Pictures of the Past

The Society have a huge selection of photographs of the area, the people who lived there and the events that took place. Many are available to view in the Society’s Museum. A few are shown below.

St Marys Church

St Mary’s Church (Church of England)– the Parish Church since the 12th Century.



whit parade 1953Whit Parade 1953 Children of all Nations – Girls Club and Sunday School. First girl on right Sandra Gillott nee Cooper. Gentleman watching Frank Cooper.



turf tavern may1996Turf Tavern May 1996. The first reference to a beerhouse on this site was in 1833. It was originally attached to the old village smithy which was demolished in the 1920s to make way for Laverack Street.


oak house c1975Oak House fish and chip shop c.1975. Oak House is at the corner of Handsworth Road and Fitzalan Road. It was originally a private house but has been a fish and chip shop for many years.


HandsworthCCschool july 1987Handsworth County Council School July 1987. The Handsworth Infants Board school opened on 10th February 1902. At that time there were 58 pupils. The school finally closed in 1995 and has since been demolished.



Fishers house june1966Fisher’s House as row of shops June 1966. Oakfield House, previously the home of the Fisher family. The front of the house faced towards Richmond. The shop fronts are at what was the rear of the house


Birklands HouseBirklands House n.d. The home of Mr W. Atkinson who was a J.P as well as chairman of Fisher Son and Sibray. The house was demolished in 1948. The road to the rear of the house still retains the name.



triangle shops after WW2Shops on Triangle after 2nd World War. The Triangle shops in 1946 with the delivery boy’s bicycle parked outside the butcher’s shop.

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