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1731 map detail

A section of the 1731 map surveyed by William Westley, showing the manor house and St Martins church.

Villa Cross public house, Handsworth

The Villa Cross public house, Handsworth, in around 1985. The view is looking east along Lozells Road. Heathfield Road is just out of sight on the left. Photographer unknown.

Villa Cross cinema, Handsworth

The Villa Cross cinema, Heathfield Road, Handsworth, at the junction with Lozells Road. Opened as the New Picture House in 1915, the cinema closed in April 1970. The photograph was taken in September ...

St Mary's Convent, Handsworth

St Mary's Convent, Hunter's Road, Handsworth. The convent was built in 1841 and owes its Gothic design to A. Welby Pugin. Its erection was financed by Birmingham manufacturer John Hardman. Photographer ...

Newton Place, Handsworth

Newton Place in the Hockley Brook valley, Handsworth, looking towards Soho Hill. On the skyline is St Michael's Church, dating from 1855, on the corner of Soho Hill and St Michael's Road. In this 1964 ...

Lea Hall, Handsworth

Lea Hall, Wood Lane, Handsworth. A 16th-century house stood on this site but the present building was erected by John Spencer in 1795. It has been the home of the Muntz and Willmott families among others, ...

Ivy House public house, Handsworth

The Ivy House public house, Handsworth, on the corner of Soho Road and Ivy Road. This is the 'new' Ivy House, the old one having been situated a short distance along Soho Road at the corner of Whitehall ...

Handsworth Community Library, Handsworth

Handsworth Community Library, Soho Road, Handsworth. The building had started life in 1879 as the council house for Handsworth Urban District Council. The branch library opened in the building in 1880. ...

Factory Road, Handsworth

Factory Road, Handsworth, looking north towards St Michael's Church on Soho Hill in 1968. This area is the site of Matthew Boulton's Soho Works. Photographer unknown

Hamstead Bridge, Handsworth

Hamstead Bridge, Old Walsall Road, Handsworth, also known as 'Turnpike Bridge'. In the background on the right can be seen the British Rail sign for Hamstead Station. Date not recorded. Photographer ...

Gordon Road, Handsworth

Gordon Road, Handsworth, looking south towards Finch Road in 1985. Gordon Road links Finch Road and Heathfield Road. Photographer unknown.

Council House, Handsworth

The Council House, Soho Road, Handsworth, built in 1878/79 for Handsworth Urban District Council. Part of the building formed the Library and Reading Room, opened in 1880. This 1983 view reveals that ...

Handsworth Old Town Hall by G Warren Blackham

The original Town Hall is situated in Grove Lane. The hall has been used as a workhouse, a lock-up and a parish office, for at least a century and a half. Described in 1709 as a messuage, and tenement, ...

Aeronaut and Entertainer: The exploits of Lempriere

Lieutenant George Philip Lempriere of Handsworth was famous throughout Great Britain and Europe for his balloon ascents and parachute descents. He is recognisable as a Jules Verne "Phileas Fogg" personality ...

Matthew Boulton Pattern Book 1 - page 1

This pattern book is one of a series showing designs for silver, ormolu and plated ware produced by Boulton and Fothergill, M. Boulton and M. Boulton & Plate Co. At some point in the mid to late nineteenth ...

Matthew Boulton Pattern Book 1 - page 2

This volume is part of the Archives of Soho, held by Birmingham City Archives [Ref: MS3782]

The Three Sohos

The Three Sohos by George Demidowicz There has been considerable confusion by writers over the years in distinguishing between the three Soho sites: The Soho Manufactory The Soho Mint The Soho ...

Matthew Boulton's Bedroom, Soho House

This room was used as a bedroom by Matthew Boulton (1728-1809. The photograph was taken by Birmingham photographers Lewis and Randall in 1927 when Soho House was a hotel. Soho House is now a museum ...