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#1 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:11 pm

This post-war housing estate has an Anglo-Saxon name. Its earliest recorded form, atte Sherd derives from atte 'at the' sceard meaning 'the gap', but it is difficult to envisage now what this meant twelve centuries ago - gap in the woodland perhaps? The second element of the name originates in the fact that this was the Shard End of the manor of Castle Bromwich from before the Norman Conquest.
This was a rural area on the fringes of the city when Birmingham took It over in 1931 with plans to build houses for residents displaced by extensive inner-city slum clearances.
However, it was not until after World War 2 that this became the city's largest municipal development with nearly four thousand houses built eastwards from Hodge Hill Common between the Coleshill Road, Bradford Road, Chester Road and the River Cole.
A village centre was created around Shard End Crescent with shops, library, a public house and a church. This was been rebuilt in 2011 and remains an important focus for the district. The estate was spaciously laid out. After World War 1 the Midland Sand & Gravel Company had worked a gravel pit off Packington Avenue. After the the Second World War, the area was landscaped and laid out as Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields. The gravel pit filled with water from a natural spring to form Shard End Lake. There is fishing here and a base for the local Sea Cadets.


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#2 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:38 pm

Shard End is an area of Birmingham and a ward within the formal district of Hodge Hill. Shard End borders the village of Castle Bromwich to the north and Kingshurst to the east.
History
Before the end of World War II, Shard End was completely rural with the only buildings being farmhouses, farm outbuildings and tithe cottages.
Shard End's most infamous resident was Abraham Thornton, son of the owner of Shard End Farm (later the site of The Harlequin pub). He was charged with the murder of a local girl, Mary Ashford, in 1817. The events of the trial led to the abolition of two ancient legal rights - the right of a close relative to demand another trial although the defendant had been acquitted, and the right of a defendant to defend himself by challenging the relative to a duel. The duel did not take place and Thornton left the area soon after his second trial to travel to the USA.
In the inter war years the Midland Sand and Gravel Company operated a mine on what is now the Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields (or Shard End park), off Packington Avenue. During World War II, this gravel pit was used to store and repair third-line tanks. After the war the area was landscaped to become the playing fields. The old gravel pit was allowed to fill with water from a natural spring to form Shard End Lake and has become a leisure facility.
A plan of the new housing estate was produced at the end of 1945 and compulsory purchase orders were issued in 1946. Building of the estate started in the late 1940s and was added to in stages producing some variety in the housing.
As a result of the construction of the estate, plans for a new church were drawn up. In 1954, construction of All Saints Church, a traditional Church of England church, began and construction was completed in 1955. Designed by F J Osbourne, it was the first new church to be built in Birmingham after World War II. On November 1, 1955, the Lord Bishop of Birmingham, Leonard Wilson, consecrated the church. This was followed by a visit by Queen Elizabeth II two days later.
Shard End Library opened in 1967 and was the first in Birmingham to use plastic membership cards instead of the traditional cardboard tickets.
Development in the 1970s.
After the estate of the 1940s had been constructed, a large swathe of green land - known locally as 'The Cow Fields' - remained along the River Cole valley. This rare open space in a city provided valuable recreation space for the new and young population of Shard End. During the late 1970s, however, this tract of land was sadly built over and the area lost much of its charm.
Since the building of this development, and a sharp decline in employment levels during the 1980s, Shard End has seen a marked increase in the problems typical of urban areas in large cities.
Notable natives.
Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame grew up in a council house at 368 Shard End Crescent in Shard End.[4] The lyrics to the ELO song 'All Over the World' mention Shard End along with cities like London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.
The English artist, Geoff Bunn also grew up in the area.


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RE: Shard End

#3 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:47 pm

Excellent posts my friend I have lived very close to Shard End most of my life, this was all News to me. I look forward to your future posts with interest.


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RE: Shard End

#4 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:53 pm

I hope the above posts have been a help to any Shard enders and anybody interested in local history. I moved to Shard End in about 1959. 28 Ownall road, this was above the new Shard end shops. I went to Timberley juniors and then onto Alderlea boys I left Shard End in 1977 but have lots of memories to tell.


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#5 by astoness , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:02 pm

great posts dennis...this is what we want...i dont come from your neck o the woods but it is good to learn more about other areas...

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RE: Shard End

#6 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:27 pm

Quote: denniscarole wrote in post #4
I hope the above posts have been a help to any Shard enders and anybody interested in local history. I moved to Shard End in about 1959. 28 Ownall road, this was above the new Shard end shops. I went to Timberley juniors and then onto Alderlea boys I left Shard End in 1977 but have lots of memories to tell.

Ownall road rings a bell. When I worked at Munns brothers in the Developing and printing trade in the sixties I used to go out with the new van drivers and we used to call at the Co op chemist in Ownall Road as I recall.


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RE: Shard End

#7 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:42 pm

Hi I lived above the co-op butches which was 2 away from the chemist.

Shard end boy


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#8 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:45 pm

Quote: denniscarole wrote in post #7
Hi I lived above the co-op butches which was 2 away from the chemist.

Shard end boy


You didn't have far to go to the shops then Den.


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#9 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:52 pm

No just a good drill.


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#10 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:54 pm

I thought that was how Eskimo's went shopping.


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RE: Shard End

#11 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:00 pm

If you lived in them flats you would need caribou hide parkas, breeches, mittens, snow goggles, and boots. and that was just to get up.


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#12 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:03 pm

Quote: denniscarole wrote in post #11
If you lived in them flats you would need caribou hide parkas, breeches, mittens, snow goggles, and boots. and that was just to get up.

Sounds like you lived on the 52nd floor and you had to climb up the outside Den


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#13 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:14 pm

No the inside was bad enough thanks to sixties heating. Hang on I can't remember perhaps my mind has been froze .

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#14 by Voltman , Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:13 am

I didn't know that ELO mentioned Shard End in All Around The World so I have just played it over and over for 30 minutes.
Sure enough, they do sing Shard End but in a rather squeaky, Sparky's Magic Piano, voiceover sort of way. I had to look up the lyrics in order to be able to understand it.

The full line, which starts 2m10s into the track, is -
"London, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Rio, Hong Kong, Tokyo
L.A., New York, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Shard End and"

It didn't help that I also had Showdown labelled as AOTW, no doubt due to the fact that Showdown contains the much repeated line "Raining all over the world"


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RE: Shard End

#15 by denniscarole ( deleted ) , Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:52 pm

Does anybody remember the Bailey Bridge. It was a wooden bridge and we used to stand underneath and listen to the cars going over not that many in those days though.


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