Some history of Icknield Street
More information on Icknield Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Icknield Street from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Icknield Street. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
This serious accident took place in March 1949 when a fire engine crashed into a bus, toppling it over close to library at the junction of Icknield Street and Spring Hill. Setting off from the Albion Street Station, the fire engine was on the way to answer a chimney fire call. Derek Evans, of Bent Avenue in Quinton, died from the injuries he sustained in the collision. Helena Ellis, of Overdale Road in Harborne, received compound fractures of both legs and had to be moved from under the bus by the Accident Hospital mobile surgical team. The performed an operation at the scene of the accident. 34 people were hurt in the accident, including two of the firemen who were flung from the engine on impact. These were Station Officer George Bulmer and the driver Fireman John Brown. Both men suffered serious cuts with George Bulmer having severe facial injuries. Ernest Bywater, of Parliament Street in Aston, was the driver of the bus. The conductor was Gordon Smith. Both men suffered minor injuries.
I have plotted the locations of Icknield Street pubs on the map below. I only plotted the Red Lion on Warstone Lane to act as a reference because this is one of the very few pubs to survive in this locality. Please note that the Grand Turk at the 'top' of the street was a pub with a Hockley Hill address. The Warstone Inn and Acorn would be just off the map at the 'bottom' of Icknield Street but I did not have a corresponding sheet of the same scale to attach to this.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"At 10.50 p.m. last night a soldier was walking along Icknield Street towards Hockley Brook, and when at the junction of Park Road a motor
lorry mounted the pavement and knocked him down with fatal consequences. The vehicle failed to stop and continued in the direction of Hockley Brook. The vehicle is
described as a medium-size motor lorry, either dark blue or dark green in colour with a canvas over the top. Anyone able to give any information is asked to
communicate with Superintendent Keech, at Kenyon Street Police Station."
"Fatal Accident in Icknield Street"
Birmingham Mail : October 16th 1943 Page 3