New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Friday Photo – Bishop Asbury Cottage

Posted May 3rd, 2019 by Dave Evetts with No Comments

Bishop Asbury Cottage, Great Barr It’s a tiny brick cottage, built c.1700 and used as a family home until the 1950s. It was home to Francis Asbury between 1746 and 1771. You probably don’t know his name but millions know him as Bishop Asbury, an Englishman ...

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Friday Photo – Barclays Bank

Posted April 26th, 2019 by Anne-Marie Hayes with No Comments

So, you’ve guessed it! I am back in the Jewellery Quarter. Yes, I know I need to mix things up a bit, but two weeks ago, I had the chance to go on top of the Big Peg roof and photograph our ...

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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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