Great photograph; views.
This was a much used general thoroughfare which was actually owned by the London Midland Scottish Railway and later British Rail.
Paul speculates as to where the photograph was taken from. I can definitely say that it was from the upper floors of the old Matthew Boulton Technical College in Suffolk Street, on the corner of Navigation Street. This was a wonderfully iconic building where I was a student in the years prior to its untimely demolition.
The view from the rear elevation was that depicted in the photograph and, even 30 years on from when I studied there, the only changes I can see are in the various modes of transport.
Being a railway buff at the time I did have a job in concentrating on lessons!
Robert Betteridge, Kings Heath