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Friday Photo: Snob Screens in The Bartons Arms

Posted October 16th, 2015 by Julie Webb with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo is the snob screens in the beautiful Bartons Arms pub. Last month I had the pleasure of attending “A Taste & Tour of The Bartons Arms”, which is hosted by local author and Laurel & Hardy enthusiast John ...

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Friday Photo: New Street Station and Grand Central Roof

Posted September 24th, 2015 by Julie Webb with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo could be none other than the newly unveiled New Street Station and Grand Central Shopping Centre. I took this picture of the spectacular roof yesterday at the opening of Grand Central. The roof allows natural light to flood ...

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Friday Photo: Steward Street Board School

Posted September 4th, 2015 by Julie Webb with 2 Comments

Steward Street School Today’s Friday photo is the former Steward Street School in Ladywood. As the summer is drawing to a close and the kids are heading back to school, I thought it fitting this week to feature an old school.  Steward Street ...

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Friday Photo: Blakesley Hall

Posted August 13th, 2015 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Blakesley Hall Summer 2015 Today’s Friday photo is the beautiful timber framed Blakesley Hall in Yardley.   I am not sure why I have never visited before, but yesterday was my first visit to the site! It was a fascinating afternoon.  At the ...

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Heritage At Risk Survey

Posted April 1st, 2015 by Julie Webb with 5 Comments

Myself and fellow Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) volunteer Katie Hughes are currently taking part in the Heritage at Risk Survey of the Jewellery Quarter and this is a blog about our experiences so far as volunteers for the project. About Heritage at Risk ...

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Great Barr Hall

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Julie Webb with 5 Comments

Great Barr Hall is a grade II listed gothic revival mansion lying in 170 acres of historic parkland on the greenbelt between Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall.  I grew up in the area and as a local resident I have always been interested ...

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Beautiful Birmingham Terracotta

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by Katie Hughes with 2 Comments

Discovering Birmingham’s extensive collection of beautiful terracotta buildings. Red, bold, ornate and beautiful…these are some of the words which spring to my mind when I see the striking Victoria Law Courts on Corporation Street built in 1891. For me, it is the material which provides the ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham VI: Bournville – the factory in a garden (suburb)

Posted June 18th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 2 Comments

I couldn’t continue my intermittent Arts and Crafts series without mentioning Bournville, the model village cum garden suburb that Pevsner describes as “perhaps the fullest expression of Arts and Crafts ideals” in Birmingham. On a personal level, I have a strong connection ...

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Walking the Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted May 24th, 2014 by Joe Turner with 3 Comments

On Saturday, along with a group of other BCT supporters and volunteers, I walked the Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail. Organised by Legacy West Midlands with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the City Council, it aims to raise awareness ...

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Arts & Crafts Architecture in Birmingham V: WH Bidlake

Posted April 19th, 2014 by Joe Turner with No Comments

William Henry Bidlake was probably the foremost Birmingham architect of the Arts and Crafts era. Yet, despite being known in his own time as “the man who rebuilt Birmingham” and being responsible for three of the city’s 22 Grade I listed buildings, ...

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