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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#76 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:32 pm

it would take a brave man to pick up his mother in law this way today...never mind 60 years back lol

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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#77 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:35 pm

me in the back garden..i look happy enough here with some old pram wheels and one of our nan or moms old bags...

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#78 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:37 pm

me.dad and brother mark..

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#79 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:44 pm

dont want to bore you all so will make this the last one...brother mark in the foreground and i can just see my cousin jenny sitting beside him..dad also kept budgies..budgie house at the back of the garden...

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#80 by Sheldonboy , Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:58 pm

This is what this thread is for Lyn.
Its not boring


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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#81 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:24 pm

oh well in that case SB..not a very good pic im afraid..

dad with nan..


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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#82 by Deleted User , Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:39 pm

Very intresting Lyn


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#83 by Sheldonboy , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:04 pm

I think its interesting Lyn, this has the makings of a great new thread.
My wife Jo was born in the back to backs in Berners Street Lozells.


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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#84 by lynne webb , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:06 pm

My gran lived in a back house in Tower Street, just one living room with a pantry off, one bedroom and an attic. She kept it spotless, I cant ever remember seeing a speck of dust. She did her washing in the brewhouse and when she'd finished the boiling water was tipped over the yard, to kill the germs, she said. Maybe i was lucky but I cant say I ever saw a bug or creepy crawlie. Compared to my grans the back to backs are not very clean.
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#85 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:19 pm

blimey phil...that is brave...[Laugh Out Loud]

 
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#86 by Voltman , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:23 pm

From birth to the age of five I was living in and end cottage in a row of 3 or 4.
I remember the open back yard and the toilet block at the far end but I also remember a makeshift fence between us and the people next door, this seems at odds with the open backyards memory.

I see that some of Astonesses photo's show a small private back garden. Perhaps someone could explain to me how that fits into the layout of a back to back plot?
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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#87 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:42 pm

volty like i said earlier back to backs came in all different shapes and sizes..some had little back gardens some had none and it was just one big open courtyard..i will sort out some pics of differnt types and post them asap...thanks lynne for your memories of your grans house...


 
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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#88 by phil ( deleted ) , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:44 pm

Volty

I lived in a back house but ours was street fronting, the real term is back to back housing. The house at the back of us had a fenced off area of the yard. It was pretty common for some of the house off street (courts) to fence off areas of the yard outside their houses if it didn't restrict access to essential areas such as the communal toilets, brewhouses and miskins. Some even took up some of the pavers and had little gardens.

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#89 by astoness , Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:56 pm

phil our nans sister also lived in paddington st...she was next door but street fronting and she had a small front garden..as a child i didnt really think how strange it was to only have windows on the front of your house...

 
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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS

#90 by lynne webb , Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:12 pm

Lyn am I being thick but where was the door...

 
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