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Birmingham's Heritage



20 Slack Lane,

One of the best examples of  early 'cruck timber frame construction The house was built in 1460 (altered in 1625 and 1946).

The Old Cruck House


The elegant home of industrial pioneer and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, who lived at Soho House from 1766 to 1809. Possibly the first centrally heated English house since Roman times has been restored to its 18th century appearance, with period room settings (including some of Boulton's own furniture), Displays tell the story of this fascinating man and his factory and family. Visitor Centre with permanent exhibition on the Lunar Society, and temporary exhibition gallery.
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St Mary's Church Handsworth, 

St Mary's was built in about 1170 and is the burial place of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch. St Mary's Church Handsworth is also known as 'the Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution'.

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The Old Birmingham Workhouse

Founded 1734 in Lichfield Street, site of the Victoria Law Courts. As numbers increased a new Union Workhouse was called for. Designed by J.J. Bateman it opened its doors on 25th March 1852 on Western Road, Winson Green.  Following the Introduction of the NHS in 1948 Birmingham Workhouse became Summerfield Hospital on Western Road. Summerfield Hospital has since been demolished, leaving one solitary building in the grounds. A The Workhouse Infirmary became Dudley Road Hospital, later re named City Hospital, Dudley Road.


Newton Road,
Great Barr.
This was the childhood home of Francis Asbury, who was a principal figure in founding the Methodist Church in North America. He travelled over a quarter of a million miles preaching and became the first Bishop of the American Methodist Church - which had the largest following in the country. Now fully restored in 18th century style, the tiny cottage houses displays, both tracing the growth of Methodism in the Black Country and also the travels of Francis Asbury. The cottage is open for group visits, by appointment only and arrangements can be made through the staff at the Oak House Museum.

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'Perrots Folly' 
Waterworks Road Ladywood

 ?The Monument? is Birmingham's oddest architectural feature an extraordinary 96ft (29m) tower known as Perrott's Folly. It was built in 1758 by John Perrot. Mr Perrot lived in Belbroughton and had the tower built so that he could see the grave of his wife buried ten miles away.. Unfortunately the height of land at Clent prevented this. Thus the name "Folly" It is not open to the public however it is scheduled as an ancient monument

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Also in Waterworks Road stands a later Victorian tower, as part of the Edgbaston Waterworks. The pair are said to have suggested Minas Morgul and Minas Tirith, the Two Towers after which the second volume of the Lord of the Rings is named.

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