Former Witton Allotments make way for housing (circa 1980)

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Comments (4)

Manoo Mistry on February 21, 2010

You don't say.. with name like yours PEDROCUT, assumed an Italian living thousands of miles away..But when I saw this photo, I live stone throw away..In this allotment..I am gobsmacked.


pedrocut on February 22, 2010

Hi Manoo

I was born in Aston donkey’s years ago! The Pedro comes from my Portuguese friends and others, as I passed my Portuguese A-level at the age of 53.

In 1946 the Witton Allotments covered a huge area from the canal bridge on Brookvale Road along to Brookvale Park, alongside the Park to the end and then in a line to reach the Canal and back to the bridge.

This shot is taken from the first houses to be built on the land alongside Brookvale Road in 1947. The M6 cut across the land around 1972, I think North Park Road was constructed a little later with the houses you can see at the top of the picture. Also houses were built to the left of North Park Road.

This picture shows the construction of the last houses around 1980. You may be interested to this picture taken by my late uncle from the canal bridge around 1970

Best Wishes Peter

Manoo Mistry on March 12, 2010

Hello Peter,

thank you for the info, congrats for passing your Portuguese. Information you gave is really interesting. I had no idea these houses on Brookvale road are just over 60 years old. But I am bit confused about M6, as I came to this country in 1969 and am sure I travelled by M6...

Best Regards Manoo

pedrocut on March 13, 2010

Hi Manoo

The M6 appears to have been completed in sections, and the last bit between Great Barr and joining it to the M1 at Rugby, via the infamous Spaghetti Junction, was added around 1972.

I think that the first bit that was eventually to become the M6 was started in 1958!

All the Best Peter

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