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Friends of Moseley Road Baths

A wonderful victorian swimming baths which the group is attempting to save. Don't miss visiting this building on one of their open days. Owned by Birmingham City Council, its at risk and needs everyones support. website

Harborne Royalty Trust

Visit the website for the group which is attempting to save and restore this iconic art deco cinema on Harborne High Street
Brentham Society

Visit the website for the Brentham Society.

The Brentham Society is a registered charity whose main aim is to increase awareness and help protect the character and charm of Brentham Garden Suburb. The society organises a number of annual events that foster a sense of community and encourage an appreciation of the Suburb and its history.
Bournville Village Trust

Visit the website for the Bournville Village Trust.

George Cadbury was greatly influenced by his Quaker beliefs. He had a deep seated social concern for the way people were forced to live in the overcrowded back streets of Birmingham.
Conditions were so poor that healthy living was almost impossible and at the end of the 19th Century life expectancy was about 40 years.
He and his elder brother, Richard, had made a success of their father’s chocolate business, moving from Birmingham city centre to its present site (which was then in the country) in 1879.
The area around the new ‘factory in a garden’ was named Bournville. ‘Bourn’ was the name of the local stream, and ‘ville’ was apt because of the French rivalry in chocolate-making at the time.
Richard never lived to see Bournville develop as he died from diphtheria in 1899. This was to have a profound effect on George and led him to create Bournville Village Trust (BVT) on 14 December 1900.  The gift included 313 houses on 330 acres.
The Trust Deed was a foresighted document, setting out the objectives of the founder, but allowing today’s Trustees effective control of the Village.
George Cadbury’s vision was of a mixed community; Bournville was conceived for people from a wide range of backgrounds, not only for the workers at the chocolate factory.
Today, the Bournville Estate, sited four miles south-west of Birmingham, covers over 1,000 acres, 10% of which is parkland and open space.
There are almost 8,000 houses of mixed tenure on the Estate, which is home to about 25,000 people.
Many have credited the model village with laying the foundations for the development of garden cities and introducing the benefits of open space into modern town planning.
Hampstead Garden Suburb

Visit the website for the Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
William Dargue
A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y

From Acoks Green to the Yenton, from Ashstead to Gyrdleahe, from Hasfurlong to Yorks Wood, here is the story of Birmingham's places and placenames from A to Y, many of them dating back over a thousand years. Here are their meanings and a history of their localities. There are suggested places to visit and sights to see, historical overviews, a glossary with local examples and a very extensive list of weblinks.

Visit Bill Dargue's website to appreciate this great resource on Birminghams history.
Quinton Local History Society

Visit the website for the Quinton Local History Society.

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