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The tall building in this picture of Congreve (formerly Friday St) is a strong contender for the building shown in outline, I think. It would be interesting to know what it was, particularly as we have so little information on Georgian Congreve / Friday St. Without a close up of the tall building however it is difficult to tell when it was built.
Looking at the 1839 map , before the council house has been built, and also the 1890 !:500 map below in conjunction with the photo , the angle of the town Hall would indicate to me that the building is the first one on Congeve st after Edmund St, that is on the corner. The 1890 map shows it as the Bell Vue Commercial Temperance hotel .
What does this building contend for? The town Hall would appear taller with lower buildings in front of it and it appears to be the right shape and in the right position. Bear in mind that Ann Street completely dissappeared and became part of the square so that Colmore Row continued would be straighter and open visually onto the side columns of the Town Hall. The perspective is completely wrong to include the hotel just mentioned.
I'm now confused about the building that is being discussed in the last few posts - is it the one that is in #103? If so, then surely the Town Hall is on the left, Allins on the right and the Temperance Hotel that Mike mentions straight ahead?
[#1 shows another picture, taken looking along Ann St where the Town Hall is looming in the background]
My post 105 was concerned with the tall building in the distance on post 103 . As has been stated, the side of the Town Hall on that photo is to the left. The line of the buildings indicates that the building in 1890 was the Temperance Hotel, though it probably was not that when the picture was taken. From the mid 1870s to mid 1880s it was The Independent Order of Good Templars' Grand Lodge Office, and previous to that it was the offices of Thomas Henry Gem, solicitor, who has benn discussed on the lawn tennis thread.
Leslam has it right. My post #107 was refering to post #103 which commented on post #68.
The original subject matter picture showing the Town Hall faintly in the background was questioned in post 68 as to wether the faint building was the Town Hall in fact....'too tall, wrong shape wrong position.'
The building that Mikejee comments on is suggested as being the faint building, it seems to me, in post #103. Well this is wrong and it is the Town Hall I believe in the original subjecxt photo.
Well what can I say folks, I was wrong, what was throwing me is the height of the building in relation to the other buildings, also the fact that the roof line did not go past the chimneys to the right,
I found this old print which shows the height in relationship to the other buildings,although this does seem to be artistic licence.
Well done Rupert for bringing it back to our attention, sorry folks, you can't win them all, but at least it kept your grey matter from stagnating.
This area changed drastically when the Council House was built. I think the first picture of 1867 looking towards the Town Hall gives a real feel as to how B'ham centre would have looked in the late 1700s/early 1800s. The second picture, shows the road on it's way to being abandoned. There seem to be drain pipes on the right-hand side of the 2nd picture, possibly in readiness for the Council House works?? Such a fascinating area, which disappeared as the city developed. Did this road become Congreve Street? Viv.
Ann Street was to later become Colmore Row, with the section in front of the Council House becoming Victoria Square.
In the second picture, Congreve St is the road heading away to the left, past the Town Hall.
The Town Hall roof can be seen in the gloom over the rooftops of the first picture, helping identify the location.
See also this page, which has an earlier map when the road was New Hall Lane.
Thanks for the info and link Lloyd , thats very helpful. Got my bearings now. When it became Colmore Row then it certainly changed in character. Such grand buildings replaced the former houses and shops. Pre Council House development, it seems almost unreal that this row of relatively small buildings were alongside the very grand Town Hall. Viv.
Since found this picture of the end building of Ann Street. It looks like 'Congreve St' on the street name on the wall of Bryans. So this view must be looking directly down Colmore Row. It must have been in better times as there doesn't appear to be any billposters on the buildings. Also wonder if this pic was before the Peel statue was erected.
I note that the building next to Bryan's shop on the corner of Anne Street - Congreve Street was a public house The "Town Hall Tavern". No change there then, another bunch of of half drunk fools attempting to put the city to rights but just amounting to so much hot air.
This drawing is from 1855 when both the shop and the pub were still operational.
Thanks Leslam, shall have a read of that thread. I searched for Ann Street before posting using the little search box above, but it didn't come up with that thread in the search results. Must be doing something wrong. Viv.