New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: BT Tower

Posted April 3rd, 2020 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

BT Tower seen from Great Charles St Birmingham Feb. 2020 You cannot live in or near Birmingham and fail to recognise this building. In 1965 it surpassed the Chamberlain Clock Tower at Birmingham University to become Birmingham’s tallest building at 499 feet /152m ...

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Friday Photo: Flour, Fasteners and Fire

Posted March 13th, 2020 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This ornate doorway in Princip Street appears to go nowhere, certainly not to offices that the faded lettering on the lintel suggests. I think it’s the last bit of the Britannia Mills. In 1849 Mary Bodington & Sons were listed as Corn Merchants at this ...

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Friday Photo: Gasholders, Nechells

Posted February 21st, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

These drum-shaped structures can be seen from many vantage points across Birmingham. The rings of steel girders are about 25 metres across and are the supports and last vestiges of gasholders at the Windsor Street Gas Works in Nechells. They date back to the 1850s when ...

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Friday Photo: The Barber Institute

Posted January 31st, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 2 Comments

To give this lovely building its full name, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, situated in Edgbaston at the University of Birmingham. It was opened in 1939 by Queen Mary, the grandmother of our present queen and was designed by Robert Atkinson, ...

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Friday Photo: Council House Clock Tower

Posted January 10th, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

The clock tower of Birmingham council house Here’s a view of Old Birmingham with New Birmingham looking over its shoulder. The clock tower of the Council House was added with the grand entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery in 1885 to the ...

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Friday Photo – Assay Office, Newhall Street

Posted December 13th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Some of you may be getting gold or silver in your Christmas stocking this year. You can be sure that all Five Gold Rings really are gold by checking the hallmarks. These impressions are applied by one of the UK’s four Assay ...

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Friday Photo: Mitchells and Butlers War Memorial

Posted November 8th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

Mitchells & Butlers War Memorial, Cape Hill It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Many war memorials were built in the 1920s to mark the huge loss of life in the Great War. The pale grey limestone obelisk was a familiar pattern for these ...

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Friday Photo – Legal and General Assurance Society, Waterloo Street

Posted October 18th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

These commercial offices were built by S. N. Cooke and E. Holman between 1931-33. Today they are apartments with a restaurant at street level. The design was a modern take on classical elements such as the Portland stone exterior which is not ...

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Friday Photo – The Big House

Posted September 20th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

The Big House, Oldbury This week’s Friday Photo takes a step to the west from Birmingham to the town of Oldbury in Sandwell. The old town centre here survives in patches between the bus station, Sainsburys and the council offices. The oldest building ...

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Friday Photo – Langley Maltings

Posted August 23rd, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

Langley Maltings, Western Road, Oldbury Langley Maltings in Oldbury was seriously damaged by arson in 2006. This view from the Titford Canal shows the ends of the two parallel malthouses and a set of kilns between them. Walking along a curving towpath on ...

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