Next Evening Talk
The next meeting in our evening talks programme will be on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7.30 pm , when Pat Franklin, who is a guide at the Back to Backs National Trust properties in Birmingham city centre will speak on the subject “Behind the Back to Backs”.
The talk will cover the history of the houses in Inge Street and Hurst Street and surrounding area, together with the lives of the inhabitants, in the last surviving example of Back to Back housing in Birmingham.
As usual, the meeting will take place at 7.30 at Moseley Exchange, all are welcome and refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.
The Moseley Society Programme 2016 -2017
To see the full Moseley Society Programme 2016 – 2017 click here. The Programme now also includes details of the Moseley Society History group Tuesday evening talks.
Recent Additions to the website
New – The History Group has recently received a very interesting donation of Britannic Assurance house magazines from 1930 to 1997 from Reg Monk who worked there for many years. Click here to read his memories of the time he spent there. The magazines contain fascinating articles about the history of Britannic Assurance, its purchase of the Moor Green estate as a recreational and sporting facility and the building of its new Chief Office on the site, which together provide an illuminating insight into the life and times of the company and the people who worked for it. A summary of these articles, ‘Britannic Magazines: Moor Green House and Estate’, can be read here. For further information see the new Britannic Assurance Magazines web page.
New – Articles have now been added to the website about all 33 men from Moseley commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial as killed in action in 1916, in most cases at the Battle of the Somme. The most recently added articles are on Gunner Griffiths, Private Machin, Private Wheeler and Sergeant Ponsford. To access the full list of articles (which have now been reorganised into chronological sequence of death) visit the WW1 project page on men killed in 1916.
Updated Article – An updated version of the Moseley Businesses & Ghost Signs walk is now available to view on the website. The article includes details of the newly revealed ghost sign for Shufflebotham’s in Woodbridge Road and the ghost signs for the Birmingham Municipal Bank above Select & Save in Alcester Road. The article, which has been written as a self-guided walk, is based on a walk that took place at the Moseley Festival Street Fair on Saturday 2nd July 2016.
Final Result on Boundary Commission Ward Proposals –
Moseley’s recommendations accepted
In their final report, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has accepted the changes proposed by the Moseley Society and Moseley Forum to their revised recommendations. This means that the new two-councillor Moseley ward will now include both sides of Green Road, with Burke Avenue, Keel Drive and nearby houses on the north side of Wake Green Road (transferred from Sparkhill), houses on the south side of Swanshurst Lane (transferred from Billesley) and Birches Close off School Road (transferred from Kings Heath), but will exclude Balsall Heath Park and some adjacent roads which will transfer to the re-named Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath East ward. The centre of Balsall Heath is re-united, with both sides of the Moseley Road now being included in Balsall Heath West. A full copy of the report is available on the LGBCE’s website, www.lgbce.org.uk and an interactive map of final recommendations is available at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk. If you select the Birmingham consultation you get an interactive map where you can zoom in on Moseley to street level and compare the final proposals with the previous ones (by selecting the relevant boxes). This represents a great success for all the Moseley community groups including the Moseley Society who campaigned for this result and the LGBCE are to be congratulated on listening to our strongly voiced opinions. Thank you to all who supported us.
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.