New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

An update on Birmingham Conservation Trust: The Golden Lion

Posted March 11th, 2024 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 1 Comment

Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) is a building preservation trust, which means that it’s an organisation whose main aims include the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings. That’s exactly what it did with the Coffin Works back in 2024; it was brought it back ...

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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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A Cycle Conundrum

Posted March 14th, 2019 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 1 Comment

Can you help? We’ve had a enquiry come through about Birmingham’s industrial past. The gentleman is trying to assemble information on the Tildesley [Cycles] Limited company.He has been unable to find much factual information on the Internet apart from but ...

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Posted November 3rd, 2017 by BCT moderator with No Comments

Terry Bates, a past resident of the Wake Green Road prefabs, recalls his youth spent there: Much has been written about these buildings that were erected as a temporary measure in 1945. They still stand today and I’m sure that the walls could ...

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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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First steps to secure future of Birmingham’s post-WWII living treasures

Posted August 17th, 2017 by BCT moderator with No Comments

Birmingham Conservation Trust, in partnership with the Twentieth Century Society and the Prefab Museum will carry out work to consider how best to preserve the Wake Green Road prefabs in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, thanks to a £4,000 grant from Historic ...

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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 2 Comments

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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Friday Photo- Wiggins Hill Bridge

Posted February 25th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 4 Comments

Wiggins Hill Bridge sits over the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Sutton Coldifeld, located in Minworth between Curdworth and Wishaw. Wiggins Hill was actually mentioned in the 1086 Domesday survey as Winchicelle, the name of which in Old English, means ‘Wicga’s People’s ...

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Friday Photo: St. Margaret’s Church, Great Barr

Posted February 10th, 2017 by Julie Webb with No Comments

  Today’s Friday photo is the church of St Margaret in Chapel Lane, Great Barr. It is named after Saint Margaret of Antioch. The church was first built on this site in the 13th century and the church has evolved over time to ...

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