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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#121 by signman ( deleted ) , Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:27 am

Morning Volty, people have been saying that for decades,it was a butchers shop originally, then a junk bric-a-brac shop, I've often wondered who owns them,and why they are still there.
I did a couple of sketches of the back of them years ago, I'll dig them out and post them.
The original entrance was stepped up both sides with a handrail.


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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#122 by Voltman , Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:35 am

G'day Signman,
I'm pretty sure I remember the so called bric-a-brac period.
I'll have to ask my mate if he remembers anything about the shop, his parents lived in some flats over on the other side of the building. I think he was born there.
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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#123 by signman ( deleted ) , Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:37 am

Here you are Volty, you can see how long ago it was,and it's still very much the same now.

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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#124 by phil ( deleted ) , Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:26 am

John

Great Drawings,

This is the Bluebell or the Old Bell if you prefer that was a coaching inn that stood at the top of Bell Holloway not far from the buildings in question.

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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#125 by phil ( deleted ) , Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:55 am

Another view of the top of Bell Lane, this one in 1903.

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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#126 by signman ( deleted ) , Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:09 am

The last photo shows the two shops we are talking about, I wonder what F,Hewitt sold, shop on the right, maybe Mike can tell us.

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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#127 by phil ( deleted ) , Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:23 am

John

I can't see Bell Lane listed at all in the 1903 Kelly's it was probably still Worcester then, but the 1912 edition lists a P Hewitt on Bell Lane but simply lists him as a shopkeeper. I would surmise from that it was a grocers shop.

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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#128 by mikejee , Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:09 am

In 1921 P.Hewitt is listed as a baker


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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#129 by Voltman , Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:03 am

Brilliant sketches Signman.
I was going to ask why they are entitled "Rear of The Bell" but Phil cleared that one up with his subsequent post.
The current view at the rear..http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=5...,116.2,,0,-2.47

My mate seems to think the shop in question once belonged to a gypsy who did fortune telling, he's going to ask his aunt what she remembers.
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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#130 by astoness , Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:46 pm

this is crussel court that was off steelhouse lane...not sure of the extact spot..maybe not an alley as such but it look very daunting to me..just wondering if mike may be able to pinpoint the exact location....


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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#131 by Sheldonboy , Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:14 pm

What a great looking place, when did Charles Dickens move out.?


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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#132 by astoness , Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:29 pm

lol SB..wait till you see the next one im posting...if i can find it...scares the life out of me...

 
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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#133 by Sheldonboy , Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:33 pm

Posted by astoness
lol SB..wait till you see the next one im posting...if i can find it...scares the life out of me...



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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#134 by astoness , Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:48 pm

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lol SB..wait till you see the next one im posting...if i can find it...scares the life out of me...



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[Hammers] cant locate at the min..will look again tomorrow...

 
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RE: Alleys & Passageways of Birmingham

#135 by lynne webb , Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:02 pm

that looks worse than London Prentice St.

 
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