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32 blackbird st b16 / 1989? / My big sister My little sister and me
My big sister and little sister. A 20 year gap between the two. Mum and dad worked day and night shifts and they all insisted we wore English clothes growing up! So this is us! Hair cuts and dungarees in the 1989? Winson green born
32 blackbird st b16 / 1989?
Sutton Park / 1964 / Myself, my sister, my mother and her father
A family day out in Sutton Park taken by my father on Kodak Kodachrome.
Sutton Park / 1964
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ST FRANCIS CHURCH, HOCKEY, BIRMINGHAM / 1959 / KATHLEEN RYAN AND JOHN BECKFORD
Kathleen Ryan came from southern Ireland and John Beckfoŕd came from Westmoreland Jamaica, when they met in Birmingham where they found they had a lot in common when they came to Birmingham, the welcome to both sides were hard when they arrived in England. They both worked all there life even after retirement and both stayed together through goods and bads in life. Sadly John passed away in 2011 and Kathleen passed in 2014. Leaving 2 children and 4 grandchildren, passing on the respect for people of colour and religion.
ST FRANCIS CHURCH, HOCKEY, BIRMINGHAM / 1959
My late Grandmothers house / 2004 / From left to right; My Grandmother, my Mother, myself and my Daughter Grace (who is due to turn 18 on 20th May 2022!)
Celebrating my Daughter's birth in 2004 with four generations in one picture. My late Grandmother to the left is no longer with us
My late Grandmothers house / 2004
Trentham Gardens / 1952
Family trip from Small Heath Birmingham to Trentham Gardens
Trentham Gardens / 1952
In the back garden of 45 Turves Green, West Heath in Northfield, B31. / Late 1954. / Stan Ogidel, Joan White, Ruby Knight, Rose White, Dick White, Dick White Jr, Graham Knight, Roger Hurcombe, Graham Hurcombe, Josie White and Pearl Ogidel.
The White family moved to West Heath in 1953-1956 from Ladywood having first moved to B’ham from south Warwickshire, where they were farmers, in the 1860s. In 1948 Ruby White (3rd from left back row) married Leonard Knight (taking the photo thus not in it),whose family had been agricultural workers in Suffolk since Anglo Saxon times. They moved to Turves Green in 1953, 3 months after the birth of their son, Graham, who is shown being held by Stan Ogidel, originally from Poland, who settled in B’ham after World War 2 and his wife, Pearl, who was Ruby’s twin. The twins were children of Dick and Josie White, 2nd and 3rd from right, as was Dick, their eldest son (at right) and Joan (2nd from left). To Ruby’s left is Rose Page, Dick Jr’s 1st wife. The two older boys are Roger and Graham Hurcombe, sons of Ruby and Len’s next door neighbours.
In the back garden of 45 Turves Green, West Heath in Northfield, B31. / Late 1954.
Manor Photographic Studios (Ja Fletcher, Lichfield Road, Aston) / 1888 / Ernest Woodhall and siblings Lillian Susan and Albert Edwin
Ernest Woodhall and siblings. The earliest photograph of my grandfather.
Manor Photographic Studios (Ja Fletcher, Lichfield Road, Aston) / 1888
Lyneham, England. / 2022 / Grandma Grandpa Granddaughter at front Granddaughter at back
A Grandmother whispering answers to her eldest granddaughter to help with her homework, Grandpa in the background with youngest granddaughter helping to teach her the piano. My mother is originally from Singapore and met her husband when he was posted with the British army to Singapore in the 1960's. They arrived back in England with their first child (my husband) and built a life here in the UK. Their grandchildren (my children) now live in Birmingham.
Lyneham, England. / 2022
Family trip to Blackpool
Devonshire st Winson green / 1920s / William Henry Godwin Seated, his wife Sarah Godwin nee Allcott, with baby Maud Godwin nee Jennings, baby George Godwin married couple George Pritchard and Rose nee Godwin, seated with girl Lizzy Godwin girl Philomena Godwin, Standing with girl William agodwin jnr girl Monica Mary Godwin
3 generations of the Godwin's of Winson Green. The old guy seated William Henry his father was stabbed by his partner in Sutton on boxing Day 1875. Less than a year later William was born and adopted by his uncle. His wife seated Sarah was a gentle soul and stood 6ft living with a cancer on her head she covered it with her hair, she lived and ran a small shop at 169 Devonshire Street. Their son standing holding a child Mary. Stood at 6ft 5 like his mom a gentle soul he married Maud standing with the baby a dot compared to him but the matriach among them all. The well dressed lady with the girl standing (Philomena) is aunt Liz in 50 days time she would be on the autistic spectrum. The couple getting married Rose Godwin and George Pritchard who continued to reside in Devonshire Street. The 2 young girls died one aged 12 the other 9 I think within a year of each other from (I'll confirm illness) Philomena lived her final months in a rehabilitation unit in the Malverns as the illness had caused her to go blind.. Maud and William lived at 95 Caversham rd Kingstanding... The Elder William Henry was a cobbler and a Freeman of Stafford his family were Cordwainers.. I have the history back to 1640
Devonshire st Winson green / 1920s
Nottinghamshire / 1950s / Great grandad, Grandad and great Uncle.
My grandad with his brother, dad and other family members in Nottingham
Nottinghamshire / 1950s
2 years ago x / 2020 / Mom aunty's and cousins x
In this picture we are all family. As you can see we are a very multicultural family. All the younger girls are first cousins and the older ladies are sisters. Our nanny was born in the Himalayas and was brought up in Assam where she met our grandad that was Irish and they married and came back to UK. But not Birmingham Newcastle. They moved to Birmingham to work on coal mines around 20 years after. My father's dad was brought up in Jamaica he is Chinese Jamaican and my grandad owned fenkys pattys in Hockley and my nanny fay was Jamaican. So me Sophia cara I feel one of a kind when I need to tick the box about my nationality there isn't a box for me..... so I call my self a cocktail full of love x
2 years ago x / 2020
My uncle's wedding, held at Becketts Farm in Wythall, Birmingham. / 2021 / My Grandad, Auntie and Cousin.
An image taken by me at a family celebration, my uncle's wedding. The picture depicts my young cousin explaining something to her mother, (my auntie) and our Grandad.
My uncle's wedding, held at Becketts Farm in Wythall, Birmingham. / 2021
Gale and Co, somewhere in the Snow Hill area ? / Around 1916 / Ada Summers(Massey) Robert Massey Jack Massey And Eric Massey ?
Photo of Grandmother Ada Massey and three sons, Robert, Jack and Eric, taken around 1916 by Gale and co, somewhere in Snow Hill area. Probably taken for Grandfather Robert James who would have been involved in the 1st World War Original image is with family in Australia.
Gale and Co, somewhere in the Snow Hill area ? / Around 1916
Newman Road, Erdington / c1960 / Peter and Stephen Woodhall and friends
Snowy day in Erdington c1960.
Newman Road, Erdington / c1960
The picture was taken in the old maysonets in Highgate hand wood close. / 1964 / Patrick Boyle Patricia Boyle Karen Boyle
This photo is of my Nan and grandad and mom when she was younger. My grandad had moved from Ireland at this point to Birmingham and lived with my nan and married my nan is Shropshire but they moved to Birmingham and have 3 children. My grandad is now 87 and my nan is now 79. They still live in Birmingham and this photo is known for my grandad apparently saying he looks like James Bond.
The picture was taken in the old maysonets in Highgate hand wood close. / 1964
4 Kitchener Street, Smethwick. / 1914 / My Great Grandparents, Grandmother Doris Lucas, Great Uncles Jack, George, and Jim Lucas small boy, and Rose Lucas my Great Aunt.
This photo is over 100 years old, and it was taken because the two men in uniform were going off to WW1 they were my Great Uncles Jack and George Lucas, my Great Grandparents sitting with my Grandmother Doris Lucas standing, and Great Aunt Rose Lucas sitting on her Mothers lap, and Great Uncle Jim small boy standing. George was killed in action aged just 17.
4 Kitchener Street, Smethwick. / 1914
1960's / Jean Gunter and Rosemary Stephenson
Nottingham / Late 1940s / Great grandad and grandad
My great grandfather picking up my grandad from his pram when he was a young baby.
Nottingham / Late 1940s
number 7 clevedon road balsall heath birmingham 12 / 1927 / my grandmother Nellie my Grandpa Louigi my dad in the middle with his 3 brothers my grandpa was italian .
taken in 1927
number 7 clevedon road balsall heath birmingham 12 / 1927
Erdington / 1952 / Bride Peggy Woodhall and USAF pilot Paul Tranka (later Colonel)
GI and bride
Erdington / 1952
1970's / Joan Williams and Dawn Corfield
Parade Ground, Icknield Street School / 1940 / Cecil Barwell Bryan Barwell The men of the James Barwell Limited No 1 Platoon HQ Company of the 40th Warwickshire Battalion Home Guard, all named
This is a photograph of my father and grandfather, front centre is Cecil Barwell and next to him my father Bryan Barwell, together with the men from our factory who made up the James Barwell Limited No 1 Platoon HQ Company of the 40th Warwickshire Battalion Home Guard. The business was for 130 years on Great Hampton Street in Hockley. This photograph was taken outside their parade ground at Icknield Street School. We still live in Birmingham, and my children are 10th generation Brummies.
Parade Ground, Icknield Street School / 1940
Vera and her sister and sons
Hayden Croft Kitts Green Birmingham / 1945 / Great Gran, Gran, Aunt Joan her husband Reg my Dad William Smith
Outside family home during VE celebrations
Hayden Croft Kitts Green Birmingham / 1945
I believe it was in The Victoria Pub, Runcorn Rd, Balsall Heath, not certain though. / Again bit of a guess but '64-'65 / Left to right, my cousin Shelley, my gran, Rose and my grandad Frank Lee, Val Skinner, best friends with my auntie Chris and my uncle Dudley (there's only my uncle left now).
Some of my family members in a pub
I believe it was in The Victoria Pub, Runcorn Rd, Balsall Heath, not certain though. / Again bit of a guess but '64-'65
Clifton school B12 / 1973 / Arifa Salam
Here I am one of 6 siblings all went to Clifton school. This was 1973 when I would have been 6 years old.
Clifton school B12 / 1973
Redditch mosque / 2021 / Myself my husband three children Sept 2021
This was our daughters Shahada lily 15 now in Muslim faith.
Redditch mosque / 2021
Family lived in Gravelly Hill and Erdington at the time, although the marriage was registered in Sutton Coldfield. Not sure of the church / 1950 / Wedding of Edwin Woodhall and Barbara McNaughton
Marriage of Edwin (Ted) Woodhall) to Barbara McNaughton in 1950. The bridesmaid in Patricia Ann cheshire. The man holding the baby is Teds brother, Jack Woodhall and the baby is me Peter Woodhall. On Jaks right is his wife Lucy and on his left his brother Bryan. To the right of the groom is Emily Woodhall (nee Bryan) the mother of the groom. The picture is special as it is only at weddings that so many family members are in one place at the same time for aa photo
Family lived in Gravelly Hill and Erdington at the time, although the marriage was registered in Sutton Coldfield. Not sure of the church / 1950
Toby Carvery Sutton Park / 2012 / This is Great Grandad Brian, Grandad Gez, Dad Joe and the 1st Grandchild Finn. All of the Brennan’s.
A family of four generations of Brennan’s enjoying a Sunday out at Toby Carvery.
Toby Carvery Sutton Park / 2012
The garden of a house on Douglas Road, Hollywood, Birmingham / 1981 / Auntie Dolly and Uncle Stan, mom and dad, Auntie Vera and Uncle Bob, my cousin Tracy, my sisters Vanessa, Vivienne and Elizabeth, my brother Michael and me (Kathryn)
Me and my four siblings, one of my cousins, my parents and two sets of my aunties and uncles, all sat down the steps at our auntie’s garden in Hollywood, Birmingham. My mom was one of seven siblings and my dad was an only child, who had five children together, so all my family memories are noisy, busy and loud, much like the Madness song ‘Our House’. This photo shows us during a gathering, I was only 3/4ish so can’t recall whether it was someone’s birthday, an anniversary or just a Sunday lunch, but we all have many memories like this. A family get together was always loud and fun and we’d end up rolling home long after dark, with a ‘doggy bag’ of leftover food, nodding off as the lights & tunnels of Birmingham flew by.
The garden of a house on Douglas Road, Hollywood, Birmingham / 1981
1980's / Stephen Connolly, Joyce Connolly, Lydia Burke, Thomas Burke
My Grandparents at my parents wedding.
Thomas Michail Turner and his mother and brother
Gladys Betty Watkin and Harold Brindley Wedding
Tavistock Rd, Acocks Green, Birmingham / 1962
Middleton Family at the Queens Jubilee
Tavistock Rd, Acocks Green, Birmingham / 1962
1935 / Anne McCaugherty
In my grandparent's back garden in The Worthings, Stirchley, Birmingham. It was next to a railway embankment, the train drivers used to wave to me when I was small girl. / 1945. / Sat in the middle of the front row are my parents Evelyn and Kenneth. My paternal grandparents Reginald and Florence Phillips are on either side of my mum and dad. The boy sat on the grass at the front is my cousin Peter, an artist who now lives in Australia. Directly behind my mum is Peter's mum, Aunt Madge who was married to my dad's eldest brother Jack. Stood beside Madge to the left the tall man is my dad's lifelong and childhood friend Ernie. Dad and Ernie served in the armed forces together during WW2. I'm unsure who the elderly couple are to the right of the frame stood at the back nor who the four people are on the left.
This photo was taken on my parent's wedding day at the end of WW2, Dad was 29 my mum was just 19. According to family lore they only met 6 weeks before their marriage, they remained devoted until dad's death. My paternal grandparents and their 3 sons moved from Cornwall to Stirchley in Birmingham during the 1920's. My mum came from a small village in Northumberland and met my dad during the 2nd world war. She came to live with my dad's family when they married in the October following the end of the war. Mum loved Birmingham and always felt proud to be considered a Brummie, she attempted to lose her Geordie accent after being teased about how she pronounced 'eight'. Strangely, as she grew older and just before she passed away her Northern accent became more pronounced again. My nan had a Cornish accent and a very distinguished way of saying 'eggs', all these years later I can still remember how she sounded. Grandad was gentle and quiet. I wasn't born until nine years after this photos was taken but it has the power to summon up happy childhood memories of the many times I spent in this same garden with those I loved, my family.
In my grandparent's back garden in The Worthings, Stirchley, Birmingham. It was next to a railway embankment, the train drivers used to wave to me when I was small girl. / 1945.
Outside the family home - 159 Weoley Avenue / Approx 1948 / My dad - John Guy My Grandad - Leslie Guy My Great Grandad My Great Grandad
4 generations of my family outside a house in Weoley Avenue that my great grandma bought from new and is still owned by my dad
Outside the family home - 159 Weoley Avenue / Approx 1948
Canterbury / 1968 / Dorothy Webb, Susan Edwards, John Edwards, Synthia Edwards, Pat Edwards
4 Generations of the Edwards Family
Canterbury / 1968
Back garden of 13 Oxford Road, Erdington / 1931 / Bride is Lily Muriel Woodhall with her parents and siblings prior to her marriage to Leonard Cheshire. Her parents behind the bride are Emily and Ernest. Other males l-r are brothers Ted, Jack, Bryan and Horace. Bridesmaids at front are sisters Peggy and Joan. Other elder female unknown, presumably a matron of honour friend
Pre wedding group taken in back garden of 13 Oxford Road Erdington. Lichfield Birmingham railway line is in the background - signal can be clearly seen.
Back garden of 13 Oxford Road, Erdington / 1931
New John Street West Birmingham before the back to backs were demolished / 1960s / My Grandmother Mrs Gladys Spencer
My Grandmother Mrs Spencer. Photograph taken in 1960s with one of her many grandchildren . Taken in New John Street West. Birmingham 1960s.
New John Street West Birmingham before the back to backs were demolished / 1960s
Cannon hill park Birmingham Spring 2021 / 2021 / Me - rachael , my husband Ben and our daughter Lorelai
On the ‘train’ at cannon hill park , eating ice cream, light relief as a family during my cancer treatment
Cannon hill park Birmingham Spring 2021 / 2021
Aston / 1888 / Emily Bryan later Woodhall
Emily Bryan of Powell Street Aston c1888 -taken at Aston Manor (Ja Fletcher) studio on Lichfield Road.
Aston / 1888
Hyacinth Allen and her sons
Erdington / c 1920's / Includes family of Edwin Woodhall born 1855 (2nd left back row) and many members of his family, children their wives/husbands and assorted cousins.
A 1920's Woodhall wedding
Erdington / c 1920's
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