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08 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Moseley Hall Hospital and Moseley Park: Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2016

Back during the Birmingham Heritage Week of September 2016, on the 11th September 2016 I went to Moseley Hall Hospital, starting off at the Dovecote and Cow House. Then walking towards Moseley Hall Hospital. On the open day Moseley Park was open, so didn't need a key (I'm not a resident). In the park I had a look in the Ice House.

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Moseley Hall Hospital and Moseley Park: Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2016





Back during the Birmingham Heritage Week of September 2016, on the 11th September 2016 I went to Moseley Hall Hospital, starting off at the Dovecote and Cow House. Then walking towards Moseley Hall Hospital. On the open day Moseley Park was open, so didn't need a key (I'm not a resident). In the park I had a look in the Ice House.


Walking down from Kings Heath along the Alcester Road, I entered via the service road to Moseley Hall Hospital, and sat on a bench until the Dovecote and Cow House were opened, sometime after 2pm on Sunday 11th September 2016.

The estate was farmland back in the 18th century surrounding Moseley Hall. Eventually the land was sold to the City of Birmingham and housing built around the estate.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the Moseley estate ended up with the Grevis family who rebuilt the hall in the early 1600s. In 1768 it was sold to the banker John Taylor, His son John built a new house in the plain classical style. In 1889 the estate was sold to Richard Cadbury of the chocolate making family. In 1891 Cadbury presented Moseley Hall to the City of Birmingham. It is now a NHS community hospital.

The Dovecote

The Dovecote is a Grade II listed building. Made of brick, tiled roof with wooden lantern and finial. It dates to the 18th century. I had a look around outside before it opened.

You head up some wooden steps and then you can have a look inside. This was the first building I went up shortly after 2pm when they unlocked the door. A look up to the wooden ceiling.

Cow House

The next building I looked at was the Cow House, seen here before they unlocked the door. A Grade II listed building described as the Building to the North East of the Dovecote. Built in the 18th century, brick with a slate roof.

Once the door was unlocked a look at the ground floor. There was also steps up to the area above. Like all places like this, you go up the steps, but have to reverse down them, a bit like in various old mills I've been too. Was various old bits and bobs upstairs.

Moseley Hall Hospital

After the Dovecote and Cow House, I walked down to the old hall, now a hospital. Moseley Hall Hospital is a Grade II listed building. It was built in about 1790. It was Richard Cadbury's home until he gave it to the City to be Children's Home in 1890. Made of Ashlar with a slate roof. Has a porch with 4 pairs of Tuscan columns.

I previously posted the below photo in this post Cadbury Brothers: George and Richard Cadbury.

I did briefly pop inside, but decided there was nothing worth taking photos of, so I next set off for Moseley Park. Saw this side view of Moseley Hall Hospital on the way. Heading down the grass bank to the busy Salisbury Road, was tricky finding somewhere to safely cross the road, before heading through the open gate into the park.

For more photos taken at Moseley Old Hospital, check out my album on Flickr.

The Ice House in Moseley Park

First up a look a the Ice House, the main reason for going into Moseley Park. The Ice House was built in the 18th century to store blocks of ice for Moseley Hall. One of the volunteers said that even ice shipped over from America via the UK's canal system was stored here. Even now, if you put ice down here, it will stay frozen! The Ice House is a Grade II listed building. Dates to the late 18th century, built of brick.

A look inside and down the Ice House. It has a ladder there, but don't think you can go down there. Worth a look though. Subterranean structure under slight earth mound. Domed brick chamber of about 16ft deep.The chamber is, at least partly, of cavity brick construction.

Moseley Pool

At the time I also had a look around the park. One of the many paths and trees here. Leading to the Moseley Pool.

Usually only locals that live in the area with a key would get to see this pool of water. But on the Heritage Open Day, anyone could see it.

Looks so tranquil and peaceful, hard to believe that this is in Moseley! Between Salisbury Road, Alcester Road and Chantry Road.

A Boat House on the Moseley Pool. The gates are on Salisbury Road and Alcester Road. Both are normally locked. They also have music festivals in this park (I've never been).

For more photos taken at Moseley Park, check out my album on Flickr.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Transport
01 Aug 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Evesham Vale Light Railway in the Evesham Country Park (August 2014)

Heading towards Snowshill Manor recently, I was reminded of my visit to the Evesham Country Park in Worcestershire 5 years ago in August 2014, when I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. It's not far from the A435 and A46 route from the Maypole, going past Alcester. At the time was in the country park for a few hours before heading onto Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

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Evesham Vale Light Railway in the Evesham Country Park (August 2014)





Heading towards Snowshill Manor recently, I was reminded of my visit to the Evesham Country Park in Worcestershire 5 years ago in August 2014, when I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. It's not far from the A435 and A46 route from the Maypole, going past Alcester. At the time was in the country park for a few hours before heading onto Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.


Five years ago back in August 2014, was on the way for an outing to Bourton-on-the-Water. We stopped for a few hours in the Evesham Country Park for around 2 and a half hours. While in the park I saw the Evesham Vale Light Railway. If you are in a car or on a coach, you head down the A435 and the A46 from the Maypole in Birmingham, heading down the Hollywood Bypass. On the way you pass Studley, Coughton and Alcester before getting to near Evesham.

For my Bourton-on-the-Water post on BRUM! follow this link BRUM! at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

This place is also home to The Valley Evesham, an outlet shopping park. It's probably changed in the 5 years since I was last there.

 

This sign tells you that you can take the train through the old apple orchards to the picnic and viewing area. You can break your journey any time walking through the countryside before later returning by the train.

Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin with several carriages behind it.

Close up of  Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin (at the front). Here you see it had three carriages behind that you can ride on.

No 2 at the back, then No 8 in the middle. No 1 carriage at the front behind St. Egwin.

Another look at Exmoor 0-4-0STT St. Egwin. It was stationary.

First look at the station with a carriage you can ride on. At the front was Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal. Seen at Twyford Station.

Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal seen in Twyford Station with passengers ready to go.

A close up of Dougal at Twyford Station. Excited kids can't wait to ride this train!

The light steam engine Dougal is now on the way up the lin with several carriages full of passengers behind.

Dougal and the carriages were quite small, maybe half the size of a full size steam locomotive. Also the rail gauge was much smaller.

Close up of Dougal as it passed me on the path I was walking on at the time.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Construction & regeneration
01 Aug 2019 - Stephen Giles
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DID YOU KNOW: ONE Eastside to include a 'public pavilion' garden room!

Community Spirit lives on with plans by Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls for a public pavilion 'garden room' at One Eastside, Birmingham's new 51 story skyscaper.

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DID YOU KNOW: ONE Eastside to include a 'public pavilion' garden room!





Community Spirit lives on with plans by Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls for a public pavilion 'garden room' at One Eastside, Birmingham's new 51 story skyscaper.


Birmingham is getting a 51-storey skyscraper. 

But did you know there used to be a Victorian pub on the west corner of the site? 

Court Collaboration and Glancy Nicholls Architects plan to create a public pavilion 'garden room' on its footprint.

It was said to be in the same ilk as other local pubs still standing today, such as The Woodman in Eastside and The Craven Arms on Upper Gough Street.  

Unfortunately though, it's long demolished following WW2.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT LIVES ON

Using historical map data, it has been scaled and positioned exactly as it used to sit, with geometry used to divide the spaces into compartment style ‘rooms’.

A bar (represented as seating) spans the compartments serving all areas of the pavilion.

It will have the potential to provide exhibition space for the nearby university and of course be used by communities within the area. 

Historical map data: Picture by Glancy Nicholls Architects

Latest plans:

Artist Impressions by Glancy Nicholls Architects

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Transport
30 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018

I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.

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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018





I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.


The other bus garage near to where I am is in Yardley Wood (Acocks Green is closer). It is on the Yardley Wood Road, close to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Bus routes such as the 2, 3 and 18 stop nearby to here.

Birmingham City Transport opened the garage here on 9th November 1938. It is now operated by National Express West Midlands. They are home to the world famous number 50 bus route.

For my post at Acocks Green follow this link A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013.

For the vintage bus ride I took from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood bus garages please follow this link Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013.

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day: October 2013

That year I got to the bus garage by catching a vintage bus from Acocks Green Bus Garage (link to post above). On this occasion the bus garage was celebrating it's 75th birthday (was easier that year to hold two bus garage open days on one day).

900 - Private - West Midlands Travel - Timesaver - D912 NDA

18B - Cotteridge - Birmingham City Transport - MOF 9

18 - Garage - WM Travel - JOV 613P

16 - Hamstead Green Lane via Hockley - WM Travel - DOC 26V
 402 - Bloomfield Central Avenue via West Bromwich - WM Travel - WDA 956T

383 - Hitchin - Willian Walsworth - London Transport - RF627

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day - November 2018

For this open day I caught a regular NXWM bus towards the bus garage. On this occasion it was the 80th birthday of the bus garage. I wasn't able to go to the last Acocks Green bus garage open day which I think was held in June 2018.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82

I rode this bus during September 2018: Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018.

Also see this post: Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre.

Globetrotter - RS-Recovery - 300 movie livery.

(These both later left the garage, the bus taking passengers on a tour - I saw it on the Alcester Road South and the recovery vehicle probably to rescue a broken down bus somewhere).

WM Travel - 74 to Wednesbury via Wednesbury - NOC 600R - 6600

Travel West Midlands - 45 to Kings Norton via Pershore Road - 2811 - B811 AOP

National Express Health Buzz - Faye - C8 NEX

Pippa The Ten-Ton Bus of Fun - Special XX - Yellow Buses - MFX 169W

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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History & heritage
26 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail

Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.

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Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail





Most of the time I see the Coventry Evening Telegraph van used by the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during the weeks that they have graduations on. Such as in April or July. I once also saw it over at the Tyseley Locomotive Works during an open day I went to. Reg no: H1 CET. Bonus photo at the end of a Birmingham Mail van once spotted in the Austin Village, Northfield.


I first noticed the Coventry Evening Telegraph van for the Birmingham Mail at Aston University during July 2017. That week was the graduation week, where they put up a marquee on the lawn, and have Johnsons coaches to take graduates and their families to Birmingham Town Hall.

Graduates can get a copy of the paper and their name in the Birmingham Mail of the list of Aston University graduates. This was also July 2017.

In the years since, keep seeing it on campus, and kept resisting taking more photos of it. Took a new photo of it during the July 2019 graduation week. On the hottest July day of the year so far! Was hitting 33°C as I went through the campus.

I've also see it at the Tyseley Locomotive Works. This was during the September 2018 open day, when Vintage Trains was celebrating 50 years of the museum and works being open. Here the Birmingham Mail were giving out goody bags.

Bonus photo taken during April 2012 in the Austin Village near Northfield. When I saw this old The Birmingham Mail van. For G. & H. Purcell Newsagents & Tobacconists. Licence plate no: HPG 98.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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