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RE: BIRMINGHAM BACK TO BACKS - 6
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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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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. Lovely pics Lyn.
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? VM
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...
, Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:44 pm
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.
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...