Some history of Yardley Wood
More information on Yardley Wood to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Yardley Wood 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 Yardley Wood. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place. Or, you may have arrived here from a link in Worcestershire as Yardley Wood was once part of that county. Indeed, I may have to do some overlap to keep everyone happy - a bit in both sections. After all, the residents of Yardley and Yardley Wood were not keen about being absorbed by Birmingham in 1911.
I have uploaded a few photographs of Yardley Wood as a starter.
Photographs of Yardley Wood and Billesley
These three shops formed part of a parade of retail units on Trittiord Road. The buildings are still standing and active in the 21st century, the off-licence being converted into Billesley Supermarket. Owned by Mitchell's and Butler's, the off-licence pre-dates the shops and was trading here during the Second World War when Mrs. Margaret Martin was the licensee.
Related Newspaper Articles
"Some mystery surrounds the death of an elderly workman named George Peach, who lived alone at Cherry Tree Cottage, Yardley Wood Road,
Birmingham. He was found sitting on a stone in Warstock Lane, Yardley Wood, yesterday morning, with a slight wound at the back of his head. About 7.13 Frederick Lewis,
a postman, of 37, Station Road, King's Heath, was walking along the lane when he met a man whom he knows only by sight, who said to him, "There is an old man
along the road who seems to be very ill. When I spoke to him he said he would be all right." The postman proceeded to the spot and found Peach sitting on a stone
in the road near the canal bridge. He spoke to the man, but was unable to get any reply. Lewis then informed a neighbouring farmer, named T. Taylor, who notified the
police at King's Heath. When two officers from that station arrived they found the old man was apparently dead. Dr. Hill was sent for, and as he was not satisfied
with the man's condition the police surgeon, Dr. St. Johnston, was also called. After an examination life was pronounced to be extinct, and the body removed to the
central mortuary. It is believed that Peach, whose wife died a short while ago, was 60 years of age, and that he was on his way to work. The wound went straight across
the back of his head and was not very deep. It is not suggested that it has been inflicted by a second person, or that he was knocked down by a motor-car."
"Found Dead In Lane"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : January 26th 1926 Page 9
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