New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo – The Big House

Posted September 20th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

The Big House, Oldbury This week’s Friday Photo takes a step to the west from Birmingham to the town of Oldbury in Sandwell. The old town centre here survives in patches between the bus station, Sainsburys and the council offices. The oldest building ...

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Friday Photo: Birmingham School of Jewellery

Posted September 6th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is part of the front façade of the Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing. This 1911 extension to the original school building, with its tall gridded windows, is one of my favourite façades in the Jewellery quarter. Amid the expanding jewellery trade in Birmingham, ...

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Friday Photo: Coleshill Hall Farmhouse

Posted August 29th, 2019 by Julie Webb with 2 Comments

Today’s Friday photo is Coleshill Hall Farmhouse on the Birmingham Road in Coleshill. The building is grade II listed and was originally a 17th century coach house and stable block to the Medieval Coleshill Hall, which was demolished in the early 1800’s. ...

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Friday Photo – Langley Maltings

Posted August 23rd, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

Langley Maltings, Western Road, Oldbury Langley Maltings in Oldbury was seriously damaged by arson in 2006. This view from the Titford Canal shows the ends of the two parallel malthouses and a set of kilns between them. Walking along a curving towpath on ...

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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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