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Blakesley Hall

bramcote

proper brummie kid
I have never visited Blakesley Hall but have passed by it. Unfortunately, when the more recent renovations were underway the Hall was closed and so on that visit I wasn't able to take the tour.

Going back a few years now and on one of my visits to Birmingham and added to the fact that the Midland Education was still operating on Corporation Street at that time I ventured in for a good look round. On the second floor, whilst I was paying for my purchases I spotted a medium, size box which contained a few old Wills that had been taken from the safe of a city solicitor. They were marked for sale and at approx one or two pounds
each so I decided to have a look through them. I ended up buying four wills and two apprenticeship documents. I was thinking of framing them when I went back to Canada.

One of the wills was made out by a tenant of Blakesley Hall in the late
18th century. The wills are all on parchment and handwritten in copper
plate handwriting which in itself is a work of art. The wills were never framed and I have decided to donate the will made out by the tenant of Blakesley Hall to the Hall since I believe that this is where it belongs. Next time I visit Birmingham I will bring it with me.

Hi There,

Were any of the wills you have in the name of West, my gg grandfather lived close by and his brother had a connection to the hall in the 1800,s
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Welcome Willis002. Do you have any other information about your GtGt Grandad's fire service ? Do you know where he was stationed ? Might help with identifying what happened to the helmet. Viv.
 

Dave89

master brummie
Welcome Willis002. Do you have any other information about your GtGt Grandad's fire service ? Do you know where he was stationed ? Might help with identifying what happened to the helmet. Viv.
Hi,

I haven't been to Blakesley Hall for the last 50 odd years, but I seem to remember that
there was a firefighting museum attached to the right hand side of the Hall viewed from the road.

I wonder if it's still there.

Kind regards
Dave
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
No the only museum there is just the Blakesley Hall Museum! Just Houses around Blakesley Hall Road in Yardley of no interest. Although Old Yardley Village is a short walk away!

There is an old barn to the right but not sure if it's in use or not!
 

Dave89

master brummie
No the only museum there is just the Blakesley Hall Museum! Just Houses around Blakesley Hall Road in Yardley of no interest. Although Old Yardley Village is a short walk away!

There is an old barn to the right but not sure if it's in use or not!
Hi Ell,

Yes, I'm sure the old barn housed the fire museum, and I was wondering
if that is where Walter's fire helmet was displayed. If the hall has any records
where the collection went, Adam might be able to trace it's whereabouts.

When I first got married, I lived in Wash Lane with my inlaws, and we often used
to walk down to the Hall at the weekends. We were married at St. Edburgha's
church, and before that I lived in Stechford, so I remember the Hall very well.

Kind regards
Dave
 

Willis002

Brummie babby
Welcome Willis002. Do you have any other information about your GtGt Grandad's fire service ? Do you know where he was stationed ? Might help with identifying what happened to the helmet. Viv.
Hi Viv,

Thank you for replying. I don’t have much information unfortunately, I know he used to live at church terrace so maybe a station locally? His full name was Walter Crisp Starkey, as far as I’m aware he was a volunteer or part time in the service around 1901 as he was a Gardener by trade.

Thanks,
Adam
 

Willis002

Brummie babby
Hi Ell,

Yes, I'm sure the old barn housed the fire museum, and I was wondering
if that is where Walter's fire helmet was displayed. If the hall has any records
where the collection went, Adam might be able to trace it's whereabouts.

When I first got married, I lived in Wash Lane with my inlaws, and we often used
to walk down to the Hall at the weekends. We were married at St. Edburgha's
church, and before that I lived in Stechford, so I remember the Hall very well.

Kind regards
Dave
I don’t live too far away, I may pop down and see if they have any records stored there.

Adam
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Most areas which were small towns and not part of any city usually had their own fire brigade, usually volunteer manned.
Much of what is now Birmingham was part of neighbouring counties until the early 20th. century. A local history group may have details about former Parish or Urban District councils fire brigades.
 

Elmdon Boy

master brummie
There was definatly on old fire tender, I think of the horse drawn type in that barn in the 1950s. I lived just round the corner in Clements road
 

Rosary_Boy

master brummie
Hi Ell,

Yes, I'm sure the old barn housed the fire museum, and I was wondering
if that is where Walter's fire helmet was displayed. If the hall has any records
where the collection went, Adam might be able to trace it's whereabouts.

When I first got married, I lived in Wash Lane with my inlaws, and we often used
to walk down to the Hall at the weekends. We were married at St. Edburgha's
church, and before that I lived in Stechford, so I remember the Hall very well.

Kind regards
Dave
I think the old barn is still in use am sure schools use it
 
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