Family Discovers Great Grandparents’ Greengrocers in Living Museum

The family of an early 20th century greengrocer were pleasantly surprised to find their Great-Grandparents’ wartime shop, thought to be long since demolished, fully restored with costumed guides in a Living Museum.

The original two up-two down building, once occupying 39 Lower Lichfield Street in Willenhall (Black Country, West Midlands) was taken down brick-by-brick and replicated by Black Country Living Museum in 1995 and has been at the museum since.

After extensive research by the Museum’s curators it was discovered that the home actually served as a greengrocers and was run and lived in by a Gertrude and William Adey and their two children from 1916 until at least 1932.

A public appeal for more information earlier this year culminated in a very surprising phone call for Gertrude’s great grandson Andrew Adey, who had no knowledge of the building at the museum or its restoration into a 1916 greengrocer shop.

I’ve been researching my family tree on and off for thirty or so years

comments Andrew, now living in Wolverhampton and working as a dentist,

to learn that the Black Country Living Museum has recreated a part of it is very exciting.

Three generations of the family saw the shop for the very first time on Saturday 26th July, including Jim Adey (81) who remembers the shop in its later years, Andrew Adey (51) and his daughter Melanie (22).

Costumed characters playing William and Gertrude were there to greet the family, making the experience even more special. Gertrude Adey will be manning the shop, selling fruit and veg as well as teaching visitors about the life of the couple as they made their living and survived the war.

The shop, having been restored to its original state as of 1916, during the midst of World War One will only sell fruit and vegetables that were available during this period of history. That means no modern favourites such as kiwis, avacados or courgettes. To be truly historically accurate, the Museum will only sell seasonal items and will look at using leftovers to make pickles, preserves and chutneys which visitors will be able to purchase.

In "RESOURCES"

Essentials

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More

FROM TWITTER

RT @birminghamcg22: Birmingham at its sporting best - from hardened competitors through to charity runners, well done to all #BrumBid2022 #…

RT @brumhippodrome: That’s a WRAP! Thank you @TEDxBrum for bringing a beautiful & inspiring day to @brumhippodrome challenging our city’s…

Festivals & events

Sporting highlights

Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More

Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More

Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More

Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More

Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More