New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

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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Friday Photo – Farmers Bridge canal locks

Posted March 8th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Birmingham is criss-crossed by canals. The towpaths alongside them are becoming more and more popular as walking routes and places to visit and enjoy the landscapes. The water in the canal fascinates passers-by, but who thinks about what lies beneath that placid ...

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Friday Photo – Frederick Street Townhouse

Posted March 1st, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

I’m back in the Jewellery Quarter for this week’s Friday Photo. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever really left. There are just too many wonderful buildings with stories to tell. This Friday, we’re on Frederick Street which is home to the ...

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Friday Photo: Tin Tabernacle, Streetly

Posted February 22nd, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of a tin tabernacle on the Aldridge Road. It is not the most glamorous of buildings, but it is an interesting historical concept. Tin tabernacles were developed in the mid 19th century, as prefabricated buildings made out of ...

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Friday Photo – Bedstead Works, Western Road

Posted February 7th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with 2 Comments

This factory was built in about 1900 and appears on maps simply as “Bedstead Works” facing the workhouse that evolved into City Hospital. (more…)

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Friday Photo – Burne-Jones House

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of the Art Deco inspired Burne-Jones House situated on Bennetts Hill and the site of the former birthplace and home of one of Birmingham’s favourite sons, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 19th-century artist. Bennetts Hill was originally created as ...

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Friday Photo: The Obelisk at Lickey Hills Country Park

Posted January 25th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the Obelisk on Monument Hill in Lickey Hills Country Park. The Obelisk is a grade II listed monument made of Anglesey marble, it was erected in 1834 as a memorial to Other Archer the 6th Earl of ...

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Friday Photo – Kings Head Clock

Posted January 21st, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

This smart blue and gold clock stands near the Kings Head pub at Bearwood. One hundred years ago it stood on the opposite side of the Hagley Road. How did it manage to cross the road? I would like to say the ...

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