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Georgian Birmingham

Graham Paul Smith

Brummie babby
Could any members point me at a map, publication or a tour even, of Georgian buildings in Birmingham?
Are there any whole streets still standing?
I guess I shouldn’t be too demanding so any early Victorian ‘Georgian’ Streets would be good too.
I’m helping support an Urban Design Group conference, later in 2019. I’d like to take people around the older bits of the city.
As a schoolboy I recall Trinity Road being full of grand houses but I guess most were Victorian.
I drive along George St West, nr Springhill, last week and I’d love to learn the dates of these houses.
I live in Oxford so it’s not so easy to study the city.
Graham
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Hi Graham, welcome to the forum. I love the Jewellery Quarter, especially St Paul's Square. This is the last complete Georgian square left in the city. There are walks around the area and plenty to see. Well worth a visit especially St Paul's church.
I believe there is plenty of Georgian architecture in Edgbaston too. The canals make a good walk and take you to various parts of the city - they're the right period too.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Looking for information about Great Brook Street I came across an articlein the Birmingham Post from December 1955 entitled “Relics of the Georgian Town.” It is obviously out of date but gives info on the Georgian town at the time.

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Graham Paul Smith

Brummie babby
Hi Graham, welcome to the forum. I love the Jewellery Quarter, especially St Paul's Square. This is the last complete Georgian square left in the city. There are walks around the area and plenty to see. Well worth a visit especially St Paul's church.
I believe there is plenty of Georgian architecture in Edgbaston too. The canals make a good walk and take you to various parts of the city - they're the right period too.
Dear ‘Lady Penelope’,

Yes, many thanks, I know something of St Pauls Sq. Not sure I ever went in the church.

I taught architecture at Oxford Brookes and ‘we’ wrote a design manual in the 80s (Responsive Environments) in which one of our key propositions was ‘active frontages’. One of our students told us about the ‘new’ housing that’d been built, in part to conceal the multi-storey car park. Whilst it’s not particularly delicate, or Georgian, it’s a very unusual 8 storey (?) building It’s a ‘half a hotel floorplan’. Associated Architects I think were the designers.

St Paul’s Sq is great. It will certainly be in any itinerary. I guess the amount of industry has shrunk ... I loved the period when the Square was a real mix of uses.

I have a sister living in Edgbaston and I’ve spotted some buildings nearer Five Ways. Ideally I want an itinerary that might be 90 minutes or two hours. So planning a route to see particular things without being overwhelmed by 20th century (or C21st) needs some knowledge.

I love the almost Piranesi arches by Snow Hill.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Graham
 

Graham Paul Smith

Brummie babby

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Welcome Graham. A few additional suggestions (after consulting Wikipedia for ideas !) with links to relevant threads. It’s an interesting question as it seems, surprisingly, there are still many examples around. These are Georgian and Regency.

Soho House Handsworth 1796
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/soho-house.10153/page-6

Houses in Kingston Row 1780 see post #419 in the thread below
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/canals-of-birmingham.4054/page-21

Back-to-Back houses 1830
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/for...tional-trust-back-to-backs-inge-street.47913/

Holy Trinity church Bordesley 1823
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/holy-trinity-church-bordesley.2798/page-4

St Thomas’ Church, Lee Bank 1827
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/peace-gardens.23599/page-2

Waterloo Street Birmingham 1823
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/waterloo-street-birmingham.23986/page-2

Birmingham Proof House 1813
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/gun-trade-factories.37087/page-5
There are lots of other references to the PH mentioned in different threads, just type in a search

Moseley Road 1820 (houses 116 - 120) post #10 in the thread below refers to Georgian buildings near Highgate Park
https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/index.php?threads/moseley-victorian-edwardian-buildings.49450/

Viv.
 
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farmerdave

master brummie
Hi Graham. The restaurant "Simpsons", 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, is said to be situated on the Calthorpe Estate in a beautiful Georgian Grade 2 listed building.
 

Graham Paul Smith

Brummie babby
Hi Graham. The restaurant "Simpsons", 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, is said to be situated on the Calthorpe Estate in a beautiful Georgian Grade 2 listed building.
Thanks Dave,
Graham
 
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