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THE HOME GUARD OF GREAT BRITAIN WEBSITE - MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION PAGES  

STREETLY MEMORIES

1936 - 1961

by Chris Myers
 


This and associated pages are hosted by the staffshomeguard website (whose subject is the Home Guard of Great Britain, 1940-44).  They bring together various memories of Streetly, Staffordshire (as it was then called), and life in it during the period 1936 - 1961,  recalled by Chris Myers in old age.

The family home was "Windyridge", 101 Chester Road, Streetly.  The mother and father (Freda and Harry Myers - both b. 1899) moved in, in 1931, shortly after it had been built, together with their two children, Graham (b. 1922) and Sheila (b. 1927). They had previously lived at 97 Croydon Road, Erdington and the purchase of this new house in August 1931 represented a move out of suburbia into the rural calm and tranquillity and open spaces of Streetly.  The well-established family unit was disrupted in April 1936 by the arrival of a third child, Christopher, better known as "the cuckoo in the nest".

The family presence in Streetly started to wane in 1948 with Sheila's marriage, then in 1949 with Graham's and finally Chris's in 1961. Harry died in 1974 and Freda lived on alone at Windyridge until 1979, when she sold the property, moved in with her daughter and family in Herefordshire and then,  for the next 15 years up until her death in 1995, undertook regular Royal Progressions to Devonshire and Shropshire for extended stays with her other two children.

These Streetly memories concentrate to a large extent on the, to the author, most significant part of the period from 1936 to 1961: that from 1939 when he became conscious of the world around him and then the war years followed by those of the immediate post-war period. They are personal, detailed, long-winded and no doubt, in the main, excruciatingly boring. But it is hoped that, here and there, there might be something buried within them which is of a bit of interest to whomever stumbles upon it - especially those whose experience of Streetly is limited to the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  
 
 

INDEX OF CONTENTS

A WALK UP THE CHESTER ROAD (1944)
1. Where we live
2.
The Parson & Clerk
3.
The Queslett Road Crossroads and the Americans
4.
On Along the Chester Road and Chester Road Traffic
5.
Up to the Brow of the Hill and More about the Traffic
6. On to Manor Road and Bridle Lane and Back to Home
Added April 2022

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MY YANK, BOB (1944-45)
(Click to read memoir)
Added 30 April 2022

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DAD'S ARMOURY (1940-1974)
(Click to read memoir)
Added 1 May 2022

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A THIRTY SECOND MEMORY (1943/1944)
(Click to read memoir)
Added 4 May 2022

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SATURDAY, 6th FEBRUARY 1943 - THE VISITOR Added 27 May 2022 
MONDAY, 15th MARCH 1943 - NO NEWS Added 1 June 2022

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A TEENAGER'S MEMORIES (1940-1946)
(Click to read memoir)
Added 4 June 2022

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A MAP OF STREETLY (1920/1940)
(Click to read memoir)
Added 1 July 2022

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THE HOME GUARD IN STREETLY AND LITTLE ASTON (1940-44)
Links to pages in the Home Guard of Great Britain website

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......and to follow at a later date......

THE STREETLY VE-DAY BONFIRE (May 1945)

THE STREETLY HOME GUARD CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY (December 1943) 

TOBOGGANING ON THE CHESTER ROAD (January/February 1947)

A WEEKEND AT THE SEASIDE (May 1940)

THE EVACUEES (August 1941)

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS and SOURCES
All images are part of the Myers Family archive and belong to various family members, except for several showing Chester Road traffic and Home Guard activities during the war years. The latter are included through the generosity of their owner, Kate Cutler, to whom grateful acknowledgement is made. Specific mention of their ownership is made on the pages where they appear.

This family and local history page is hosted by www.staffshomeguard.co.uk
The Home Guard of Great Britain, 1940-1944
All text and images are, unless otherwise stated, The Myers Family 2022

INDEX
Home Guard of Great Britain website

A WALK UP THE CHESTER ROAD
Where We Live


L8 April 2022
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