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Barker Street ran between Garbett Street, Nelson Street and Sheepcote Lane


16th June 2019

Memories of Lorraine Williams, nee Giblen


Hi Mac, thank you for keeping your wonderful history going of Ladywood.


I was born in Barker Street - Lorraine Giblen - my nick name was Lol.



I remember my first day at Nelson Street Infant School, my teacher was Miss Coupland, a lovely person and I loved her class. I remember the pink and white wooden house shaped bricks and all the things to play with, happy times, moving up through the school into Miss Cutlers class, she was my father’s teacher also.  I went into her class after dinner time talking and had to stand under the clock for detention, after a while I went home, I think she must have forgot I was there.  She would play with all the children in the playground, who's afraid of the big bad wolf.


Mr Lubbock was headmaster at the time, Mr Robert's and Mr Brooks were teachers.  The school celebrated British Empire Day some children dressed in traditional dress representing some of the commonwealth countries. No homework every day was play time.  Mr Brooks was living in Sutton Coldfield a few years ago and asked pupils to get in touch.


Some of the boys and girls in my class at the time, Jeff Lawlor, David Hill, Archie Hunt, John Ashley, David Kempson, Terry Walton, Teddy Burke, Carol Barnett, Carol Biddle, Brenda Lewis, Jean Bolton, Jean Southall, Susan Plant, Veronica Gibbs Pauline Gaul, 


Regards Lorraine Williams





13th May 2018


Staff at Colliers, Barker Street they were Door Knob / Manufacturers


20th November 2014

Memories of Mavis Mills

Looking at your web-site was delighted to see memories of Gordon Waldron of Barker Street. I wonder if he remembers me, I lived just further along in Barker Street from about 1935 to 1951 and I recall he and his cousin Brenda Avery very well indeed, in fact I think they used to take me to school when I was very young.


I also seem to remember I had a big crush on him for many years but he was not interested as I was much younger. I had many cousins who also lived in the area, Terry and Harry Stone who lived in the same yard as Brenda, the Gibbons family who lived in Garbett Street, the Savegars who lived in Shakespeare Road, and the Baileys, Arthur, Ken and Robert, who lived opposite in Barker Street.


Most of them have now passed away but I am still in touch with Ken who now lives in Cardiff, having married a Welsh girl. I also have lived for over 30 years in Wales, having moved when Girling’s relocated to Cwmbran in 1983.


Two of my children still live in Halesowen and Stourbridge, and while visiting my daughter in Stourbridge a few weeks ago she took me to the new Library in Centenary Square where we were able to purchase the old maps of Ladywood and what memories they invoked. We walked to the top of the Steps and it all came flooding back - OK maybe we were poor by today`s standards but we were happy and it was a great community to live in.


I would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers me.



 12th August 2008


February 1967

February 1967

February 1967

18-19 Barker Street, 1967

February 1967

Barker Street corner of Nelson Street

February 1967

This photograph shows Rickett's, Yeoman's

and Clarkes Scrap Yard

Photograph courtesy of Jim Cruise

Jim's nan on the step of 331

Photograph courtesy of Jim Cruise

Barker Street by the steps

Photograph courtesy of Jim Cruise

Looking down to the railway

Photograph courtesy of Jim Cruise