It sounds like a terrible place to live now, but it wasn’t. In all honesty there was seldom much grief there at all, but sometimes a newcomer like Big John had to stick their chests out. That’s just people in general, but a few months down the lane soon chilled them out! We didn't know it then, but he and his extended family were to influence more Birmingham people of that ilk to buy places over the railway line as they were very reasonably priced residences. Over the next few years more and more people sold their houses in Brum and came down to the lane and bought a way of life for peanuts. They also brought their city lifestyle with them and things began to change.