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1st March 2014
My paternal and maternal sides of the family lived in the Oozells Street/ Sheepcote area of Ladywood, so it’s been of great use for me in family tree research, my Great, Great, Great grandfather Charles Ratheram was appointed caretaker of the Presbyterian Church in Broad Street in 1834, and his son James ended up as Sunday School Superintendent until 1923, my maternal grandfather Fred Vizor could remember James as a very old man when Fred was at Sunday School there.
As you probably know the Presbyterians built the church in Broad Street in 1848, and used it till their congregations dwindled in the late 19 century and was eventually sold, and the Presbyterians moved to the old Sunday School buildings in Oozells Street North, always known as the Guildhouse, this is the buildings that the pictures are of, my grandfather Fred above became an Elder there in 1950 and stayed until it was closed due to compulsory purchase in 1969, I can remember going there as I grew up, and if I ever smell coal gas (unlikely these days I know) I am transported straight back to the big downstairs hall and rooms.
Photographs courtesy of Andrew Ratheram
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