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26th September 2018

Memories of  Robert Stanton

Hello, I am fascinated to look at your excellent website as it brings back so many memories.


I was born in 1952 to Alec and Jessie Stanton at Dudley Road Hospital and lived at 26 Beach Street for the first 13 years of my life.  Number 26 was the last house at the bottom of the street next to the outdoor, run by the Treadwell family.  Going up the street, the next house was occupied by my adopted ‘nan and grandad’ Mr & Mrs Mustin and above them the Carleton family.


I went to Follett Osler school, infants and juniors and my first teacher was Mrs Voroneska (not sure if I spelled it correctly). After passing the 11 plus, together with 3 other students, Gerald Taylor, Silvia Sims and Jane Plevey, I went to George Dixon Grammar. I think that Jane also went to George Dixon and the other 2 went to Lordswood Technical College, near to the Kings Head on the Hagley Road.


In 1965, we left Beach Street and were the first tenants in Truro Tower, just off Ladywood Middleway.  Our flat was on the 13th floor.  We had a kitchen, a bathroom and a balcony with fantastic views over the Birmingham City skyline – what luxury!!  I even had my own bedroom for the first time as, in Beach Street, I slept in the same room as my parents because the attic room was considered far too damp.


Whilst living in Beach Street, I joined the cubs (in Freeth Street) and the Lifeboys, up by Edgbaston Reservoir. I spent many happy times at the Crown Picture House, on the corner of Icknield Port Road and Freeth Street, which eventually became Bill Landon’s bathroom and kitchen showrooms.  Interestingly, when my wife, Elizabeth and I renovated our bathroom back in 2002, we purchased the bathroom suite and fittings from Landon’s and had some interesting conversations with the Landon ‘children’ who had taken over from their mom and dad.


Mom and dad (who have now passed) both worked for a few years at Pinchin Johnson’s paint factory (previously known as Docker Brothers) which was owned at least in part by the husband of Anne Jones, the great tennis player.  Dad also worked at Bellis and Morcom as a slinger and then a driver at William Morris in Freeth Street.


Although I have now lived on the outskirts of Redditch for the last 30 years, whenever I come to Birmingham, I drive down the old Monument Road, past where the swimming baths used to be, towards Spring Hill and the Sandpits.  It’s great to see that the old library at Spring Hill is still standing and looking good.


I hope that you find this interesting.



30th September 2016

Memories of Christine Robertson nee Drew


Clara Danton 3rd from left on a Derby and Joan trip

Clara Danton 3rd from left on a Derby and Joan trip


Tom and Clara Danton with Winnie and Doris

Bill Drew



Winnie Drew, Christine and Clive Spencer

Tom and Julie Danton in Chamberlain House

Winnie Drew in the middle with the MacMillans



22nd December 2014

Memories of Stephen Byrne

My name is Stephen Byrne now living in Ireland since 2007, however I was looking on your site and it did bring back some happy memories. I am 1 of 7 children and I was born in 1960 at 30 Beech Street and I am sure that looking at the 3rd picture of Beech Street 1967 I am convinced that our house (which we moved from in 1966 to Ward End) is the 3rd one up from the entry on the left, I can remember that our neighbour was a Mrs Peg, but can’t remember if she lived next door or next door but one coming back down towards the entry.


 I can also remember the shop at the end of the road which I think was an outdoor on the corner of Beech Street and Freeth Street and I also remember that all 7 of us kids slept on the 3rd floor bedroom and that there was a huge hole in the bedroom wall between us and the neighbour and there was a sheet of wood against the hole in the wall separating the adjoining neighbours bedroom which we would often move out the way and go into their bedroom and play with 2 young lads from next door.


I have lots of happy memories and recall often pinching milk from the milk floats as they loaded up at the dairy at the bottom of the road and when the houses facing us were demolished and we would all gather up old mattresses and stack them up in front of derelict houses and all the local kids would gather and jump from the second and 3rd floor windows.


Taken in the back yard of 30 Beach Street



7th June 2013


Beach Street  or Beech Street?


I was born in Icknield Port Road in 1933 and  lived there until we moved to Bartley Green about 1955, and we always spelt Beach street as spelt here, I hope this answers your question.                                                      




If you look at the photo of the Beach Street Coronation Day, we  always spelt it this way. I am sure it was Beach on the street sign.


But, when I look at my uncle’s birth certificate of 1918 it is spelt Beech, then my mother’s marriage certificate in 1934, Beach.



Beech Street corner of Monument Road, 1965

Court 2, Beech Street, 1965

Beech Street, 1967

Edith Compton in Beech Street (this is my Gran (Mac Joseph))

The kitchen was to the left and the living room was on the right

Edith Compton, my Gran with her sister, Jerry and Edith's daughter Doll (centre)


Beech Street, 1965


This photo was taken at the Coronation party. My mother, Winnie Drew, is 3rd from the left.


I know the faces of the others, but I cannot remember their names. 


Can anyone help?


Christine Drew



Beech Street Coronation Party

Court 1, Beech Street, 1965

Beech Street, 1965

Court 5, Beech Street, 1965

Beech Street

Beech Street, 1965

1-24 Beech Street, 1964

Beech Street, 1965

Beech Street, 1967

Beech Street, 1965