Thursday, 10 January 2013
The welovebearwood team moved to Bearwood in the early '90s so we're only a couple of years off our 20th anniversary.
We've always wanted to find out what Bearwood looked like before we moved here so when Eliza Harris (check out her amazing White Flamingo facebook page) mentioned that she had some photos of Bearwood High Street which she had taken in the 1980s we couldn't wait to see them.
Eliza explained that "the photos were taken in the spring of 1989 as part of a project I completed whilst doing my PGCE at Birmingham University.”
“It's interesting to note that there were some empty units even then although not as many as now. “
What we found really fascinating was the number of independent shops that were on the High Street, the number of shoe shops that are sadly no longer there (we would have been in shoe heaven!) and the high street chainstores that had a really prominent position but have also now been and gone, like Woolworths and Timpsons for example. We wonder if the Crafty Muthas know that there used to be a Bearwood Knitting Centre on Bearwood High Street.
Here's only a very small section of Eliza's photos. If you would like to see more or use these photo elsewhere, please contact Eliza through her Facebook page.
All photos in this section belong to Eliza Harris. Please do not use them without Eliza Harris's permission.