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Booklets and Publications

From time to time, society members produce articles about interesting events in the history of King's Heath.

Here is a selection for download:

 

Memories of King's Heath In The Second World War compiled by Margaret R. Shepherd

An account of memories of the people of King's Heath during the run up and the development of world war two, including a List of Requirements for a Gas Proof Room and extracts from the log books of local schools.

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Farewell to Colliers. By Diane Hirst.

The name of Phillip Collier became a household word amongst discerning gentlemen and soon his shops were to be found in all parts of the West Midlands. This gentleman's outfitter had it's roots on the High Street of King's Heath.

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Kenneth Hirst gentlemen's outfitter. By Diane Hirst.

Hirst and Sons - later Kenneth Hirst - occupied a prominent position on the High Street until 1973. Diane recalls the family business.

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More Memories of King's Heath life. Compiled by Ivor Davies.

A collection of reminiscences of past and present King's Heathens including the Robinson family (late 19th century), tales of a milkround from the early 20th century and memories of a King's Heath childhood in the 20s and 30s.

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King's Heath Street Names

A presentation delivered to the Society by Andy Bishop and Bob Blackham which studies the origins of the names of some of the streets in King's Heath. It is a very interesting document with many old pictures of the area.

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The History of the Cross Guns by Andy Bishop

The Cross Guns stands on the corner of the busy High Street and Bank Street in Kings Heath. A pub has stood on this same site for over 200 years and played a very important part in the history and the community of Kings Heath.

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The Hare and Hounds by Andy Bishop

Now a vibrant music venue the Hare and Hounds is the second oldest pub in the centre of Kings Heath and this is its story.

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The Grange, King's Heath by S. A. Budd

The Grange was a large mansion built towards the end of the 18th century, shortly after the construction of the Digbeth to Spernal Ash Turnpike Road. The house was situated about two hundred yards west of the Alcester Road that we know today and about four hundred and fifty yards north of Bleak Lane.

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The History of Colmore Road Primary School by Margeret R Shepherd

Colmore Road Infant School began in January 1909 in Kings Heath House in the park and moved to the new premises in Colmore Road in April 1911. The building was taken over as a military hospital in 1915 and staff and pupils moved to join Kings Heath School until 1919.

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Isaac Bate by Andy Bishop

Isaac was a very generous benefactor to King’s Heath. He, along with other wealthy men in King’s Heath, such as Joseph Nettlefold at Kingsfield House (where Saint Dunstan’s now stands), gave their money to build King’s Heath Institute in 1878.

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Highbury

An information leaflet by the Chamberlain Highbury Trust This new charity was formed in 2015 to restore the house and grounds of the Highbury estate. Full of information and pictures.

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