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Aston Cross
1978 Keith Berry

Aston Cross

Aston, Birmingham

All of this has gone now - replaced by a traffic island.
There used to be a photographic shop just over the road
that was managed by Mr Colin Slater, a former colleague

Out of the picture, to the left, was the HP Sauce factory,
which was famously lost to Birmingham late in 2006 following
Heinz's decision to move its manufacture to The Netherlands.

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Eileen 12-Jan-2015 13:20
Blue, my sister and brother in law managed the pub around 1968. I remember 'Young Girl' being played over and over on the Juke Box at the time. They weren't there long. She said it was a rough pub, (1st pub offered usually is). The ask trays were being stolen before she turned her back after putting them on the tables. It was the only M&B pub in the area and opposite the Ansells brewery too!
Guest 07-Apr-2014 09:39
I remember the Golden Cross,spent many a lunch time in there as I worked at Ansell's brewery Aston Cross from 1967 until it was closed down...
pip 02-Nov-2012 12:51
hi, the pub in front of the bus is still there
blue01-Feb-2012 20:25
can u remember what year your sister and brother in law managed the pub, would realy like to know , not sure if you are still on site as it in 22-Jun-2008 14:11 you posted ,
blue01-Feb-2012 20:20
mt aunty n uncle run the royal george and my mom was the barmaid ,the security guard from the hp factory used to walk me threw to the school at aston towers ,
Sheilajames 24-Jan-2012 11:01
What memories these photo,s have brought back to me. My second husband was a Forman at Tubes Ltd till he took redundancy in 1979. He was a forman his name wad Ralph james. Sadly he his not with us any more he passed away in 2010.
graham 21-Jan-2012 03:31
i can actually remem holding my moms hand walking over the old tram lines @ aston cross and i also remem Ti tubes walking home from aston manor school hearing them ghostly noises ! + that little big ben underground toilets stinkin of piss as an 8 year old
Dave 05-Apr-2011 21:40
My wife and I had our wedding reception at the pub in the photo, the Golden Cross in 1969. We had a sit down meal for 100 people and later a buffet. In the evening we had an Irish band, a three piece including a female drummer. We spent our wedding night at the Norfolk Hotel on Hagley Road then went to Great Yarmouth for our honeymoon where my Dads Vauxhall Victor car that I had borrowed broke down.
joe harbron 29-Dec-2010 23:27
I can remember me and my best mate used to play snooker almost every day, until my wife brought all kids down because I was supposed to fetch the coal, and said "hey you can have the kids with you its warmer in here" what a laugh that caused, I lived in potters hill then in 1962. I also played the piano in the pub across the road and the share holders arms. bloody good old days.we were called (THE WANDERERS, drums piano bass) ANYBODY REMEMBER US.
zeprock 10-Aug-2010 18:23
The empty site of the former HP sauce factory, which stands near to where the billiard hall is, now has signs announcing the forthcoming arrival of East End Foods, who are to build a new factory there.
zeprock 10-Aug-2010 18:23
The empty site of the former HP sauce factory, which stands near to where the billiard hall is, now has signs announcing the forthcoming arrival of East End Foods, who are to build a new factory there.
fashionz 20-Mar-2010 21:35
I've waited stacks of times with my mum, when I was little, for the number 8 bus on that corner.
Victor de Quincey 19-Aug-2009 19:27
In 1956 I joined Tubes Ltd. as an aprentice. I remember standing outside the factory at lunch time for the fresh air? a mixture of HP sauce and Ansells beer. Thanks for the memories Keith.
Rod Kennedy 01-Aug-2009 21:44
I spent many an hour learning to play snooker there,and the pubs,they were everywhere in that area,from The Midland County Dairies,all the way down past salford Park.No wonder my old man was forever the worse for wear.
Happy days for the most part though.
gordon baker 18-Jan-2009 16:42
lived up park rd until1949 went to work when 14yrs old in joiners shop at tubes ltd,down rocky lane just off to right of photo.the george pub was on corner tower rd and park road.we used to go down three floors under Ansells to shelter in air raids.also used as emergency hospital when general was bombed.
Greg 12-Nov-2008 13:47
I remember this well. My dad was a pub manager for Ansells and not only did his do relief work at the pub in this picture (The Cross) but also managed the Princess Royal in Victoria Road (to the left of the picture and up the hill) but also the Shareholders arms which is on the same road as the picture was taken (Park Lane).
Where the picture was taken from is now the West Midlands Police traffic/garage department.
Mike Robinson 18-Aug-2008 18:36
I worked for a company called ( Acocks Green Demolition ) from 1965-1985 and we demolished most of the buildings in this photo, inc these shops on the left of the pic and left to the cafe at the gates to the HP Sauce factory, they were the best days of my life.
Eileen 22-Jun-2008 14:11
My sister and her husband managed a pub called The Royal George, which (from memory) was adjacent to the clock at Aston. It was their first pub and it was so rough that the customers used to steal the ashtrays as soon as she put them them out!

It was the only M & B pub in the 'Ansells brewery locale'
Guest 21-Jul-2007 00:59
Fascinating. Great shot!