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      Alston Street was named after William Charles Henry Alston Smith - Source The Streets of Brum by Carl Chinn

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16th November 2020



The certificate was in our loft when we bought our home in Ilfracombe in 2004 - I was just clearing out a cupboard & re-found it.


Our house was owned by the Fox family from Birmingham. I'm not sure if they lived here or used it as a holiday home. Anyhow it stayed in the family until 1968 when it was purchased by the people we bought it from. It was built in 1890.


I know a Dr Cornelius Fox lived here, and that he has 2 unmarried sisters or daughters who lived in here until 1968.


I wonder if the Miss W Fox on the certificate was Winifred Mary Treffry Fox?







Photographs courtesy of Kirstie Jackson


7th April 2014


Roy and June Gurley


Car parked outside the back of Mr. Gurley's newsagents shop in Alston Street


Mr. and Mrs. Gurley in Cliftonville

Photographs courtesy of Roy Gurley


24th April 2013

Charles Alston Smith-Ryland lived at Barford Hill, Sherbourne, near Warwick, owning considerable land.

Features include Coplow Hill, Marroway Turn, Morville, Northbrook farm, Barford Hill and Sherbourne itself.

They reappear as street names not far from Alston Street


St. Margaret's Church

Parish Magazine dated September 1942


It shows the marriage of George Raymond Keay to Doris Gertrude Moule on the 1st August


On the Baptism role we have:

12 July - Janet Benzing

19 July - Janet Margaret Bailey; Michael William Scrannage

26 July - Joseph Harold Isherwood

2 August - June Valerie Aston

!6 August - Arthur John Taylor

23 August - Alan Terence Taylor


Does anyone know these people?




Alston Street, 1960

Alston Street, 1960

Corner of Johnstone Street, 1959

Corner of Wood Street, 1959

St. Margaret's Church

Corner of Johnstone Street – Whot Cheer Inn, 1959

122-112 Alston Street, 1965

Alston Street, 1960