Local History

For a Quick Search for articles  – see the Index of Buildings and Places and the Moseley People page

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 –  moseleyhistory@gmail.com(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.

Programme for 2019-2020

 The Moseley Society Programme Card for 2019-20 has now been published and contains many talks on a history related theme.  Click to read it.

The first talk will be at 7.30 on Tuesday 8th October at the Exchange and will be co-sponsored with Moseley in Bloom.
Sarah Bowers and Alexandra Bailey will speak on the subject “Thrive – using gardening to change lives.”

As usual, refreshments will be served after the meeting and members are invited to bring guests. Donations toward costs will be welcomed.

Events Commemorating the Gallipoli Campaign of WW1

On Thursday 17th October there will be a memorial service at St Mary’s at 1.30 followed by a talk, display and book launch at the Exchange at 3.00 to commemorate the unsuccessful Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 and the men from Moseley and Kings Heath who died there.  Click here to see the flyer.

Recent Additions to the website

New – The final three articles on men killed in 1918 and commemorated on the St Mary’s war memorial have now been added to the website, telling the stories of Private Harold Freeman Wood,  Private Colin Rowland Taylor and Private Walter William Clayton. An article was also recently added on  2nd Lt James Henry Duffell of the Tank Corps, who was killed protecting the retreating infantry during the rapid German advance known as Operation Michael on 22 March 1918. Articles have also been added on Corporal Joseph Herbert Smith (the ‘missing name’ from the 1915 list who has finally been identified) and Private Ernest Reynolds whose father was a farmer living at Moorcroft Farm and Moor Green Cottage.  Click to read these articles or see the web page on men killed in 1918For further articles  see the World War 1 Project page.

New – Copies of all the articles from ‘Some Moseley Personalities Volume 2’ are now available to view on the website, including interesting pieces on F. W. Lanchester, Dr Edward Bach and John Morris Jones among others. To view these and the articles previously uploaded from Volume 1, see the Moseley People web page.

New – The type and variety of shops in Moseley village has changed dramatically over the past century. Lists of shops in Moseley Village Centre in 1907, 1981 and 2017 enable comparisons to be drawn on a building by building basis. See the Shops and Businesses section of the Buildings and Businesses web page.

New –  Hannah Williams has recently chosen to do a history project on Percy Jeeves as part of her school’s commemoration of the 1918 Armistice. Click to see a picture of Hannah displaying her project and a close-up of Hannah’s project on Percy Jeeves. Well done, Hannah! You can also read the History Group’s story of Percy Jeeves the cricketer who played for Moseley Cricket Club and who was killed on the Western Front in 1916.

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.

New Acquisitions

The History Group has recently received a generous donation of seventeen books about the history of Birmingham with many references to Moseley including photographs. Click here for details of these new acquisitions.


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.

Donation of bills and receipts

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.

Articles on Moseley and its history have been organised under three pages:  Buildings and Businesses, Moseley People and Moseley Life and Memories.  Click to read more.