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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:48 PM   #21
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Here it is http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...=241426&page=2

Probably one of the best and most poignant threads ever created on ssc - get your hankies ready from page 4 onwards!
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 12:28 AM   #22
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If only Dale end still looked like this

There'd be no need for MG
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 12:44 AM   #23
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Where in Erdington was that race track?
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Old May 4th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #24
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Maybe Woody can merge the 2 threads somehow???
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Old May 4th, 2007, 10:36 AM   #25
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i'll try!
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Old May 4th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #26
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I couldn't find the other thread! I was sure we had one but all I found was the 1970s Birmingham thread.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #27
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Where in Erdington was that race track?
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Old May 5th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #28
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Bromford I think.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #29
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Spaghetti junction 1970


Chester Road 1920



Sir Josiah Mason's Church, Station Road, Erdington
I posted them both to show what a nice building they knocked down to build the one now


Station Road, Erdington 1926

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Old May 6th, 2007, 10:31 PM   #30
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Oh, that makes me sad.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #31
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There is surely no way the second photo, of Chester Road, is from 1970 - looks more like 1870 to me!
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I was just thinking something similar.
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Indeed sorry meant to be 1920
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Wow, thanks for those. The loss of the church is a shame. I hear the Emmanuel Church in Wylde Green is under threat despite being locally listed. It is a beautiful old church, which, in my opinion, could really do with a church tower.

I found some interesting information about Spag Junction and what the area was like before. The place was totally overrun by rabbit warrens and was never cultivated. But one guy in the 1870s predicted that it would witness a major development for Birmingham - had he foreseen the construction of Spag Junction?
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Oh wow!

But what did they do with the poor lickle wabbits?
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Sent them to the Copeley Escarpment just up the road, which was soon demolished in itself.

Here's the passage written by Thomas Townsend in 1876 that seems to predict the coming of Spaghetti Junction:

"My Muse claims no Vision of Prophecy, still
Let me dream of thy future, fair Copeley Hill!
Will some levelling Brummagem Mayor of the day
In some vast Improvement Scheme sweep thee away..."
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Sent them to the Copeley Escarpment just up the road, which was soon demolished in itself.
What's that?
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What's that?
It's a bit of rock that sticks out the ground. This one had caves in it and was used during WWII as an air raid shelter. When the war finished the rabbits were sent there. Though many remained at Gravelly Hill naturally.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 10:19 AM   #40
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Oh wow!

But what did they do with the poor lickle wabbits?
Poisoned them, shot them and fed their little corpses to the foxes.

Did you know that the area around New St Stn used to teem with frogs, and there is a particular place (I forget where) called The Froggery?

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