New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

The Friday Photo: The Queen’s Arms

Posted August 3rd, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

A building close to my heart, The Queen’s Arms pub on Newhall St was opened around 1820. It is a Grade II listed building and is a fine example of a Victorian drinking establishment. It even has its own ghost which cheekily ...

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The Friday Photo: Rookery House

Posted July 12th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

Rookery House is situated in Rookery Park in Erdington. The picture actually shows one of the sides of the building and its beautiful garden. It was built in 1727 and was once the home of anti-slavery activist, William Wilberforce. For many years ...

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The Friday Photo: Skin Hospital, John Bright Street

Posted June 20th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 2 Comments

This listed building on John Bright Street is a former hospital, built in 1881, it opened in 1888. It was originally Birmingham Skin and Urinary Hospital but I’ve heard it described as the Birmingham Skin and Lock Hospital and I wondered what ...

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The Friday Photo: Aston University Sky Lifts

Posted May 31st, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 11 Comments

I need to make a couple of apologies, the first because, due to overwhelming busy-ness, my Friday Photo has slipped over into Saturday. The second apology because I can find very little information to share with you on the subject of this ...

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The Friday Photo: Ikon Gallery

Posted May 16th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

I seem to have had a run of red brick buildings of late but I make no apology, to me they are the most beautiful of our city’s architecture. This week is no exception with my photo of the Ikon Gallery in ...

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The Friday Photo: Singers Hill Synagogue

Posted May 2nd, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

I have walked passed this beautiful building on numerous occasions and have kept telling myself I need to document it, and now I have! The Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (Singers Hill) Synagogue is a Grade II listed building built in 1856 by Henry ...

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The Friday Photo: Highcroft Hall

Posted April 18th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 4 Comments

Highcroft Hall is situated in Erdington and has now been converted into luxury apartments, however its history is far from glamorous. Built between 1869-1871, the hall was originally called Aston Union Workhouse and was sanctioned by the Poor Law Board for housing ...

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The Friday Photo: Gosta Green

Posted April 4th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

I post this week’s Friday Photo with my friend and colleague Tracey Thorne in mind. For the ghost sign, rather than the building being a pub! The Gosta Green is found on the Aston University campus. The ghost sign on the side ...

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The Friday Photo: Victoria Law Courts

Posted March 21st, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

The Victoria Law Courts on Corporation Street is an incredibly imposing, and stunningly beautiful building. It’s is faced in terracotta made from clay from North Wales. It is Grade I listed and is highly decorated. It may even be the most ornate ...

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The Friday Photo: Great Western Arcade

Posted March 7th, 2014 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments

I love the Great Western Arcade, with numerous independent shops and a great vintage atmosphere, it really is a special Victorian shopping space. The arcade is so called because it was built in 1876 by the Great Western Company. It was built ...

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