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Notorious 60s cottages


“There were some notorious cottages, such as the on Station Street. There was an underground one on New Street Station before it was rebuilt and probably many more in the centre of town that I did not know about. I would also go out to Bearwood Park (Lightwoods) which is still there now, that had an interesting toilet where you would pick up men. Further round you would go towards Smethwick Park, which had another busy toilet. There was one towards Handsworth on the outer bus route, I would cycle out there and also by Dudley Road hospital by the side of the railway line there was a little triangle with a relatively tiny brick built toilet with two lock- ups facing each other, there was always a queue there”.

Contributed by: John McGarry, 70

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