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WESTERN ROAD 23/01/2012
I originally lived at the top of Hingeston Street, Brookfields (backing on to a bombed building site), Birmingham 18 until approximately 1962 when along with my parents we moved to Hockley Brook. My late mother worked just off Warstone Lane at the Mosda factory making lighters, before this she worked at the Post Office on Icknield Street .
Prior to getting married in September 1967, I worked for the Birmingham Box Company in Great Hampton Row, moving to Western Road prior to having my son in November 1968. I was actually born in Dudley Road Hospital (now known as City Hospital ).
I remember Amy Keedwell at the local shop, the local coal merchant (using horse and cart), and even going to the coal wharf with my next door neighbour and lifelong friend, to fetch coal on a barrow. I went to Nelson Street Primary School in Ladywood and then for one year only, Handsworth New Road in Winson Green and then at 13 years old went to Sparkhill Commercial School in Sparkhill, Birmingham.
I will search through old photos to see what can be sorted from these times,somewhere, I have photos taken in the back yard at Hingeston Street , showing the bombed building site at the back.
Having lost my mother and my father now nearly 90 years old, I have no siblings and my best friend who went to All Saints School and then Camden Road School in Brookfields having passed away in 2010, it has been lovely to look back on these days. Many thanks.
Pauline Lewington (nee Penwill) email@example.com
Below two photos first one a ladies coach trip from the Birmingham Box Co and the bomb site Pauline mentioned at the top of Hingeston Street and Clissold Street.
Nash Coach Taken about 1960, a works outing from the "Birmingam Box Co" Western Road. My sister Pauline (Baynes) is seen in the centre crouched down with my sister Audrey on her left. Nash's were well utilised for such occasions, and according to my sister Audrey Whitworth, Nash's were around Cape Hill near to the Odeon Cinema on the opposite side of the road to M&B's Brewery. From Ken Aston firstname.lastname@example.org