“During the war Birmingham was still thriving as a industrial city and was a heavy target for the German raids. Longbridge being a ridiculously sized plant was easily going to be a main target so they constructed a maze of tunnels under the main plant so if the shit hit the fan they could continue production of plane engines and other bits there and the war effort wouldn’t be too badly damaged” Took a trip with Bubblehead last night after spotting an entrance. We descended 4 the flight staircase deep into the ground and where confronted by a flooded passage, I was immediately thankful i had brought my wellies (unlike Bubblehead, who had a very squelchy explore). We waded through a tunnel to emerge into a large underground tunnel, corrugated walls, the reminiscence of a narrow gauge railway and the strong smell of diesel. Bubblehead gave me the guided tour of the main features, few of which have survived, although what remained made for some great shots, including the male toilets while looked like it was straight out of Trainspotting. Anyone for a dip?
The Hoarders House– ‘This is the house of MR David Godfrey howells and MRS Ida Howells who unfortanly passed away in 1990 . This house was originally was his parents house ( Alfred ) , He grew up there. Was possibly a milk farm among other things.’ Donebythe – MidlandsHertage.co.uk
Sandwell College – Evening classes in science and art were established in 1846 by the Chance family at the schools attached to their Spon Lane glass-works. An institute formed at the works in 1852 flourished for almost twenty years. John Henderson of the London Works formed a library and reading room in the Cape Hill district and was patron of an institute which met there in the mid 1850s, while a few years later Joseph Chamberlain was fostering adult education at Nettlefold & Chamberlain’s Smethwick works. St. Matthew’s Church had some 140 pupils at an evening school in 1870, and Holy Trinity Church organized evening classes about the same date. Smethwick Institute, formed in 1887, met at the higher grade school in Crockett’s Lane. For a few years after its foundation its activities included evening classes. It closed in the later 1920s. Another institute was meeting at Bearwood in the 1880s. The school board constituted itself a local committee of the Science and Art Department in 1885 and organized evening classes in science and art at the higher grade school in Crockett’s Lane. In 1892 a technical instruction committee was set up consisting of members of the local board and the school board. It took over the management of the science and art classes, forming them into a municipal technical school. The school board members withdrew from the committee in 1898, and from 1899 the whole committee was appointed by the town council. The technical school continued to meet in […]
Dalton Tower is one of three high rise residences and is located in the middle of the campus adjacent to the library. It has twenty floors with three separate flats on each floor. The building has been scheduled for demolition at some point this year and has been almost entirely stripped. On site security do patrol the site but we managed to evade them on both of our visits this week.
1969 Associated Television built a large new ‘state of the art’ television studio was built off Broad Street in preperation for the launch of full time colour broadcasting in the UK, The complex was named ‘The Paradise Centre’.The ATV studios were the home to Crossroads, Tizwas, Blockbusters and Bullseye. During the 1980 round of television franchising the Independent Broadcasting Authority decided that ATV’s lack of regional programming and the fact the company was based in Elstree well away from the midlands was effecting the quailty of broadcasting in the region, so it insisted that the new applicants for the franchise be more clearly based in the region which was to be split into east and west. ATV Successfully won the bid for both the East and West Midlands but on the condtion that the company was renamed to more closly reflect the region it reprisented. From the 1st of January 1981 ATV was replaced on air by Central Television and the studios also took on the new name. Central kept hold of the midlands TV franchise during the 1991 relicensing but it was taken over by the expanding group Carlton group in 1994. Carlton centralised the production of programs for the four ITV regions it controlled and needed fewer studio facilities they soon opened a smaller studio in Birmingham for the production of regional news and the Broad Street studios were closed in 1997 after it was diagnosed with concrete cancer.