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Lanesfield photos took me back 60 years

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

  • My business in a disused weighbridge hut at the top of Duck Meadow Drive.

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RE the then and now pictures of Wood Street, Lanesfield, in The Bugle (October 24 edition).

I remember it well. Not only did I attend the junior school in Wood Street, but also ran my cycle business from a wooden shed at the top of the street, from 1951 up to 1960, before moving into Wolverhampton.

I first started the business in 1950 from a disused weighbridge hut at the top of Duck Meadow Drive.

The other photo is of the wooden shed, fronting the Birmingham New Road. Also at the top of Wood Street, opposite the shed you can see a greenhouse, or glass house. A Mr Davies used to grow prize chrysanthemums there, although he made his living repairing shoes from the same address.

Does Madelaine remember Kenistons shop next to the school? Open all hours. Here you could buy anything from your weekly grocery to a few nails or screws, a puncture outfit or a tyre for your pram or bike, even a pint of paraffin if you took your own bottle and even carbide for your ancient bike lamp.

Then there was Bailey's pub, as we called it, although its name is the Rookery Tavern. Not to forget Churches' fish and chip shop.

Yes, I remember Wood Street 1953, also the year I married my wife Iris, more than 60 years ago.

Wood Street was the hub of Lanesfield in those days, I can still hear the piano and the singing that went on a Saturday night in The Tavern. Good old days.

Fred Williams,

Red Oaks Farm,

Fox Road,

Shipley,

Pattingham,

Wolverhampton.

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  • obeladi  |  June 22 2015, 12:16PM

    I remember Wood Street school and Fred Williams' bike shop at the top of Wood Street. I used to pass the bike shop every day on my way to the school. I lived in Mount Road and had to cross the Birmingham New Road at the crossings right by Fred's bike shop. I remember Fred being a "lollipop man" for a while and what a kind man Fred was to us kids. I remember the shop next to the school, if I remember right it had 3-4 steps to get into it. It also sold "Old Betty Plants" sweets from the jars. I think they were made in Stoke. I remember playing on the "coke heap" at the back of the playground and being sent out of class to have a wash because I was filthy dirty. I was let back in after close inspection. The teachers I remember were Mrs Foy, Mr Parry, Mrs Chesworth, Mr Bowen and a young lady teacher from Norwich. I remember her because Norwich City were having a good FA Cup run and everyone was very exited for her. Wood Street school was very old but I have very fond memories of it.

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  • scottmann  |  April 18 2014, 9:42AM

    thanks alot null null null

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