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The demolition of OSheas
2nd July 2005 Keith Berry

The demolition of O'Shea's

Erdington, Birmingham

Another landmark public house in the throes of demolition.
There were plans for 33 flats to be built on this site at
the junction of Short Heath Road and Turfpits Lane, but
following objections by the police, they've been rejected

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Dave H 25-Mar-2013 20:29
Yep definatly the golden worked as a DJ along with Micky James & Flash in the 70s
Sue R 29-Jun-2012 14:24
Met my husband at the Golden Cross in 1977. We used to go to the discos there on a Friday night and Sunday night (I think). I well remember the tree in the middle of the lounge.
col allen 23-Jun-2012 21:39
My dad, Sam Allen, played football with some lads from Nesscliffe grove. One of those was called Harold Pickett. There was also Albert Ellis. They played for Short Heath United.
Col Allen 22-Jun-2012 16:22
My grandad Arthur Allen lived in Medwin grove off Turfpitts Lane and used to run this pub. I think it would have been around the end of the war or just after. I believe the landlord,s name was Joe page.
Guest 29-Nov-2011 00:03
I work In here for a good few years, had some great times here, the inside of the bulding was very spooky, long coridoors and the cellar, but always felf safe.....
Lizzie 06-Apr-2011 02:57
Yes definitely The Golden Cross. Used to drink in there sometimes with my then boyfriend in the 1980's. It became 'O'Sheas' when the sudden desire for Irish-themed pubs became popular in the 1990's. We used to attend school and Sunday mass at St Margaret Mary's lower down on Perry Common Rd and used to walk up Short Heath Rd past the Golden Cross on our way home. A lot of men used to go straight in from church for a drink and some would hang around outside and shout comments or whistle as we walked past! Sadly a lot has changed and not necessarily for the better and thats what they call progress!
Ron Coles 18-Nov-2010 17:02
Anyone remember the Pickett family lived in Nescliffe Grove off Turfpits Lane
paul 18-Mar-2010 00:32
sorry to say flats have now been built on site
Ted Jones 04-Feb-2010 21:48
The Golden Cross, had many a pint in there with my Father and Uncles. Behaved ourselves in those days.
AnnR 03-Feb-2009 19:30
I lived straight opposite this pub known then has the Golden Cross. I used to get in the disco on a friday night. Underage
Joanio 12-Apr-2008 23:45
The flats are just about to be completed on this site. Quite a nice development though so the developers must have overcome all the objections.

Fantastic site!
mick 06-Sep-2007 18:27
yes i think this is was the golden cross. spent many good years there as a dj
Keith Berry29-Apr-2007 21:18
Yes, I think it was.
guest 29-Apr-2007 01:05
was this the the Golden Cross?
Lynda Stretton 29-May-2006 12:50
I was born in Brum, but, have lived in the US for 26 yrs. It's ssd to see some of the landmarks from my childhood have now gone.
David U 30-Oct-2005 03:24
Now gone. It was a wonderful building, once again ruined by trouble makers