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St+Chad%27s+Circus%2c+Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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St Chad's Circus, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Outside of St Chad's Cathedral is now a lawn with trees at St Chad's Circus. This was developed following the demolition of the old island and subways around 2006-7. 

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UPRAWR Studios and The Asylum Live Music Venue

UPRAWR Studios and The Asylum Live Music Venue. An alternative night club with a 5* rehersal studios. Hampton Street, Newtown, Birmingham. Rock themed.

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St George's Park, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

St George's Park is on Great Hampton Row. It was developed in the years following the demolition of St George's Church, Newtown in 1960-61. War memorial and a tomb survive here.

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The Shakespeare (Lower Temple Street) - A Birmingham Gem!

The Shakespeare is a public house on Lower Temple Street. It opened in 1911, but had origins at the Theatre Royal, existing from 1774 until the rebuilding of the theatre in 1904.

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The Shakespeare (Summer Row) - A Birmingham Gem!

The Shakepeare is a public house on the corner of Summer Row and Lionel Street, at the gateway to the Jewellery Quarter. It was established in 1873.

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The Old Royal - A Birmingham Gem!

The Old Royal is a Grade II listed public house at the corner of Church Street and Cornwall Street in the Colmore Business District. Built in 1898 as The Red Lion by A H Hamblin.

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Queens Tavern - A Birmingham Gem!

The Queens Tavern was built from 1894-95 by James & Lister Lea at the corner of Essex Street and Inge Street in Southside. Now a pub in the Gay Village, with several name changes.

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The Wellington (Bennetts Hill) - A Birmingham Gem!

The Wellington is at 37 Bennetts Hill. A Grade II listed public house building dating to 1868-70. A blue plaque is now here for William Haywood, who had offices in the building.

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The Prince of Wales in Cambridge Street - A Birmingham Gem!

The Prince of Wales, a hugely popular traditional pub on Cambridge Street in the Westside dates back to 1854 and is a wonderful example of Birmingham's history and cultural heritage.

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The Dean, Methodist Central Hall - A Birmingham Gem!

Methodist Central Hall is to become a 155 bedroom hotel, complete with a new three-storey extension to provide a flagship Sophie's restaurant and bar.

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Acocks Green Village Green - A wonderful open space!

The Green traffic islands at Acocks Green Village, where the Warwick Road passes through between Solihull & Birmingham. Joining to Shirley Road and Westley Road. Wonderful flower displays.

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Cathedral Place - A Birmingham Gem!

Offices at 44 Waterloo Street built around 1900-02 in the Perpendicular Gothic style. Was the Birmingham Midshires bank until 2006, then Caffe Nero from 2009 until May 2022.

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The Bull - A Heritage Inn in the Gun Quarter!

The Bull is a heritage inn located in the Gun Quarter at Price Street and Loveday Street. It is said to date to circa 1800. A blue plaque by John Ashby details it's history.

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Queens+Hospital+Close%2c+Bath+Row%2c+Birmingham%2c+UK+-+Construction+with+Community
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Queens Hospital Close, Bath Row, Birmingham, UK - Construction with Community

Queens Hospital Close is to be rejuvenated to offer purpose-built student accommodation and build-to-rent apartments (BTR).
 

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The Gunmakers Arms - A Birmingham Gem!

The Gunmakers Arms is a Grade II listed building dating to 1820. Now an art venue with exhibitions of artists and photographs. At Bath Street and Little Shadwell Street.

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Actress & Bishop, Jewellery Quarter - A Birmingham Gem!

The Actress & Bishop is a live music venue on Ludgate Hill in the Jewellery Quarter. A former jewellery workshop dating from the 19th century. It became a public house in 1998.

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Boddington Garden, Sutton Coldfield - A wonderful open space!

Boddington Garden is situated on the Birmingham Road in Maney, Sutton Coldfield. The area was originally a driffold, which was used to impound stray animals. 

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Driffold Gallery, Sutton Coldfield - Centres of art with community

Driffold Gallery was established in 1983, and is now one of the best known art dealers and consultants in the country. Located on Birmingham Road in Maney, Sutton Coldfield.

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Empire Cinemas - A Sutton Coldfield Gem!

Empire Cinemas in Sutton Coldfield, was originally an Odeon, opening in 1936. An Art Deco building designed by Harry Weedon. They have been closed since 2020.

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Samuel Heath and Sons Head Offices - A Birmingham Gem!

This wonderful build dating back to 1888 and designed by David Henry Ward is Grade II listed by Historic England for its architectural interest and high quality craftsmanship. 

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Boulton%2c+Watt+%26+Murdoch+-+the+golden+boys+statue+in+Birmingham
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Boulton, Watt & Murdoch - the golden boys statue in Birmingham

The statue of Boulton, Watt & Murdoch was unveiled on Broad Street back in 1956 outside of the Register Office. Was in storage from August 2017 to April 2022. Now in Centenary Square.

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Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath - A Birmingham Gem!

The Hare & Hounds is a musical pub at the corner of York Road and High Street in Kings Heath. Opened in 1907. UB40 had their first gig here in 1979.

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Kings Heath Library - A Birmingham Gem!

Kings Heath Library was built in the year 1905 on the High Street, for the then King's Norton & Northfield Urban District Council (it became part of Birmingham from 1911).

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The Kingsway, Kings Heath - A Birmingham Gem!

The Kingsway was a cinema in Kings Heath from 1925 to 1980, then bingo hall until 2007. Arson in 2011, partial demolition in 2018. Now Outdoor at the Kingsway from 2020.

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Chapmans+Yard%2c+Upper+Gough+Street%2c+Birmingham%2c+UK+-+Placemaking+with+Community
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Chapmans Yard, Upper Gough Street, Birmingham, UK - Placemaking with Community

Chapmans Yard will infill a long-term car park site with an 'I'-shaped block comprising 111 one- and two-bedroom apartments spread over five to seven storeys.
 

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