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In answer to your question as to what was there, looking at the 1956 directory the main part of the buildings in that block was the Exchange Buildings, which were offices. Fronting those going down Stephenson place were in order:
3 Prosser F. H. (Retail) Ltd. chemists 4 Metcalf (A.) & Freeman (A. D.), fruitrs
6 Birmingham Exchange Postal & Telegraph Office 9 Exchange Restaurant (Mitchells & Butlers Ltd proprs Then there was the station, queens hotel and ancilliary buildings, which in the photograph still seem to be standing Mike
Thank you Alf , also to Mikejee & Phil too ... I see now why they named a pub called the Exchange in the corner of the 2nd photo
i use to go in there when i worked on the station 1973-75 Tell me something on the 1st photo where the 3 cars are is that a pub ??
I cant recall one there , i do remember the Iron Horse though which was further back along Stephenson Street.
The MACE archive, which another member alerted us to recently, has MOVING PICTURES taken from outside the Exchange building of the then (1963) old New Street Station, what must have been the last days of this fine facade.
Looking from New Street down Stephenson Street with the Queens Hotel at the bottom. The Queens was built in or about 1854, this photo was taken in 1964 and the building was closed ready for demolition in 1966.
Not seen this view before. It's from a 1918 postcard, Queens and North Western Hotel. According to the pc it was the only railway hotel in Birmingham. I like the GREAT expanse of road fronting the hotel. I suppose this would now be Stephenson Street. Looks almost continental. Now you'd feel you HAD arrived somewhere when you pulled up outside this place. Viv.
Viv - I remember this, but I don't remember it looking quite so large and quite so grand, however, I was born long after 1918. You got to it, and the entrance to the station, along the bit of road that is Stephenson Street, then it turned a corner (still same street name I think). I used to go to Cheltenham often by rail, from New Street, but I think by the time I was travelling on my own, the hotel may have been closed. It's a pity really that it's gone.