Clarendon Street
Download a list of residents of this street for 1920

Clarendon St Coronation party 1953
Clarendon Street Coronation Day 1953
Notice in the background "Neal's Shoe Repairers" Park Lane
How many of you recognise those Policemans boots?
They must have been seen by thousands of travellers on the Number 8 Bus
John K Colin

George Albert Winfield outside his barbers shop
George Albert Winfield
Outside his barbers shop at
1 Clarendon Street C1930's

George Albert Winfield outside his barbers shop
Clarendon Arms c1913 - Can You Identify any of these men?

Below Clarendon Arms circa 1960's courtesy of Lyn Harrington aka Astoness.

The Colin Family by John K Colin

Ronald and Kenneth Colin circa 1933
Ronald and Kenneth Colin circa 1933

In 1926 my grandfather Charles Colin with his wife Annie Colin and their children Sidney aged 13, Violet aged 12 moved from Kings Norton to Clarendon Street My family lived there until October 1969 when like many others from the area were re-housed under the redevelopment plan.

In those forty-three years that my family occupied that address many new members of our clan were born there. The first would have been Charles but he only lived for a few hours, next was my father Kenneth born in 1928, and then my uncle Ronald born new years eve 1932.

In 1936 my Uncle Sidney married Lillian Davies, who's family also lived in Clarendon Street, they later moved into number 46, next door to the shop, there they had two children Sheila born 1940, and Denis born 1948.

 My Aunt Violet married David Robert Huntley in 1940; his family lived at number 16 Clarendon Street.

In 1948 was the turn of my mother and father to wed, Kenneth Colin to Winifred Williams. They had five children, all born in Clarendon Street, Pauline born in 1949, then myself John in 1953, Anne in 1955, followed by David in 1957 and last but not least Desmond 1960.

Ronald and Kenneth Colin circa 1933
The Wedding of David Huntley and Violet Colin
Back row Raymond Huntley, David Robert Huntley,
Violet Colin, Charles Colin, unknown brides maid
Front, Kenneth Colin, Sylvia (?), Ronald Colin and Margaret Morris

1950 saw the first death in the family Charles Colin born 1888 in Bromsgrove. 1958 was the year that Ronald Colin married Mary May Lewis, in 1963 Jacqueline their daughter was the last of the Colin family to be born at 27 Clarendon Street, they also had a son Richard born in 1976, but we were living in Kingstanding then, he was born four days after our grandmother died Annie Colin, born 1891, Dayhouse Bank Worcestershire.

1969 Was the year that we had no choice but to pack up our belongings and move to another home, it was quite up setting for my Nan and uncle Ron, it was the family home, we did not have an inside loo, or bathroom, front garden, but it was our home, we all grew up there, all our friends were there, So we moved into our newer home built in the 1930s, with the inside loo and bathroom, front garden, and hot water on tap, but without our friends, neighbours whom we had all grew up with, gone forever in most cases.

John, David, Anne, Desmond and Pauline
John, David, Anne, Desmond and Pauline
circa 1961

Ronald and Kenneth Colin circa 1933
Kenneth and Ronald Colin in 1958

Roly Morris Ex Villa Player, and his mother Margaret Morris, 25 Clarendon Street circa 1958
Roly Morris Ex Villa Player, and his mother
Margaret Morris
25 Clarendon Street circa 1958

Mary Colin (nee Lewis) with daughter Jacqueline 27, Clarendon Street circa 1964
Mary Colin (nee Lewis) with daughter Jacqueline
27, Clarendon Street circa 1964

Kenny Colin, Winnie Colin, Roly Morris, Mary Lewis, Ronnie Colin, at Roly's 21st Birthday Party circa 1957
Kenny Colin, Winnie Colin, Roly Morris, Mary Lewis,
Ronnie Colin, at Roly's 21st Birthday Party circa 1957

Diane Morris, John Colin being held by Ronnie Colin, Roly Morris, 25, Clarendon Street, circa 1958
Diane Morris, John Colin being held by Ronnie Colin,
Roly Morris, 25, Clarendon Street, circa 1958