New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo – J.W. Evans Silver Factory

Posted August 18th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of J.W. Evans Silver Factory on Albion Street in the Jewellery Quarter. The Grade II* listed building dates from 1881, and is a complete-surviving historic factory, full of drop stamps, fly presses and trinkets of all sorts. ...

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Friday Photo: St John The Baptist Church, Longbridge

Posted August 9th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with 1 Comment

Today’s Friday photo is the gable end of St John the Baptist church in Longbridge. It was built on the corner of Longbridge Lane and Turves Green in 1957 to serve the expanding population around the Longbridge production plant. When passing this church, ...

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Friday Photo: Coleridge Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Coleridge Chambers, Corporation St This must be the most brightly coloured building at the end of Corporation Street by the Victoria Law Courts and Methodist Central Hall. It’s Grade II listed and was built in 1898 for the Birmingham Mutual Sick Benefit and ...

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Friday Photo – The Reliance Works, Pickering & Mayell

Posted July 21st, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo is of a JQ favourite located on Caroline Street. Formally the Reliance Works of Pickering & Mayell Ltd, this property dates from 1826 and was originally constructed as a pair of houses with rear workshops. Spot the beautifully-preserved ...

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Friday Photo: St David’s Church

Posted July 12th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is St David’s Church, Shenley. Distinctive with its concrete Brutalist style exterior, St David’s was building during 1969-70. It was designed by the Bournville Village Trust architects, under the direction of Selby Clewer, a chief architect at the organisation, who had also ...

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Friday Photo: Perry Barr Flyover – 1960’s road building..

Posted July 5th, 2019 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of part of the Perry Barr flyover.  The new road network along the Birchfield road was constructed between 1962-71 with a system of under and overpasses giving priority to cars and allowing them to fast track into Birmingham centre.  By the ...

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Friday Photo – St Philip’s in the Snow

Posted June 28th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Cathedral Church of St Philip in Birmingham If the heat gets too much for you today, comfort yourself with this chilly view of St Philip’s Cathedral from 3rd March 2018. Not even a pigeon to be seen. St Philip’s was built in 1715 as ...

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Friday Photo: Warley Water Tower

Posted June 14th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo (and yet another water tower!) is Warley water tower. The tower was built in 1939/1940 on a site that stands opposite Warley Woods public parkland. The parkland was designated and opened in 1906 after a campaign to save it from being developed for ...

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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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Friday Photo – 48 Frederick Street

Posted May 24th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Yep. I’m still in the Jewellery Quarter which is probably to be expected by now. I will venture out of its boundaries soon – I promise. This week’s Friday Photo is definitely a building you’ve most likely walked past but maybe never looked ...

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