New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo- BCU Conservatoire

Posted November 10th, 2017 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of another new building- The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as it’s now been renamed. It was founded as the Birmingham School of Music in 1886, but this building dates from 2017! I watched it being built for over ...

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Friday Photo: The Black Horse Public House

Posted November 3rd, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the Black Horse public house in Northfield. Now a Grade II* listed building, it was designed by Francis Goldsborough as the flagship public house of Davenports brewery, built in 1929-30. A spate of new pubs were built during ...

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Friday Photo: The Big Peg

Posted October 27th, 2017 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the Big Peg, in the Jewellery Quarter.  This eight storey flatted factory is a prominent feature of the jewellery quarter taking pride of place next to Chamberlain Clock and the recently developed Golden Square.  In the post ...

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Friday Photo: The Supreme Works

Posted October 20th, 2017 by Vicki Cox with No Comments

This distinctive building by the architect Holland Hobbiss sits on Soho Hill in Birmingham, not far from Soho House. It housed jewellery makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths when it opened in 1922. It has a very different look to many nearby properties which range ...

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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: New Hall Mill

Posted September 30th, 2017 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of New Hall Mill in Sutton Coldfield. I recently attended their heritage open day event and got chance to look around the mill and its grounds and take some great photos! I took so many I didn’t know ...

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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: Sovereign Hall, Frederick Street, JQ.

Posted September 1st, 2017 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is Sovereign Hall on Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter. With its white stucco frontage adjorned with Italianate decoratation, this building has always stood out to me as I pass by on my daily commute. My favourite feature is ...

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