Reading a book that features Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green and surrounding areas, during the 1870's.
You ingrate, King Henry VIII would be very disappointed in you: "The donation by King Henry VIII of his hunting land to the residents of the town set the foundations for the preservation of the area now known as Sutton Park."
Haha. "The 1863 edition of Bradshaw's Guide described Sutton Coldfield as "a place of no very particular note, beyond an occaisional pic-nic excursion"
Photo of the a High Street conservation area, very cool. Horrible oversight you not being listed in Notable residents.
It's a novel by Julian Barnes, "Arthur and George", late Victorian time. Got town names wrong it's Wyrley and Walshall are two of them. Could have sworn I read Sutton Coldfield somewhere in the book.
Have you been to the Mill? It's very cool.
There is a neighborhood, just outside of downtown called "The Old West End", where people of wealth built those large, rambling Victorian homes. Because of the cost of upkeep homes were sold for a song during the 1960's and many of them were turned into apartments or duplex's. Many were left to riot and torn down until someone created "The Old West End Historical Society" to preserve the homes and neighborhood. I lived there three different times, apartment by myself and with friends in two different duplex's. Every year is a festival, and this is when owners open their house for tours of their renovated homes. One of them shown is my mothers grandfathers home. In her 20's, she had a maid who serve her coffee and a cigarette in bed to help kick off her day!
The mill opens and operates once every year, we always walk along the valley following the stream to the mill. It is always a sunny day in the summer and they sell plants, tea and ice creams
My Dads family owned some large houses in Sutton his dad worked for an insurance company and was one of the first people in the town to own a company car. One house was called Kenelm which is now knocked down and a private road and houses built, another where my dad lived is converted into a dentists.
Timeblue: Quiet in here tonight....
Aug 14, 2021 21:38:06 GMT
BSJ: Horacewimp. Was that you who stole Tommy Cruise's car? ::49::
Aug 27, 2021 23:49:41 GMT
Horacewimp: ……maybe. Every time I heard a helicopter in the last few days I said it was Tom doing his filming. Apparently he liked the Brum chicken tikka masala he ordered an extra portion.
Aug 28, 2021 8:01:31 GMT
BSJ: Is this a restaurant you visit?
Aug 28, 2021 17:29:04 GMT
Horacewimp: No…too posh for me
Aug 28, 2021 18:00:13 GMT
eloneen: Just got my booster shot (high risk of exposure as a teacher)! I hope it doesn't hit me as hard as dose #2 did, but it would still be worth it!
Sept 24, 2021 23:48:17 GMT
eloneen: So happy about my booster shot! Still feeling good. I had expectations of curling up in bed, taking Tylenol, and just pushing my way through some unpleasant side effects. What a nice surprise! I have only very mild soreness at the injection site.
Sept 25, 2021 12:50:43 GMT
Horacewimp: That’s good to hear eloneen, Mrs Wimp has had a message while we were on holiday regarding booking her booster, I’m somewhat further down the list.
Sept 25, 2021 15:05:23 GMT
eloneen: Horacewimp I hope her experience is as uneventful as mine!
Sept 25, 2021 16:13:52 GMT
orioles70: we're spending the weekend on a 1000m mountain in the Blue Ridge in Virginia, Fall has arrived with 70 mph gusts and a 25 degree drop in temps, if we're lucky a tree will blow down and make us stay an extra day
Oct 16, 2021 22:54:26 GMT
Horacewimp: Have a great and safe trip.
Oct 17, 2021 7:48:37 GMT
eloneen: Enjoy the fall colors! We've said many times that we want to take a "fall colors" trip to the mountains here in NC to take in the breathtaking scenery, but we have mainly gone out that way in spring or summer. Please share photos with us orioles70!
Oct 17, 2021 12:45:50 GMT
Timeblue: Are you on the trail of the lonesome pine?
Oct 18, 2021 16:14:32 GMT
eloneen: I'm not. I'm in the central part of NC, but there are soooo many pines, so they're not lonesome ...but maybe your question was for orioles70?
Oct 18, 2021 22:58:55 GMT