Some history on Yardley Wood in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire


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Yardley Wood Pubs

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.

Birmingham : Christ Church at Yardley Wood [c.1928]

Birmingham : Bridge and Church at Yardley Wood [c.1910]

Birmingham : Rural Lane at Yardley Wood [c.1905]

Birmingham : Ford at Yardley Wood [c.1906]

Birmingham : Slade Lane at Yardley Wood [c.1906]

Birmingham : Yardley Wood Road [c.1907]

Birmingham : Scribers Lane at Yardley Wood [c.1907]

Birmingham : Four Arches at Yardley Wood [c.1905]

Birmingham : Trittiford Mill at Yardley Wood [c.1908]

Birmingham : Trittiford Mill and Farm at Yardley Wood [c.1908]

Birmingham : The Old Windmill at Yardley Wood [c.1930s]

Birmingham : Yardley Wood Post Office at Warstock [c.1910]

Birmingham : Yardley Wood in Winter [c.1907]

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Birmingham : Prince of Wales Lane in Yardley Wood [c.1912]

Birmingham : Yardley Wood Railway Station [c.1930s]

Birmingham : Tudor Cinema at Yardley Wood [1929]

Birmingham : Off Licence and Shops on Trittiford Road at Yardley Wood [1958]

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.

Birmingham : M&B Off-Licence on on Trittiford Road at Yardley Wood [1958]

Birmingham : Smith's Newspaper and Stationery Shop on Trittiford Road at Yardley Wood [1958]

Birmingham : Bovill's Bakery and Grocery Store on Trittiford Road at Yardley Wood [1958]

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Genealogy Connections

My name is Lindsey Cox and I am a 45-year-old somewhat intermediate genealogist in North Carolina. My grandmother Joyce Marian Harvey was born and raised in Birmingham and married my grandfather, an American soldier, in 1945 and moved here to North Carolina. Later on, Dorothy worked for a butcher but I do not know their name. My great-grandfather, her husband, was a motorcar/bus driver all his life. Finishing his career at the Yardley Wood Garage, he retired without ever missing a day. Residents of 169 Glastonbury Road, John and Dot Harvey are featured in the photograph below. In the second photograph, taken outside a church, Dorothy is featured to the right of the image.
Lindsey Cox
North Carolina, January 8th 2023

Birmingham : John and Dorothy Harvey of 169 Glastonbury Road at Yardley Wood

Birmingham : Dorothy Harvey of 169 Glastonbury Road at Yardley Wood

Ansell's - The Better Beer

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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

Birmingham : Retirement of Bus Driver John William Harvey at Yardley Wood Garage [c.1952]

"Driver John William Harvey, seated on the bonnet of his bus, being cheered by conductors and drivers at Yardley Wood Garage, Birmingham. yesterday, Mr. Harvey, who is 62, had made his last Journey after 40 years' service, during which he has never been late or absent for a day with illness. It is the first retirement at the garage. When Mr. Harvey arrived at the depot his colleagues towed the bus into the sheds. Mr. Harvey, who lives at 169, Glastonbury Road, Yardley Wood, joined the Birmingham Corporation Transport Department as a tram conductor in 1912. Two and a half years later he became a tram driver and transferred to bus driving in 1937. He holds a 25 years' safe driving award."
"Bus Driver Retires After 40 Years' Service"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : December 17th 1952 Page 2

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