New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo – Old Church, Smethwick

Posted December 16th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

When is a Church not a Church? When it’s a Chapel. The Old Church in Smethwick was originally built as a chapel of ease. It saved weary parishioners from making to the long walk to the parish church of St Peter in Harborne ...

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St Paul’s Square in autumn

Posted December 11th, 2018 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

This week’s Friday Photo is of an autumnal-looking St Paul’s Square. I walk through here every day and love to see it changing with the seasons – autumn is my favourite though. Designed by Roger Eykyn of Wolverhampton, the building was constructed in ...

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Friday Photo: Selly Oak Institute

Posted November 30th, 2018 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

    Today’s Friday photo is of the Selly Oak institute on the Bristol road. Now looking rather neglected, the grade II mock timber frame building was opened by George Cadbury in 1894, having been gifted to the working community by the Cadbury family ...

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Friday Photo: Cast Iron Letterbox, Vittoria Street.

Posted November 26th, 2018 by Julie Webb with No Comments

Walking around the Jewellery Quarter there are some interesting examples of letterboxes, this example is on 85, 87 and 87A, Victoria Street, which is a purpose built works,  circa 1870. It appears to be an original cast Iron example, with a distinctive ...

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Friday Photo – Edgbaston Waterworks Tower

Posted November 16th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Birmingham took some big steps in the later Victorian era to provide amenities to its growing industrial population. One such step was the creation of the Edgbaston Waterworks Company in 1826 to supply clean water to residents from local rivers such as ...

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Friday Photo – Newhall Street

Posted November 9th, 2018 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

Today’s Friday Photo is of Newhall Street which many people will remember was home to Birmingham’s Museum of Science and Industry before it moved to Eastside in the early 2000s. This stretch of road is the main route into the Jewellery Quarter ...

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Friday Photo: Selly Oak Library

Posted November 2nd, 2018 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is the Selly Oak Library building. It is a grade II listed building that was designed by architect John P. Osborne and constructed in 1905. The site was a gift from local businessman Thomas Gibbins, owner of the Birmingham ...

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Oak House, West Bromwich

Posted October 30th, 2018 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Oak House, West Bromwich Tucked into urban streets of terraced houses, this timber-framed building was once the home of farmers and merchants. It dates from the very late Tudor/early Stuart era but there seems to be no record of its earliest years. By ...

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Friday Photo – Queensway Tunnel

Posted October 12th, 2018 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

I took this photo on an autumn night in September. What’s surprising is how much this bridge ‘moves’ which I’d never noticed before, but then again, I suppose I’d never tried taking a long-exposure photo from here before. The Queensway tunnel was officially ...

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Friday Photo: Former Moseley School of Art

Posted October 6th, 2018 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is inside the former Moseley school of Art. I was lucky enough to get a look inside during the heritage open day last month. The building, which was built in 1899, is grade II* listed and was designed by ...

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