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The Estate has a variety of brickwork styles from plain red brick to the variegated finish illustrated below. It would have been much simpler to have used only one type of brick throughout. This was not the case, with variation the norm, even within the same road. All this in order to add variety to the street scene.

The Titford Brick Company was at Titford, Halesowen, Worcestershire. The first directors were S. Barnett (Chairman) and T. Barnett. The registered office was the Titford Brickworks, Blackheath Nr Birmingham.

In 1908 ‘The Builder’ reported Messrs S. Barnett and Sons (Tipton) exhibit a number of their hard “Terra-Metallic” blue metallic paving bricks etc for footways, stables etc and also blue building bricks. At the back of the same stand “purple” bricks made by the Titford Brick Company Blackheath Staffs are shown; these are of different kinds some being of the usual size and others about 2in thick; some again are of uniform colour and others brindled but all appear to be very hard and well burnt.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the abovenamed Company, duly convened, and held at 4 Waterloo Street, Birmingham 2, in the county of Warwickshire, on the 14th day of August 1959, the following Special Resolution was duly passed:
" That the Company be wound up Voluntarily and that Roy Lawrence, A.C.A., of 4 Waterloo Street, Birmingham 2, be and he is hereby appointed Liquidator of the Company for the purposes of such winding-up."
A. E. Barnett, Chairman.

The Titford bricks are 8.75" x 4.25" x 2.25" whilst the  normal red bricks used are 9" x 4.33" x 3".
There is the physical evidence Titford bricks were used. However Smarts Brick Works advertised in the original prospectus and also claimed to have supplied the builders of the Estate. California is only a short distance from Harborne. The Lapal tunnel mentioned on the advert is now disused and closed off but there is a Society who has hopes of reinstating the canal from Selly Oak overland past the Weoley Castle ruins and out through the country park to Halesowen.
If you have had cause to replace a ceiling in an Estate property or worse had one fall down you will see that it is lath and plaster construction. Some of the partition walls were also finished this way. The laths are nailed to the ceiling joists, a backing plaster applied which keys into the gaps between the laths and then a finishing coat applied.

Illustrated are some of the colour variations of the tiles used in the fireplaces on the Estate. The green and red are 4.25" x just over 2". The mottled green tile is slightly smaller at 4"x2". Do you know who they were supplied by or are there examples of other colours? If you still have a fireplace with them in situ let us know or send a picture.

Its believed all the kitchen floors were quarry tiled. Is this correct or were other materials used? Do you still have a quarry tile floor we can picture?

This is an original bell board in a Carless Avenue property. The rooms listed are:
Front Door
Dining Room
Drawing Room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
After the bell has stopped  a disc in the centre of the room sign continues to oscillate so you know which bell has sounded.

Probably now scrapped this is an example of one of the original cast iron baths. Another version was of a more tapered design with the wider end gently sloping.
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