Sutton Coldfield In The Forties
- Price: £12.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858582016
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Sutton Coldfield in the Forties is a rich
tapestry of many individuals' precious memories and photographs supported by
local newspaper reports of the decade.
There are recollections of horse-drawn
bakery and laundry services, Whit-Monday parades and, as a prelude, the
Luftwaffe's 1939 aerial reconnaissance picture of the Balloon Barrage Centre.
A number of contributors provide memories
of air-raid shelters, rationing, the R.A.F. 216 Ralph Reader W.A.A.F. Gang
Shows and both V.E. and V.J. celebrations.
Couples share their stories on early
post-war weddings, the lack of housing and the maternity bed shortage. The
opposing views on the emergent N.H.S. expressed by Sutton's G.P.s and dentists
are compared with Sutton's first full-time surgeon.
As the war finished, a vision of the future
developed - folk describe the additional school provision, the new NHS
developments, the Falcon Lodge Estate and the developing sporting and leisure
The big event of December 1949 saw the
commissioning of Sutton's B.B.C. T.V. transmitter for the Midlands which
brought visual pictures of the outside world into many local homes.
The era concludes with a 1950 aerial picture of Sutton Coldfield and George Gilbert's contemporary paintings of Sutton scenes (owned by Sutton Library).
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||black & white|