New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Cock Pit and Garden Feature at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield.

Posted November 24th, 2017 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the sunken garden at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.  You may think this was purpose designed as a pretty country house “secret garden” but it’s origins are actually much more interesting.  This was originally part of 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- BCU Conservatoire

Posted November 10th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of another new building- The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as it’s now been renamed. It was founded as the Birmingham School of Music in 1886, but this building dates from 2017! I watched it being built for over ...

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Friday Photo: The Black Horse Public House

Posted November 3rd, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the Black Horse public house in Northfield. Now a Grade II* listed building, it was designed by Francis Goldsborough as the flagship public house of Davenports brewery, built in 1929-30. A spate of new pubs were built during ...

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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- New HSBC Building

Posted October 13th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of the new HSBC building on Broad Street. HSBC began its roots as Midland Bank, originally entitled Birmingham and Midland Bank, and was founded in Birmingham in 1836, before being rebranded as HSBC in 1999…and it’s coming ...

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Victorian Bandstand, Cannon Hill Park

Posted October 6th, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Autumnal Friday photo is of the Grade II listed Victorian bandstand, situated in Cannon Hill Park. Erected in the late 19th century, it has an octagonal blue-brick and stone base, cast iron columns with decorative pierced brackets and a curved pavilion ...

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Friday Photo- The New Smethwick Pumping Station

Posted September 22nd, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is by Dave Evetts. “New” in this case means 1892, when this new pumping station took over from the Smethwick Engine of 1799 that made it possible to navigate the canal over Smethwick Summit without running out of ...

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Friday Photo: St Peter’s Church

Posted September 8th, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is St Peter’s Church in Harborne. There has been a church on this site since Saxon times. The oldest part of the grade II listed church is the central tower, dating from around the 14th Century, the remainder of ...

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Friday Photo- Central Fire Station

Posted August 25th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Blog by Dave Evetts At the bottom of Corporation Street in the city centre, across the multiple lanes of traffic on the Queensway, stands an impressive white tower. This is the entrance to the former Central Fire Station built in 1935 to the ...

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