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.
Next meetings in our Programme
The next talk in our Programme will be on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 7.30 pm in Moseley Exchange, when Michael Byrne will speak on “Moseley Bog through Time”.
The meeting will take place in the Orange Room at Moseley Exchange behind the Post Office at 153 Alcester Road and tea and cakes will be served afterwards. As usual donations toward costs will be gratefully received.
Don’t forget that The Moseley Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 17th May at 7.30 in the Orange Room at Moseley Exchange (note the change of time from that previously published). The meeting will be followed by a discussion on a topic of current interest affecting Moseley and all members are encouraged to attend.
Click here to view the full Moseley Society Programme for 2017-18. The Programme includes a large number of history talks which will be of interest to followers of the History Group.
Recent Additions to the website
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 – Four more articles have been uploaded to the website about men killed in 1918 and commemorated on the St Mary’s war memorial, namely Private Frederick Arthur Woodcock , 2nd Lieutenant Francis Claude Uzzell, 2nd Lieutenant Harold Welford Sheffield and 2nd Lieutenant Robert Stanley Thomas MC. For these see the web page on men killed in 1918. Two other articles were recently added on Lieutenant T. Ewart Mitton, a cousin of J. R.R. Tolkien, (see the web page on men killed in 1917) and Captain Rev. James Leitch Cappell (see the web page on men killed in 1918).
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.
New – An interesting article ‘Dora and Jack … a Moseley tale of love‘ by Jim Hone tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel J H S Dimmer, a war hero and holder of the highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross, and his marriage to a local Moseley girl, Dora Bayley-Parker. Click to view.
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.