Moseley Society Programme 2018 – 2019
The Moseley Society Programme for 2018 – 2019 is now available. Click to read.
The next talk in the Programme is at 7.30 on Thursday 15th November by Anthony Collins on the subject of “John Bowen the builder”. Anthony Collins is the great grandson of John Bowen the builder, a carpenter from Tenbury Wells who became a prominent Victorian entrepreneur and High Sheriff of Worcestershire. He built ‘Rochford’ in Strensham Hill for himself and ‘The Hurst’ in Amesbury Road for his son Arthur. The latter has a double-height room to incorporate a full-size organ. He built numerous other public and private buildings in Birmingham and elsewhere including the grade 1 listed Victoria Law Courts, the Methodist Central Hall, several sizeable shops in Corporation Street, the Moseley and Balsall Heath Institute, the Old Birmingham Rep theatre in Station Street and possibly the Moseley Exchange building.
Recent Additions to the website
New – A number of articles have been added over the past few months about men from Moseley who were killed in action in 1918. Other additions include the story of “Jack the war hero and Dora his widow who became a Lady – a Moseley tale of love”, an article on Andrew Franklin CVO, the British diplomat who accumulated an impressive collection of Chinese ceramics and became stranded in Germany during World War 1 and a spreadsheet listing the 198 men from Moseley killed in World War 1 who were commemorated on the ten Moseley War Memorials. There is also an article on the history of Toc H , founded to provide fellowship and support for soldiers during World War 1, and its subsequent role over the past century. Click on the links above or for full details see the Local History page.
New – A new article on the history of Wintersloe School is available to view (click to read). The group has started a project on the history of Wintersloe School and is interested in anyone who would like to help or who can provide further information. For more details, visit our Projects page.
Boundary Commission’s Proposals for changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries
Following feedback received from their original (Stage 1) proposals, the Boundary Commission’s Stage 2 proposals for the reorganisation of Westminster Parliamentary boundaries have now been published and can be viewed at https://www.bce2018.org.uk/ . If you put in your postcode you’ll come up with a map that shows that the current Moseley and Kings Heath Ward is all within the new Birmingham Brandwood constituency. The document also includes proposals for the rest of Birmingham and the West Midlands. There is reason to doubt as to whether these proposals will ever receive parliamentary approval.
The Moseley Society – Caring for an historic area of Birmingham
Moseley is a diverse, vibrant suburb three miles south of central Birmingham, with fine Victorian and Edwardian housing, attractive green spaces and historic buildings. It is continually under pressure for further development, not always in keeping with the character of the area. The Moseley Society was formed to conserve and enhance the environment of Moseley and respond to development issues in collaboration with voluntary organisations and public bodies, increase understanding of Moseley’s heritage and encourage community participation. To read more about the Society, click here.
We continually monitor and respond to local development proposals and planning applications (click to view), with the aim of encouraging the enhancement of the Moseley environment, both built and natural. Everyone can play a part in keeping Moseley looking good by reporting problems to the Council via their website (click here to see how).
We also maintain the historic Dovecote and Icehouse on the former Moseley Hall estate, which the Society was instrumental in preserving (click to read more). We have created an attractive award-winning 18th century style garden around the Dovecote and are keen to enlist the support of knowledgeable gardeners to help with its maintenance and further development.
The Society plays an active part in local events such as the Moseley Festival and has an enthusiastic Local History group which welcomes new members (click to read more).
The Moseley Society is a member of Birmingham Heritage Forum – click here to visit their website for information and news about visitor attractions and heritage sites in Birmingham
If you are interested in joining the Society click here to see How to Join. Please note: We have recently discovered a problem that occurred with the How to Join page. It is now fixed but if you have set up a standing order but not yet heard from us please email firstname.lastname@example.org.