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Edmund Street

oldMohawk

master brummie
The Belle Vue Hotel just prior to demolition. Some people seem to be kneeling on the pavement in front of the shed-like building in the centre of the image.
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The Belle Vue Hotel has been demolished. The property with the 'Garage' sign still appears to be there after the demolition.
This is a larger image of the same view earlier in the thread.
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suemalings

master brummie
I worked in the next building to Barlow's stationary shop for five years 1975 - 1980. I am sure it was number 120 Edmund Street. The facades of the buildings are still the same but the insides have been demolished and rebuilt into one building. Mr & Mrs Shutts used to live in a flat at the top of our building, they were caretakers. There was also the local Labour Party office somewhere there, over the stationary shop I think. Next door, in Edmund Street was a tailors where they sold hand made suits and expensive shirts. Further along the road was The Swan Hotel. over the road was another stationers that specialised in artist materials (I worked for a Commercial Artists and Photographers), the building was beautiful red brick, I see on Google Maps that it is still there.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Looking at the photos in post 43, I get the impression that some of the buildings look quite unsafe and a very strong gale might have blown them down. ;) There appears too be a ghost sign on the upper wall, above the GARAGE sign. I believe the garage was still there, at the time of the photo, just hidden behind the front building and they seem to still do cycle repairs and storage. I presume the storage was for people who worked nearby and cycled to their work. I wonder what was happening in the garage entrance to arouse the interest of the lady young girl? The two women are having a good chin-wag it seems.
 

Astoness

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Fred Barlow, later known as Barlows Of Birmingham. Office equipment company owned by my step fathers family until sold @1972

hi richard is there any chance you could repost your photo please as photo bucket has made it blurred...many thanks

Lyn I had saved it and have replaced the blurred image

lyn
 
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Radiorails

master brummie
Post 42 drew attention to a Midland Red office. I had spotted it before - wondering what London Transport was doing there. :D However, it suspect it was a Midland Red enquiry office, does not seem the best place for a parcels office, but it may have been. Midland Red had offices in the Bull Ring area until 1937 but then moved to Worcester Street. Most bus companies were into the parcel delivery and collection business at one time, and many, including early BCT trams, often had post boxes as far as I recall.
 

suemalings

master brummie
Barlows was the shop on the corner of Edmund and Barwick Street. I worked in the building next door. I couldn't remember the name. Just to the right of the shop was the entrance to the back of 120, where I worked. Also the garage where the caretaker kept his car. Good to know that the original building has been kept, even if it is just the facade. (and the numbers have changed!)
 

Vivienne14

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Was not sure if this view down the road was Edmund Street at the time of the photo. Don’t have a date, but probably early 1900s. I’m sure someone will correct me if this is on the wrong thread. Viv.

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Radiorails

master brummie
Some information in this thread about the Council House and its bridge.
 

Vivienne14

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Staff member
Thanks Ell. Yes seem to remember a discussion somewhere about that section of the street no longer being named Edmund Street. Viv.
 

ellbrown

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Pedestrianised. This was April 2019 last year.



It's like the section of Broad Street where the tram line currently terminates that is now considered part of Centenary Square.
 

ellbrown

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Edmund Street curving to the right onto Margaret Street.



Edmund Street road sign on the Council House to the left.



Chamberlain Square road sign on the Council House extension on the right.

 

Vivienne14

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Staff member
Got it Ell. Thanks. So Edmund Street now only goes as far as Margaret Street. Where it once continued right along and across Chamberlain Square (eventually to Easy Row) it now terminates at Margaret Street and the section continuing under the bridge has been named as part of Chamberlain Square. Viv.
 

ellbrown

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Yes, although that part doesn't really feel like Chamberlain Square even though it is.

Hope that Chamberlain Square fully reopens soon. Hard to see behind the Paradise Birmingham fences.
 
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