New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo: Selly Manor

Posted November 1st, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the interior of one of the upstairs rooms at Selly Manor, Bournville (decorated suitably spookily for Halloween). The currently occupied tester bed in the photo is thought to have belonged to Edmund Prys (1544 – 1623) – the panelled headboard ...

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Friday Photo – Legal and General Assurance Society, Waterloo Street

Posted October 18th, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

These commercial offices were built by S. N. Cooke and E. Holman between 1931-33. Today they are apartments with a restaurant at street level. The design was a modern take on classical elements such as the Portland stone exterior which is not ...

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Friday Photo: Erdington Warehouse

Posted October 14th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of a warehouse along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal in Erdington. I’m not sure exactly when it dates from and there’s a real lack of information available about this part of the canal stretch, despite some gems that ...

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Friday Photo: Bournville Quaker Meeting House

Posted October 4th, 2019 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the Quaker meeting house on Bournville Green. George Cadbury, a founder of Bournville Village, was a Quaker himself and the meeting house was built in 1905, having been designed by Bournville Village architect William Alexander Harvey. The ...

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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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