Brilliant web site. Thank you. I was born in Yardley Wood but we were evicted from their and sent to Winson Green as a punishment in the early 60's. We lived in Chesterton avenue which was just at the top of Tudor Street where it divided from Heath Street. No Kitchen just a Scullery, cold water only, tin bath and outside loo. More Victorian than anything my grand mother lived in ! We used to use a communal "brew House" and still had the Stye for the pig plus a hook in the back room to hang it before having it salted. It was a good community then.
You have a section on Parks and one is called the sand pit. Would this be the one that I called the "China" Park ? It was a stone building with Chinese symbols around it. Probably on top of garages ? It was past the GKN works and before the "Mothers pride" Bakery in Smethwick. I have lots of memories of this area and the people that were there.
I remember using the "public Wash Baths" in Heath Street in the early 60's. My three brothers and I shared a bath for the one price. Dad never bothered ! You could put your own cold water in but had to shout for the man with a big tap key for the hot water. Right next door to the wash baths was a scrap yard owned by the Moult family and I think the father (Ted Moult ?) had an artificial leg ? I remember very well the day their young son, David, drowned it the canal at the back of the houses in Heath street. We all stood there waiting for news and then they bought his body out. On the other side of the road there was a rag merchant where we took rags and got money for them. My older brothers always sent me in, knowing that they had weighted the rags with stones. It was not good to have three older brothers in such an area ! They once sent me into a funeral Parlour on the Dudely Road to ask if they had any empty boxes and I did it ? .
I also remember the "Swop Shop" on the Winson Green road, opposite Summerfield School. Come January I would begin to see my Christmas presents in the window ? I never worked out that mother was selling them. If any one bought my "Jolly JIM" ventriloquist doll I would like it back. He was kidnapped.
We lived in Chesterton avenue at number three. The Terry family. Also in the avenue were Mrs. Finn, Mrs Jarvis, Mrs Woodrow the Harper family and the Mckearnans. I once took a harvest festival food parcel to Mrs Jarvis and she cried. It wasn't till many years later that I realised she was a young war widow and nowhere near as old as I thought she was ! Being born after the War I had no idea why these people had no husbands and I used to play on "building sites" not knowing that they were in fact "Bomb Sites".
At one time there was a Cafe on the divide of Heath Street and Tudor street and my mother worked there. It was frequented by a famous wrestler at the time called Pat Roach.
Hard living conditions at that time but remembered with fondness.
Malcolm Terry Rollplayermike@aol.com

TUDOR STREET 20/09/08   I would like to tell you about the Bishop family who lived in Tudor Street, there names were john and emily bishop they had three sons and three daughters the sons names were george known  as bill, he married elizabeth black they had three children there names john known as jack, ivy and olive then my dad frederick who married lily pickering they had five children lily, brenda, fred, john, dorothy and reginald who married lily chisholm they had one son allan, then emily who married ernest farr they had three children, ernie jean and maureen then elsie who married william norton he was known as wit they had two sons arthur and peter and alice who married george sumner and had one son named brian. the family lived at 5/100 they were born and brought up there. i believe george and his family lived at no 100, frederick and his family lived in carlisle street, reginald and his family lived in heathgreen road three doors below cromwell hall church as kids we all went there i loved the anniversary's i remember mr kinchin a sunday school teacher, also i beleave the superintendents name was a mr davis and he lived opposite. back to the bishops emily and her family lived in norman street, elsie and her family lived up the yard next to my grandparents does anyone remember there son arthur being killed while he was doing his national service 1n 1954 i can remember it was a massive funeral there was a lot of army personal presant, alice and her family lived in Ada Road Smethwick.   BRENDA DODD NEE BISHOP. brendadodd358@btinternet.com

I was a Winson Green Lass. Born 6th May 1944 in Tudor Street (2/35) lived there with Mom & Dad and my sister Barbara, until my marriage in 1962.  We attended City Road infants, Dudley Rd Juniors and back to City Road Secondary. I remember Cromwall Hall very well attended there with the Randle girls.Their brother Alan was featured in one of your photos.  Our next door neighbours (The Bensons) also featured. An excellant site keep it up. I have recognised many faces and places of my childhood.In fact since discovering the site have spent many nostalgic hours pouring over the many pages. If anyone remembers me would love to hear from them.  Keep up the good work.
Valerie Ellis Nee James    Email: Clements.jessie@blueyonder.co.uk

TUDOR STREET  27/02/05
My Nan Ida Field lived at No 63 Tudor St next to the big entry.Mrs Wheeler lived down the yard from the entry who she was very friendly with. Nan shopped at the general store across the road at Joyce's she had a little dog called Mac. My Granddad Walter Field better known (wally) must of been the Malt Shovel best Customer he was always in the pub the only time we ever saw him was on the way home from visiting nan when dad parked the car out side and tooted his horn to let him know we was their. if he was in a good mood he would buy my sister and I a toy from the Yellow Bedford van that parked outside the pub on a friday night. I also rember the Fish Chips shop on the corner of Chriswell Rd run by Mrs Smith 6d a bag and Mrs Black always having her arms folded on the doorstep looking up and down the street. it looked such a long Steet to a child eye when I go down now it seems so small.
Nan lived there from 1958 until 1970 and moved to Lea Bank till she died in 1988.
Linda Driscoll nee Field  Email: Lyndriscoll@aol.com

 I was born at 4/26 Tudor Street my parents were Albert and Rose King  there was 7 of us and we used to go to Summerfield School. by  Debra King

I was born in Winson Green - Chiswell Road (12 June 1938)(parents - Stanley & Hilda Greaves)
 but lived 20 years in Coplow Street - Ladywood.
When I got married I lived at 46 Tudor Street Winson Green and I married Valerie Benson (parents - George & Emma Benson)  who lived in Tudor Street next to the Malt Shovel Pub and take it from me it was 'The Best' Pub in Winson Green. My wife and I still say the early 60's was a great time. The Malt Shovel had the best football team run by Lenny Ward. We did the tote Sunday night at the Peel Pub and Horace Timbrull and Eric Hatfield both played for the Malt Shovel Pub
We use to go to The Tower Ball Room with Pat Roach.
All the best to Old Mates.Dennis George Greaves
  E:mail   deborahg@calm.wa.gov.au
who left Winson Green May 1974 for  WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Photos from Dennis of the Benson Girls   LtoR:- Jennifer, Valerie, Georgina, Patricia, Sandra and June and one taken at a works function at the "IONIC".