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Gravelly Lane
25-MAY-2006 Keith Berry

Gravelly Lane

Erdington, Birmingham

The high corner windows can view the crossroads in all four directions.
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Malcolm Watkins 22-Oct-2010 18:39
I need to make a correction to my previous post. It was not the deaf school But the B'ham Institute for the blind.
Malcolm Watkins 22-Oct-2010 18:30
These buildings were bought by the owner of Tower cycles,(the corner shop)after The B'ham co-operative moved out.I think Bill Wicket was a co-op butchers.Tower cycles moved into what is now the carpet shop in the earley eighties.Tower cycles was sold to The B'ham deaf school to train deaf people to become cycle mechanics.
Peter Clive 27-Jun-2010 05:05
Yes Keith, Mike is quite correct there about the shops. The corner shop was formerly Wrensons grocery store. I lived in the next block in Gravelly Lane between Somerset and Norfolk roads from 1940 until 1962. Like Michael I was also a choir boy and later an altar server at St Margarets. I later emigrated to Australia and now live in NSW.
Mike Reading 23-Aug-2009 12:15
Are these shops on corner of Somerset rd and gravelly lane? I lived at 26 Somerset rd from 1951-1956.I also attended St margarets(was in choir).I remember Hugh Joseph was a curate there for some years ,until he was replaced by a vicar.
I think the carpet place used to be the Co-op,and Bill Wicket shop was the Co-op butcher.
The number 28 bus went past there upto the Pavilion ,then right down Chester road to clock garage ,then through Washwood Heath and beyond.
I now live on the Gold Coast ,Queensland ,Australia
Jenny Nicol 25-Jul-2008 04:01
This building is amazing. I went to St. Margaret`s Church for a few years in the late l950`s
and passed by this church quite often when I had a boyfriend who lived off Gravelly Lane in the same era. I prefer to look at the top storeys and forget the purple carpet place.