1246 Coventry Road was a post office and a newsagents, which I believe my father had bought not long before, he got married and settled there.
He was the oldest, my father was, and it was a post office and it was the m, head office for the district. They even delivered to Sheldon from this place at Hay … not Hay Mills. Hay Mills. Yes, it was South Yardley post office called. And um, they had men mainly on bicycles. I can remember climbing up a tree in the back garden and dropping coal onto the postman’s head as they went by to the back, never thinking they could, go and tell my father, but, er, it was a big, big, biggish property, you know, an attic and sort of, er, three or four bedrooms.