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Old July 9th, 2019, 06:06 PM   #1
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BIRMINGHAM | The Heart of England

Hi ladies and gentleman,

Here's a picture thread about the wonderful big booming city of Birmingham, in the West Midlands.

A thriving city with a new found swagger. The beating heart of the U.K.

Get those pics in!!
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Old July 11th, 2019, 09:04 PM   #2
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Birmingham City Council House in Birmingham, England, is the home of Birmingham City Council, and thus the seat of local government for the city. It provides office accommodation for both employed council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected council members, plus the council chamber, Lord Mayor's Suite, committee rooms and a large and ornate banqueting suite, complete with minstrel's gallery. The first-floor's exterior balcony is used by visiting dignitaries and victorious sports teams, to address crowds assembled below.

It is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] (Birmingham Town Hall is a separate building, built and used as a concert venue, and is of greater architectural significance, being listed Grade I.) The Council House has its own postcode, B1 1BB.

The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery which is partly housed within the same building.

The open space which is now Victoria Square was once occupied by Christ Church (built 1805–13, demolished 1899 to be replaced by shops and offices – the Christ Church Buildings, themselves demolished 1970).

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Old July 12th, 2019, 12:37 AM   #3
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South west Birmingham looking towards the city centre


Looking from Broad Street towards the Cube


Town Hall


Centenary Square


Victoria Square


Beetham Tower and Centre City Tower




Council House


St Chad's Cathedral and 3 Snow Hill




The Grand


Colmore Row


Hotel Du Vin
IMG_20181130_134423 by Tomas Grunt, on Flickr

Custard Factory
IMG_20181005_182015 by Tomas Grunt, on Flickr

One Chamberlain Square


Selfridges and St Martin's Church


Church Street Square
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Looking towards Great Charles Street
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Birmingham School Of Art
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Hall of Memory - Library Of Birmingham - Baskerville House
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Colmore Row in the Autumn
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Moor Street Station & Selfridges
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X, absolutely love that old picture of the Council House. Never seen it before, when was it taken?
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Old July 20th, 2019, 07:40 PM   #5
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No. 8 Bennetts Hill/11–12 Waterloo Street: the former National Provincial Bank of England; now the "Lost & Found" bar and restaurant. A Grade II* listed building,[5] built in 1869–70 to designs by John Gibson (with porch dome and sculptures and a roof-top early coat of arms of Birmingham by S. F. Lynn)

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Old July 20th, 2019, 09:13 PM   #6
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The Jewellery Quarter is an area of central Birmingham, UK. Situated in the north western area of Birmingham City Centre, there is a population of around 19,000 peoplE in a 1.07-square-kilometre (264-acre) area.

The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. It is also home to the world's largest Assay Office, which hallmarks around 12 million items a year. Historically the Jewellery Quarter has been the birthplace of many pioneering advancements in industrial technology.

At its peak in the early 1900s the Jewellery Quarter employed over 30,000 people, however due to foreign competition and lack of demand, the industry declined throughout the 20th century. The area is now being transformed into an urban village and hub for creative businesses, whilst maintaining its urban fabric. Its historical importance has led to numerous conservation schemes and it is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.



























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X, absolutely love that old picture of the Council House. Never seen it before, when was it taken?
Hazarding a guess based on what is depicted and the overall quality of the photo (acknowledging heavy sun exposure), I'd say 1880s.
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My guess for the Council House photo, and it was a guess, was around 1900-1910.
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Excellent set of photos X for the Jewellery Quarter. Love the first photo especially.
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Old July 27th, 2019, 09:32 PM   #10
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Digbeth is an area of Central Birmingham, England. Following the destruction of the Inner Ring Road, Digbeth is now considered a district within Birmingham City Centre. As part of the Big City Plan, Digbeth is undergoing a large redevelopment scheme that will regenerate the old industrial buildings into apartments, retail premises, offices and arts facilities. There is still however much industrial activity in the south of the area. As part of the plans Digbeth Coach Station has also been redeveloped and renamed Birmingham Coach Station.

The modern site of Digbeth was first settled upon in the 7th century. Historically the land to the west of the river was in the parish of Birmingham. This is Digbeth. The land to the east was in the more significant parish of Aston, and is called Deritend. Birmingham's oldest secular building, The Old Crown, is there.

The area around Digbeth and Deritend was the first centre of industry in Birmingham and became one of the most heavily industrialised areas in the town. This may have been due to Henry Bradford who in 1767 donated land on Bradford Street to anyone willing to establish a trade there. The street soon prospered and there were over twenty public houses on it catering to its workers. Today there are just three; the Adam & Eve, The White Swan and The Anchor.

The amount of manufacturing in Digbeth made it of national importance. Industry was attracted to the area as a result of the supply of water from the River Rea and from the natural springs in the area. Digbeth was accessed by the Grand Union Canal and the Digbeth Branch Canal in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
























The Future for Digbeth





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Hopefully, with all that is currently proposed in Digbeth, we'll finally see the area take off in the next decade. Regenerating the area has been talked about since the late 1980s but the potential has not yet been realised. I look forward to seeing that change materialise in the coming years.
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The former Birmingham Banking Company building; later Midland Bank; now the "Cosy Club". Built in 1830–31 to neoclassical designs by Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson; with additions, notably the rounded corner linking the two porticoes, supplied by Yeoville Thomason in 1877. An extension at no. 33 Bennetts Hill was designed by Harris & Martin in 1881–4.

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Another hidden gem in Birmingham that people often forget about.
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St Thomas' Peace Garden (aka the Peace Gardens) is a small public park in Birmingham, England, designated as a monument to peace and a memorial to all those killed in armed conflict.

The Peace Gardens were designed around the tower and west porticos of St Thomas's Church, Bath Row, which was half demolished in the Birmingham Blitz in 1940 and never restored. The grounds were laid out in 1955 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. They were redesigned in 1995 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. When the world leaders came to Birmingham for the G8 summit in 1998, each planted a tree. Each premier chose a tree that most represented their respective countries and they are now a living symbol of peace. Although the Peace Garden is within St Thomas' grounds this is a site that is for everyone including the ever-growing numbers of non-religious people of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the world.





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The Hall of Memory in Centenary Square, Birmingham, England, designed by S. N. Cooke and W. N. Twist, is a war memorial erected 1922–25, by John Barnsley and Son, to commemorate the 12,320 Birmingham citizens who died in World War I.

Built directly over a filled-in canal basin of Gibson's Arm, it was the first structure in an area (now occupied by Centenary Square and the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall) purchased by the council for the creation of a grand civic scheme to include new council offices, the mayor's residence, a public library, and a concert hall. The scheme was abandoned after the commencement of World War II with only half of the planned Baskerville House having been built.


Bronze statues by Albert Toft
Made from Portland stone, from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, the foundation stone was laid by the Prince of Wales on 12 June 1923 and it was opened by Prince Arthur of Connaught on 4 July 1925 to a crowd of 30,000. Construction had cost £60,000 and was funded through public donations.The four statues around the exterior are by local artist Albert Toft. They represent the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and Women's Services.





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Peaky Blinders mania puts Birmingham on the global 'screen tourism' map.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...n-tourism-boom


Not only does the show make great TV, but it's an economic boon for Birmingham and the surrounding towns.
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The Peaky Blinders effect : Baby names, tourism and fashion.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49548120
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Birmingham's real Peaky Blinders.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-24047750
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Fancy a cheeky pint with the Peaky Blinders. Show's creator to reopen gangsters' pub in real life. The Garrison should become a major tourist attraction for fans of the show.

www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7439557/Shows-creator-reopen-Peaky-Blinders-pub-real-life.html
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'Retro but contemporary' : Inside the Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival.


www.musicweek.com/live/read/retro-but-contemporary-inside-the-legitimate-peaky-blinders-festival/077405
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