Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th September. There will be a presentation by Simon Buteux, Director of the Birmingham Conservation Trust entitled ‘The Coffin Works – Birmingham’s Newest Museum’. An archaeologist by training, Simon previously worked for many years as Director of the Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit. He has spent the last three years reparing and renovating a Grade I listed building, ‘The Reader’s House’, in Ludlow. It is hoped we can also visit The Coffin Works later in the year.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details. Annual membership £10
It is a sad fact that when we are walking around our towns and cities we spend most of our time looking downwards, for all sorts of reasons, to watch where we are putting our feet. We rarely look upwards to admire the beautiful facades of our historic buildings.
This was a point was made by our speaker this month, Tim Bridges. Tim is a conservation advisor for the Victorian Society and his topic was ‘Victorian Buildings of Birmingham and the Black Country’. We are lucky that the wealth generated during the Industrial Revolution centered in the ‘Black Country’ was lavished on many fine public buildings, churches and industrial buildings many of which still survive today. He showed many examples of these including St. Chad’s Roman Catholic Church in Birmingham which is a fine example of Augustus Pugin’s work. Nearer to home he cited the Red House Cone near Stourbridge as a now rare example of a building used in the glass industry. He did admit however, that it would be a brave man to suggest that Stourbridge was ever in the Black Country!
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th September. There will be a presentation by Simon Buteux, Director of the Birmingham Conservation Trust entitled ‘The Coffin Works – Birmingham’s Newest Museum’. His talk will describe the Trust’s major project over the last decade to create a sustainable ‘rescue’ package for the Newman Brothers coffin fitting factory on Fleet Street in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. It is hoped we may be able to visit the Coffin Works later in the year. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details and contacts.
The book “Hagley Miscellanea” by John-Homery Folkes, the architect of St.Saviour’s Hall, was first published in 1974. It was for private circulation and only 25 copies were printed. Forty years later it is considered sufficiently interesting to merit this reprint. The author (born 1906) has gathered a wide range of reminiscences that together give a picture of Hagley’s inhabitants, houses, industries, celebrations and entertainments in the century and more before the explosion of house-building in the 1960s.
The book includes: the early days of the railway station; the building of St. Saviour’s church and planning the cemetery; houses large and small; an attempt at encroachment in Church Street; the Rifle Corps and the Range; the nursemaid question!; Hagley celebrities; the Sunday postal delivery and church attendance and an eyewitness account of the fire at Hagley Hall on Christmas Eve 1925. The “Illustrations” section includes the programme for the Coronation Celebration of June 1911.
The book is priced at £5 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.
The Society has now launched a new book entitled ‘Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918’, researched and written by local author and member, Pat Dunn. It is based on the ‘Hagley Parish Magazines’ of the period and describes how the people of Hagley dealt with the problems presented by the Great War on the Home Front. The people and places featured on the front cover of June’s issue of the Hagley Village News feature in the book along with many others.
The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased at the Hagley Library or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.