Moseley has been the birthplace and/or home to many people who were well known locally or nationally over the centuries and the History Group has published booklets about a number of these. The first of these booklets entitled ‘Some Moseley Personalities Volume I’ provides biographical sketches of the following personalities in alphabetical order.
Click on the names below to read the respective articles and click here to read the introduction to Volume I .
- The Balden family of Balsall Heath House
- Joseph Chamberlain
- Percy Harrison
- Sir John Holder
- Sir Barry Jackson
- Cyril Lander
- Joseph, Harry and Oliver Lucas
- Sir Herbert Manzoni
- Sidney H. Meteyard and Kate Eadie
- Henry V. Morton
- J. R. R. Tolkien
- William Dyke Wilkinson
Andrew Franklin CVO, 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. Click HERE to read the story of Andrew’s life and Chinese collection.
Further articles have subsequently been produced, some in Moseley Personalities Volumes II and III, that provide synopses of the lives of other local personalities Click on the names below to read the articles.
- William Adams of ‘Sorrento’
- Edward Holmes – Architect
- Joseph and Harry Lucas
- Nathaniel Cracknell Reading
- Lisel Haas – Photographer
- Sir Alan Cottrell
- Ernest Marston Rudland
- Collingwoode Underhill – a Moseley Architect – Graham Underhill’s account of his father and his Moseley connections. See also an article on Coll’s service in WW1.
- Carl Chinn – From Kings Heath to Sparkbrook
- Harry Payne
- Dr. Victoria Mary Crosse and her work at Sorrento hospital
- James Horsfall who lived at ‘The Firs’ in Stoney Lane, and the Horsfall company
- Richard Cadbury and his family at Moseley Hall
- Roy Thomas – power station engineer, senior member of the Methodist Church and secretary of Moseley Local History group
Articles about Moseley people also appear in Local History Newsletters from 2012-13. Click on the Newsletter edition to read the article:
- John Bowen – Newsletter September 2012 – and his house in Strensham Hill – Newsletter November 2012
- Beryl Chempin – Newsletter March 2013
- Dame Hilda Lloyd – Newsletter April 2013
- Garfield Morgan – Newsletter December 2012
- Daphne Slater – Newsletter April 2013