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29th December 2020

Memories of Michael Condon

I was interested to read the account of the Emery family who lived at 85 Marroway Street in 1907 because my grandparents, Jack and Lilian Condon, lived at Number 85 a few years later. In 1907 they were just married and lived in Bilston Terrace, Parker Street, Edgbaston and probably moved to 85 Marroway just after WWII. My granddad died in 1930 and they had been in the house for some years at that time. By coincidence I have a photograph of my grandma taken in front of the same window as in the Emery family photograph.


                     Lilian Howarth



My father and mother, Percy and Molly, bought a house in Quinton when they were married in 1936. From the time when I was very young and when my brothers arrived on the scene, we visited granny Condon every Sunday at number 85. An event we looked forward to every week was the procession of the Salvation Army band. They would leave the Hall, march, playing down to Northbrook street, wind their way around the various streets and arrive back down Icknield Port road and turn into Marroway Street. People would come out of the houses to watch and listen, and the kids would be dancing around in high excitement. It ended with a short ‘concert’ in front of the Hall.


Granny would make sure we had a good supply of sweets, pop and other goodies so tempting to children, so we were never reluctant to visit granny on Sunday. I recall the house down the street being bombed and grandma’s windows being blown out. They were still sweeping up the glass and boarding-up the broken windows when we arrived to ‘help’.


In the late afternoon of Sunday, we would walk to my other grandma’s house in Cuthbert Road, Winson Green. We passed along by the canal and railway line in Northbrook Street. The canals were still in regular use in those days and we spotted many motor-driven barges. Occasionally we would see a horse-drawn barge much to our excitement. These must have been the last of the horse drawn barges in use and disappeared shortly after the end of the War to be followed, in not too long an interval, by the motor barges as well. For us, a great bonus would be the appearance of a steam train, either slowing down on its approach to New Street station or chugging up the slight gradient, building up speed on its way north.


Grandma died in 1961 and the house passed to my Uncle Harold who died a few years later, 1977. Thus, came to an end my family's association with Marroway Street.



With kind regards,

Michael Condon



20th July 2019

The Limes, Marroway Street, note the coal outside the house


18th May 2018

Marroway Street


25th April 2018

Memories of Martyn Brown - photographs are copyright


Coronation Photograph

Playing the accordion at the Coronation party

Building sandcastles on Edgbaston Reservoir (The Rezza)




15th August 2017


Birthday card sent to Miss R. Williams, 36 Marroway Street in October 1918 from Lucy


10th November 2015

Memories of Ivan Emery - photograph is copyright




I've just come across your fascinating website on old Ladywood and I was wondering if this photo might be of interest.


It was taken in 1907 at the back of 85 Marroway Street and shows my grandfather, George Frederick Emery, my grandmother Eva, my father, and my 2 aunts.


I am trying to trace my family in the Birmingham area around about this time 1904-1907.


Grandad was a barman at this time and the family lived in 221 Aston Church Road, 31 Premier Street and then 85 Marroway Street, would any of these addresses be a pub? as my aunt did say where they lived contained a cellar.



10th November 2015

Memories of Pauline Whiteman (in response to Olive Walker's post)

My name is Pauline, and my mother's name was Maud Greasley.


I have just found the Marroway Street website, and that you lived at no: 56 Marroway Street.


My grandmother Ruth Greasley, and my mother Maud Greasley, lived at no: 58 Marroway Street, so must have been your neighbours!


My cousin, Bob Greasley, recalls the name Dance being mentioned many times when he was young.


What a small world!


29th April 2014

Memories of Olive Walker nee Dance - photographs are copyright


Hello Mac


My name is Olive Walker (nee Dance).   I have just found your website and am intrigued.   I was born at No. 56 Marroway Street on 12 September l931, and I lived there until my marriage in 1952, when I moved to Quinton and then Bentley Heath, Solihull, and since 1997 I have been living in Lincolnshire.  I was widowed in 1999.


Our house was immediately opposite where the bomb dropped in July? 1942, and it was immediately next to where 5 houses were blown into their back gardens.  Seven houses were destroyed on the side where the bomb dropped. I was 10 years old.  My brother Barry was born prematurely in September 1942, and he played as a child with Keith Fisher (who wrote to you about urinals in November 2013).    I remember being allowed to push Keith Fisher around in his pram when he was a baby.    His only words at the time, instead of 'mummy' or 'daddy' were 'innit cold'.   Keith's mother was a lovely lady, the most honest and caring and innocent woman I have ever met.   She once took Keith's little brother to the doctors as he was covered in spots.   The doctor said he was not sure yet what the spots were, and her reply was 'oh it's alright, don't worry about it, I will ask my neighbour'.   (The neighbour being my mom!)


Our family had occupied No 56 for many years.   There were eight children in my dad's family.  He was the baby.   They all lived in the house throughout their childhood.   The three girls slept in one bedroom and the five boys in the attic. My Dad still lived there after he was married, until his death in 1974.   My mother remained there alone for many years until she decided to move to sheltered accommodation near to me.


I remember Leslie While quite well.   His father was a cobbler I believe, and they lived on the other side of the street near the top.   There was an outdoor on the corner with Icknield Port Road, on our side of the street.



Children in the street celebrating VE Day

We are not on this photo as we were in the back garden of No 54 having our party with the residents of The Elms





I am on the left near the front with a white collar

Keith is sitting opposite to her and it is too dark to see him.   My mom is on my left and the small boy is Barry my little brother (11 years younger than me!!).

Keith Fisher's mom is next to me with a white ribbon in her hair



This is a picture of the street and my brother is one of the boys.  I don't know the date, but it must have been about 1953

56 Marroway Street - Coronation


The garden on the right is our garden, behind No 56.  My dad was a good gardener also helped by Mom

The picture on the bottom is of Keith Fisher

taken in our back garden.

I don't know the date, but he looks about 11



Kind regards and good luck with your endeavours.


29th November 2013


This used to be Dampier Sweetshop, corner of Marroway Street and Icknield Port Road

Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards and Leslie While


George and Leslie While

Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards and Leslie While


16th November 2013

Thought you might like these photos that I took in 1997.





There are two of Marroway Street, one showing the two screw holes which held the brass plaque telling people that Nurse Smith (my maternal grandmother) lived there.


One taken of the Limes, off Marroway Street


One shows 52 Northbrook Street and the other shows the canal and the railway line, with the houses of Northbrook Street on the right.


One shows St. Patrick's Church taken from Northbrook Street; this is the church where my parents married in 1927.


Another taken from Northbrook Street towards Dudley Road.


The post card, which was sent to my dad, William Lewis, who was living at 52 Northbrook Street prior to him getting married to my mom, Ruth Smith, she lived at 71 Marroway Street.


Hope these are of interest to you.


Lee Lewis



Cottages at 1 and 2 back of 11 Marroway Street



Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards and Leslie While






These particular cottages were further down Marroway Street, just below the Salvation Army building















Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards and Leslie While


9th November 2013

Great recent photos of Marroway St. and Icknield Port Road.


I lived in Marroway St from 1940 till 1962 and used the Williams’ shop quite regularly for all sorts of things we forgot to get from the CO-OP on the Dudley Road. There were several Williams’s families in Marroway St. I think some of them were related to the shop owners. I remember that there was an outdoor on the corner of Marroway St. and Icknield Port Road. The Salvation Army were about 20 yards from our house and when I was young took great pleasure in watching them march on Sundays.


My father and uncle used to use the Bell Vue pub and I think my uncle Percy is one of the men on the outing photo. Cox’s bakery was on my way to school (Barford Rd then later Dudley Rd. schools) the smell of freshly baked bread made me feel hungry even though I had eaten breakfast. For an occasional treat I would get a doughnut when I earned enough money on my paper round.


I frequented the urinal shown in Icknield Port Rd. generally on my way home from the dance at the Res. I remember when those green edifices were being removed by Birmingham Council. One of my more eccentric friends got up a petition to save those symbols of our Victorian heritage. Plenty of people signed generally with a wry grin but I guess the petition had no effect on the council (probably a pity). I am not sure whether any are left in Birmingham; the only one I know is under the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. I have paid my respects at the Sydney urinal but I suspect I will not be able to do so in Birmingham in the near future.




May this web site keep growing.


Keith Fisher


6th November 2013

These photographs are copyright and cannot be used on any other website, publication or any form of media without the prior permission of Roy Edwards, Leslie While and Mac Joseph


Not sure if you or Roy have made a connection between the shop boarded up prior to demolition and again dressed up in 1937 was at No44.


The picture that I sent to you before of my brother Andrew sitting on the Plastic Pig was parked at the same location many years later.


We lived “up the Bank” that can be seen in the boarded up shop picture.  The “Bank” was between No 40 and 42


As a youngster, I remember Mrs William running the shop, but by then with her daughter Una and Tony Pearce (her husband).


Alan Beet


Mr and Mrs Williams, Coronation 1937

Salvation Army Hall

Les While and Roy Williams, 1937


19th October 2012

It was taken in late '69 or early '70.  We moved to Northfield soon after. My brother Andrew is the child sitting on the Reliant (we had one long before Del Boy).

It is parked outside No 42 Marroway Street (No 44 was a shop).



Alan Beet

Ex 3/40 Marroway Street


21st July 2011

Nurse Smith, the local midwife


Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards

Mr. Smith, husband of the midwife Nurse Smith of Marroway Street.


The white building at the far end is where the buildings were bombed during the war.


Photograph courtesy of Roy Edwards

Mac Joseph with his nan, Edith Compton in the back yard of 95 Marroway Street

Back of 1 and 1a Marroway Street, 1945

Marroway Street, 1960


35 Marroway Street

2 April 1970


VE Day Party in Marroway Street, 1945