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Hawthorn Road
1980s Keith Berry

Hawthorn Road


An ever-changing shopping street, it runs from the traffic lights outside Perry Common Library
at College Road, Erdington to those at the junction of Kingstanding Road and Warren Farm Road.

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John Watters 30-Nov-2015 04:27
I was born in Warren Road in 1942 and spent many of my early years running errands to the Hawthorn Road shops, in particular The Co-op with it's overhead Cash Carrier, Hawthorn Road Fish n Chips and the Corner Shop for "sweets". Hawthorn Road shops were central to Perry Common Library, Dulwich Road School and Kingstanding Swimming Baths all being an integral part of my life in the 40/50's.
claire coughlan 27-Feb-2012 12:57
i used to go to warren farm primary school, then perry beeches secondary school, i used to walk around this area a lot as i didn't live to far away, it's lovely to see how it used to look before i was even born.
jenny Nicol 20-Nov-2011 20:05
I used to go swimming at the Kingstanding Baths and walk all the way across Witton Lakes from my house with my friend. I had an Aunty who lived in Finchley Road and used to call in. I remember all the shops. I think Peacocks was where Woolworths used to be. It was always fun walking along and looking in the shops.
Phil Croft 05-Nov-2010 11:05
I was born in 1941 not far from here, and a few years later we lived round the corner off Kingstanding road. My mom often shopped on Hawthorn road and I can just about remember some of the businesses that were there in the late '40s, and the smells. One in particular is the fish n chip shop, and ( can anybody throw any light on this) a strong smell of Vanilla---as in icecream ?? Mixed with the smell of the buses diesl engines, I am transferred back there all those years ago. My brother was sent to buy a loaf of bread but came back with a potted Pansey instead----out of bread (apparently) he decided to buy his mom something with the money anyway. We had our first and only 'Swallow' raincoats from a double -fronted clothing shop ---Co-op maybe ? Mom had saved up all the coupons specially--we did look smart, for a while. Phil Croft. Somerset.
zak14 05-Jan-2010 13:09
We lived in Watney Grove off College Road and in the 1960's my Dad used to take me up to Woolworths on Hawthorn Road every Saturday morning to buy me a toy.
Guest 29-Jun-2008 20:01
i remember these shops as they were in this picture. Timpsons is now called shoefayre debbie
cliff 13-Apr-2008 19:30
Commonly known as "THE MONKEY RUN" I was brought up in Kingstanding and Im proud of it!