Bournville Baths - A Birmingham Gem!

Bournville Baths is situated on Bournville Lane in Bournville, close to the Cadbury chocolate factory. Built 1902-04, by G H Lewin. A war memorial for the Cadbury Bro's workers is outside.


Where is Bournville Baths?

Bournville Baths is located on Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2HP

 

In brief

Built between 1902 and 1904, Bournville Baths was designed by G H Lewin. There is a war memorial outside of the baths dedicated to the Cadbury Bros. workers who fell in both World Wars.

Bournville BathsBournville Baths (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Bournville Baths - history of the build

From 1902 to 1904, Bournville Baths was built close to the factory on Bournville Lane, the architect was G H Lewin. Built of red brick with stone dressings, and a tiled roof. The stone carvings were sculpted by Benjamin Creswick. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1980. The baths have not been used for a long time now. To the left is Main Street South, which is used by vehicles heading to the Cadbury factory, as well as the Bournville Place offices. Lodge No 2 is a few buildings to the right of this location.

Bournville BathsBournville Baths (October 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Bournville BathsBournville Baths (October 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Bournville BathsBournville Baths (October 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

AD 1879 stone at Bournville Baths

After the Cadbury Brothers relocated their factory from the City Centre to a site 4 miles away in 1878, they built a factory and an entire model village. In 1879 a house was built near this site for William Tallis, who was the first works foreman. The house was demolished in 1967, but a stone reading "AD 1879" was saved and a plaque placed beneath (not far from the zebra crossing).

Bournville BathsAD 1879 stone and plaque at Bournville Baths (May 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

War memorial at Bournville Baths

After the First World War, a war memorial was built in memory of the men who worked at the factory who gave their lives during the Great War 1914 to 1918. After the Second World War of 1939 to 1945, another bronze plaque was installed in memory of the men from Cadbury Brothers Ltd who gave their lives in that war. Outside is usually place poppy wreaths.

Bournville BathsWar memorial at Bournville Baths (May 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

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