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Birmingham Co-op Belmont Row

Virusman26

master brummie
Edit. The seven photos posted in this post are no longer available.

Well, here's another one that's going the way of so many of our historical buildings. Since my visit here a couple months ago, the entire factory at the rear on the burned down section has now been demolished. Here's how it looked in April this year.....


All of the surrounding buildings were also standing back then. This is how it looks today.......Not much left at all.........






Another one lost.
 
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Astoness

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well neil...more sad photos off you....where will it all end...thanks for putting them on....

lyn
 

Virusman26

master brummie
No problem Lyn. The entire area is now flat all bar the fire damaged section. I doubt this will be long standing, as companies seem to have gone mad lately. Just look at the Battery and Metal Co. That was listed, demolished, now Sainsbury's can't build on the land. I was talking to a geologist the other day who said the ground is so badly contaminated from the metal working, that the soil will have to be removed, cleaned an replaced on site. It will cost millions to do the entire plot, so I bet now it will never get done!!!!!
Should have saved the place when they had the chance. :(
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
I read the developers are keeping the front of the building and building the apartments on to it, is that not going to happen now?. Len.
 

Virusman26

master brummie
I can only assume not, Len. After the fire 2 years ago, part of the facade collapsed. It's not been rigged up, so bit by bit it has been slowly falling down. When I was there in April, it looked like the brick work had been kept, for the purpose of re-building it. Looks like it's all going to be pulled down now.
 

Astoness

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think i posted about the ground contamination on the old croc works neil.....i also beleive it was found when lucas gt king st was demolished...

lyn
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Virusman26, Thank you for your reply, lets hope the saved bricks etc from the facade will be used to rebuild it as it was. Len.
 

lencops

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think i posted about the ground contamination on the old croc works neil.....i also beleive it was found when lucas gt king st was demolished...

Lyn I think they will have same problem at the Lucas site, Shaftmoor Lane although the developers say they can deal with the problem, time will tell. Len.
 
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BernardR

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Len - It took many years before the old Bakelite site was fully clear of contamination.
 

changinman1

master brummie
What was the function of Belmont Row for the co-op, I remember the meat hq is Albert St ...but not this one which was from my memory only across the road.
 

Carolynn

master brummie
changingman - would it Co-op milk? I know they were Vauxhall - so would Belmont Row be classed as Vauxhall?
 

Peter Walker

gone but not forgotten
Re: Birmingham Co-op (Belmont Row) demolition photos

The 1939 Kelly's Directory gives the following two names
Birmingham Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd. (stables)
Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. (bedstead manufacturers)
I've not come across the BICS before, but the CWS was a nation-wide organisation which purchased materials and manufactured products which were retailed by the local Co-op Societies like Birmingham CS and the Ten Acres & Stirchley CS.
Peter
 

mikejee

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Peter
Linda & Anthony Chew's book "The Coop in Birmingham" states that the Birmingham Industrial Coop Soc. started among the railway workers of Saltley in 1881. The first shop was in Great Francis St, and this was soon replaced with a larger store and later they moved to Central birmingham and the industrial word seems to have been dropped, and it just became Birmingham Coop Society.
mike
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
An article describing The Co-op furniture factory in Belmont Row circa 2007. Len


Belmont Row was and is not the most popular of streets in Birmingham. It holds very little importance to its name. But it does have history – a history rarely told and little known.
Belmont Row is in the industrial backwaters of city centre Birmingham. Warehouses and workshops are dotted around the place offering little value socially, morally, economically and architecturally. But there is one building that always makes its presence known whether you are travelling to or from Birmingham New Street station towards Curzon Junction on the railway. Just look north and you’ll see an unusual tower poking above the conglomerate of corrugated metal roofed warehouses. Red brick with a strange dark top. That tower is the candle of the building which this posts directs its subject.
The usage of this tower is unknown but it most likely was a ventilation shaft or chimney stack for the building it is attached to. The Belmont Row warehouse is a locally listed council owned building that contrasts itself to the other buildings on the street. With arched windows and detailed arched entrance, it does hold some form of architectural beauty though it just looks out of place.
I, myself, know very little of the building. But I do know that it was built with the sole purpose of being the furniture factory for the Co-op (more recently renamed in a modernising scheme to The Co-operative). It was obviously a factory building, though the Victorian elaboracy does not indicate such, as a result of the engravings and extrusions decorating the entrance archway “Work people and Goods Entrance”.
 

dek carr

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Back in the 50s it was the Co-Op bakery i lived off the Vauxhall Rd near to the Co-Op Dairy. Vauxhall started at the bottom of Belmont Row The Bakery was in the Gosta Green area i believe. Dek
 

Virusman26

master brummie
This site was originally Co-Op furniture factory, but at a later date it was used in the production of Scales under the name Co-operative Wholesale Society, hence CWS. There were loads of scales that never made it out of the place still down in the basement.
The tower which is described in the above article was never used as a chimney, it was a water tower with a huge cast iron water tank at the top, similar to most building of the period. There were/are stair on the inside which climb part way up, then an external ladder to the top!
My flickr set...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157616591645315/
 
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