Birmingham City Council

Memories of Selly Oak

If you have any memories of Selly Oak, why not e-mail them to us? Copies of photographs would also be appreciated if you can send them to us electronically. Please fill in the form, below.


Selly Oak - Bristol Rd, 1937

Memories Of Selly Oak
Hello History group. My grandparents lived in Selly Oak in the 1930s. My grandfather Eustace R. White retired from his 50 year career at sea to Birmingham in the 1930s. His last posts were as Commander of the Majestic, Homeric, Olympic. He had been to every country except China and on board all White Star ships except the Titanic.
I used to visit my grandmother at their house which they told me was the first all electric house in Birmingham. Probably one of the first by the sound of things. It had an electric fridge and lots of wood panelling. The house was on the corner at 296 Bristol Road. On the opposite corner there was a golf course (now the park I think). Opposite was the University My mother sold the house in the 1960s.

I have always wondered if the house is still there and would love some photos of it. Mr. Hyland said it is decorated with William Morris designs. Does anyone know the name of the business or is it simply a residence? I would very much like to contact the owners as I have some history about it to share. Many thanks for any clues. I have a write up about grandfather's retirement from a local Birmingham paper. I don't have the edition as it has been cut off. No date either.

Sincerely,
Yvonne Watson, Qualicum Beach, B.C. Canada V9K 2A7.

Can you help Yvonne? If so, e-mail her at: jrwatson84@shaw.ca


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