Some history of Mary Street
More information on Mary Street at Balsall Heath to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Mary 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 Mary Street. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"While many Birmingham folk were still abed yesterday, a procession of cars toiled up the steeply sloping Mary Street, Balsall Heath, and
stopped outside a black and white painted house named "Clyde Cottage." From one of the cars stepped Mr. Norman Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Mrs. Manley,
and waiting in the doorway to greet them were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thompson who emigrated from Hope Bay, Jamaica, seven years ago. The visitors were not shown into a
living-room but into a neat little workroom at the back of the house in which Mr. Thompson and his wife, Cynthia, have built up a flourishing business as makers of
finely-tooled leather goods. They had no knowledge of leather work at all when they started, have learnt by experience and now have their products sold in shops all
over Southern England. Mrs. Thompson has developed a way of tooling leather and painting it so that the paint will not come off and she gave Mr. Manley, as an example of
her work, a leather notecase. From Mr. Thompson, for Mrs. Manley, there were two gay belts, one all red and the other black and white. Mr. Thompson told his guests that
soon he hoped to move from the backroom with its single sewing machine to a small factory. Mr. Manley. smiling broadly, congratulated him on his skill and enterprise and
then went off on his next call."
"A Meeting With Mr. Manley"
Birmingham Daily Post : June 12th 1961 Page 16
Note courtesy of Mikejee : The electoral roll for 1957-1965 shows Cynthia and Beckford L. Thompson at 250 Mary Street.