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01 Nov 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - October 2019

Here's a gallery of recent photos of One Chamberlain Square, the near completion of the paving of Centenary Way giving some nice perspectives of the front entrance, with nice reflections of the Museum and Art Gallery in the curved windows.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square - October 2019





Here's a gallery of recent photos of One Chamberlain Square, the near completion of the paving of Centenary Way giving some nice perspectives of the front entrance, with nice reflections of the Museum and Art Gallery in the curved windows.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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31 Oct 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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No time for a break at 103 Colmore Row - Our end October 2019 update

Here is an end October 2019 gallery update of works at 103 Colmore. It's all go as we can see from these images taken by Daniel. 

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No time for a break at 103 Colmore Row - Our end October 2019 update





Here is an end October 2019 gallery update of works at 103 Colmore. It's all go as we can see from these images taken by Daniel. 


Photos by Tom Grunt

 

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31 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Swanshurst Park through the seasons through the years

Swanshurst Park is a park that I regularly return to and have been taking photos there for almost 10 years. Visited in different seasons. In the autumn or winter, spring or summer. Sometimes when a circus is on, or even a fun fair! Located on the border of Moseley and Billesley. The park is not in Kings Heath. On the World Famous no 11 Outer Circle bus route (also the 2 and 3).

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Swanshurst Park through the seasons through the years





Swanshurst Park is a park that I regularly return to and have been taking photos there for almost 10 years. Visited in different seasons. In the autumn or winter, spring or summer. Sometimes when a circus is on, or even a fun fair! Located on the border of Moseley and Billesley. The park is not in Kings Heath. On the World Famous no 11 Outer Circle bus route (also the 2 and 3).


Usually the first park that I pass on the 11C bus heading up Swanshurst Lane and up Yardley Wood Road, I have been around this park a lot. Swanshurst Park. Follow this link for my album on Flickr Swanshurst Park. Find the full gallery here Swanshurst Park gallery.

December 2009

It was Christmas Eve 2009 when I headed up to Swanshurst Park for the first time with a camera. The park was full of snow and looking quite "Christmasy". Was also freezing. A White Christmas indeed!

The lake was frozen with a layer of snow on it.

Was also quite misty, hard to see the trees in the distance.

A lone swan with several Canada geese. They were able to get a swim in the freezing cold water.

The corner of the Moseley New Pool. All iced over with a layer of snow on it.

March 2011

This visit to the park on a wonderful sunny spring day was to see Zippos Circus on the other side of the Moseley New Pool. They seem to return to the park every year. A pair of Canada geese on the south bank of the pool.

Looking towards Zippos Circus. See my circuses in Birmingham post here Circuses in Birmingham.

Daffodils, a sight you usually see in March or April. Some years in February.

Up the path towards Swanshurst Lane.

The path leads to the Moseley New Pool. The circus seen in the distance.

March 2012

On a hot March afternoon in Swanshurst Park. The field near Brook Lane in Billesley. With this park, you can also do walks to the nearby Shire Country Park in Hall Green and Yardley Wood.

The playground is access from Yardley Wood Road. There is also a car park on that side.

Plenty of trees up here. In recent years the council has had to protect the park from travellers, who seem to set up a camp on the park near here.

This was during May 2013, passing on the 11C bus on the Yardley Wood Road in Billesley. On the right is the Billesley Community Fire Station. That graffiti mural has long since gone, since someone sprayed graffiti on top of it!

Now June 2014, and Bob Wilson's Fun Fair was on in the park. Again seen from the passing 11C bus on the Yardley Wood Road in Billesley.

November 2015

It's now autumn, and there was a canopy of brown leaves on the ground near the Swanshurst Lane entrance of the park. Days after Halloween, and the day before Bonfire Night.

The path down from Swanshurst Lane to Moseley New Pool. Looking quite autumnal.

You always see Canada geese at this end of the park. Yellow and brown colours all over.

Gulls in the Moseley New Pool. The colours of autumn were everywhere.

The corner of the pool close to Swanshurst Lane.

December 2017

After the snow had melted. Leaves on the lawn near Yardley Wood Road. Trees line the park, and the Moseley New Pool in the distance.

Canada geese and swans in the Moseley New Pool.

The middle of December 2017, and saw the gulls flying about above the Moseley New Pool with the Canada geese below.

Is quite the sight to see! There are signs around the park advising people to not feed bread to the birds, yet they still do it any way.

The playground seen on a Christmas Day 2017 walk. No buses run on this day (they never do).

In July 2018 during a summer heatwave. All throughout the UK, the green grass had gone yellow, and it was the same here at Swanshurst Park. This view from Brook Lane in Billesley.

It is now December 2018 and after getting off the no 2 bus on Yardley Wood Road, I walked down Swanshurst Lane as it was getting dark. (Had to change buses from the 5 in Sparkbrook). Still leaves on the lawn, and the park seems different after the sun has gone down.

February 2019

The end of winter with signs that spring was upon us. A man fishing in a tent near the Moseley New Pool. Was a sunny day. Headed along the path from the Yardley Wood Road to Swanshurst Lane.

Purple and white crocuses. A sign that it was almost spring. But was only the middle of February!

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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31 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Muntz Park: the little known park in Selly Oak

There is another park in the Selly Oak area near Selly Park called Muntz Park. You probably haven't heard about it. It is between Gristhorpe Road and Umberslade Road. The park was named after Frederick Ernest Muntz. The Muntz family originally came from Lithuania. His grandfather George Frederick Muntz was the inventor of 'Muntz metal'. Park formed around 1907.

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Muntz Park: the little known park in Selly Oak





There is another park in the Selly Oak area near Selly Park called Muntz Park. You probably haven't heard about it. It is between Gristhorpe Road and Umberslade Road. The park was named after Frederick Ernest Muntz. The Muntz family originally came from Lithuania. His grandfather George Frederick Muntz was the inventor of 'Muntz metal'. Park formed around 1907.


To be fair, I wasn't expecting to find Muntz Park on my walk around Selly Oak in late December 2018. This was after I saw some nice Selly Oak Police ladies going around the area on patrol (seeing me with my camera). Told them about Birmingham We Are (I think). My idea originally that day was to get to the 11A bus stop on Oak Tree Lane, but I went a bit off route. The walk ended in Stirchley (including passing through Stirchley Park for the first time) and the Fordhouse Lane bus stop for the 11A.

Entering the park on Gristhorpe Road near Raddlebarn Primary & Nursery School. Here we see the modern Nursery building.

The Muntz Park playground seen from Gristhorpe Road.

Close up of the slides and climbing frames in this small park.

This sign tells you all about the history of Muntz Park. Named after Frederick Ernest Muntz, grandson of George Frederick Muntz, who invented 'Muntz metal'. George became one of Birmingham's first MP's in 1840. Frederick inherited the Muntz estates in 1898.

The Muntz family came from Lithuania, then later moved to France. Phillipe Frederic Muntz settled in Birmingham after the French Revolution. The park was formed from land that was part of Selly Farm. The Council bought the land between 1907 and 1909 and developed it into a park. Birmingham Civic Society got a grant to re-landscape the park in 1923.

The park also has a big hollow in the ground. It was the remains of a marl pit. They were common in the 19th century. In 2005 the Friends of Muntz Park was formed to celebrate the centenary of the park and to make it more attractive for users.

Nearby parks to Muntz Park include: Selly Park (up Raddlebarn Road), Hazelwell Park (along the River Rea Route in Stirchley), Stirchley Park (behind the Co-operative Food in Stirchley) and Cotteridge Park to name a few.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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30 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Stirchley Park: the park hidden behind The Co-op

If you went past The Co-operative Food and Farmfoods in Stirchley, you wouldn't know that it is there. Stirchley Park is a small park hidden behind those supermarkets near The Bourn. Got into the park via a path near Ribblesdale Road and Bond Street. Exited near the Friends Meeting House. The visit during December 2018.

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Stirchley Park: the park hidden behind The Co-op





If you went past The Co-operative Food and Farmfoods in Stirchley, you wouldn't know that it is there. Stirchley Park is a small park hidden behind those supermarkets near The Bourn. Got into the park via a path near Ribblesdale Road and Bond Street. Exited near the Friends Meeting House. The visit during December 2018.


Follow Stirchley Park on Twitter (run by Pierre).

This walk during late December 2018 started at Selly Oak. Just trying to get to an 11A bus stop. After I passed Muntz Park, I continued going down Gristhorpe Road and then turned onto Ribblesdale Road. Went past the car park of The Co-operative Food when I saw this sign for Stirchley Park. The entrance was near Bond Street and Ribblesdale Road, and passes over a bridge that crosses The Bourn (same brook in Bournville Park)..

This path leads you into the small park past the noticeboard.

The Bourn seen from the footbridge. Car park for The Co-operative Food to the left, Stirchley Park to the right.

A wall to the back of The Co-op with the street art as of December 2018 (I think it's changed since then).

New trees have been planted in the park and it has been tidied up. Paths on both sides.

This path leads to the back of The Co-op.

Another look at the mural.

The graffiti street art was by Graffiti by Title.

A few more panels to the right. The artist has also done pieces around the Digbeth and Southside areas of the city. Go check them out if you can. He has been a graffiti artist since 1985.

I exited to Hazelwell Street near the Friends Meeting House. Which is also near Stirchley Baths (now a community centre) and Stichley Library. Bournville is a short walk away (Bournville Station can be accessed from Bournville Lane). Just had to walk down the Pershore Road to my bus stop on Fordhouse Lane.

 

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