PRESTON ROAD 18/08/2017. I was born in a Back 2 Back house at 1 back of 18 Sun Street West Edgbaston in August 1934. I have no memories of this as we moved to 61 Preston Road Winson Green when I was about one year old. I have very fond memories of this area as we lived there until 1946. The people I remember from this time were 63 Preston Road was a little shop kept by a Mr & Mrs Perkins, 65 was the Lloyd family (Mr Lloyd had a motorised wheelchair). 67 Mrs Pritchett (senior), 69 The Pritchett family, including Tony & Pat. 73 the late Eric Hatfield, a very good friend of mine, he lived with his Mom, Gran, Aunt and Uncle. I attended Foundry Road Junior School from 1939 ish where I was very happy. Then I attended Handsworth Road Senior School for about 8 months before going to Handsworth GS, but only stayed there for just about a year. Finally when my family moved from Preston Road to South Yardley I transfered to Camp Hill GS. By this time I had been to about 11 schools as during the war my Mother, Sister Barbra (who was born in Preston Road in 1936) and I followed my Father around the North of England as he was in the Royal Air Force. As far as my time at Foundry Road Junior School is concerned I only remember my first and last years. Another point of interest is that my Mothers Father (my grandfather) kept the M&B Outdoor in Markby Road. (his surname was Buckland)
Does anyone remember these times? If so I would love to hear from them.
Rod Jones. firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESTON ROAD 06/08/2016 Going through some family photographs I came across these 2 of the coronation 1953takenin Preston Road, I thought you might be interested in them for THE website. email@example.com
PRESTON ROAD 02/05/08
Just happened to land on your site and found it very interesting. I was born at 36 Preston Road and lived there until the late 60's . There was my dad Wal my mum Evelyn, Susan my older sister, myself , Martyn, Julie and Wayne who was just a toddler. I recall going down the end of the road to the public baths, people who I tell now about this find it unbelievable that we never had a bathroom, but we did have one installed prior to us leaving the house, which I believe my parents used to rent. My Nan and auntie used to own a sweet/grocery store on Markby Road. My Nan and Grandad lived on Talbot Street, in a big house down a lane with a big gate on the front.The house must have been a grand place once as it had a massive garden which backed on to the park, but I always remember it being overgrown and littered with car tyres and bits and pieces as my grandad, Jack Mulliss used to have a car repair/ panel beating garage. I have nothing but fond memories of that house spending hours playing in and
The photo was taken outside 37 Preston Road circa 1934.
I lived in Winson Green most of my adult life. Living at three addresses, born at 37, married and moved to 17, then divorced and moved to 40, all in Preston Road.I went to school at Foundry Road, got evacuated to a village just outside Evesham, came back after four years and finished at Handsworth New Road girls school.
Neighbours were great, the Inett's the Fields, myself and my four brothers called them aunties and uncles. Brothers Bernard, Raymond and Harry were conscripted during the war to the forces. Danny was to young to join up.
What vividly stays in my mind was the bath saga, firstly a long tin bath was bought into the kitchen, all of us taking it in turns, with hot water topping up existing water. Then we all went to the public baths in Bacchus Road, queuing up outside to get in. When we bought 17 Preston Road we had the back bedroom converted into a bathroom, luxury. We never had holidays as children, our day out was to the Licky Hills, great fun.Us kids sat at night with mom making peg rugs. We had concerts in the house, mom sang, dad played the spoons, Ben played piano, Ray the comb and paper and Harry played drums on saucepans with pegs, I tap danced ( or tried to ) No telly, no phone, no mod cons, but a happy family life.
Florence Ward nee Wiggin. E:mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronation street party 1953 Queen ElizabethThank you for the memories. 01/04/05
I would like to say thank you to Florence Ward (nee Wiggins) for putting the photographs on the internet of Preston Road.
I am in the photograph of Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953, I am on the back row (with the big white collar) as i was dressed as Queen Elizabeth 1st.
My father and mother lived at number 47 preston road they were called Albert and Violet Jinks and i was born there in 1941, next to us at 45 lived the masons they had two sons Bobby and John and at number 43 my aunt and uncle lived they were called Cyril and Kitty Massingham, my sister Joan and my brother Ernie also lived in Preston Road until they got married.
I went to Foundry Road school and then on to Handsworth New Road school, I left school in 1956 but lived at number 47 until I got married in 1963 and now live in Devon.
Gill Lambert (nee Jinks) GGLAMBERT@aol.com
THANK YOU TO FLOSS Ward nee Wiggin. for all the Preston Road photographs
PRESTON ROAD 25/12/09
Sadly Florence Ward passed away in December 2009, just after, I received this tribute to Florence from her nephew, it says so much for her generation, thank you Ray. Ted
Dear Ted this is such a great site - well done.
My Aunt Floss (Florence Ward nee Wiggin), who contributed to your Preston Road section, sadly died earlier this month. As she said, she lived in Preston Road for most of her life and had lovely memories.
As a member of the next generation I will always remember my childhood in that street with those adult role models mentioned by your contributors. Life might have been poor and basic sometimes (such as the bath saga mentioned by Floss), but it was happy and loving. There are many folks in those early photos who have sadly passed on, as now has Floss, but your website is a befitting legacy to their memory. As Floss would have said .. God bless you .... Ray Wiggin email@example.com
Having read your latests of Floss (Wiggins) Ward I wish to add my condolence to her family of a great loss, of a very enjoyable person to have known. Colin Mills (Local Lad). firstname.lastname@example.org