New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: Coleridge Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Coleridge Chambers, Corporation St This must be the most brightly coloured building at the end of Corporation Street by the Victoria Law Courts and Methodist Central Hall. It’s Grade II listed and was built in 1898 for the Birmingham Mutual Sick Benefit and ...

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Friday Photo – St Philip’s in the Snow

Posted June 28th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Cathedral Church of St Philip in Birmingham If the heat gets too much for you today, comfort yourself with this chilly view of St Philip’s Cathedral from 3rd March 2018. Not even a pigeon to be seen. St Philip’s was built in 1715 as ...

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Friday Photo – City Arcade, Birmingham

Posted May 31st, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

In a street plan of rectangles, City Arcade cuts a line between Union Street and Union Passage at a curious angle. I had always imagined this was from building on an existing boundary or street. Instead, it turns out to be a ...

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Friday Photo – Bishop Asbury Cottage

Posted May 3rd, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Bishop Asbury Cottage, Great Barr It’s a tiny brick cottage, built c.1700 and used as a family home until the 1950s. It was home to Francis Asbury between 1746 and 1771. You probably don’t know his name but millions know him as Bishop Asbury, an Englishman ...

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Friday Photo – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick

Posted April 5th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This image of Thimblemill Library in Smethwick framed by tree blossom is how I picture the start of Spring, even if the weather has other plans. The library was built in 1937 in a style that embedded Art Deco details within ...

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Friday Photo – Farmers Bridge canal locks

Posted March 8th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Birmingham is criss-crossed by canals. The towpaths alongside them are becoming more and more popular as walking routes and places to visit and enjoy the landscapes. The water in the canal fascinates passers-by, but who thinks about what lies beneath that placid ...

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Friday Photo – Bedstead Works, Western Road

Posted February 7th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 2 Comments

This factory was built in about 1900 and appears on maps simply as “Bedstead Works” facing the workhouse that evolved into City Hospital. (more…)

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Friday Photo – Kings Head Clock

Posted January 21st, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This smart blue and gold clock stands near the Kings Head pub at Bearwood. One hundred years ago it stood on the opposite side of the Hagley Road. How did it manage to cross the road? I would like to say the ...

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Friday Photo – Old Church, Smethwick

Posted December 16th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

When is a Church not a Church? When it’s a Chapel. The Old Church in Smethwick was originally built as a chapel of ease. It saved weary parishioners from making to the long walk to the parish church of St Peter in Harborne ...

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Friday Photo – Edgbaston Waterworks Tower

Posted November 16th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Birmingham took some big steps in the later Victorian era to provide amenities to its growing industrial population. One such step was the creation of the Edgbaston Waterworks Company in 1826 to supply clean water to residents from local rivers such as ...

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