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King+Edward+VI+Camp+Hill+Schools+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys was founded at Camp Hill in 1883. Shortly afterwards it was joined by the girls school. The schools relocated to Kings Heath in the mid to late 1950s.

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King Edward VI Five Ways School - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward VI Five Ways School  was originally founded at Five Ways in 1883, but relocated to a site in Bartley Green in 1958 (near Bartley Reservoir), about 5 to 7 miles away.

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Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward's School was a boys grammar school founded at New Street in 1552, they moved to Edgbaston in 1936. King Edward VI High School for Girls founded 1883 and moved 1940.

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St George's Church, Edgbaston - Culture, history and faith

St George's Church is situated at Westbourne Crescent in Edgbaston. Built in three phases from 1836 until 1885. Now Grade II listed. Noted for the architects Scoles, Edge and Chatwin.

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The former Harborne Fire Station - A Birmingham Gem!

A Grade II listed building in Harborne, built in 1907. It was formerly Harborne Fire Station, but now it is just flats or apartments. At Gordon Road near Rose Road in Harborne.

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The former Holy Trinity Church at Camp Hill - A Birmingham Gem!

Situated in Camp Hill, Birmingham is the former Holy Trinity Church. Grade II listed, built 1820-22, designed by Francis Goodwin. Sadly it has been closed for decades.

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Coughton Court - National Trust - A Warwickshire Historic Gem!

Coughton Court is an English Tudor country house located between Studley and Alcester in Warwickshire. The Throckmorton family have lived here since 1409. In the National Trust from 1946.

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The Brandwood Tunnel - a Historic Gem!

The Brandwood Tunnel is on the Stratford-on-Avon Canal near Brandwood in South Birmingham (between Kings Heath & Kings Norton). It opened in 1802 and is over 300 metres long.

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Holliday Street Aqueduct - a Canal Network Gem!

The Holliday Street Aqueduct is on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and built in 1870. It is now close to The Mailbox, Arena Central and Gas Street Basin. Grade II listed.

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Summerfield Police Station - A Birmingham Gem!

Summerfield Police Station was a former police station on the Dudley Road in Summerfield, Birmingham, near Summerfield Park. They moved to Icknield Port Road.

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The Bank, 22a Great Hampton Street (Formerly Lloyds Bank), Birmingham - Placemaking with community

The former Lloyds Bank building at 22a Great Hampton Street is being renovated by Cordia Blackswan, specilaists in the restoration of historic buildings.

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Packwood House - National Trust - A Warwickshire Historic Gem!

Packwood House is a National Trust property in Warwickshire, close to Lapworth and Solihull. They bought it from the Ash family in 1941. A Grade I listed building with gardens.

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St Martin in the Bullring - A Birmingham Gem!

The church, known as St Martin in the Bullring, is a Grade II* listed building in what is now called St Martin’s Square. A Victorian church with 13th century origins.

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Coventry Register Office part of which was the Gatehouse of Cheylesmore Manor - A Coventry Gem!

The Gatehouse of Cheylesmore Manor now forms part of Coventry Register Office. It is all that remains of a Royal Palace that belonged to the Black Prince, dating back to the 14th Century.

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Weekin Works, Harborne - A Birmingham Gem!

The Weekin Works is on Park Hill Road next to the Harborne Walkway in Harborne. Formerly the site of the Chad Vally toy car factory, in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Roundhouse Birmingham - A City Gem!

The Roundhouse was built for the London and North Western Railway as a mineral and coal wharf in 1874, on the Birmingham Canal Navigations Mainline near Sheepcote Street.

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Coventry Cathedral - Culture, history and faith

The ruined Coventry Cathedral was built between the 14th & 15th centuries, but destroyed during the Coventry Blitz in 1940. The new cathedral was built next to it from 1956 to 1962.

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Rowheath Pavillion, Bournville - A thriving heart of community

Coming soon!

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Large+follies+to+small+garden+shell+grottos+-+Birmingham%27s+hidden+gems!
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Large follies to small garden shell grottos - Birmingham's hidden gems!

Cities can often throw up some magical historical gems and Birmingham is a great example. Here we look at follies and shell grottos that have survived the city's amazing growth.

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Wolverhampton Low Level - a former railway station in Wolverhampton!

Below Wolverhampton Station (formerly Wolverhampton High Level) is the former Wolverhampton Low Level. Opened in 1854 as Wolverhampton Joint, renamed in 1856. Closed in 1972 to passengers.

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Stratford House, Highgate - A Birmingham Gem!

Stratford House is a Grade II* listed building on Stratford Place, between Moseley Road and New Moseley Road, and near Highgate Middleway. Built in 1601 for Ambrose and Bridget Rotton.

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Hay Hall, Tyseley - A hidden Birmingham Gem!

Hidden away around the corner from the tip in Tyseley is Hay Hall on Redfern Road. A Grade II listed building and a former sub-manor house of the Este family of Yardley.

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Cobb's Engine House and Chimney - an Historical Gem!

Cobb's Engine House and Chimney in the Black Country is also known as the Windmill End Pumping Station and dates back to 1831. 

 

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St. Edburgha's Church, Yardley - Culture, history and faith

St Edburgha's Church is situated in Old Yardley Village. A Grade I listed building of 13th Century origin, but mostly of the 14th and 15th Centuries. Including monument to Henry Greswolde.

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St Laurence's Church, Northfield - Culture, history and faith

St Laurence's Church is a Grade I listed parish church in Northfield that dates to the 12th Century. Located in a conservation area near the Great Stone Inn and Village Pound.

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