New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings


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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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: Steelhouse Lane Lock Up

Posted August 11th, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the Steelhouse Lane Lock Up. It was taken during a fascinating open day organised by Hidden Spaces and the West Midlands Police; (for those of us who had never been there before!) we were shown how the police ...

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The Cadbury Barn: loved and lost

Posted August 7th, 2017 by Vicki Cox 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- Lightwoods House 

Posted July 28th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with 1 Comment

Although, this post says it’s by Anne-Marie Hayes, I’m in fact an imposter, because this is Dave Evetts’ first ever Friday Photo post for Birmingham Conservation Trust, and it’s a good one! Lightwoods House in Bearwood faces Harborne across Hagley Road West. Originally built ...

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