New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

The Friday Photo – All Saints Mental Asylum

Posted January 10th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 4 Comments

My first Friday photo for 2014 is of All Saints Mental Asylum -often called Winson Green Asylum. It was opened in 1845 in response to new laws requiring provision of asylums to house the so called poor lunatics. The Asylum was run ...

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Guillotine Gem.

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

Wandering down the canal as you do I came across this interesting Stop Lock, I realised that it resembled the threatening French guillotine. After some research I found out that the guillotine styled stop lock is the only one of its kind on ...

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The Friday Photo – Little Miss Barber

Posted October 25th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with 3 Comments

This weeks the Friday is another one of Birmingham’s fantastic old ghost advertising signs. This one was taken in Witton and features this little Miss Barber sign which was a popular character to advertise tea here in the West Midlands.

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The Friday Photo – The Flat

Posted October 4th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with 7 Comments

This week I came across a unique row of shops which was affectionately known as “The Flat” on Lodge Rd in Hockley.   Most of Lodge Rd is on a hill so this section was popular and became a busy shopping area.What’s ...

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The Friday Photo: Newman Brothers Coffin Works

Posted September 20th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

It is only right and proper that Newman Brothers Coffin Works features in the Friday photo. Many of you will know that Birmingham Conservations Trust is busy restoring the works which opened from 1894 until 1999. Last Sunday we were all there ...

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From Danilo to Reel; The story of Quinton’s cinema

Posted September 13th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

This stunning Art Deco cinema named The Reel is situated on the Hagley Road on the way to Mucklows Hill. The cinema in Quinton opened its doors in 1939 and was originally called the Danilo. It was August 7th and the cinema was showing ...

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The Friday Photo -Nechells Old Mill

Posted August 9th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with 2 Comments

Goodness nearly forgot its my turn for the Friday photo luckily got a few in store. This week’s The Friday photo is of an old mill on Cato Street Nechells. If you driving from Saltley towards the city as you go over ...

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The Friday Photo – Edward VII Statue

Posted July 26th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with 3 Comments

This weeks the Friday photo is of the statue of the popular King Edward VII that was restored in 2010 and placed in Centenary Square after 60 years. It was originally unveiled in 1913 in Victoria Square after the Birmingham Mail  raised ...

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The Friday Photo – Bordesley Railway Station

Posted June 7th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

This weeks the Friday Photo is taken at Moor Street End of Bordesley Station which was built on a viaduct and opened in 1855. I found this just by chance whilst walking under the viaduct and then noticed the stairs leading up ...

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The Friday Photo – JFK Mosaic

Posted May 17th, 2013 by Tracey Thorne with No Comments

The recently installed JFK memorial mosaic by artist Oliver Budd is this weeks The Friday Photo, The original mosaic by Kenneth’s father  was installed in 1968 in St Chads Circus this area was demolished in 2006. Some elements of the original mosaic ...

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