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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:03 AM   #121
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I feel sick.

This is what they knocked down to build the (now demolished) bingo on Bath Row.

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the offices of Davenports Brewery:

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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:20 AM   #122
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Never seen that Davenports Builiding before, hmmm.. Not the best move was it?

Also from another thread:



Anyone wanna guess where this was?

Hint it's on another thread with titled with the answer!
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Old December 21st, 2005, 11:38 AM   #123
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I feel sick.

This is what they knocked down to build the (now demolished) bingo on Bath Row.

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the offices of Davenports Brewery:

that was beautiful, but maybe it was knocked down as it werent fit for use, who was responsible for deciding to knock these buildings down
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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:29 PM   #124
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This is the best bit - the College of Food bought the site, knocked it down (the whole brewery) and sold some of the land off (for a bingo) and retained some for student flats.

Why not sell the brewery bit off to the bingo and retain this for the flats? The old hospital was kept for flats!

Sheer madness. Does anyone remember the bridge that used to cross Bath Row?
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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:56 PM   #125
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The Davenports Brewery was closed around 1986 after being taken over by Greenhall Whitley of Warrington. The brewery was demolished shortly afterwards.
Davenports were famous for their "Beer at Home" and used to deliver door to door although they had around 200 tied houses in the Midlands.
It's tragic that B'ham no longer has a single brewery to it's name.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 01:02 PM   #126
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That's "progress".

There are small breweries in Brum - such as Aston Manor (who brew Davenports ale now) but no major ones. Brum used to be such an important brewing city too. Cape Hill & Bath Row were major producers - any others?

Since Cape Hill stopped extracting water from the local aquifer I hear there have been problems with localised flooding where the water table surfaces. That'll teach 'em!
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:08 PM   #127
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I am a new user, couldn't help see Davenport's, I use to work for them in the 70's and spent many a good time, I would love to see more pics and if anybody has memories, I am ashamed to say I have the original song from the advert on a floppy promotional disc(I know sad bugger comes to mind) I found this site today and can't leave it alone, thanks to everyone for contributing, regards
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:12 PM   #128
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Welcome Pete!
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:32 PM   #129
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Thank you , best thing I have done today, oh other drink a beer
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #130
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I'm so glad this thread got resurrected, there are some amazing pics here.

But, jesus fecking christ, doesn't it make you *weep* when you see some of the awesome buildings they knocked down?

I feel very depressed now!
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Old April 11th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #131
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Hello there Pete - glad you like the forum
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Old April 11th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #132
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Old April 11th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #133
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Anyone fancy doing this at New Street now?
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Old April 11th, 2006, 11:14 PM   #134
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i saw that picture of snow hill a while back and to tell you the truth ive never worked up the courage to look at it again. its too depressing to see what an amazing building they knocked down. i remember talking about it with my nan (an aston gal). she would just shake her head and mutter things under her breath
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Old April 11th, 2006, 11:43 PM   #135
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So what buildings are they knocking down now, or in the future will we be looking back in horror?

Natwest Building? Library?

I really miss the Vomit stain/Rocket exploding into space from the side of that Andaluck, er.. that one in 5 ways.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 01:21 AM   #136
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Auchinleck House to you squire, lover of all things ugly and shit-coloured....
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Old April 12th, 2006, 10:43 AM   #137
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I liked the sick on the side of Auchinleck House. Pity they covered it up. The rest of it was a dump though and it generally looks better now. The fact they are doing nothing with the square suggests it is up for wholsale redevelopment - after all Bakers is empty so there are only a few shops to get rid of.

There used to be another building that had sick on the side (blue if I remember rightly) but I can't think where...
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Old April 12th, 2006, 10:47 AM   #138
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And that strange statue of Baydon-Powell, stuck in the middle of a very 60s (50?) Square, Scouting for Boy, and all that.

Very odd place to come across it...


edited to add: (ooh, on subject!) I just saw a picture of the old New Street Station/Queens Hotel, it looks like Glasgow Central, how depressing.

Sorry, I've no Scanner to hand...
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Old April 12th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #139
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What a great thread. Does anyone have any pictures of the facade of old New Street? I love the tram lines they should still be everywhere they're wicked. It's pretty weird for me to think that when all these great old buildings were built my town didn't even have a town centre, actually its debatable as to whether it has one now. My god i love Birmingham.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 12:36 PM   #140
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I like the old mosaic murals too. They were by Trewin Copplestone and there's some stuff about them on here.
http://pmsa.cch.kcl.ac.uk/BM/WMbiBIxx089.htm
http://www.trewincopplestone.com/about.aspx The old boy himself

It's probably by a well respected artist but I can't believe the shit they've covered the big one up with. I used to drive round Fiveways everyday and often thought the 'new art' looked like the cover of a menu from a shit chainy restaurant.

The Statue is of Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck not Baden Powell and was commisioned by the Developer or Main contractor (Can't remember which) as they had served under him in the Second World War.

http://pmsa.cch.kcl.ac.uk/BM/WMbiBIxx106.htm and link to photograph
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk...auchinleck.htm
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