The Society has an active and enthusiastic History Group which carries out research on local history topics and organises talks, walks and visits. The Group has built up an extensive Collection of archived and catalogued documents, photographs and artefacts relating to Moseley’s history, which are used in our research. For more details, visit the About the History Group page and the Moseley History Collection page. To contact us send an email to our new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please use this new address in future although any mail sent to our old Exchange address will be temporarily forwarded on.) There are many opportunities for further interesting research and we welcome new volunteers. To find out more or to join our group, click here.
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 further two articles have been uploaded about men killed in action in 1918 and commemorated on the St Mary’s war memorial, relating to Lieutenant Grahame Heath eldest son of George Heath, founder of George Heath Motors, and Gunner Albert Edward Eaton . Previously added articles relate to Gunner Herbert Leslie Tomlinson , Rifleman Stanley Alfred Augustus Marriott , Private George Herbert Potter and Private George Watson Page . Click to read these articles or see the web page on men killed in 1918. The article on 13. Private William Clement Ward killed in action in 1917 has been updated with additional information about William’s family background.
New – An article on Captain Roger Cholmeley MC, a man of action who after a varied career in South Africa and Australia served with distinction as an Intelligence Officer with The Cheshire Regiment in WW1 and was subsequently killed in 1919 fighting with the Allied forces in support of the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in northern Russia at the age of 47. He himself had no connection with Birmingham but he is commemorated on the St Anne’s war memorial because his brother lived in Strensham Hill.
New – The complete article “Jack the war hero and Dora his widow who became a Lady – a Moseley tale of love” by Jim Hone is now available to read (click to view). The original article told the story of Lieutenant Colonel J H S Dimmer, a war hero and holder of both the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry, and the Military Cross and his marriage to a local Moseley girl, Dora Bayley-Parker. Jack was sadly killled in action just a few months after his marriage. This updated article goes on to tell the story of his wife Dora, who subsequently married Lord Garvagh and lived a glamorous and highly successful life at the head of an aristocratic dynasty.
New – An article about Andrew Franklin CVO, who accumulated an impressive collection of Chinese ceramics and art whilst working as a British diplomat in China and subsequently bequeathed a large portion of it to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The article also describes his interesting experiences in Germany during World War 1 where he was born whilst his mother was visiting her German family at the outbreak of war and subsequently stranded having to conceal his British nationality.
New – A spreadsheet listing the 198 men from Moseley killed in World War 1 who were commemorated on the ten Moseley War Memorials and the Wintersloe School Roll of Honour, with photographs of those memorials, plus a Schools’ Educational Package providing useful references for teachers planning projects for schoolchildren to commemorate the anniversary of Armistice Day. See the World War 1 Project page.
New – An article on the origins and history of Toc H (click to view), founded to provide fellowship and support for soldiers during World War 1, and the role it has subsequently played in Moseley and Birmingham over the past century to help the disadvantaged in British society.
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 information, visit our Projects page.
Mappa Moseley project by Andy_Underscore
Andy_Underscore has been carrying out some very interesting work digitising the 1838 tithe maps of the Kings Norton Parish, including the land use and names of the land parcels as they appear in the accompanying tithe book (both of which are available to view in Birmingham Library). The map is still work in progress but the eventual aim is to map the entirety of the Parish of Kings Norton (of which Moseley, Kings Heath, Stirchley, Cotteridge were all part of before they became part of Birmingham). To find out more about this project visit https://andyunderscore.com/maps/
History Group’s appearance on BBC Midlands Today
On Thursday 29th June Linda and Graham Richards from the USA visited the History Group to present us with a photograph of Second Lieutenant William Furse which Graham bought in a Stratford-on-Avon antique shop 15 years ago. BBC Midlands Today were there to film the event which was broadcast on that evening’s news programme. Click HERE to read more.
We have received a donation of bills and receipts from the 1940s-1960s for shops in Moseley and Kings Heath which belonged to Margaret Gilbert of School Road and which shed interesting insights on the period. For example there are many bills/receipts for George J Mason Ltd., Grocers & Provisions, a shop many of you might remember.
Along with these we have been given a Book of the Minutes of the National Council for Women Birmingham Branch for 1945-6 to 1954 which also contains lists of Officers of the Council.
We have catalogued these items, but we are looking for someone interested in doing some further research on them.
The History Group is currently running a project on World War 1 and has started a new project on Wintersloe School If you would like to join in or read more, visit our Projects page.
The History of Moor Green Allotments web page, resulting from a previous History Group project, provides a link to the official booklet on the history of the allotments, a timeline and web articles showing how allotments developed over the past 250 years, together with an account of the 40th Anniversary Celebration Show at Moor Green Allotments on 3rd September with the Lord Mayor as guest of honour.
Blood’s Map of Birmingham and its Environs (1857) is available to be viewed on the Brief History of Moseley page.
The Birmingham Historic Landscape project is an online source that provides a dynamic representation of how land use in Birmingham has changed over the centuries, overlaying historic maps on to the present day street pattern. For further information see a presentation on Mapping Birmingham’s Historic Landscape from our evening talk on Tuesday 6th October and Brief Instructions on how to use Birmingham Historic Landscape mapping system. You can access the Birmingham City Council Historic Landscape Characterisation web page (with links to all the mapping pages) by clicking here.
The History of Moseley
Between 1850 and 1910 Moseley developed from a rural village centred around Moseley Hall and St Mary’s Church into a fashionable suburb with fine Victorian houses, many built in the arts and crafts style. To read more see a Brief History of Moseley.