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Guest 04-Aug-2015 02:48
My grandparents had the corner shop on bridge street and great Russell street. May and Walter Smith. I have seen the picture of the shop and made me cry greatly. I was born there in 1950.
Guest / Joe Harford 05-May-2015 17:40
HI, I was looking at the comments about Loveday St and one from Grant B comments about relations living at 69 Loveday St , well my Wife's GT/Gt/ Grandparents lived at 68 Loveday St from 1860 to 1879 They would have known eachother, small world. I am researching the Wright family and have come to a dead end so to speak. Love a picture of houses in Loveday St. Joe
Brian Halls 20-Apr-2015 17:29
Hi Keith Do you allow any of your great items to be shared on facebook group pages with blessing regards Brian
Graham Woodhall 01-Mar-2015 00:07
Alexander Comley Highgate Wharf. Coal Haulage. They had 2 ERF Sabrina's,1 AEC and others. Drivers Jim Taylor, Barry Adams, Arthur Barr, Webb and Holder brothers. Transport manager Jim Pratt and Stan the mechanic !!
John Ullah 01-Feb-2015 20:47
Hi Keith,
I will shortly be giving talks at the Bartons Arms pub about its connections to the Aston Hippodrome and Laurel & Hardy. I will also have a slide show and would like to use the brilliant photo of the Aston Hippodrome about to be demolished in 1980. Can I have your permission to use it? John Ullah
Guest 15-Dec-2014 00:05

james coney anybody worked in fort dunlops in the sixties
Guest 29-Aug-2014 20:58
Hi my uncle used to own a fruit barrow around summer lane i was only about 6 years old at the time but will never forget.His name was charlie butcher and his brothers did it for years,if anyone new them drop a comment on this great webpage thank you.
Regards Robert Wanty
Chris 14-Aug-2014 10:57
Hello Keith,

I would like to say that I just love your half frame slides gallery. Wonderful pictures, love the colour and feel. I do hope you will do more.
Sue 11-Aug-2014 21:19
Many congratulations on an absolutely wonderful collection of photos depicting the social and physical changes which have taken place in Birmingham. Thanks for putting these on line.
Frank Major 16-Jul-2014 09:27
Hello Keith
Would it be possible to use one of your pics from your Liverpool Docks in the 1960's file?
I am currently penning a work and could use the portrait pic of the Blue Funnel vessel at South 1 Gladstone as a cover illustration.
Brilliant and evocative portfolio.
Beryl 05-Jun-2014 03:23
I have a school photograph, Class 2 Albert Road infants school 1932. Over 40 in the class.My teacher was Miss Brooks. I often look at it and wonder how many are still around.Then I left at 11 and went to Canterbury Girls School. A wonderful teacher, Miss Mary West. The headmistress was Miss Baggs, Then onto Aston Commercial School. It was during WW2 with the air raids. A bomb in Ettington Road outside the fire station did damage to the school so we went mornings to Sparkhill Commercial School, they went in the afternoon.We went on the city bus and we always walked through the old New Street Station to get a Sparkhill bus. Now I'm in Oregon U.S.A.6,000 miles from home.I was Beryl Youel, then.
Margaret Hines Nee Barnett 07-Apr-2014 16:51
Sorry about that must be the sun Since I last posted on your guest list I have remembered lots of my old school mates namely the following Hazel Beard.Caroline & Christines Glynne they were twins also Irene Marshall. Brenda Bird. Kay Gilkes.Brenda Giles.Pauline Johnson and her brother John.Slyvia Guppy.Thelma Richards alson Brian Singleton his father had a packing case makers down near Nursery Road
Guest 07-Apr-2014 16:43
Hi again this is Margaret Hines
Margaret Hines 18-Mar-2014 21:22
Hi Keith I Lived in William street Lozells and attended Lozells Sec Mod School for girls from 1952-1957 I often skirt the lozells area when in uk it would be very interesting to see any posts from anyone who was there at the same time always happy to check out web sites for any news
My maiden name was Barnett
David Kitching 14-Mar-2014 12:11
Hi Keith,I can see that you have achieved one of the things I often wished that I had done- photograph the environment I grew up in.This is especially valuable for people like myself - I left the UK in 1973. Thanks for all your efforts. I too attended Westminster Road School. I lived round the corner in Havelock Road. Like one of your guests, I remember Ms Lamb and Ms Swann. My last teacher was Mr Challis. I left in 1957 .
and went to KEGS, Aston. According to files I have, there was a pupil named Keith Berry who stated there in 1952. Could this be you? Best regards David Kitching.
Simon Robinson 13-Mar-2014 18:48
Hi Keith, regarding Phylis's images, has anyone done a book of this material? I run a small publishing firm and would be interested in talking to whoever owns the rights if you had any information! Drop me an email. Thanks. Simon
Guest 23-Feb-2014 22:45
anybody worked in the mill fort Dunlop in the sixties
Ashley Bair 09-Nov-2013 04:50

Could the New Zealand BSA Motorcycle Owners Club use two of the Phyllis Nicklin photos in an article by a former BSA apprentice in our newsletter?
If this is OK how should bwe axknowledge the photos?

Kind regards
Ashley Blair
New Zealand BSA Motorcycle Owners' Club
Cell: 0272278603

“I find new bikes boring. They take no special talent to ride well — they don’t need me, and I don’t need them.” Paul d'Orléans
Alan Woolley 10-Oct-2013 14:34
Hello could you please help me by giving any info you have on how to obtain a photo(s)of a lorry firm called Alexander Comley who operated large coal lorries from the birmingham area to up here in the coalfields and pits in the denby and ripley areas of derbyshire.they ran alongside the lorries of Horace Kendrick of Walsall. any help will be wonderful, thankyou Alan Woolley Kilburn Derby ALL THE ABOVE WAS IN THE 1950s.
Lorrayne Newey 30-Sep-2013 23:23
Thank you Keith, i was born in Aston and bought up in Handsworth, I now live in Antigua WI and I have spent at least 4 hours enjoying your pictures. I am still looking at them but just wanted to thank you.
Guest 27-Sep-2013 23:50
Thanks for the beautiful photographs. Makes me wish I could turn back the hands of time. I lived in one of those flats in Newtown, they were council flats. Does any one have a photograph of a store that was called. "The House that Jack built," or it was called "Jack House." I brought my first set of saucepans there over 43 years ago. I have one pot left and use it every day. They don't make then like that any more.
kevin yates 16-Sep-2013 11:32
Hi I have just viewed 2 photos entitled Locomotive 1 and locomotive2
how can I obtain copies. best regards
A Moghraby 03-Sep-2013 08:38
where can I buy a photo of Aston Church and Onion Fare for my friend please
Maureen 29-Jun-2013 14:32
Just to say a grateful "Thank You" for the wonderful trip down Birmingham/Harborne memory lane! I lived at #93 Fellows Lane during WWII through to '50's! Wonderful - again, thank you.
Jenni 25-Apr-2013 13:20
Hi Keith,
These are a wonderful collection of photographs. I am particularly interested in your images of Witton. I am currently involved in a project with the Environment Agency, who will be building new flood defences along the Tame over the next couple of years, and who have engaged a company called MADE, with artists and historians to explore the area. Do you live, or have you lived in Witton or nearby? We are looking for people to be involved in the project. I was wondering if I might be able to use some of the photographs of the flooding in 2007. My email is Thanks, Jenni.
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yvonne dineen 31-Mar-2013 01:34
Wow Keith what a lovely collection you have.Really enjoyed browsing through the photos. i lived in grassmere road handsworth in the 70s and attended st stephens school handsworth. i was trying to find photos of st stephens school, but there doesnt seem to be any out there. I believe it is a rehabilitation centre now. Must try and visit Birmingham again soon.
Kind Regards
tom kavanagh 09-Feb-2013 20:16
Hi Keith,
I have just written an autobiography about my childhood and growing up in inner City Birmingham in the 1960's. I would like to use your photograph of the camp hill flyover taken in 1960 and a photo taken of Stratford road in Sparkbrook as I grew up in Sparkbrook and Sparkhill. Can I please have permission to use both photographs as I would like to launch my book this month on-line. Could you please give me permission ? Your help would be appreciated. Regards

Tom Kavanagh
Guest 09-Feb-2013 19:25
went to school 49/34 at westminster infant and junior school.I remember Mr Clarkson
headmaster he retired and Mr Thomas took over the head teacher had the same name.
also teachers I remember Miss Lamb Miss Swan .
pupils I remember Sheila Wilkes Eileen Bennett (who wanted to be a vet)Hazel dorothy and philomenia.
Canterbury Cross was Miss Fairhead head mistress Miss Harrison I was a milk monitor.
I now live abroad
carol peters 09-Feb-2013 19:13
my father james peters worked for halladays before during and after the war until his death in 1964 i have a letter address to my mum from the company of her sad loss was sad to see halladays had gone were can i get a copy of halladays please
David 10-Dec-2012 21:42

I`m looking for a photo of the pub Sam Wellers - it used to stand on John Bright St in the city centre. It`s for a Christmas present. Any idea where I can locate a pic? Thanks David
gary payne 26-Nov-2012 19:26
Hello Keith
I was born in Birmingham in 1942 and grew up in Canada arriving on the wert coast in 1947. My father was a master green grocer with a shop, which he owned(waterloo House)at the corner of Birchfield and Heathfield roads. In the 1960s, it was brought down to provide space for the flyover. Though I was quite young, I have fond memories of this portion of my boyhood. Are you aware of any photos or stories about this property. It was a Tudor style building formerly an inn with a cobbled interior courtyard and a stable. In 1947, it was my fathers' green grocery shop, two other shops rented out and our family quarters upstairs. I would appreciate any information that you can provide.
DANIEL BARSON 17-Oct-2012 22:04
I think I am related to Keith Berry and would very much like to contact people who knew or are related to him. I grew up in London and most of my relatives are still in the UK. I now live in Vancouver Canada. I'm working on my family tree and I would love to know if and how Keith and I are connected. Anyone who can help, please email me at Thank you.