Try our Quiz!
This quiz was kindly prepared by Laurie Calcutt, who has put his time inside during the Covid-19 lock-down to good use. How well do you know Moseley and Kings Heath?
Try our Quiz here. When you have finished it, you can check out the answers through a link on our Projects 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 – 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.
Programme for 2020-2021
Unfortunately the 2020-21 Programme had to be suspended before it had started due to Covid19 restrictions on public gatherings. More news will be published when the situation changes.
Click here to read the Moseley Society Programme Card for 2019-20. The Moseley Society Programme always includes several talks on a history theme.
Recent Additions to the website
New – A new article on Matthias Watts and Moseley Ware tells the story of a successful Moseley manufacturing and retail business with international connections. Matthias Watts ran an Art Dealer’s and picture framing business in St Mary’s Row where he manufactured Moseley Ware, chromium plated photograph frames and mirrors for sale nationwide and internationally. The History Group has several items in its Collection that have been kindly donated.
New – A new article on Sorrento House and Gardens illustrates the style of architecture favoured by affluent Victorian Moseley residents and the social life they enjoyed. Two further articles tell the story of the development of Moseley in Victorian times with reference to (often amusing) reports in local newspapers and magazines. See:
— Victorian Moseley in the News – Transport
— Victorian Moseley in the News – Developments in Housing and Society
New – A full and comprehensive account has been added of the life of John Avins , a successful Birmingham businessman and notable philanthropist who lived at Highfield House, Church Road and made a significant contribution to Moseley life
New – Memories of growing up in Moseley 70 or more years ago, with references to Moseley C. of E. School, the Carnegie Boys Club and the Kingsway Cinema among other places, are described in two new articles on the Moseley Life and Memories page by Colin Precious and Robert Hitchman. There is also a new article by Jenny Hodder describing her memories of working as a midwife at Sorrento Maternity Hospital and another by Ann Flynn giving us her recollections of life as an orderly at Sorrento in a conversation with Linda Gresham along with two of her two of her poems about Sorrento.
New – The collection of articles about men killed in WW1 who are commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial is now complete with an addition of a final article on Air Mechanic 1st Class Arthur Perry RFC who survived the war but not the peace. The article on Second Lieutenant Philip Eric Edkins, who died in the Somme Campaign in July 1916, has been updated to include details of his childhood in Southampton. These and other stories can be accessed through the World War 1 Project page.
Two copies of a book of poetry by T Ewart Mitton, have been donated to our Collection. It was recently republished at the instigation of Patrick Fuller, the great-grandson of Mabel Mitton, J.R.R. Tolkien’s sister. See also the article on the wartime activities of Lieutenant T Ewart Mitton ,who was killed in December 1917.
The History Group has 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.