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belmont /cardigan st

postie

The buck stops here
Staff member
Bob, you didn't happen to get a picture of the useless scrot he set the fire, did you.?
 

BobS

master brummie
Sorry.Postie.No, worse luck.Pity it didn't fall on him or her!!
 
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john knight

signman
I like the sign over the entrance in the first photo, "work people and goods entrance" as if they were one and the same thing.
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
I got some new shots of the Belmont Row works yesterday. Most of this area is now brown field sites -waiting for Eastside Locks to happen.


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row - Workpeople & Goods Entrance by ell brown, on Flickr


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row - Workpeople & Goods Entrance by ell brown, on Flickr


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row - 1899 Offices by ell brown, on Flickr


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row by ell brown, on Flickr


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row by ell brown, on Flickr


Belmont Row Works - Belmont Row by ell brown, on Flickr
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
I wonder what is going to happen to this building it,s been in this state for a couple of years now are they waiting for it to fall down it was known as the Co-op Bakery when I was a kid but I don,t think they made any bread there it was more the Co-op stores although I think there were stables at the back. Dek
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Historically bicycles was made there before it became a Co-op. Later pianos, then bedsteads.

It was the Headquarters for the Eccles Rubber and Cycle Company, and it housed rubber manufactory. By 1918 it was occupied by the Co-Operative Society, which used the premises to make underwear. In 1931 the factory was making pianos, and by 1941 bedsteads.
This article is from 3 years ago Restoration plan agreed for historic Birmingham bicycle factory. But nothing happened since this was published.
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
Thanks Ellbrown although I wasn,t around in 1918 the Co-op name must have stuck with the building even though it had new owners. Dek
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Article in todays Birmingham Post & Mail (10th February 2014)

Call to save historic Birmingham cycle factory Belmont Works

City planners have pleaded for crumbling historic cycle factory building to be saved before it falls down.
The fire-damaged Belmont Works at Cardigan Street is one of Birmingham’s more attractive Victorian factory buildings but is scheduled for restoration as part of the Eastside Locks canalside development.
Now Birmingham’s planning committee have approved detailed designs for two office blocks – one five storey the other four – on the site as part of the canalside Eastside Locks development.
But planners have called on developer Goodman to shore up and begin restoration of the Belmont Works before it deteriorates any further.
The former factory was severely damaged in a fire in 2007 and has been a crumbling shell ever since. Goodman has previously committed to keep at least the attractive facade as part of a hotel development.
Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Cons, Weoley) said that he welcomed office blocks and hoped that the arrival of HS2 would encourage swift development.
But he added: “The Belmont Works really does need immediate attention. It’s a beautiful building.”
He said that parts are already falling away and called on the developer to act.
Coun Paula Smith (Lib Dem, Hall Green) added: “We were told that the Belmont Works would be restored in the first tranche of development. It has not been. We need to do something quick and get it sorted.”
The Eastside Locks development will see shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, a hotel and flats built on the former industrial land off Curzon Street.
The Belmont Works, built in 1899, was the headquarters of the Eccles Rubber and Cycle Company and housed a rubber manufactory.
By 1918 it was occupied by the Co-operative Society, who used the premises to make underwear. In 1931 the factory made pianos, and by 1941 it was producing bedsteads.
Goodman development was not immediately available for comment.
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Some photos from 2013

New Jennens Road junction with Cardigan Street

July 2013





August 2013



October 2013

AB Row (before it was dug up)


 

st.evenlucy

master brummie
Anyone see the picture in last nights Mail ?? it said that this building is in Cardigan Street!! surely it is in Belmont Row !!or is my memory playing tricks ??
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Re: belmont row /cardigan st

There is no doubt that the premises built for Coopers Bicycle factory was in Belmont Row, the thing is that they have altered and changed around so many of the street names in that area, it is possible that it is now called Cardigan Street
 

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guilbert53

master brummie
I would say it is in Belmont Row, certainly most of the building runs along Belmont Road.

However one end of the building does sort of join on to Cardigan Street so maybe it had a ADDRESS of Cardigan St, even though most of the building was on Belmont row.

As far as I know most of the street names are the same in that area, though some streets have been "lost" or shortened.

For example Nova Scotia Street went a couple of years ago when they built the Ormiston Academy in that area.

Also Gopsal St and Penn St may be soon "lost" or pedestrianized when the build the Birmingham City Phase (BCU) 2 building along Cardigan St.
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Re: belmont row /cardigan st

Belmont Row ran from Ashted Row to Curzon Street, Cardigan Street ran from Belmont Row to Curzon Street on the opposite side of the road to the Cycle factory so in no way could it ever be classed as being on Cardigan Street. Unless as I said before they have been playing about with the street names again.
 

st.evenlucy

master brummie
Thanks Phil . it seems that even if they have kept some of the old Street names, they have slightly altered the position of many of them, but why ?? I find it more confusing than changing the names completely, It must be my age.
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Re: belmont row /cardigan st

St evenlucy,

It is even more confusing when you knew the streets and building well, around that area they have really had a field day with the street names. I used to live a short walk away in Francis St, the original street has now gone and the bit that has been rebuilt now consists of Francis St and Henry St. It would have made more sense to call it Henry Francis St or Francis Henry St.
 

guilbert53

master brummie
Re: belmont row /cardigan st

Cardigan Street ran from Belmont Row to Curzon Street on the opposite side of the road to the Cycle factory so in no way could it ever be classed as being on Cardigan Street.
If you look at Google Maps you can clearly see the factory is where Belmont Row comes off of Cardigan St.

The Northern corner of the factory could be considered ON Cardigan St.

Another web site says it used to be the factory of the ECCLES RUBBER AND CYCLE COMPANY and the factory at that time was known as the Belmont Row Works on Cardigan Street.

See picture here showing how close it is to Cardigan St.

 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Re: belmont row /cardigan st

Sorry Guilbert, but Belmont Row used to finish at Ashted Row/ Prospect Row, and that top part behind the old Gosta Green Market was Belmont Row. Here is a bit of the early history of the building before it was taken over by the Co-op. It is listed in every copy of Kelly's as being on Belmont Row. As I have said I cannot vouch that it is still the same today, but when the building was built it was.

New Cooper Cycle Fitting Co of Belmont Row, Birmingham
1897 Company formed George Cooper and Harvey Church. Took over the premises in Belmont Row formerly of Cooper and Young
1899 Company failed and the premises taken over by Eccles Rubber and Cycle Co
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Photo updates from today (it rained and snowed in the morning, but by lunchtime it had stopped and the sun had come out!)

Rear from Jennens Road






Belmont Row to the left. Cardigan Street to the right (from Jennens Road junction)



AB Row

 
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