Let’s just take another look at Acocks Green Village, or “The Green” as it is known locally.
On the right at the bottom of Westley Road, there were a group of cottages that extended along Shirley Road. These were demolished in 1932 when The New Inn was built.
Next to the pub is Acocks Green Library, also built on the site of the cottages. It opened on 14 June 1932 and cost £14,000 to build, with a further £3,000 spent on books. It was the 25th library to be opened in the city and at the time it was opened was said to be the largest. It was refurbished and modernised in the 1990s and reopened on 9 May 1995.
In 1911 the trams reached “The Green”, then in 1932 the junction between the Warwick Road, Shirley Road and Wesley Road was re-modelled with a central roundabout that accommodated the tram terminus.
In 1937 the trams services on the Stratford Road and Warwick Road were abandoned, so the roundabout at Acocks Green was grassed over and featured flower beds.
Opposite the library on Shirley Road many shops were built in the 1930s, including a distinctive art deco Burtons Menswear shop with a billiards hall on the first floor. Next to Burtons a bank was built. All these shop and bank buildings are still there but occupied by different businesses. But, all the shops that stood on the north side of the Green and Warwick Road as far as Station Road were demolished in the 1960s and a new block of shops and offices in typical contemporary concrete replaced them.
The outer Circle now takes a left turn at the foot of Westley Road for a few yards along the Warwick Road, then it takes a right turn into Dudley Park Road. On the left as we make this turn is St Mary’s, Acocks Green Parish Church. In the corner of the churchyard close to the Warwick Road is a tall monument with a granite column surmounted by an urn with funereal draperies. This is in memory of Emily Palmer, wife of Thomas Palmer, who died in 1885 aged 35. Thomas died three years later aged 42. Emily had been shot dead in the pub owned by her husband, the White Hart in Paradise Street, by Henry Kimberley who became the first person to be hanged at Winson Green Prison.