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12 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Manor Farm Park: a park down the Bristol Road South I've always considered to be in Northfield

I first went to Manor Farm Park in June 2010. Thought there would be views of the skyline (but there weren't). The park has a large pond that runs near the Merritt's Brook. The Bristol Road South runs past (at White Hill). Always thought it to be in Northfield, although Bournville isn't that far away. The Cadbury's used to have a house on the land of Northfield Manor House.

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Manor Farm Park: a park down the Bristol Road South I've always considered to be in Northfield





I first went to Manor Farm Park in June 2010. Thought there would be views of the skyline (but there weren't). The park has a large pond that runs near the Merritt's Brook. The Bristol Road South runs past (at White Hill). Always thought it to be in Northfield, although Bournville isn't that far away. The Cadbury's used to have a house on the land of Northfield Manor House.


Manor Farm Park is a 50 acre open space with woodlands, meadows and a lake. The park opened to the public in 1951 and was originally the grounds of Northfield Manor House.

My first full visit to the park was back in June 2010. I never did find the manor house at the time. But then there was probably no public access. Looking on Google Maps Street View, there is security barriers on the roads that I think probably led to the house. Sadly arsonists burnt down the house years ago and it is now demolished.

George and Elizabeth Cadbury lived in the house that they called Manor Farm. George Cadbury bought the house in 1890, moving in there in 1894. They lived there together until George's death in 1922. Elizabeth continued to live there until her own death in 1951. It was acquired by the University of Birmingham in 1953. The fire happened there in 2014, and there was a partial demolition in 2015. It was located up Manor House Drive.

 

June 2010

My first full walk around the park near Northfield. Getting on from the Bristol Road South in Northfield (shows up as White Hill on Google Maps). At look at Whitehill Lane which curves around past the park.

No paths on this section, so had to walk over the field part of the park past the trees.

In the lake / pond was some Canada geese.

They do have paths in the park, this one near the trees and shrubs.

Also saw a swan in the lake at the time.

The lake / pond in the park. A path does go around it on both sides. They lead to the roads that probably led to the Cadbury's old house.

I took the exit to the road that leads to the car park near White Hill. Before I left saw this old wooded barn.

Glad that I got photos of this barn, as arsonists sadly burnt it down in 2017. Historic Cadbury park set for revamp after £250,000 barn fire payout.

The barn was built by the Cadbury's in 1895. The Friends of Manor Farm Park had hoped to restore the barn before the fire. It was hoped that the building could be restored, but it's future is uncertain at the moment.

Saw these old farm buildings on the way out.

Hopefully they could be restored and turned into a cafe, toilets and a public space.

I'm not sure if they were in use back in 2010 or not. Looked derelict. The park and the buildings have been owned by the City Council since the 1950s.

June 2011

Since I initial visit, I have not been back to the park that much. This is actually a recreation ground in Northfield, taken during a walk down to Longbridge. Coming up on Google Maps as Hilltop Park.

A playground in this recreation ground, just seen in passing at the time. Google Maps calls this a Play Park.

March 2012

I can confirm that this is from or near Manor Farm Park. This was during a walk from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to the demolished former Bournville College. A squirrel on the leaf covered lawn.

This was near the Bristol Road South / White Hill in Northfield (I did not actually enter the park at this time).

Purple crocuses growing out of the grass at the beginning of Spring.

Another squirrel.

April 2017

My last actual visit to Manor Farm Park was during a walk on the Merritt's Brook Greenway. Probably starting at the new Starbucks Drive Thru in Northfield, I headed up towards Ley Hill Park, then across the Merritt's Brook Greenway, until I crossed over the road on Shenley Lane, and into the park.

Newly laid paths takes you into the park from here.

Footbridge over the Merritt's Brook.

A look from the footbridge at the Merritt's Brook.

I was now heading through the park up Whitehill Lane. Daffodils lining the roadside.

Up Whitehill Lane back to the Bristol Road South / White Hill.

Saw this man with a metal detector. Did he find anything?

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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12 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Cotteridge Park: the park near the Cross City Line

Getting off the 11C bus on the Pershore Road in Cotteridge. I usually head up Breedon Road past Cotteridge Junior & Infant School. Crossing into the park over the Cross City Line. There is many paths to take. Last couple of times I ended up at Bournville Station. The bridge over the railway still has the mural painted in 2012.

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Cotteridge Park: the park near the Cross City Line





Getting off the 11C bus on the Pershore Road in Cotteridge. I usually head up Breedon Road past Cotteridge Junior & Infant School. Crossing into the park over the Cross City Line. There is many paths to take. Last couple of times I ended up at Bournville Station. The bridge over the railway still has the mural painted in 2012.


Cotteridge Park dates to the Victorian period. The park is near Franklin Road and not far from Bournville. One way into the park is over the railway bridge that you can cross from Breedon Road. The No 11 Outer Circle bus route (11A and 11C) passes nearby on the Pershore Road and Linden Road. The Friends of Cotteridge Park  was established in 1997 and they celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2017.

 

December 2013

Approaching the bridge from Breedon Road. Vehicles can't go over it so there are bollards there.

Painted in 2012 on behalf of the Friends of Cotteridge Park, Birmingham City Council an Network Rail.

Welcome to Cotteridge Park.

Path into the park. Not sure what used to be on that stone plinth in the middle.

A look at the skate park.

The path leading to Franklin Road.

Playground view probably seen from Franklin Road.

August 2018

The view from the bridge crossing the Cross City line. A pair of West Midlands Railway Class 323 trains passing each other. By this point the electrification to Bromsgrove was complete and you can get electric trains all the way there on the Cross City Line.

Another view of the playground. Trees lush and green.

Logs on the lawn. Trees and a path. On the way to Bournville Station.

This tree has been sculpted to read Cotteridge Park.

September 2019

Heading over the bridge from Breedon Road again. There is this view of the skyline towards Five Ways / Broad Street. From Park Regis Birmingham to The Bank Tower Two. Didn't see a train until I entered the park again.

Took a different path this time. Saw a West Midlands Railway Class 323 train passing by. It wouldn't be long before I found myself at Bournville Station yet again.

A container covered in graffiti.

Curved benches, looks like some kind of school camping area?

Noticeboard from the Friends of Cotteridge Park.

Squirrel on a tree.

Playground again and the skating ramps.

A wider look at the camping area.

Feels like a forest in Cotteridge.

Or a wood.

Path up to Franklin Road.

More photos on my Flickr here Cotteridge Park.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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11 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Remembrance Sunday parade and service around Birmingham Cathedral (November 2019)

I just about caught the tail end of the parade on Temple Row as they headed round onto St Philip's Place. Was more veterans ready to go outside 103 Colmore Row. The Cenotaph was on Colmore Row outside of Birmingham Cathedral St Philip's. Sunday 10th November 2019 on Remembrance Sunday 2019. 101 years since the end of WW1. 80 years since WW2 started.

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Remembrance Sunday parade and service around Birmingham Cathedral (November 2019)





I just about caught the tail end of the parade on Temple Row as they headed round onto St Philip's Place. Was more veterans ready to go outside 103 Colmore Row. The Cenotaph was on Colmore Row outside of Birmingham Cathedral St Philip's. Sunday 10th November 2019 on Remembrance Sunday 2019. 101 years since the end of WW1. 80 years since WW2 started.


Remembrance Sunday for 2019 was on Sunday 10th November 2019. For the second year at Birmingham Cathedral and Colmore Row. I missed it last time, so managed to get to town in time to see some of the events going on here.

Parade on Temple Row

Heading up Cherry Street, I saw the parade on Temple Row heading past the banks. Got these views from the area in front of Lloyds Bank as they turned onto St Philip's Place past NatWest.

The were marching past Cathedral Square, home of Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip's Cathedral Birmingham).

I was hoping to see them on parade on Colmore Row, but Temple Row will do.

Veteran firemen and police as well on parade.

Marching around past NatWest.

Fire and police officers passing the Mexican Street Food place.

Also volunteers and St John Ambulance personnel.

I think this was the end of the parade on Temple Row.

Veterans outside 103 Colmore Row

I wasn't sure if there would be room outside 103 Colmore Row. But there was. Another man with a camera.

Veterans carrying flags of various regiments and the Union Jack.

Man at the front with a banner representing their regiment or unit.

Men at the back in bowler hats.

Crowd of people in Cathedral Square

The Cenotaph was this year on Colmore Row and a stage was set up, like every year. This time close to the top of Church Street and the Grand Hotel.

By this point the poppy laying ceremony was well underway. People could watch what was going on, on the pair of screens. In the distance is the core and cranes of 103 Colmore Row behind Birmingham Cathedral. With the BT Tower and Grand Hotel to the right.

From St Philip's Place. The Bishop of Birmingham was on one of the screens. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham would have been there too (not on display on that screen at this point). The Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands was also present.

Heading back onto Temple Row, the screen was showing a poppy and The Royal British Legion logo.

Remembrance Sunday service on Colmore Row

By the time I got back to Colmore Row, most of the veterans were standing still waiting for 11 o'clock to come. Police and fire officers here.

In view of Birmingham Cathedral, was a bit hard to see what was going on here.

The Cenotaph. It goes into storage after the service is over, then comes back out for Remembrance Sunday. It used to take place in Centenary Square, and Victoria Square in one previous year. Been on Colmore Row now two years in a row.

People gathered at the Colmore Row junction with Temple Row West. Towards Birmingham Cathedral St Philip's

One last look towards the Grand Hotel. By then they were laying the poppy wreaths near the Cenotaph.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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11 Nov 2019 - Barry Whitehead
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Remembrance Day - Lest we forget 2019

Barry shares Remembrance Day with his great photography. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. All photography courtesy Barry Whitehead.

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Remembrance Day - Lest we forget 2019





Barry shares Remembrance Day with his great photography. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. All photography courtesy Barry Whitehead.


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11 Nov 2019 - Elliott Brown
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The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market 2019: Day 1 of 43

Open now for it's 20th annual year in Birmingham, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market as usual stretches from New Street to Victoria Square. For the first time it opened about 2 weeks earlier than usual on the 7th November 2019. Meaning it will be open for around 43 days until the 23rd December 2019.

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The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market 2019: Day 1 of 43





Open now for it's 20th annual year in Birmingham, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market as usual stretches from New Street to Victoria Square. For the first time it opened about 2 weeks earlier than usual on the 7th November 2019. Meaning it will be open for around 43 days until the 23rd December 2019.


New Street

This is the section of New Street between Corporation Street and High Street. Retail BID have again turned the tree lights pink and purple. This was around 5pm on Thursday 7th November 2019 between the Britannia Hotel and Odeon Cinema.

This year they have an new arch on New Street saying "Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market". Also with the shields / arms of Birmingham and Frankfurt. The cities have been twinned since 1966. Birmingham and Frankfurt.

A closer look at the tower with Birmingham's Forward coat of arms / shield.

Santa Claus and penguins.

Zum Glockenspiel near the end of New Street. Poppies up as it's the time of year of Remembrance.

Victoria Square

Earlier in the day, I popped out at lunchtime and headed up Pinfold Street from Birmingham New Street Station, following the tracks of the West Midlands Metro extension to Centenary Square (also known as the Westside Metro extension).

A small change to the security barriers near the new tram line. As the Birmingham FCM is now open again in front of the Council House.

Even here the towers have Birmingham's Forward coat of arms shield. One of the square's Sphinx Guardian's watches on.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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