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That's smashing Eric. A lovely painting. The smaller building is Minworth Greaves, moved from Minworth to this site by the Cadbury's in the 1930s. And the larger building, Selly Manor, came from Bournbrook and was re- assembled here as part of the Cadbury model village development in the early 1900s. Two great pieces of Birmingham history (about 700years old) perfectly captured in your painting Eric. Viv.
In 1870 this painting by Henry Baker shows Selly Manor as a timber and brick house. The black and white timber and plaster seems to have almost disappeared at this point, so decay must have set in. By the time the Cadbury family rescued the buildng and moved it from Bournbrooke to Bournville it would have been in a very poor state. So if it weren't for the Cadbury family I suspect this might well have become one of our many lost treasures.
The building has also gone by another name; in the 1900s it was known as Rookery Cottages. Viv.
What a marvellous old building, thank goodness for the Cadbury family, if my memory servers me right, there are quite a few things in and around Birmingham we have to thank them for saving, for prosperity. Paul
Thanks Pedrocut. How truly refreshing to read the journalist's article in the Tamworth Herald. The use of original materials where at all possible and the sympathetic use of compatible replacements if needed sets a wonderful example. If only it was an approach applied more often today. It's happening in some instances but not often enough. Viv.