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Exploring the many faith buildings along handsworth heritage trail

Posted on 5th April 2011 by

One of the key aspects of the new Handsworth Heritage trail is its connection with some of the faith buildings around Handsworth. Many of these buildings are spectacular and add immense vaule to the way the neighbourhood looks today. Some of them have pretty impressive history such as St Mary’s Church which has stones that can be dated back to 1160.

If you start the trail at Soho House it takes you through the garden at St Micheal’s Church built in 1850.

Across the road the trail takes you past the Guru Nanak Niiskam Sewak Jatha, which sits impressively at the bottom of the Soho Rd in Handsworth.

The trail then takes you up Thornhill Rd into Handsworth Park where St Mary’s Church is situated on its boundary by Hamstead Rd. I was very lucky in 2009 I got the chance to get up on the roof of the tower and look at accross Birmingham, what a few. Not for the faint hearted thou as it is quite a treck up the tower which isn’t really very easy to access so isn’t open to the public. For pictures showing outisde of St Mary’s visit the photostream for the trail on flickr

The next part of the trail takes you up to Oxhill Rd and past St Andrews Church dates back to early part of the 19th century

You can download a copy of the heritage trail from this site click on the heritage trail page

New Handsworth Heritage Trail Launched Today

Posted on 11th March 2011 by

Today its the offical launch of the new Handsworth Heritage Trail leaflet at Soho House. Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cllr Hussain and Adnan Saif from Urban Living our kindly attending to help launch the trail. We are delighted that a number of people involved in the project are attending as well as some of the people from some of the featured sites.

We hope to get people out to have a taster of the walk. Shame that the lovely sun which was out earlier has gone away!

Have a look of the some of the trail photos on Flickr more photos will be added soon. If you try the walk send in your photos and we can add or join the group.

Download a copy of the trail here: Handsworth Heritage Trail

Other copies are available at Soho House, Handsworth Library and a range of other location soon.

New Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 23rd February 2011 by

Several months ago as part of a local heritage project the idea to create a heritage trail for Handsworth emerged. What we found from talking to people was that many local people haven’t visited local heritage sites such as Soho House & Museum. Or know much about the great buildings across Handsworth.

People have also said that they are unhappy about negative images and media coverage about Handsworth. It is hoped that the trail will provide a way to positively promote Handsworth and attract some new visitors to the area.

We are also very keen to get people out walking in Handsworth and exploring their neighbourhood perhaps in a different way?

Initially a few of us got together and walk around the area taking photos of places that people might find of historic interest. See photos from this walk on Flickr

We then formed a steering group which included Pat Mills from Handsworth Historical Society, Brian Hall Rector at St Mary’s Church, Suzanne Carter from English Heritage, Annette French from Soho House, Rob Horricks local resident, Geoff Henderson trail designer from DNA and Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager.

On September 11th we held a taster walk as part of Heritage Open Days and ran three guided walks. Over 25 people took part and overall really liked the trail that they were taken on that day. This included Soho House, St Michaels Church, Handsworth Park & St Mary’s Church.

After much discussion the steering group selected 13 places that are of historic interest and prominence within the local area. It isn’t to say other buildings aren’t important or of value but we could only include 13 and had to think carefully about devising an interesting trail.

Hopefully this can be expanded and we can build up via Hands on Handsworth Blog information about other interesting places.

Send in your – places that are special to you. Please include a brief bit of text and a photo email to: tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Handsworth Heritage Trail Leaflet – is now available from Handsworth Fire Station and very soon across Handsworth. If you’re interested in attending the launch event it is on Friday 11th March at 2pm email tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Here is what the front cover looks like – pdf version will be put up on the blog very soon.

I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all involved and hope people enjoy this walk. Special thanks go to Be Birmingham & Urban Living who have provided funding for the wider heritage project that has been used in part to develop this trail. The trail art work design has been done by Geoff Henderson from Digtal Native Acadmey and photos by Dee Patel outroslide – big thanks to them both!