||Finishing off the Ledbury
section with some lovely night time pictures. You don't need to
know the town to appreciate these photographs! Also updated the
Ledbury in Colour page following some feedback from Chris - thanks.
||A recent trip to Ledbury has
inspired me to finally add some colour
views of the town to the Other Places section.
Thanks to Peter for providing some information about the history of the tramway on Ryde Pier, the page for which has been updated.
||I'd always intended to add a
page for Ryde Pier (see 24/1 below) so asked a friend who was visiting
the Isle of Wight to take some pictures for me. Now I've dug them
out and added a couple of modern views to the Ryde Pier Head
Station page. I couldn't believe it was July 2007 that he took
Also updated the Blackwell Station, Barnt Green Station and Big Bertha pages following some feedback from Robin.
||Added a page for Ryde Pier Head
Station to the National Stations page. Includes two colour views.
||A sad posting - a tribute to the late Peter Walker.
||After adding the recent page of
miniature railways pictures, I recalled that there were also some
pictures of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway somewhere in the
collection. I found them amongst the slides which means I've been
able to add a page of colour
pictures of the railway to the Railways section.
I thank Angus for getting in touch with some information about Evesham station and even sending me one of his photos from 1961. The Evesham page in the Midland Area Stations section has thus been updated.
Finally, thanks to Sue for letting me know about Dr. Middlemore's home on St Lukes road. Some information and a link has been added to the City Centre Outside Ring Road page in the Birmingham section.
||If you were thinking of buying 'In My Father's Footsteps' for
Christmas, the bad news from the publisher is that it is now out of
stock again. There are a few copies still available in local
bookshops and at some online suppliers. I'm hoping for a second
reprint in the New Year and will update you as soon as I can.
||For the rail enthusiasts, a page
of pictures of various miniature railways has been added to the
||Earlier this year I had a chance
to look through the whole of Geoff Thompson's archive. There were
just a few City Centre shots but they were of excellent quality and of
great interest. I have added a new page containing these pictures
to the Birmingham section of the site.
||My new book is now out. Not
that I've seen it yet! Still chasing the publisher for my
I have a few things lined up to help promote the book. On Sunday November 7th I will be on Carl Chinn's radio show on BBC WM at around 12 noon. The next day, I'll be at Northfield Library at 11am talking mostly about my father's pictures but with some local material from the Geoff Thompson Archive too. Finally, I will be in WH Smith, Union Street from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday November 11th to sign copies of my books (TBC).
||Firstly, an apology for the lack
of updates this year. My new book, described below, took up a lot
of my spare time early in the year and during the proofing stage.
The combination of low interest rates and VAT going up next year has
made me get some jobs done around the house which was created a
seemingly never ending DIY list and robbed me of my spare time. I
still have many plans for the site and hope the winter months ahead
will be fruitful and productive!
Today's update adds some information about my new book, "Birmingham Then & Now", to the Birmingham page.
||Ten super pictures from in and
around the old Wolverhampton (High Level) station added to the Midland
Area Stations page.
When I next update, I will be providing some information about my forthcoming book, "Birmingham Then & Now". Watch this space...
||More modern views... This
time, five more added to the Selly Oak page in South Birmingham
Businesses. Only two left to do now! Still Cotteridge and
Selly Park to sort out though.
||Long overdue, I've added ten
modern views to Kings Heath page in South Birmingham Businesses.
Nine still to do!
For rail fans, Paul has been kind enough to provide another couple of his excellent modern views. One has been added to the Grand Junction page and the other to Central Goods, both found in the Birmingham Rail Sites section.
||Updates today are all based on
visitor feedback - something I'm always happy to receive.
Michael provided some information about the shed pictured on the Clee Hill Incline page. George corrected me about the chimney at Bournville Shed. Harry provided some memories about the MEB office in Dale End that I've added to the Inner Ring Road Central page. Richard was good enough to send some extra information and corrections to various railway photographs helping making the site more accurate. I'm very thankful to them all!
Finally, added a link to the Unofficial SMJ Society to the Stratford-upon-Avon Station page. Well worth a visit if you're interested.
||Another long overdue addition to
the site has finally been completed. I've added a page about The
Daffodil Line (Ledbury and Gloucester Railway) to the Railways
section. I started research for this way back in 2006!
I thank Stuart for providing some details for one of the pictures from Dad's Day Out 29/7/54, Victoria and Maria for some memories of Mary Street (Birmingham in Colour 1950's) and Pete for some information about one of the Selly Oak pictures in South Birmingham Businesses section.
Finally, I've added links to some recommended websites to the bottom of the Birmingham page.
||Added the remaining modern views of the Northfield pictures in the South Birmingham Businesses section of the site. Also, added some personal memories to one of the Kings Norton pictures in the same section provided by Stephen - thanks Stephen!|
||Finally, some spare time and
some nice weather meant I could get some modern views of the Longbridge
pictures in the South Birmingham Businesses section of the site.
An extra old picture has also been added to this section. I took
pictures of Northfield too but they will have to wait for a while
longer before being uploaded...
Also, I'm grateful to Nick who got in touch to provide information about one of the old pictures of Bridgwater in the Other Places section. He also provided a modern view of the scene so thanks Nick!
||Added Grand Junction to the
Birmingham Rail Sites page. Also added some details about the
picture of 48164 at Clay Cross Station to Dad's Day Out 22/6/55.
My thanks to Andy for this information.
||At last my latest book project
is complete and I can get back to updating the site!
Added a page for Redditch to the Midland Area Stations section. A bit of a swizz as there is no picture of the station itself...
Also updated the Cromford and High Peak Railway page with some comments from Robin and the Dads Day Out for 7/4/53 with some information about the Leicester pictures from John - my thanks to them both.
||Had he lived, my father would
have been 80 today. He could never have imagined how important
and how well appreciated his pictures would become, let alone the
existence of websites and the Internet!
Many apologies for the lack of updates lately but I've been working hard on another book project. I plan to restart work on the site in mid-April.
||Some random station pictures
added to National Stations - Derby Midland, Rochdale and Cardiff
||More odd and ends... Two
great new pictures today. Paul has provided an absolutely
cracking view of Curzon Street Sidings (Birmingham Rail Sites) as it
appeared at the very end of 2009. Robert sent me a picture of the
milepost at Matlock Bath (Other Places) which is still in place but
looking a bit neglected. Also updated the Bull Ring by Leonard
Stace pictures with some information about the movements of Nelson's
statue courtesy of Mark, the Northfield page with some recollections
from Steve, the Dad's Day Out 7/4/53 with a note about the signal
gantry near Nuneaton after some assistance from Patrick and, finally,
corrected a date on the Bournville Shed page that John spotted was
wrong when working on captions for this
page. My thanks to them all and I promise the next update
will consist of more of my father's photographs!
||My thanks to Maria for not only
providing some modern views of the Moseley pictures in South Birmingham
Businesses but also for sharing her memories of 220 Alcester Road and
1389 Pershore Road (the latter added to the Stirchley section).
||An email from Toby asking if my
father had photographed Cheltenham or Gloucester made me realise that
great pictures were hidden away in the Dad's Days Out section so I've
added links from the Midland Area Stations page and have finally
activated the link to National Stations. There are no new
pictures at the moment - they will follow. It's a New Years
resolution of mine to add more railway pictures this year! Mind
you, I have another project on the go that will keep me busy until the
end of March so updates may be a little thin on the ground until then...
||A few odds and ends
today... Thanks to Andy for sharing some memories of growing up
in Selly Oak that I've added to the Selly Oak page in South Birmingham
Businesses along with a picture he sent. Thanks to Sean for
providing some more information about Unity House. And thanks
again to Paul for more modern views of Railway sites - this time
Alvechurch Station and a couple of pictures around Longbridge East
box. The latter can be found on the Halesowen Railway Virtual
Trip and Enthusiasts pages.
I'd like to thank all my regular visitors for their support during the last year and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!
||Sorry for the lack of updates
recently. Another DIY project has kept me busy, as have a
collection of slides that I have been loaned. Scanning and
researching them has taken up a lot of my spare time! I've added
one of these slides to the M5 West of Birmingham page in the Other
Places section. It's a superb aerial view of Lydiate Ash from
||Added the last two modern views
to the Kings Norton page and also added eleven modern views to the
Selly Oak page. Both pages can be found in the South Birmingham
||Once again Paul has come up
trumps with a couple of views around the site of Winson Green
station. These have been added to the Local Stations P-Z page
along with an additional view by my father.
I have another Paul to thank for providing a modern picture of 947 Bristol Road South to add to the Northfield section of South Birmingham Businesses. This also inspired me to add a couple of views I took over a year ago to the same page - I'd be waiting until I'd took all the Northfield shots but I suspect that won't happen until next year now!
Finally, thanks to Craig for letting me know that 'Black Five' 44767 survives today. A link has been added to New Street Station at Work Pre 1950.
||My sincere thanks to Paul who
has provided seven cracking modern views of the area around Barnt Green
Station! Please see the updated Barnt Green Station page in the
Midland Area Stations section of the site. Also fixed a few
||Added Hereford to the Midland
Area Stations page. Minor update to the M5 West of Birmingham
page - the cast iron post has gone! Good job I snapped it while
it was still there...
I'm presenting a slideshow at Stirchley Library on Friday October 9 at 10:00am. It will be similar to the one I gave at Bromsgrove Library last year but with a bit of a Stirchley bias. Please pop along if you are interested.
||Sorry for the lack of updates -
lots going on including a late summer holiday in Sunny Devon!
Added some modern views of Kings Norton and Bearwood to the South Birmingham Businesses pictures. Also updated Dad's Day Out 29/7/54 with some comments from Duncan, the Aschurch Station page with information from Toby and, finally, the Manchester page with more recollections from Colin - my thanks to them all.
||After meeting Philip Jarvis and
providing him with some pictures of the Birmingham & Gloucester
Loop for a forthcoming
exhibition, I wanted to add Aschurch Station to the site.
Realising that it lay out of the zone I had selected for Midland Area
Stations I have conveniently revised the zone to include
Gloucestershire and Herefordshire!
Also updated the Manchester page in the Other Places section following some feedback from site visitor Colin.
||Major update today is a page of
past & present views of Hereford following a visit to the city a
couple of weeks ago. See the Other Places section.
Rail fans will be pleased to see more of Paul's modern views of old station sites. Check out Spon Lane on the Birmingham and Local Stations P-Z page and Moument Lane on the Birmingham Rail Sites page. My sincere thanks to Paul for these pictures.
Finally, replaced a broken link on the New Street Station page with new links to old pictures of the station.
||Added Matlock & Matlock Bath
to the Other Places section. Thanks to Lee I was able to add a
modern view of Highbridge, also in Other Places. Finally,
corrected a broken link on the Buses and Trams in Colour page.
Can I please ask again - if you find broken link then do let me know
||Added a truly superb Dad's Day
Out from July 1954. Highly recommended!
||Added Worcester (Shrub Hill) to
the Midland Area Stations page.
||Apologies for the lack of
updates this month - a death in the family, a bad bout of flu and a
weekend away have all made it difficult to find the time. I'll
try to be more productive in July.
Just a quick update to say my Birmingham book is now available again. Also added some comments to the Manchester page following a mail from Andy.
||Perhaps a rather odd choice
but... Added a page about the M5 west of Birmingham to the Other
Places section. It's mostly about the area around Lydiate Ash but
also features Frankley Services. I hope at least a few people
find it of interest!
||At last, another of Dad's Days
Out! This one is a shed bash from March 1950.
Also updated the Unity House page with some memories from Dave and added a modern view of the site of Spon Lane station to the Birmingham and Local Stations P-Z page thanks to Paul. Finally, corrected a broken link on the Old Brum Burns page. If you find a broken link on the site, please let me know about it!
||To keep the rail fans happy,
added Saltley Station to the Birmingham and Local Stations P-Z page.
Also added a colour picture of Cardiff Market to the Other Places section.
||More Other Places! Found
another view of Piccadilly Gardens so added that to the Manchester
page. Also created a new page for Bridgwater with three nice colour views.
A few more updates following visitor feedback too. Minor change to the Longbridge page and corrected the Register Office page thanks to additional information from David.
||Two more nice colour views added to the Other
Places section - Chichester and Highbridge.
Also, a few updates and bits of extra/corrected information scattered around the site thanks to visitors getting in touch. I'm grateful to Martin (Longbridge page), Alan (Weoley Castle page), Dennis (Trams Bristol Road) and would especially like to thank Bernard for sharing memories of his father working in New St No. 2 Signal Box (Signal Box Interiors).
||A bit of a change of direction
is planned for the next few updates as I expand the Other Places
section. Made a start with a pair of nice colour views of Chester and
Manchester from 1955. Also updated the page containing
information about my book as it has now sold out! A reprint is
||Just a couple of minor updates
today. Revised some of the links on the Big Bertha page and added
a lovely, personal history of 27 Hubert Road to the Selly Oak page of
the South Birmingham Businesses section. Many thanks to John for
providing the latter.
||Added Barnt Green to the Midland Area Stations page.|
||Added Aldridge to the Midland Area Stations page. Includes a nice colour view of the station.|
||Added Blackwell to the Midland
Area Stations page. Includes a nice colour view of the station.
||A slow start to the New Year due
to yet another DIY project taking more of my spare time than I
Added a page providing some advice on how to get the best results from scanning black and white photographs. The is based on my experience gained over the last four years. The page is accessed from a link on the About page.
||Happy New Year to you all!
Added a long planned page about the Stonebridge Railway to the Railways section. Includes three nice colour views.
||Only one picture added but what
a picture! A colour view of Brickyard Crossing signal box added
to the Birmingham Rail Sites page.
I doubt I'll have much time to update the site before Christmas so I wish you all Season's Greetings. I hope you've all written to Santa asking for a copy of 'D. J. Norton's Pictorial Survey of Railways in the West Midlands'!
||Added Church Road Station to
Birmingham and Local Stations A-G.
||Added a page with pictures of
the book covers and details of the contents to the Railways page.
Includes links to an online supplier.
||Added a truly superb record of
Stratford-upon-Avon (Old Town) Station to the Midland Area Stations
section. The pictures date from 1951 until 1962 and include some colour views.
Myself and Bob Essery will be on Carl Chinn's Radio WM show this coming Sunday (Nov 16) at around 2pm. We'll be discussing 'D. J. Norton's Pictorial Survey of Railways in the West Midlands'. If you can't listen at the time, the broadcast is available for a week after the show on the Radio WM website. Click on 'Listen Again' and then select Carl Chinn.
||Demonstrating some good examples
of the kind of photograph to be found in the forthcoming 'D. J.
Pictorial Survey of Railways in the West Midlands' (see announcement
from 27/10/2008 for details), I've added Saltley Shed and St. Andrew's
Junction to the Birmingham Rail Sites page. Also added a modern
view of Droitwich Road Station.
||Rail fans, looking back at the
history of the site for this year it appears that I've been neglecting
your needs… This couldn't be further from the truth but I just
haven't been able to say anything until now. The full details are
contained in this announcement.
As a token apology I've added a page of pictures of Bengeworth Station
to the Midland Area Stations section. Now my time is my own
again, more updates will follow.
||Save the best 'til last, that's
what I say! South Birmingham Businesses is now complete by virtue
of the addition of a Selly Oak page featuring eighteen superb
photo's. I have a big soft spot for Selly Oak as, even though its
glory days are long gone, there is history everywhere you look! I
hope you enjoy viewing these pictures as much as I've enjoyed
Rail fans - I promise it will be 'full steam ahead' in the run up to Christmas...
||Apologies for the lack of
updates during September - I've been making the most of the nice
weather that most Saturday's have been blessed with!
Just minor updates today. Pictures of Galpins garage have been added to the Bearwood page (my thanks to David) and minor corrections made to the Halesowen Railway Virtual Trip page (thanks to Kim) and Inner Ring Road Central (thanks to Jenny).
||Added a complete set of modern views to the Harborne page in the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Completed the Kings Heath
section of the South
Birmingham Businesses section with the addition of a further nine
Rail fans please don't despair! Once I complete the final section of South Birmingham Businesses then my efforts will move back to the Railways section.
||Added Harborne to the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Sorry! The project
involving my father's railway photographs has been taking up more of my
Saturdays but the end is now in sight (phew!). Combined with a
summer holiday, chances to update the site have been limited.
I've been wanting to add Kings Heath pictures to South Birmingham Businesses for a long time but there are simply so many of them that it was a struggle. So, for now I've just made a start and put ten pictures online.
||Added Hampton-in-Arden to the
Midland Area Stations section.
||An afternoon off work and a trip home to see my Mum provided the perfect opportunity to complete the set of modern views for the Stirchley section of the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Added Northfield to the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Added Bromsgrove Station to the
Midland Area Stations section.
||Just a few small updates.
Thanks to Peter for getting in touch about the picture of Ashfield
Motors on the recently added Moseley page and providing some of his
childhood memories of helping out there. Thanks, also, to Mike
for letting me know that the shed seen on the Evesham Station page was
a goods shed and not an engine shed. Final update is to the
Rotunda page in the Birmingham Developments section. The
conversion of the Rotunda is now complete and so is my page.
On a more positive note for the future of the site, I'm pleased to make this announcement.
||Added Moseley to the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||A couple of shots for the
railway fans. A super picture of Curzon Street Sidings has been
added to the Birmingham Rail Sites section and a view of Stoke Works
Station has been added to the Midland Area Stations section. I've
also updated the Dunhampstead page in the latter with a modern view.
||Added Bearwood to the South Birmingham Businesses section. In addition, Weoley Castle now has a complete set of modern views and I have to thank Dave and Ray for helping me update the Liverpool Overhead Railway page.|
||Apologies for the lack of
updates recently. I've been busy and work is getting rather
hectic so I'm afraid this is likely to continue for the next few
Just some minor updates today. Thanks to Mary for providing a superb picture of her father's shop in Cotteridge. This has been added to the Cotteridge page in the South Birmingham Businesses section. Thanks also to Carlton who has provided a couple of modern views for the Weoley Castle page in the same section of the site.
I've added a lovely colour slide of a diesel train crossing the bridge over the River Severn at Worcester to the Worcester page of the Other Places section.
Finally, thanks to Tom who pointed out that I had my 73001 mixed up with my 72001 on the Cadbury Works Railway page.
||Added Weoley Castle to the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Added Longbridge to the South Birmingham Businesses section.|
||Added Kings Norton to the South Birmingham Businesses section. Also, added some splendid shots of Evesham (Midland) Station to the Midland Area Stations page. Finally, corrected a couple of captions on one of the New Street Station At Work pages thanks to Charles.|
||Added Cotteridge and Selly Park
to the South Birmingham Businesses section. Also corrected a
couple of broken links.
||Once again I'm delighted to be able to provide some additional pictures of Old Brum long after exhausting the collection of my father's photographs. I can't thank Geoff Thompson enough for allowing me to use pictures aquired by him some years ago to extend the Birmingham section of the site. Please check out the new page called South Birmingham Businesses. The initial pictures are of Stirchley and other areas will be added in the coming weeks.|
archived the history for the first three years of the site's existence here. This new history page will follow
the convention of the latest update at the top.
You may be interested to know that I'll be presenting a slideshow entitled 'Around Birmingham City Centre, Past & Present' at Bromsgrove Library on Saturday 8 March at 2:30pm. I believe tickets are required so please contact the library on 01905 765025 or email BromsgroveLib@worcestershire.gov.uk.