New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: Julia Varley’s House

Posted August 14th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the former home of Suffragette and trade unionist, Julia Varley. A Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque was erected on the house in Hay Green Lane, Bournville in her honour. In 1909 she established a branch of the National Federation of ...

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Friday Photo: The Former Rednal Library

Posted July 24th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the former Rednal Library. Designed by Benjamin Bower and built in 1909, it is another of Birmingham’s Carnegie library buildings. Andrew Carnegie provided the funds for the erection of the building, and the purchase money for the land ...

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Friday Photo: Northfield Library

Posted July 3rd, 2020 by Ellie Gill with 1 Comment

Today’s Friday photo is Northfield Library in South Birmingham, another of the ‘Carnegie libraries’ funded by Andrew Carnegie the Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist. The land was given by George Cadbury and the foundation stone laid in 1906. The original library building and its contents, including 1,500-1,600 books, ...

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Galton Bridge

Posted June 19th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Cycling is one of the things I have taken up in lockdown and that means exploring our wonderful city is much easier and actually, more enjoyable! So, a few weeks ago, armed with my camera and a water bottle (as it was ...

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Friday Photo – Happy 120th Birthday University of Birmingham

Posted May 30th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Last Week was the University of Birmingham’s (UoB) 120th Birthday! On 25 May 1900, Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Birmingham University Act. Birmingham University was the first red brick university in the country – the first independent civic university ...

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Friday Photo: Birmingham Municipal School of Art

Posted May 22nd, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the ornate main entrance porch to the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. The building was designed by J. H. Chamberlain of Martin & Chamberlain architects, it was the last building he would design before he died in 1883. The site was given ...

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Friday Photo – Sandwell Priory

Posted May 9th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of the remains of the mid-12th century Sandwell Priory, once a Medieval Benedictine Monastery. Built by William, son of Guy de Offeni, Lord of the Manor of West Bromwich, the priory name derives from ‘Sand Well’, a ...

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Friday Photo: Kings Norton Library

Posted May 1st, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Staying local for today’s Friday photo: this week it is Kings Norton library. Situated on the Pershore Road, near to Kings Norton Green, Kings Norton Library is another of the Carnegie funded libraries in Birmingham (that I am slowly working my way through ...

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Friday Photo – Perry Hall

Posted April 17th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week I discovered Perry Hall in north Birmingham. You might struggle to see a hall in the distance. That’s because the building which once stood here was demolished in 1927 when Birmingham Corporation (now Birmingham City Council) had to decide on whether ...

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Friday Photo: BT Tower

Posted April 3rd, 2020 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

BT Tower seen from Great Charles St Birmingham Feb. 2020 You cannot live in or near Birmingham and fail to recognise this building. In 1965 it surpassed the Chamberlain Clock Tower at Birmingham University to become Birmingham’s tallest building at 499 feet /152m ...

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