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Walk-Ups In Birmingham

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So is it only Soho with walk-ups or is there places in B'ham? Or is it just massage parlours?

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as far as i know walk ups are only found in soho and shepherd market... a unique experience... get it while you can because they are dying out...

 

there is probably less than a quarter left from what was around when i first discovered them in the 90's...

 

there was a window scene around (i think) edgebaston, in a culdesac (i forget the name) for a short time in the 90's but the locals put an end to it...

 

there was a guy called "keen punter" who wrote about his experience there if you can find that thread...

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Yes there was a pair of roads with their houses back to back and some had girls in the window or standing in the doorway.

 

I once got robbed there - girl embraced me closely during sex and that would have been when i was relieved of a tenner - could have been worse if they had knicked my trousers.

 

I think they disappeared with the combination of resident objection and related police action that got rid of the whole scene in that are - and well done to the residents, mostly Asian, staying up almost all night to deter ladies and drivers for month after month to clean up their area.

 

Not the hugest difference between a walk up and a parlour really though is there - and what there is tends to be on the side of the parlour having facilities, choice etc.

 

Yes the price is considerably higher but if Brum had walk ups I don't think i would go to them having left the Soho ones behind so many decades ago.

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The Asians who protested about the girls... make me laugh. Half the men were punters! They knew what they were getting when they bought their houses dirt cheap there.

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The Asians who protested about the girls... make me laugh. Half the men were punters! They knew what they were getting when they bought their houses dirt cheap there.

 

Hmmm I think they did a good job. If lots of men weren't punters where would SPs be? It's oe thing seeing SPs indoors and another having SPs on the street corners and hundreds of cars circulating all night.

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cheddar road, balsall heath...

 

wikipedia:

 

"Cheddar Road was the centre of a red-light district worked by 450 women. About half of the 50 houses on this road had prostitutes advertising themselves in the windows, similar to Amsterdam. It was labelled Britain's busiest cul-de-sac"

 

i guess landlords bought houses there with the intention of setting up knocking shops...

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Some of us are just old enough to remember 'Varna' Road in Edgbaston. I remember a friend who went to school not far from there and we walked down the road and found a pornographic photo on the floor. It was demolished, and the window shopping moved to Cheddar Road which has already been mentioned. Any action on Rotton Park Road off the Hagley Road these days?

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so there were windows there before cheddar road?

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According to a history forum posting, yes (tweaked to get rid of full capitals throughout and occasional English errors):

 

I can assure you it was well before the sixties that Varna rd and Alexander and princess rd became the red light area ;
Yes they was big houses and parlour type the ladies of the night used to sit in the windows some times in pairs 
Beckoning gents whom was in search for there needs believe me
Believe me if you was a decent family member of our society you could not if you lived up these streets park your cars
And if you stood at the bottom of the street both ends and watched the guys strolling up and down you would smile 
Cars was bumping and jumping for positions to pull out of the kerb ; when ever the police appeared and the police was on foot
It was like a scene of the end of a foot ball match ;they could not get away quicker enough 
And the ladies would draw their drapes and the street would be cleared in all these three streets
The decent people moved out and sold there houses to the undesirables ; i will say and they rented there front rooms to these ladies 
I used to have a relative of mine whom was business people lived in basall heath rd way back in the thirties in fact even before that in the twenties so i knew it was a bit like that the odd one or two then and in the fifties i used to do the council repairs all around that area and those roads along with belgrave rd from camp hill through to balsall heath doing the roofs 
So you see thats how i know about these roads ; and later the pub the earl grey was taken over they took it over ; in the early sixties it used to have some tough gaffers there but as time went on it was gangland time i used to go into estate agents offices 
 
And when they started to tell people who were not from brum about the background of the area i used to listen what they told them. what a nice area varna rd and princess rd was like. after the young couple had gone i used to say to the agent what a load of rubbish if they really knew they would not buy it ; this is the eighties and a couple of the old ladies of the night was still operating ; i will call her joan; she must have been the only surviving girl she was a londoner girl ;
Are well i waffled on a bit but the clutch of the matter is it was before the sixties that was going and not the sixties
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wow... amazing... well done, nice work... fascinating, who'd have thought it? London had walkups, Birmingham had windows...

Edited by ralhar

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Viv is wrong. Varna Road, Princess Road and Cheddar Road were active in 1966/7

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wow... amazing... well done, nice work... fascinating, who'd have thought it? London had walkups, Birmingham had windows...

Nearest tube station?

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Nearest tube station?

 

they dont have the tube in amsterdam they have trams...

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Viv is wrong. Varna Road, Princess Road and Cheddar Road were active in 1966/7

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Being a prat again? My post SAYS it is taken from a forum and does NOT say I wrote it.

 

idiot

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