New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

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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Friday Photo: Woodlands Park Hall

Posted May 17th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of Woodlands Park Hall. The hall was built as part of the Bournville Tenants estate and was opened in November 1909 by George Cadbury. In its early years it was used as a school for younger children. The ...

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Friday Photo: St John the Evangelist Perry Barr

Posted May 10th, 2019 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the grade II listed St John the Evangelist Church, Church Lane Perry Barr. This Anglican parish church is build was built in the Gothic style, by Robert Studholme of Sutton Coldfield between 1831-3. It was ...

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Friday Photo – Bishop Asbury Cottage

Posted May 3rd, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Bishop Asbury Cottage, Great Barr It’s a tiny brick cottage, built c.1700 and used as a family home until the 1950s. It was home to Francis Asbury between 1746 and 1771. You probably don’t know his name but millions know him as Bishop Asbury, an Englishman ...

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Friday Photo – Barclays Bank

Posted April 26th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

So, you’ve guessed it! I am back in the Jewellery Quarter. Yes, I know I need to mix things up a bit, but two weeks ago, I had the chance to go on top of the Big Peg roof and photograph our ...

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Friday Photo: Selly Oak Hospital Water Tower

Posted April 19th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the former water tower off Raddlebarn Road, part of the old Selly Oak Hospital complex. The tower is one of the locally listed buildings (at grade B) that was retained on the Selly Oak Hospital site, most ...

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Friday Photo – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick

Posted April 5th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This image of Thimblemill Library in Smethwick framed by tree blossom is how I picture the start of Spring, even if the weather has other plans. The library was built in 1937 in a style that embedded Art Deco details within ...

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Friday Photo – The Ringway

Posted March 29th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Today’s Friday Photo takes us a building located on Smallbrook Queensway and one that was key in the city’s Inner Ring Road scheme in the 1950s. The Ringway (formally known as the Ringway Centre) is a locally listed building designed by architect ...

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