New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

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 – 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 – 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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Oak House, West Bromwich

Posted October 30th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Oak House, West Bromwich Tucked into urban streets of terraced houses, this timber-framed building was once the home of farmers and merchants. It dates from the very late Tudor/early Stuart era but there seems to be no record of its earliest years. By ...

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Friday Photo – The Windsor Theatre

Posted December 15th, 2017 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

The Windsor Theatre, Bearwood, Smethwick Once there were many theatres in small towns providing entertainment. As movies grew in popularity, some theatres were converted to cinemas, some closed forever. In turn the small local cinemas closed as multi-screen megaplexes appeared. The Windsor is a ...

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Friday Photo- Supreme Works

Posted November 23rd, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

By David Evetts This distinctive building by the architect Holland Hobbiss sits on Soho Hill in Birmingham, not far from Soho House. It housed jewellery makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths when it opened in 1922. It has a very different look to many nearby properties ...

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Friday Photo: The Supreme Works

Posted October 20th, 2017 by BCT moderator with 1 Comment

This distinctive building by the architect Holland Hobbiss sits on Soho Hill in Birmingham, not far from Soho House. It housed jewellery makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths when it opened in 1922. It has a very different look to many nearby properties which range ...

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The Cadbury Barn: loved and lost

Posted August 7th, 2017 by BCT moderator with No Comments

The ‘Cadbury Barn’, in Manor Farm Park. The Cadbury Barn, Manor Park   Almost three years to the day since George and Elizabeth Cadbury’s former home in Manor Park was burnt down, the iconic building that has become known as the ‘Cadbury Barn’ was also ...

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Friday Photo- Deakin and Francis Building, the home of James Watt!

Posted June 9th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 1 Comment

Nestled away in the Jewellery Quarter is the former home of the steam engine inventor and co-father of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt, who lived here between 1777-1790. Watt’s home is located in Regent Place, tucked away from the main streets, and ...

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