Aston Church Lodge by Jenny Nicol

Aston Hall

My father, worked as a Switching Engineer for the Midlands Electricity Board, and was headquartered for a time at Chester Street. He monitored the electric power being used by many of the large factories in Aston and Erdington. He was mobile and visited factory substations all over that area.
That fateful day when the outside perimeter walls adjoining the lodge collapsed he was driving by the junction of Trinity Road and Witton Lane just in time to see the wall fall on two passing women and kill them. He jumped out of his van but there was nothing he could do. It was a devastating tragedy and it took him a long time to recover from the shock of seeing such an awful thing happen. He had been called many times to switch off the power after fires and car accidents but this was much more traumatic. The year was l959 I believe.