Old Carbury (Carribee Street)

Colin Whitehouse visited the site recently and left the following enquiry in a comment on Stafford Street was my Playground.

Colin asks “Did I remember The Dan O’Connell, Limerick, and the Warwick Public Houses?”

Well I thought it would be simpler to answer his querie this way with a little then and now post and perhaps others may find something of interest there.

Westbury Street in the 1960s

Just a couple of years prior to this photo being taken of Westbury Street in the early 1960’s you would not have been able to see the Warwick Arms, the large building at the end of the Street, top right hand side of the picture. Because what you see here now as temporary parking ground opposite St Patrick’s Church was up until then filled with back to back terraced houses that fronted Westbury street and Thornley Street.

The Warwick Arms had stood on the corner of the then still accessible Littles lane and St Mary’s Terrace for more than a century and is shown on the 1875 plan, as facing Carribee Street part of the fever ridden area known as Carribee Islands. A predominant Irish Catholic Community.

This will be noticed by the two later built and appropriately named public Houses The Dan O’Connell and The Limerick

The Dan O’ Connell stood for many years on the corner of Westbury Street and Montrose Street, opposite the Limerick which stood on the corner of Whitmore Street and most older Wulfrunians may recall the dairy adjacent to it Hickman’s and Mould. Which was later used as The Y.M.C.A.

Westbury Street 2007

Four decades on and the scene has changed little, its perhaps even calmer today than it was then. Now of course the trolley bus that left its terminus around the corner in Thornley Street opposite the Olympia Picture House has longed ceased to run to Heath town and Wednesfield , and the former Y.M.C.A after being substituted for the new nightclub of the swinging sixties in town “The Lafayette”, is now a Sikh Temple.

In the early 18th Century the Quaker’s built a meeting house and Burial ground here and today there is an open space in front of Westbury Chapel and this marks the site of the old burial ground.

Considering the amount of families moved from this area close to St Mary’s and St Patrick’s over years there must be many stories that can be told, many memories to be shared.

If you yourself can recall any such stories or similar memories, why not join our forum and share them with all of us.

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  1. I lived in no12 St Marys street on the corner of Montrose street were my mother kept a small shop. I lived there until the houses were demolished. I think Colin Whitehouse had two brothers, Keith and Terry, also I remember Tony Ike he was into boxing he lived next door to James Beaman. I now live in Scotland but still remember those days 60 years ago.

  2. Are yes Roy, I remember the area well You probably recall The Scalleys Maureen and Timothy, perhaps Tony Sargeant, who went into the Guards with me in 1954, he also had a little brother killed when a lorry past over him alongside The Dan O’Connell.I recall both Tony Ike and his elder brother Danny.

  3. Roy I just recalled having placed a photo showing your familys’ shop on the corner of St Mary’s Street and Montrose Street on an earlier post, entitled “A Grand Design,” check it out.

  4. I love these old pics. A lot of my family were originally from that area and around the Molineux. Some were of Irish oragin, others on the canals but the old census is full of my relatives in the whole Broard Street to Stafford Street/North Street areas.

  5. Hi Billy, I too remember the Whitehouses ( Terry was my best mate circa 1950), the Sergeants, Beamans Chews and all the families in that area. You probably remember me, you certainly knew my brother Terry remember we called you ” Big Howey “. Happy days mate never to return I’m afraid. All the best….!!

  6. Hi Albert , I remember you well The tales we could tell regarding Old St Patrick’s.
    Check our new forum for the post on Thornley Street, I’m sure you could write a book on it.

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