All old pictures on this page from The
Geoff Thompson Archive
that you can click on the old pictures to see a modern view
1134 Pershore Road - 11/4/58
the Stirchley section, the location of this picture would more
accurately be described as Ten Acres, the area between Selly Park and
What a cracking shot! Pavilion Sweeties got its name from the
nearby Pavilion cinema. The shop is sadly no more, demolished
some years ago, but the houses to the right survive to this day as can
be seen in my modern
Note the jackets hung outside - looks like a bit of tailoring was going
9 Warwards Lane - 10/10/57
close to the Pavilion cinema pinches its name. This time it's
Pavilion Stores. Located at the Stirchley end of Warwards Lane
close to Pershore Road, the shop was converted to a house at some point
in the past as my modern
view shows. What I found particularly interesting when I saw
the site today was how the structure of the neighbouring garage had
been incorporated into it's replacement.
Three Horseshoes - 12/9/52
Horseshoes pub at the junction of Pershore Road and Umberslade Road is
not that much changed from the pub we know today.
I have some happy memories from the days before children were allowed
inside! When I was little we had very occasional trips to this
pub and that meant an evening spent in the beer garden. But it
was not so much a garden as a place of mystery and adventure...
Strange canopies surrounded the slabbed garden and there were plenty of
places to play hide and seek. A lot more fun than sitting inside,
watching adults get drunk, sipping on Fruit Shoot and colouring in
pictures of clowns which is what the children of today have to put up
Hazelwell Lane - 17/4/56
corker! Looking down Hazelwell Lane from its junction with
Pershore Road, we see a tranquil scene. Today, this piece of land
is one of the most hotly debated in the city. Two major
applications for redevelopment were put forward to the city council,
one from the Co-Op and one from Tesco's. Without doubt, local
people were heavily in favour of the Co-Op bid. After all, the
Co-Op in this area grew out of TASCOS - the Ten Acres and Stirchley
Co-Operative Society. It's disappointing, therefore, that the
city council seem to have sided with Tesco as explained on the Stirchley website.
One thing that upset many local people is that the cottages seen in the
centre of the picture were bought by Tesco several years ago and have
been left empty ever since.
1387 Pershore Road - 4/9/51
|This shot is
looking north along Pershore Road towards the junction with Hazelwell
Street. The church was the Church of The Ascension. It was
destroyed by fire in 1965 and eventually moved to a new site off
Pineapple Road. The church's
website contains some interesting history.
Note the tram tracks and overhead cables. Trams would continue to
run down Pershore Road to Cotteridge until July 1952.
1393 Pershore Road - 6/9/61
shows that TASCOS was always a part of Stirchley. It was taken
from roughly where Hunts Road meets Pershore Road, looking towards Mary
Vale Road. The sign above the archway says, "Metalcraft
Productions (Stirchley) Limited Sheet Metal Workers". When out
taking pictures for my book,
I spotted this
old sign for the same company and couldn't resist taking a photo.
The picture was taken almost 10 years to the day after the one above
and compliments it nicely - note Porters is the common link. My
thanks to Maria for providing some memories about what became of
Porters a couple of years after this picture was taken:
"My mum’s mother and her second husband owned a business in Stirchley
from Christmas of 1964 (Lilian and Maurice Rich). They opened a
cafe in 1964 at 1389 Pershore Road. The building which was
Porters later became my nan’s cafe. My mum lived there for 6
months with her mum and grandmother, and her step-father. My mum
married my dad in June 1964 and moved to Midland Road. My great
grandmother died on the premises, aged 84, in September 1964. My
nan continued to run this cafe until the late 60’s, when her and her
husband moved to become pub landlords."
The carved plaque inset in the wall of the Co-Op says 'The Central
Bakery 1891' and here
is a close up showing how it appears today.
1470 Pershore Road - 25/3/65
the oldest picture in the collection, what caught my eye with this one
was the tobacconist shop. It's still in business today under the
ownership of P.Browell and it looks little changed as can be seen in my
view. A rare
survivor indeed... It lies between Hazelwell Road and Ivy Road.
1480 Pershore Road - 23/7/56
other side of Ivy Road from the picture above, I was surprised to find
the garage building to the right also survives, although my modern
view shows that it now appears
to be unused.
The two boys by the cafe don't look too impressed about being
1578 Pershore Road - 5/2/60
lie at the southern end of the village. Many of the shop fronts
have been removed as the buildings have been converted to housing and,
ahem, other uses. Let's just say that Stirchley supports many
professions, including the oldest one! The
Evening Mail explains all...
Fordhouse Lane - 7/10/63
|This shop on
the corner of Pershore Road and Fordhouse Lane was also photographed by
my father. In his case, however, it was just the backdrop to a
perfectly timed view of two trams passing.
Although it features in my modern
view taken in June 2008, its days are numbered as demolition is
planned so that the junction of Pershore Road and Lifford Lane can be
44 Fordhouse Lane - 11/12/57
|The type of
simple store that could be found in many suburban streets in years gone
by. Its days as a shop ended long ago and it is now a residential
property as seen in the modern
173 Fordhouse Lane - 7/12/53
|This is an
interesting picture. Taken close to where Fordhouse Lane crosses
the River Rea, this site would later provide the entrance to Hazelwell
Crescent as can be seen in the modern
view. I'm just about old enough to remember that road and
associated estate being constructed!
2 Lifford Lane - 20/3/61
|Right on the
border of Stirchley and Cotteridge, here are some more shops that have
since been converted into houses.
The outbuilding and chimneys to the right belonged to The Breedon Cross
Hotel, sadly destroyed by fire and now replaced by flats. The
flats are clearly visible on my modern