. Pop in and out of it at regularly. I was born in Hingeston Street 1949, one of 4 girls, went to All Saints School and Camden Street. Left the area in 1966. Enjoy all the comments and often recognise the names on the comments board. Keep up the good work. Denise Martin (nee Winn)  denisejmartin@sky.com

I was born 16th August 1940. Schooled at All Saints C of E church school from 1945 - 1951 before going to George Dixon grammar school. We lived in Hingeston Street until 1951 and then moved to Rubery.
Lovely memories returned when seeing the old photographs I will look through my mother's album to see if there are any appropriate for your site
Regards Alfred Gorge Rogers Email: alfred.g.rogers@btinternet.com

I was born at 137 Hingeston Street in 1950 which was directly opposite the "Rose and Crown" pub further up on the same side as the pub was Mrs Keedwells grocery shop does any body remember these?  I also went to  All Saints infants  school. brian lawrence  Email: brianlawrence01@btinternet.com

I have been reading the letters and stories on your site about Hockley, Brookfields and Ladywood. I lived in Stewart Street and I went to infant and junior school there.The only people I can remember from Stewart St are John Mellows and Stewart Dyson, I can also remember my dad taking me for ice cream up Spring Hill, and my dad having a drink in the pub next to the ice cream parlor, the man who ran the pub was called Spring Hill Bill, does anyone remember him? My mother worked for Louie Greene at the Cross Keys pub in Stewart Street until we left. We then moved to 44 Hingeston Street because of my dads work, my mother then got a job at Smiths on the corner of Hingeston St and Ellen st. I left Stewart St school and went to Barford Rd school for boys until 1961, I can remember David Kempton, David Harper, Danny Lynch, Johnny Giles, Ronnie Chadwick and Dougie Westwood and having school dinners in Summerfield Park because the school didn't have a kitchen, playing on the Old Boner.  The people I can remember from around Hingeston St are Pat Fleming, Pat Slaney, Norman Harrison,Terry Deaney and my good friend Kenny Deeprose his mother worked at Cashes cooked meats. I can also remember the film crew for Cathy come home, wanting to use our back yard because my dad kept pigeons, he had to say no because he was racing them, I had to take them to my dads mate John Bevan were they filmed the pigeon loft scene, I was stood on the corner putting birds in to the air until they filmed one landing.I also remember girlfriend and good friend Geroldine Moon. My dads mother lived in Frankfort St of Summer lane, I have memories of playing with my cousin Brian Fox and his friends in Kirbys Rag Yard we were allowed to because our granddad Blackie Raven was a rag and bone man. Does anyone remember Blackie selling his perry winkles off his horse and cart on a Sunday afternoon.
Robert Cowley E:mail v.ferguson80@ntlworld.com

I have recently started a search into my family tree and through looking at old census records discovered my family lived in the Ladywood, Hockley & Brookfields areas since the early 1800's. Doing the search inspired me to look up the areas and came accross this site. Fantastic to see the old images.
I grew up in Hingestion Street and went to Brookfields School, leaving the district in the late 60's when the houses were being demolished Does anyone remember a school production of Peter Pan in the late 60's. I was one of the 'lost boys'and my brother Robert was Captain Hook. Sadly I don't remember many names of the people from school except Mr Hutchings, Miss Lemon, Miss Steel.
I was one of 8 children and we lived at 1/27 Hingestion Street and remember other family names of Roberts, Bills, Evans.
Does anyone remember the Bartlett Family? Regards Bonnie Janiak
Please contact bonniejaniak@blueyonder.co.uk

 I was born in Hingeston Street in the very early 50s I remember "Cathy come Home" being filmed in our yard and both my sisters are in the crowd as well as our house
 I attended both Brookfields and Camden Street schools and in my teens hung about at the canal it was our playground you could go out freely then and enjoy being a child no real pressures
Gillian Robinson/ne Hutton   Email: gillian robinson@banf.org.uk

I lived at 3/37 HINGESTON STREET, and we had a small garden terrace flanked by palings with a tin bath on the wall. When I was five I ran errands to Icknield Street as far as The Gate. I used to hang outside the Royal Mint pub for my gran and would get a glass of fizzy lemonade. Then we would go home climb the dark creaky stairs with a bit of candle across the bare floorboards and then into bed dusting our feet before putting them down under the threadbare sheets. Mostly old coats on top and a zinc bucket in the room and a night light.
Life was very staid in those days, just the world service on the wireless. Before school a flannel wash at the flat sink and then down to Prescott Street rolling a couple of marbles on route...
Michael Green  Email: xhemmingsx@hotmail.com

I was born in Hingeston Street in the very early 50s I remember "Cathy come Home" being filmed in our yard and both my sisters are in the crowd as well as our house I attended both Brookfields and Camden Street schools and in my teens hung about at the canal it was our playground you could go out freely then and enjoy being a child no real pressures   Gillian Robinson (nee) Hutton   Email: gillian robinson@banf.org.uk

We used to live down Hingeston St opposite Lily's shop, think it was 73. The families I remember were the Williams, Moore's, Cannings the Foxholes. When we heard about "Cathy" being filmed we were up there like a shot and in one scene as the camera pans round I am in it with my long neck and big ears, also my eldest brother, who has sadly passed away, is there also. So if anyone knows of us or remember the mob that used to hang on the corner please get in touch.          Dave Brown        throstles54@hotmail.com




A photo of my grandfathers shop in Hingeston street. His name was Albert Taylor. I think that it was taken around 1934.   Regards  Wendy McLea


  Tom Swain, outside his newsagents and tobacconist shop on the corner of Hingeston Street and George Street West. 1914

Tom Swain, outside his newsagents and tobacconist shop on the corner of Hingeston Street and George Street West. 1914

The attached picture is of my great-grandfather, Tom Swain, outside his newsagents and tobacconist shop on the corner of Hingeston Street and George Street West.
 I believe the picture was taken in about 1914. The young man is his youngest son Horace. When he died in 1916 the shop was run by his daughter, Lily, and then by my grandfather, Arthur and his daughter Brenda, from the mid 1940s until the shop was demolished in the 1960s. I remember sitting on the counter 'helping' to serve during the 1940s and 50s. The shop appears to have changed little over the years. I know very little of my great-grandfather's family except that he had 10 children and that only 2 of his 6 sons survived WW1 - my grandfather and Horace. If any one has any information please get in touch.
Gill Jones                ramsfan@kgjones.karoo.


                               OUTSIDE 15 HINGESTON STREET

                             OUTSIDE 15 HINGESTON STREET

This is a photo of my father's van outside of 15 Hingeston Street  taken about 1950.
Brian Gough           Email: bri.gough@ntlworld.com

I was born at 3/37 Hingeston Sreet in the Green family, Henry, Alan, Reggie plus mom Gertie nee Hemming. father, Gough family 6/219 Icknield Street.
My mom died in the Dudley Road Infirmary 1951,I went to Brookfields School 1953 Coronation, I lost touch with folk after that.
 Does anyone know what happened to those families?
Michael Green  Email: tigerlily44@onetel.com

On my birth certificate it says born 3/37 Hingestion St in the sub district of All Saints, father Reg Henry Green mother Gertrude Dorothy Hemmings.
I went to Brookfields school and was pictured in the 1953 Coronation photo. All the streets in red white and blue flags, shields and bunting, we had a street party, fishpaste sandwiches and cup cakes and newspaper hats on.
 I lived at 3/37 Hingestion St, and we had a small garden terrace flanked by palings with a tin bath on the wall. When I was five I ran errands to Icknield Street as far as The Gate. I used to hang outside the Royal Mint pub for my gran and would get a glass of fizzy lemonade. Then we would go home climb the dark creaky stairs with a bit of candle across the bare floorboards and then into bed dusting our feet before putting them down under the threadbare sheets. Mostly old coats on top and a zinc bucket in the room and a night light.
Life was very staid in those days, just the world service on the wireless before school a flannel wash at the flat sink and then down to Prescott street rolling a couple of marbles on route.
The winters seemed very long as a child in Brookfields during the early 50s. School was basic and I was glad to be free to wander when the bell finally rang. There always seemed to be a buzz in the damp air. Small industries at night sang in harmony with the Birmingham Mint along Icknield St, goods trains roaring over the bridge at Pittford St; I used to go down to the Flat on an errand and it was always dark and wet under there, echoes of cars and thundering carriages with the cemetry a constant reminder I didn't have a mother and that she might be in there somewhere watching me.  The inner circle bus on its way to Hockley would race through the large puddle and I would be drenched from head to foot.
When we had no coal I would take a buckled pushchair up Prescott Street to get some coal from the yard and for that errand I would get an extra slice of bread and dripping. I would sometimes play in the rec' in New Spring Street or go up Warstone Lane, looking for junk of some kind
Michael Green   Email: xhemmingsx@hotmail.com




This site brings back a lot of memories as I was actually born in Hingeston Street  8 back of 125, I have attached a picture of me (right) and my best pal Allan Williams (left) sitting on the door step of   8/125.
I also used to be a member of the 253rd Birmingham, 1st Brookfield's scout group which held meetings in the church hall back of the Methodist church in New Spring Street, I was also a member of the band (bugle / trumpet) that was county band champions for 5-6 years running and also used to march around the streets of Brookfield's, I'll try and sort out some pictures of the band marching round the streets of Brookfield's.               Ken Grinnell

I lived at 2 back of 43 Hingeston Street does any one remember Mrs Corrigan who kept the tobbaconists and Wrensons on the corner of Ellen Street and Hingeston Street?  Tony Tombes  tombes2@hotmail.com

I lived at 1/161 HINGESTION STREET over the road was Maylins coalyard. Behind our back yard was the railway as kids we had great fun there. At the top of our road was where they kept horses, I think they had coal as well. I went to All Saints School then to Handworth New Road School. I remember the flat and the Hockley Church.
from Jackie Howell

The JEFCOATE family of Hingestion Street, from 1898 until early 1900's.Is anyone related to any one of the JEFCOATE'S ? please contact me if you are.   Someone must be related. PLEASE get in touch
Pauline Roberts  Email: secserve@wilnecote.fsbusiness.co.uk

Formely of 2 /124 Hingeston Street which was on the back of Worral's shop. Friend of Terry Daly, Jahnny Daly, Reggie Maylin, Johny Pratt, Sonny Crisp and Bille Semore. Dad was Bill (William) Mothers maiden name was Doreen Vyse, her brothers were Frank, Tommy, and Bill, sister was Muriel.   Any body remember them?       Barry Ridgway     Email: roosterspeckle@ntlworl