New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

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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WAKE GREEN ROAD PREFABS – MY LIFE IN ONE

Posted November 3rd, 2017 by Vicki Cox 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 Vicki Cox 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 Vicki Cox 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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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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Friday Photo- Minworth Greaves Farm

Posted April 28th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

You’ve probably heard of 14th-century Minworth Greaves which is now located next to Selly Manor in Bournville, originally situated in Minworth as its name suggests, but Minworth Greaves Farm may not be so familiar. The farm building is actually still in situ, ...

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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- The Red Palace

Posted February 4th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This striking red-terracotta building is hard to miss and is certainly a Birmingham favourite among locals. The Grade II listed building stands proudly on Constitution Hill, and was designed in 1895. It was the former H.B. Sales Factory, a die-sinker firm, a ...

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Book your Prefabulous prefabs tour now!

Posted July 21st, 2016 by Vicki Cox with 2 Comments

Followers of the Trust’s activities will know that we have recently been out to view the row of listed 1940’s prefabs on the Wake Green Road and we are now able to offer you that same opportunity. As part of Birmingham Heritage week, ...

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Prefabulous!

Posted June 6th, 2016 by Vicki Cox with 2 Comments

Wake Green Road in Moseley will always be a little bit forever 1945. There, backing on to the Shire Country Park, can be found a time capsule row of 1940’s prefabricated houses.  Externally time pauses at the south end of the road ...

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