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Old July 11th, 2019, 09:04 PM   #1661
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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 August 1st, 2019, 10:13 PM   #1662
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View of Icknield Port Loop and Edgbaston Reservoir.

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The other striking feature of this stretch of canal is the busy railway line which runs alongside it. Once again, I'm surprised there has been no proposal for a new station to serve the extensive new housing developments underway and planned in the area.

Maybe one might be included in the Ladywood regeneration strategy? Adjoining the ring road bridge (near the new leisure centre) would seem a likely location.
You might already know, there was a station on the ring road called Monument Lane Station. It's in the lower left-hand corner of the image (a lot more industry back then!).



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Old August 26th, 2019, 09:15 PM   #1663
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Old August 26th, 2019, 09:40 PM   #1664
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Old Birmingham Pictures

Anyone who still claims that Brum was better back then are either lying or on copious amount of drugs.

I worked and drunk in town when this was made & it was as grim as that flick!

The nightlife was pretty naff - mainly catering for townies - and it was mostly dead by 11pm - grotty subways only added to the dismal vibe.

Thank god for Snobs and a wonderful old wine bar called Alberts that at least catered for us more alternative/indie types.

Brums a million times better now - I bet the people that moan about it these days haven’t visited since the 1964 when for a brief moment the previous Bullring was decent for a couple of years.

Proud to see the city has moved on - the catalyst being the Convention Centre which they captured at the start of its construction in this flick.
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Anyone who still claims that Brum was better back then are either lying or on copious amount of drugs.

I worked and drunk in town when this was made & it was as grim as that flick!

The nightlife was pretty naff - mainly catering for townies - and it was mostly dead by 11pm - grotty subways only added to the dismal vibe.

Thank god for Snobs and a wonderful old wine bar called Alberts that at least catered for us more alternative/indie types.

Brums a million times better now - I bet the people that moan about it these days haven’t visited since the 1964 when for a brief moment the previous Bullring was decent for a couple of years.

Proud to see the city has moved on - the catalyst being the Convention Centre which they captured at the start of its construction in this flick.
Agree, watching that it's not hard to see why brum gained a bad reputation, shame its still trying to shake that off because most people still see that!
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Old August 27th, 2019, 04:40 PM   #1666
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Not a picture but whilst trawling through some of the conservation area documents, I came across a plan from 1969 for a conservation area around Broad Street and St Peters Place. The document notes many buildings of interest (most of which are now demolished) and how the aspiration was to have Broad Street as a 19th Century museum complete with gas lamps, bollards and horse troughs.

I had never heard of this before and it sounds like Broad Street may have been the precursor to the Black Country Museum!
The document is here if anybody would like a further look
http://https://www.birmingham.gov.uk...gnation_report
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Old August 27th, 2019, 06:02 PM   #1667
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Old Birmingham Pictures

i couldn’t get to it via the link above but hopefully this will do - a bit hard to read on an iPhone!

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downlo...ion_report.pdf

Pages 13-16 refer - looks like it was planned to link up to the ‘civic centre’ which due to various reasons didn’t quite realise Madins original vision.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 10:20 PM   #1668
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OMG ��. I lived here’s then and had just come back to the city to study at Birmingham Poly. I drove all those roads.....what a shocking dump the city looked. It’s a good job the city has the blood, guts and strength of spirit it has got because despite the best efforts of Manzoni and his cronies to kick the sh!t out the place we came out fighting.

Thank you Sir Richard Knowles. You can be proud of your legacy.
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Old August 28th, 2019, 02:47 AM   #1669
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Nice find Bachy. It's amazing how you forget some of the buildings that have been long gone, as though they were never there in the first place.
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The real Peaky Blinders scenes that show an unvarnished view of the poverty stricken streets of bleak Edwardian Birmingham.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7481163/The-real-Peaky-Blinders-scenes-unvarnished-view-Edwardian-Birmingham.html
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What's a 2000s Ford Mondeo doing in an "old photo"?
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I'm afraid the secret is out. It's a time travelling car Butters.
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What's a 2000s Ford Mondeo doing in an "old photo"?
You have found a time machine.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 01:40 AM   #1674
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There's some great photos in the early pages of this thread but many of them have become blurred.


Can people who are able to, repost those early photos in the 'Old Birmingham Pictures 2' thread please? Seems a pity to lose them.
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Old October 12th, 2019, 12:36 AM   #1675
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A photo taken from a platform at Birmingham New Street with the Rotunda being built in the background.



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Old October 12th, 2019, 04:14 PM   #1676
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I'm really looking forward to people reposting the lost/blurred photos in the earlier part of this thread.
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This link isn't working anymore but it appears to have had some corking pictures. don't know whether someone can post a new link to the site.


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Guess this link went with the hacker... http://62.105.110.193/extras/public.bhtml?library=10032 - great source of pics from the 50's/60's

It looks like the pictures in the posts below were from the site.
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A much higher Smallbrook q-way!?


M6?


Godskithen wasnt quite the same in the 50's


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Stephonson tower looking tall!!!
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Nechells Power Station






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Old October 12th, 2019, 04:39 PM   #1680
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Newtown 1967. Got a feeling this was a Phyllis Nicklin photo.






Dale End 1960






Bradford Street 1954

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