As we reach the bottom of Westley Road we pass a number of local landmarks around “the Green”. On the left is the school that both Pam (Mrs Humphries) and Jasper Carrott went to. Acocks Green School opened in 1908 and is still going strong today.
Opposite the school is the 10-pin bowling alley based in the building that was the Warwick Cinema which opened on 6th September 1929. The cinema closed in 1962, and the stalls area was converted into a 10-pin bowling alley. A 462-seat cinema opened in the circle on 24th March 1964 it closed in November 1991 and converted into a laser tag centre. The bowling alley still operates downstairs as the Acocks Green Bowl.
Next to the Bowling Alley is a tyre depot which was once a “pumpless” petrol station. This was a Japanese invention where the pump nozzles were suspended from the ceiling of the canopy and lowered down to a point just above the car roof where the attendant would pull it down the rest of the way to fill the car. I know it was there as I worked on the pumps in those long-lost days where you had someone fill your car or pay less than a quid for four gallons! What seemed like a good idea never caught on and there were very few of these in the UK; this one closed in the 1970s.
Then next to tyre depot is the Inn on the Green which was originally called the New Inn. The original New Inn was on the opposite side of Westley Road at the junction of the Warwick Road and dated from 1858. The new New Inn was built on its present site in 1932. It was renamed “The Inn on the Green” around the turn of the century. It’s still there and open – unusual for a local pub nowadays.