New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: Merecroft Pool

Posted March 20th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of Merecroft Pool, in Kings Norton Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is a lovely place to walk for a little bit of fresh air. Merecroft pool itself is thought to have been dug in around 1900 for use ...

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Friday Photo: Flour, Fasteners and Fire

Posted March 13th, 2020 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This ornate doorway in Princip Street appears to go nowhere, certainly not to offices that the faded lettering on the lintel suggests. I think it’s the last bit of the Britannia Mills. In 1849 Mary Bodington & Sons were listed as Corn Merchants at this ...

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Friday Photo – Taylor and Challen Building

Posted March 6th, 2020 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

The Grade-II listed building, which dates from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was originally constructed as a foundry specialising in producing metal works and a wide variety of machinery for Birmingham’s booming metal trades, including presses and stamps. It was ...

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Friday Photo: Gasholders, Nechells

Posted February 21st, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

These drum-shaped structures can be seen from many vantage points across Birmingham. The rings of steel girders are about 25 metres across and are the supports and last vestiges of gasholders at the Windsor Street Gas Works in Nechells. They date back to the 1850s when ...

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Friday Photo: Our Lady & St Rose Of Lima

Posted February 7th, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the imposing front entrance of the Church of Our Lady & St Rose of Lima. It is locally listed at Grade A and was designed by the architect Adrian Gilbert Scott: of the famous Gilbert Scott family of architects. Two other Birmingham ...

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Friday Photo: The Barber Institute

Posted January 31st, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 2 Comments

To give this lovely building its full name, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, situated in Edgbaston at the University of Birmingham. It was opened in 1939 by Queen Mary, the grandmother of our present queen and was designed by Robert Atkinson, ...

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Friday Photo: Council House Clock Tower

Posted January 10th, 2020 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

The clock tower of Birmingham council house Here’s a view of Old Birmingham with New Birmingham looking over its shoulder. The clock tower of the Council House was added with the grand entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery in 1885 to the ...

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Friday Photo: Towards Victoria Square

Posted December 28th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

This week’s Friday photo looks towards Victoria Square in the city centre. Taken a month or so ago, it shows the ongoing building work in the area and a side view of the grade I listed town hall which was designed by ...

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Friday Photo – Assay Office, Newhall Street

Posted December 13th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Some of you may be getting gold or silver in your Christmas stocking this year. You can be sure that all Five Gold Rings really are gold by checking the hallmarks. These impressions are applied by one of the UK’s four Assay ...

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Friday Photo: Mitchells and Butlers War Memorial

Posted November 8th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 1 Comment

Mitchells & Butlers War Memorial, Cape Hill It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Many war memorials were built in the 1920s to mark the huge loss of life in the Great War. The pale grey limestone obelisk was a familiar pattern for these ...

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