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St. Joseph's Nechells

RC Church & School


Did you attend St Joseph's RC School,

Long Acre,


Birmingham, England?

If so, then this is the web site for you.

Do you remember teachers like, Miss Sidebottom, Miss Scally, Mr Cassell, Miss Martin or Miss Dobbin? What about Mr Whittle, Miss White, or Miss Grundy? Then again Sister Alfreda or Sister Marguerite?

Do you want to find out where they are now or what happened to them? Again this is where you will get your answers. See Stories from Pupils & Teachers and the other story pages. Many are mentioned.

What former school friends do you remember? John Tocker, Pat Brierley, Tommy Powell. Mavis Hall or maybe  the Walsh sisters or the Kimberley sisters. This site has knowledge of them all.

So if you attended St Joseph's School, or have any information about friends who did, contact me and let me know. Your messages will be greatly appreciated.

If you did not attend St Joseph's but are still interested in local history, particularly Nechells, this site may have some thing for you! There are many photographs and stories about the area and how life went on during difficult times. Few of the photographs are shown above. You will find more on the web pages..

For best results  use Google Chrome if possible for all photographs.

My appreciation to Eric Hill and The Heartlands Historical Society for many of the old photographs.

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Please be advised that nearly all the stories contained in this web site have been previously published in my book. I will permit free usage for school and certain other educational aspects on request.

Site updated on 19th October 2014 with story from

Bob Crowson. Former Perry Barr Inspector.

Busman Days. Page dedicated to those former busmen and women who worked for Birmingham City Transport and West Midlands Passenger Transport.

If you have a story to go on the pages or any photographs, I will be pleased to display.

Busman Days

Look at the above gallery to obtain a quick snapshot of what you will find within these pages.

Web Site News

Sadly I have to inform you that I have just paid the final subscription for the St Joseph’s web site.

Due to a number of reasons, I have not been able to give the site the attention that it deserves over the last 12 months. That, plus the dwindling amount of news that is now being sent to me, enforces my decision.

These pages  will come off the net in March 2016.

Thanks for all your attention and help!


Richard at


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 It is with great sadness that I have to inform you Fr Gerry McArdle passed away a short while ago. A memorial service will be held at St Joseph's Nechells at 19.00hrs, Friday 17th July. It is expected that there will be a large turnout so go early.

Posted 8th July 2015