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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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Old Birmingham pictures

I thought we had a thread like this but the closest I could find was the 70's Birmingham thread by Elizabeth Kinoke.

Anyway, the purpose of this thread is for all them old pictures (from the 19th century and early 20th century) of Birmingham. The more interesting ones are the ones where it has been completely transformed.

So here's one for you all. Can anyone guess what is there now (Note: Photo is older than it may actually appear)?

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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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TSB Building?
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Nope, something more well known than that. (Note the Town Hall on the left)
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:54 PM   #4
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you can just see the town hall on the very left edge?
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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hmmm, that rendered my post somewhat unnecessary...

is this now victoria square?
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Not the Council House?


I've seen that picture before, but it's not helping!
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Stephen's got it! This was the site of what is now the council house. All the buildings here have been emptied and prepared for demolition to make way for the building.
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Where was this then? eh?



Or you could just cheat and look at the name of the picture, and follow it back to the web page I just borrowed it from...
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I can recognise it anyway. It is the Bull Ring from the High Street. To the left is New Street.

If this were today, we'd have the Pavillions on our right and Big Top to our left. The building in the foreground with the arches is the Old Cross which was the meeting place in rainy conditions.
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7,000 posts there Erebus!
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Eek! Didn't notice!
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I thought we had a thread like this but the closest I could find was the 70's Birmingham thread by Elizabeth Kinoke.

Anyway, the purpose of this thread is for all them old pictures (from the 19th century and early 20th century) of Birmingham. The more interesting ones are the ones where it has been completely transformed.

So here's one for you all. Can anyone guess what is there now (Note: Photo is older than it may actually appear)?

Any idea who the statue was of?
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Old April 28th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #13
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I think that's Peel, now outside the police trainging place next to Cannon Hill Wildlife place.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #14
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Stephen's got it! This was the site of what is now the council house. All the buildings here have been emptied and prepared for demolition to make way for the building.
Afraid your wrong, was not the council house as you can see from shops position in relation to the town hall in this photograph. This looks like what would become victoria square with the layout behind this being where the council house would be.

Cross checking this pic with one in 'Birmingham's Lost Landmarks on old picture postcards' it would be victoria square as Christ Church was not demolished until 1899, with statue of Peel being on that spot from 1870 to 1926. Just behind these row of shops would be the statue of Queen Victoria and Edward VII with the statue of Edward in turn moved to Highgate park in 1950.
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Afraid your wrong, was not the council house as you can see from shops position in relation to the town hall in this photograph. This looks like what would become victoria square with the layout behind this being where the council house would be.
And you had me thinking i was wrong
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:36 PM   #16
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I think you're right, Feltip.
Assuming the corner of the Town Hall we can see is the north-east (closest to the Art Gallery entrance) then I'd put the Peel statue in about the same location as the Iron Man is now. That would put those houses in the middle of what is now Victoria Square.

Thanks for the picture Erebus. It's fascinating to see what kind of buildings were in this location before the grand Victorian civic buildings. It must have looked bizarre at the time - those small houses look completely out of place next to the majestic Town Hall.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:52 PM   #17
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I got some more pictures for you lot, though these are more north Birmingham.

Sutton Road before the Lyndhurst estate, Erdington:


Bromford Lane, before all the tower blocks and the Aston Expressway etc:


A fascinating picture of Salford Bridge (which is now part of the Spaghetti Junction):


Perry Bridge:


Erdington Race Course (aka. Birmingham Race Course - no longer exists):


Erdington Station (obviously Health and Safety was not a priority back then ) :
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Old May 1st, 2007, 08:07 PM   #18
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wow! so interesting looking at pics like that. lyndhurst estate looks nice there lol the road is so big
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 12:58 AM   #19
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i can't recognise a thing on that Bromford Lane pic
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:41 PM   #20
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Fantastic photos! There is already an "Old Birmingham" thread in existence containing some fantastic images of yesteryear - at one time it was the most popular thread on here, I'll just see if I can dig it up and stick a link onto here.
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