HANDSWORTH PLACES

Handsworth Council House.
Soho Road,
Handsworth.
This fine redbrick seat of local government was built in 1877,
by architect A. E. Henman.
A library was added in 1880, the books being provided by public subscription.


Soho Road 1948





Hawthorne House
A listed building now housing Social Services

Hawthorne House is originally a Georgian building; in 1841 it was the home of Bullock the ironmaster whose foundry was in West Bromwich. As seen it is Victorian having been altered and added to in the early 19th century; the centre-piece is painted brick of 3-storeys and 3 bays with a central tuscan porch. Inside an 1890 staircase remains and stained glass windows, one signed and dated EB 1862, another signed EB and inscribed 'Dieu donne toutes choses' = God gives everything. Grade II Listed.


Chapel of the Wesleyan College
Now part of UCE campus

 Handsworth College

Handsworth College/ Handsworth Hall was built as a Wesleyan Methodist theological college 1881 by Goddard and Ball in Tudor perpendicular style in brick with terracotta dressings. The front of the college has a large square central embattled tower; the original E-shaped building had a central chapel, now a hall. The college amalgamated with Queens College Edgbaston to provide ecumenical training and this building is now a residential hall of the University of Aston.

Browns Green Lodge

Browns Green Lodge cottage with overhanging roof supported on tree trunks with ogee-arched branches, ogee-headed door and windows with Y-tracery which was the lodge of the 18th-century Browns Green House which later became a school and was demolished before 1900

Paul Homes
HANDSWORTH BATHS

So who remembers Handsworth Baths? Located on the corner of Grove Lane and Hinstock Road.Today, although still standing, it is converted into residential accommodation.
My memories only date back to when it was a Public Swimming Baths, and my Father taking me there, to learn to swim. Which I eventually accomplished after being thrown in the deep end a few times........and subsequently dragged back out again, till I got the knack of treading water! Not a recommended or ethical way to be taught your strokes.
It was also the baths that I went to socially, with me mates!
Long before that though, my mother informs me that it was a weekly outing for her. From 16 onwards, she and her friends would trek to Grove Lane, with towel under their arms, for their weekly bath. It was a treat for them, but only allowed weekly, because of the cost, 6d! They usually made the convoy on a Saturday, although this was a busy time for the baths, it ensured that they were ready for their night out. As you can see by the two entrance doors, men and women queued on seperate steps, (I remember on my school trips, that boys and girls followed this tradition too).
The attendant, wore a crisp white jacket, and resembled a prison officer........'strict and in control'. She possessed a 'key' that turned the water on, there were no taps to these huge deep white baths. Eight in all. She meticulously cleaned them between visitors.Only so much water was allowed per person, so if it was too hot, you couldn't ask for any cold, and because there were no taps, and a large queue of people behind you, it was a case of just getting into the red hot water, and carrying the appearance of a lobster as you left the establishment. Carbolic soap, still reminds my mom of the experience, a piece would be given to you by the attendant on entry. Nice to smell of carbolic soap on that SPECIAL Saturday night date! Beats Channel Number 5!
Sue Bonner


St Micheals Church

St Micheals Road Handsworth


St Micheals Church

St Michaels Road
Handsworth
The Reverend G. W. Murray, rector of Handsworth, began the project of building the church in 1850.
The architect was a Mr Bourne of Dudley.
The church was consecrated in 1855.


 St Mary's Church  


Hampstead Road, Handsworth



The Handsworth parish church of St Mary's, which dates back to the twelfth century, has long been associated with three of Birmingham's most famous sons, allowing that two of them were adopted, having been born in scotland.
The names of James Watt, William Murdock and Matthew Boulton,( born in Birmingham) are inseparably linked with Handsworth and the Soho Engineering works.
When raising during the 1980s for church repairs the fund organisers justifiably claimed that the church constituted the
" Westminster Abbey " of the Industrial Revolution.
Boulton Watt and Murdock are all buried in the vaults of St Mary's


by
Rob Lowe

 Heathfield Road Maternity Hospital

The hospital was at first a private concern and opened in 1920. It later became owned by Birmingham Health Authority from 1953 until it closed, on 29 June 1968. (Reference from Victoria County History, minutes of Dudley Road hospital management committee-MS 702/2, Revenue estimates year ending 31 March 1970, Birmingham Archives.) It closed because more modern facilities became available at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, and at Dudley Road Hospital, Winson Green. The article quoted as having in 1961 - 942 births, and 1967 - 1,617 births. - Birmingham Mail 29 June 1968. Another source of information I thought I would get some information about the hospital was to go to the school that is now built on the land. On 20 June 2000 I visited the school. Here the only remains of the hospital I was able to find, that exists to this day are the bricked up fireplaces along the red brick wall that divides the school to the building next door.
During the time I have been doing the project I have been surprised at the amount of people who did not know Handsworth had a hospital - maternity hospital. In total I have met about 12 people who have said they were born there or had a brother or sister who was born there.