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A Tale of Starvation

A newspaper cutting from the Handsworth Herald, May 13th 1905. This is a report on the discovery of a semi-concious man being found lying in Rocky Lane. It was later discovered by Police-constable Potts ...

Anderton Street

Norman Bartlam writes that: This picture and others like it filled the pages of the local press as a prelude to a visit to the area by Housing Minister Richard Crossman. After the ministerial visit, which ...

Back Yard, Handsworth

This photograph is of the back yard of Vanley's home at 197 Grove Lane in the 1980's.

Brunswick Road

Brunswick Road during demolition

Building the Middleway Blocks

Building of the four Middleway Blocks commenced in the early nineteen sixties. At the time this picture was taken significant land clearance has obviously taken place in what was to become the open parkland ...

Children in Back Yard, Handsworth

Darwin Street

Taken after the demolition as part of urban renewal of the area. The foreground lamp-post looks singularly forlorn.

Demolition on Rickman Drive

The remains of Rickman Drive in process of demolition. Rickman Drive was part of the Lee Bank development - the state of disrepair of which led eventually to the latest redevelopment by Crest Nicholsona ...

Edgbaston Road

House in Edgbaston Road ready for demolition

Edgbaston Road

Rear of a house in Edgbaston Road ready for demolition

Exeter Passage off Holloway Head, Ladywood

Exeter Passage photographed by Public Works in 1968. The road is still there today, albeit only just, as it is one of the last parts of the Lee Bank area to closely resemble a world war two bombsite. ...

From the balcony of Nash House

The Queen Mother waves to the crowd below during her official visit to see the "Bath Row Development". She toured Nash House - one of the "Y Blocks" on Great Colmore Street. Also with her on the balcony ...

Girls Playing

Yvonne, Yvette and Marjorie playing in the back yard of a multi-lodging house. This is the house at 18 Hatfield Road which was owned by Vanley's Grandparents. The girls stayed at the house for a time....

Great Colmore Street

Picture probably taken not too long before demolition of the street. Some curtains are still visible in the houses nearest the photographer so perhaps some people were still in residence. Sadly no numbers ...

Haddon Tower Blowdown (film footage)

This picture shows Haddon Tower on Bristol Street undergoing preparatory clearance for demolition. The top floors have already been stripped of fittings and fixtures and the contractors are working their ...

Handsworth Rectory

Handsworth Rectory (Front quarter view)as seen from the grounds. This building stood in what is now Handsworth Park. If it were still standing today, half of the Rectory would be in the main pool. It ...

Handsworth Riots, 1985

Morning after the riots. Lozells road.

Handsworth Urban Regeneration

"A tractor demolishes a building in Handsworth as part of Birmingham Council Urban Regeneration Scheme. During the early part of the 1980's it was claimed that up to £20 million had been invested in Handsworth ...