Oh wow Brian what a great find I had no idea she was buried there.
Neville Chamberlain was Lord Mayor in 1916 but did not complete his year of office. The story goes that he was sitting on a train at Euston returning to Birmingham when the railway police boarded the train and told him that the prime minister, David Lloyd George, wished to see him urgently in Downing Street. He was then offered the post of a minister in the war cabinet and this started his national political career.Paul
You may be right about Neville's feelings, but i don't think he served in WW1. He was Birmingham lord Mayor for at least part of the war, and , at 45 when the war started, would probably have been a bit old to take part .
Parents egged on gang of vandals to smash up Birmingham's Highbury Park
A GANG of young boys seemingly amazingly egged on by their parents smashed a Victorian viewing platform used by Joseph Chamberlain causing at least £50,000 damage.
The attack in broad daylight at Birmingham’s Highbury Park was witnessed by onlookers who were shocked when adults encouraged the vandals.
City council culture cabinet member Martin Mullaney said he was “sickened” by the wanton destruction, which is part of a pattern of vandalism in city parks.
He has vowed to restore the 120-year-old structure, which was built in the shadow of Highbury Hall, the Chamberlain family’s ancestral mansion.
The stone-built platform was completely destroyed at about four o’clock in the afternoon when a small number of boys tore the ornate stonework apart and pushed the blocks over the edge of a rocky outcrop, where they smashed into pieces.
Coun Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley & Kings Heath) said: “The historic feature which was completely demolished was created in 1890.
“It was from this platform that Joseph Chamberlain was able to view his ornate gardens of Highbury Hall, looking down to the main pond that still exists today.
“A member of the Friends of Highbury Park witnessed this vandalism and described the group as all male, containing a small number of 40 to 50-year-old men, who were encouraging teenage boys to smash up the stonework.
“When the member of the Friends approached the group, he was sworn at and threatened.
“The timing of this vandalism has been terrible, since I was busy finding money to fully restore this viewing platform this autumn and this has significantly increased that cost. Some of the stone blocks are re-usable, but there are lot that will require complete replacing.”
Although the platform was not in a good state of repair before the attack, it will now require major and expensive restoration work, Coun Mullaney said.
The attack is a blow to plans to restore the Highbury gardens in time for the 100th anniversary of Joseph Chamberlain’s death in 2014.
Coun Mullaney is working on a £5 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for the work, which would re-create formal Victorian gardens at Highbury.
He said a spate of recent attacks in parks included extensive damage to a toilet block at Cannon Hill Park, caused by an unknown assailant armed with a sledgehammer, and the destruction of a wall dating from the 1780s at Highbury Park, again with a sledgehammer.
Coun Mullaney added: “It seems there are people who like to smash things up, and unfortunately they don’t get caught.”
Very well said David. I just despair at some of our youth today. I know it's a minority but it seems to be getting worse!Actually I think they need to be transported back further to the Birmingham that it was before Joseph Chamberlain made it the best governed city in the world a it was then described