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Old August 3rd, 2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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Old Birmingham Pictures

Many of the pictures in the first half of the thread are now blurred but there are still many worthwhile pictures in the second half of the thread.


Seeing as we've had a few pics of Brum from the 70's and early 80's, I thought I'd start a thread on old Birmingham, so we could see what some of our buildings looked like when they were new, and also some of the buildings we've lost over the years.

It is also a good place to discuss 'what might have been...'

I've started with Masons College which stood where the Birmingham Conservatoire is now (I believe). I can't believe they knocked it down

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 05:32 PM   #2
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i would have loved to have seen this building through the eyes of a 1960's planer....they must have hated it!
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 05:52 PM   #3
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I think this thread is going to be using a lot of these and a lot of these Who's going to dig out the pics of the old library?
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 06:14 PM   #4
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There was an interior shot of the old library knocking around on one of our old threads, it looked absolutely stunning
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:16 PM   #5
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I've always liked The Paragon Hotel in Digbeth, built in 1903





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Old August 3rd, 2005, 08:22 PM   #6
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The Woodman pub that used to stand at what is now Paradise Circus was a beautiful building, can someone get a piccy? The beautiful detail of the outside..always wished I could have gone in for a pint...Jesus don't it make ya wanna cry!!
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 08:57 PM   #7
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Don't forget to use your when using this thread, Midge.

Here's a pic that Potto posted on the skyline thread a couple of weeks back. I'll say it again, look at New Street Station
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:13 PM   #8
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I actually have a copy of that print in a frame at home..its very beautiful!
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:41 PM   #9
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I actually have a copy of that print in a frame at home..its very beautiful!
I wouldn't mind something like that myself....where did you get it from Midge?
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:56 PM   #10
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It is a fantastic picture, certainly
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Old August 4th, 2005, 11:40 PM   #11
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could someone post pictures of the old new street please??
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Old August 4th, 2005, 11:50 PM   #12
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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
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Old August 5th, 2005, 01:44 AM   #13
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OH MY GOD THOSE PICTURES ARE STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW!

Never seen such a detailed collection.
Its amazing to think that was the brum my family lived and worked in. Ive no doubt my grandfather was in the Dunlop building when those pics were taken.

Although im slightley disapointed there is no more pics of st.andrews or villa park.

Seeing New st. station and the queensway tunnels being constructed, opened my eyes a bit. I can sort of appriciate what the 60's developers were trying to achieve. the bullring, smallbrook Q-way, the rotunda etc etc all look very modern compared to the dirty war torn city surrounding them.

And what happened to smallbrook Q-way. its much lower now then it was in the 60's!?
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Old August 5th, 2005, 02:01 AM   #14
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wat were they thinking????

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Old August 5th, 2005, 02:10 AM   #15
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That they had to replace a partly destroyed 70 year old station with something affordable and modern. oh yeah and also build some low cost housing at the same time. its ok now to look back now and critisize, but back then it was needed.
The city was in a shocking state, and developers used the best most affordable solution.
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could someone post pictures of the old new street please??
But of course....



This was taken from roughly where the signal box & red-cage car park is (Brunel St?)

I believe this is the original station with the extension on the right. I think I read somewhere that it had the largest span of any iron structure in the world when it was built

I think the new one will hint at this glorious past...
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Old August 5th, 2005, 01:52 PM   #17
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cant wait for the new station to be built its gonna be ace!
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wat were they thinking????

That's an amazing if somewhat depressing pic Woody. It took me a couple of seconds to orientate myself what with there being no Sentinals or CCT. Stephenson tower actually looks better then than it does now!
Am I seeing things or has Old Joe in the top left of the pic got scaffolding up it?
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I wouldn't mind something like that myself....where did you get it from Midge?
..I've had it for years..I think I got it from the old Tourist Office when it was near WHSmiths. Don't know if they still stock it..it looks great.
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Cheers Midge, I might just get my mate to print a copy off for me and stick it in a frame
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