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The Friday Photo – Fordhouse Lane

Posted January 24th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 6 Comments


This week  the Friday Photo is taken at the top of Fordhouse Lane Stirchley and was inspired by an old photograph I found. The  photograph features an old newsagent which was based on the corner where Fordhouse Lane meets the Pershore Rd. The old photograph was taken in the 1960s and shows a great view of what was  a busy newsagent. It shows a large New Zealand Cheddar advertisement hiding an old hand painted tobacco advertisement – Wills Capstan. This brand of cigarettes was popular from 1894?

These days only part of the hand painted sign can be seen  and the rest of the building is looking pretty abandoned. Would be great to see these signs protected as they are part of our heritage and give us a little glimpse of the past.

6 Responses to “The Friday Photo – Fordhouse Lane”

  1. shelley October 18, 2014

    My next door neighbours used to run that news agent 🙂


  2. Margaret Carr January 25, 2014

    I remember this so well. My family lived in Windsor Road from March 1967 – July 1969 – which headed off to the right of the picture ( viewers right that is). I seem to recall being a bit scared of the proprietor – don’t know why. Perhaps he had a reason to tell us off at some point!!. Crossed the road here to then turn up the hill to Cotteridge J & I school. I recall the road being really busy and quite hard to get across


    • Tracey Thorne January 30, 2014

      Thanks Margaret really wonderful hearing that story thanks for sharing your memories of Fordhouse Lane


  3. Joe Turner January 25, 2014

    Great photo Tracey. My dad was born and brought up on Fordhouse Lane – I’ll have to ask him!

    There are a few others like this around by us in Stirchley.


    • Tracey Thorne January 30, 2014

      Thanks Joe Stirchley is a gem I am slowly getting photographs of them all.


      • Joe Turner January 31, 2014

        My dad reckons the sign was there when he was young (1950s/early 1960s) and the shop was run by two formidable sisters called Rose (their surname presumably, unless they both had the same name…)


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