Go Popular Tags

Posts

Let our community keep you entertained with regular articles that they would like to share with you.

Search our posts by passion or by type of post to find what you are looking for.

Elliott Brown Classic Architecture
08 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Old Joe back with clock hands over the Christmas - New Year holidays end of 2021

The University of Birmingham campus was very quiet during the last week of 2021. Elliott caught the no 76 bus up to the Edgbaston Campus to check out Old Joe (aka Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower), now with the clock hands reinstated on all sides, and with the mechanisms working, the clock even rung / bonged while on the campus. Happy New Year 2022. 

View feature View community

Old Joe back with clock hands over the Christmas - New Year holidays end of 2021





The University of Birmingham campus was very quiet during the last week of 2021. Elliott caught the no 76 bus up to the Edgbaston Campus to check out Old Joe (aka Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower), now with the clock hands reinstated on all sides, and with the mechanisms working, the clock even rung / bonged while on the campus. Happy New Year 2022. 


Getting off the no 76 bus on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak (Bournbrook close to the University of Birmingham), near The Goose at the OVT put. Could see Old Joe to the right near Grange Road. I headed right to the South Gate. It was the Boxing Day Bank Holiday Tuesday, 28th December 2021 (the actual Boxing Day fell on a Sunday).

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Goose OVT Old Joe 28122021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

The view of Old Joe (Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower), zoomed in from Bristol Road over Grange Road in Selly Oak.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Heading through the South Gate, noticed the Costa Coffee at the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness was closed (yet to go to this Costa), then headed past the Guild of Students building towards the East Gate. Not only are the clock hands back on, but they are reading the correct time.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Near the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the East Gate, and close to Edgbaston Park Road. The campus was really quiet, not many people around.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Now on Pritchatts Road, heading past the North Gate and the Green Heart.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Usually coaches park at this semi circle, but non during the inter Christmas - New Year period.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

A look at Old Joe through the gate on the left.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

And through the gate on the right.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

One last view of Old Joe from the Green Heart, with the Main Library and Teaching & Learning Building on the right.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Heading down to check out the progress of the rebuilding of University Station, one last view of Old Joe taken from Vincent Drive. Evergreen tree on the right looked like a Christmas tree with no decorations on it.

dndimg alt="Old Joe" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Old Joe UoB 28122021 (9).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
100 passion points
Elliott Brown Squares and public spaces
18 Nov 2021 - Elliott Brown
News & Updates

Christmas Markets and Ice Skate Birmingham are back in 2021

Ice Skate Birmingham is back in Centenary Square and is open from 4th November 2021 to 9th January 2022

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is back in Victoria Square and is open from 4th November to 23 December 2021.

Christmas in Cathedral Square is open in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral from 17th November to 19th December 2021.

View feature View community

Christmas Markets and Ice Skate Birmingham are back in 2021





Ice Skate Birmingham is back in Centenary Square and is open from 4th November 2021 to 9th January 2022

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is back in Victoria Square and is open from 4th November to 23 December 2021.

Christmas in Cathedral Square is open in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral from 17th November to 19th December 2021.


Ice Skate Birmingham

Ice Skate Birmingham opened in Centenary Square, on the 4th November 2021, and will remain open until 9th January 2022. 

dndimg alt="Ice Skate Birmingham" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Ice Skate Bham Centenary Sq 16102021 (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Ice Skate Birmingham" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Ice Skate Bham Centenary Sq 13112021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Ice Skate Birmingham" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Ice Skate Bham Centenary Sq 13112021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Ice Skate Birmingham" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Ice Skate Bham Centenary Sq 13112021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market has returned to Victoria Square (and New Street). As well as Bob Wilson's Carousel. It opened on the 4th November 2021, and will close on the 23rd December 2021.

It's a little bit smaller this time around and no Floozie which has been removed for repairs.

dndimg alt="BFCM" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BFCM Vic Sq 23102021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="BFCM" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BFCM Vic Sq 23102021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="BFCM" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BFCM Vic Sq 23102021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="BFCM" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BFCM Vic Sq 23102021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Christmas in Cathedral Square

Taking place in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip's Cathedral) from the 17th November to the 19th December 2021 is Christmas in Cathedral Square featuring Christmas market stalls, a pub called Pigeon in the Park and a helter skeler.

Hours before the Christmas Market opened on 17th November 2021, the view below taken from Temple Row.

dndimg alt="Christmas in Cathedral Square" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Xmas Cath Sq 17112021.JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
80 passion points
Elliott Brown Classic Architecture
17 Oct 2021 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House - enjoy our visit shared with you!

The purpose built Bournville Quaker Meeting House on Lindon Road, Bournville was completed in 1905 to the designs of William Alexander Harvey as part of the Bournville Village Trust, a Trust created by the Cadbury family.

Enjoy this article and photography with us.

View feature View community

Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House - enjoy our visit shared with you!





The purpose built Bournville Quaker Meeting House on Lindon Road, Bournville was completed in 1905 to the designs of William Alexander Harvey as part of the Bournville Village Trust, a Trust created by the Cadbury family.

Enjoy this article and photography with us.


In 1879, Cadbury's relocated their factory from central Birmingham to their new site to the south of the city, now known as Bournville Village.

Following the opening of the new factory in 1879, George Cadbury built a number of houses for key workers close to the factory.

The Bournville Village Trust was established in 1900 and the purpose built Quaker Meeting House was built in 1905 to the designs of William Alexander Harvey.

Internal changes to the meeting room carried out in 1935 included the removal of the rostrum; the replacement of a platform; and the removal of panelling within the arch of the south hall.

An extension was built in 1960 for a children's room with a smaller library and cloakrooms. This was designed by Selby Clewer, the chief architect of the Bournville Village Trust. The library was opened in 1988 to make a lobby area, and the main hall was re-roofed, internal front doors were added, and ancillary facilities were reconfigured.

You enter the House through the green doors.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

As you go in to the building there is a pair of black and white portrait photographs of Dame Elizabeth Cadbury (1858 - 1951) and her husband George Cadbury (1839 - 1922).

Outside of the Friends Meeting House is a bronze bust of George and his ashes were buried there following his death.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

There is also a plaque to celebrate the planting of a Cedar Tree outside the buiding on the 24th June 1948 by Elizabeth Mary Cadbury during the year of her 90th birthday. This has now grown into the tree that is wrapped with Christmas lights between November and January each year.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The house is a magnificent space similar in design to Bournville Village Primary School which was also designed by architect William Alexander Harvey.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

A roll of memory contains some of the Cadbury family and a number of other Quaker's who have passed away.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

A wonderful organ and clock can be found above the door.

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (9).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Outside is the Cedar Tree, on this occasion used to announce "Quakers for Climate Justice".

dndimg alt="Bournville Quaker Friends Meeting House" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT Quaker FMH 11092021 (10).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

We hope you enjoyed our post with greaat photography from Elliott Brown.

More posts and features and a map of City Gems can be found at www.BirminghamGems.com

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
100 passion points
Elliott Brown Classic Architecture
09 Oct 2021 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Bournville Parish Church: St Francis of Assisi - enjoy our visit shared with you!

Bournville Parish Church: St Francis of Assisi was opened in 1925, 3 years after the death of George Cadbury who had always wanted an Anglican church in the Bournville village. The church was designed by William Alexander Harvey. The South Chapel was built in 1966.

Enjoy this post and photography by Elliott Brown taken during Birmingham's Heritage Week (September 2021).

View feature View community

Bournville Parish Church: St Francis of Assisi - enjoy our visit shared with you!





Bournville Parish Church: St Francis of Assisi was opened in 1925, 3 years after the death of George Cadbury who had always wanted an Anglican church in the Bournville village. The church was designed by William Alexander Harvey. The South Chapel was built in 1966.

Enjoy this post and photography by Elliott Brown taken during Birmingham's Heritage Week (September 2021).


The church is located on Linden Road.

Despite being a Quaker, George Cadbury had always wanted an Anglican church to be built in Bournville. The Hall was built in 1913 and the church followed in 1925. 

The South Chapel was opened in 1966 by Laurence and Joyce Cadbury in memory of their children, Julian, Anthea and Lindsay.

Here are some exterior photos of the church.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT BPC St Francis 11092021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT BPC St Francis 11092021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT BPC St Francis 11092021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT BPC St Francis 11092021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Now inside the church.

The ceiling inside St Francis of Assisi Church in Bournville is in the style that William Alexander Harvey was noted for.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (10).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Here is the pulpit inside the church.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Here is the alterpiece inside the church.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Next to the alterpiece is the organ.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

There is a stained glass window in memory of Lt. John Barclay who was killed flying from H.M.S. Seahawk on 11th March 1953, aged just 24.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The South Chapel opened in 1966 by Laurence and Joyce Cadbury in memory of their children, Julian, Anthea and Lindsay (who all sadly died very young).

Alexander Lindsay Aitkin Turner (1927 - 1964) aged 37, Anthea Karen Turner (1936 - 1964) aged 28  and Julian St. John Cadbury (1926 - 1950) aged 24.

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Bournville Parish Church" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BVT PC SFA int 11092021 (9).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

We hope you enjoyed our post.

More posts and features and a map of City Gems can be found at www.BirminghamGems.com

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
70 passion points
Elliott Brown Classic Architecture
02 Oct 2021 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

St Mary's Church, Handsworth - enjoy our visit shared with you!

St.Mary's Church in Handsworth, Birmingham (also known as Handsworth Old Church) is home to the memorial sculptures of James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch. Given its history and the importance it played at the time, it is often referred to as "The Industrial Cathedral of Birmingham". Enjoy this great post from Elliott, a regular Birmingham Gems contributor.

View feature View community

St Mary's Church, Handsworth - enjoy our visit shared with you!





St.Mary's Church in Handsworth, Birmingham (also known as Handsworth Old Church) is home to the memorial sculptures of James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch. Given its history and the importance it played at the time, it is often referred to as "The Industrial Cathedral of Birmingham". Enjoy this great post from Elliott, a regular Birmingham Gems contributor.


During the Birmingham Heritage Week, Elliott went along to visit St Mary's Church in Handsworth, easy to get to on the no 16 bus that takes you to Hamstead Road.

It was quiet inside the Grade II listed Anglican church which is built on ten-acre of grounds, located adjacent to Handsworth Park.

The church is the resting place of famous progenitors of the industrial age, James Watt, William Murdoch and Matthew Boulton and has been described as “the Cathedral of the Industrial Revolution”.

Elliott's been waiting two years to get inside of this church, mainly for the memorials to James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch.

The church has origins back to the 12th and 13th centuries, although what you see today is a complete rebuild from the 19th century. Architects who worked on the building in the 19th century included William Hollins in 1820, Thomas Rickman in 1826 (the South Chapel built in memory of James Watt), and later J A Chatwin from 1876 to 1880. More recently the roof was repaired during 2019 to 2020.

It is a Grade II* listed building.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Church Hwrth ext (Sep 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Church Hwrth ext (Sep 2021) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Church Hwrth ext (Sep 2021) (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Church Hwrth ext (Sep 2021) (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Tour of the interior of St Mary's Church, Handsworth

You enter the church from the side door from the churchyard.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Below stained glass windows is information panels on James Watt and the Industrial Revolution (probably provided by the Birmingham Museums Trust).

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Down here you will find the monuments to Matthew Boulton, William Murdoch (spelt Murdock) and Joseph Grice. The South Chapel on the right leads to the statue of James Watt.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (9).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (10).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The organ.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Here are two examples of stained glass windows at St Mary's Church, Handsworth.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Here's the pulpit.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth int (Sep 2021) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

And a piano.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

There's somewhere to light candles under a colourful cross.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The lecturn resembles golden eagles.

dndimg alt="St Mary's Church Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Monuments

The marble statue of James Watt (1736 - 1819) is located in the South Chapel. It was sculpted by Francis Legatt Chantrey.

This is currently the only place to see a statue of James Watt in Birmingham (the 1866 statue of James Watt formerly at Chamberlain Square by Alexander Munro has been in storage since 2015).

dndimg alt="James Watt St Mary's Handsworth" dndsrc="https://www.birminghamgems.com/uploadedfiles/James Watt St Marys Hwth (Sep 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The Monument to Matthew Boulton (1728 - 1809) is by Flaxman.

dndimg alt="Matthew Boulton St Marys Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Matthew Boulton St Marys Ch Hwrth (Sep 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The Monument to William Murdoch (spelt here as Murdock) (1754 - 1839) was also by Flaxman.

dndimg alt="William Murdock St Marys Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/William Murdock St Marys Ch Hwrth (Sep 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

There is also a marble bust of William Murdoch in the cafe area (just behind a TV). A childrens book about James Watt was on the left.

dndimg alt="William Murdoch" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/William Murdoch St Marys Ch Hwrth (Sep 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Other memorials here include this one to Joseph Grice Esquire.

dndimg alt="Joseph Grice" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Joseph Grice St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Also there is a memorial/monument to Sarah Russell, and later her husband John Russell.

dndimg alt="Sarah Russell" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/S Russell St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Also to be found here are these tombs.  A medieval armoured soldier and below him another one.

dndimg alt="Tomb St Marys Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Tomb St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

There was also this tomb of a couple found close to the area with the monuments to Boulton, Watt & Murdoch.

dndimg alt="Tomb St Marys Handsworth" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Tomb St Marys Hwrth (Sep 2021) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

We hope you enjoyed this informative post and photography.  The full feature on St. Mary's Church can be found HERE.

More posts and features and a map of City Gems can be found at www.BirminghamGems.com

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
90 passion points
Show more