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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I pass that every morning on my way to work. It's one of the entrances to Beoley Hall on Icknield Street, an old Roman road. Following the road south into Redditch it passes just yards from my front door.

Further south it passes through Studley and Coughton as the A435, and the road from Bidford through Honeybourne as Buckle Street which continues into the Cotswolds to join the Fosse Way at Bourton on the Water.


Thanks that answers the question well . It is indeed Icknield St or Ryknield St. It passess the old Roman settlement at Alcester and the Roman fort near the QE Hospital then heads out over Sutton Park. But the road/track was probably ancient when the Romans came here. Inknield St seems to be cutting through the old Forest of Arden. There are a number of Ancient Camps/forts along its length.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:55 pm    Post subject: Q66 Reply with quote

Where is this statue,? Who is it ? Why has he got a statue?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The boxer Randolph Turpin in Warwick but not sure of the rest! Assume he came from Warwick?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Guy, you're correct its Randolph Turpin and his statue pictured is in the square in Warwick opposite the museum. Randolph Adolphus Turpin (7 June 1928 – 17 May 1966),born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire better known as Randolph Turpin, and in the United States also as Randy Turpin, was an English boxer who was considered by some to be Europe's best middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1951 he became world middleweight champion when he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson. Turpin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2001.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:48 am    Post subject: Question 67 Reply with quote

Everyone knows where the Jewellery Quarter is in town. But do you know where the historic Gun Quarter was? and what was it's connected to cycling?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: Question 67 Reply with quote

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Everyone knows where the Jewellery Quarter is in town. But do you know where the historic Gun Quarter was? and what was it's connected to cycling?


You are being kind to us compared with some of your recent ones! The Gun Quarter still exists pretty much as locals still refer to it by that name on the inner ring road of Birmingham. Certainly BSA were there and they made bikes and I am sure there wil have been other companies like that as well.

Just think how amazing it would be if the USA changed its gun laws and all firearm manufacturers started making bikes! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gunmakers Arms used to do a very good pint; at least it did 20 years ago last time I was there. But I now see it is a brewery pub with a stout guest beer from the Fixed Wheel Brewery called The Milk Race. www.gunmakersarms.com
Opposite side of the A38 to the Children's Hospital, short walk from where I used to work (and a medium one from now).
In the gun quarter, funnily enough !?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:24 pm    Post subject: Answer Q67 Gun Quarter Reply with quote

Thanks Guy & Dave, you are right of course the Gun Quarter is an area to the north of the city centre, bounded by Steelhouse Lane, Shadwell Street and Loveday Street or to visualise it better,the Children's Hospital is towards its South, St Chads Cathedral to the West boundary and Dartmouth Circus its furthest North East point.

The Gun Quarter is a district which was for many years a centre of the world's gun-manufacturing industry, specialising in the production of military firearms and sporting guns. The first recorded gunmaker in Birmingham existed in 1630 and by 1815 there were 125 firms involved in gun making mostly in the Gun Quarter, by 1829 there were 455 and by 1868 there were 578 gun firms in Birmingham. The Crimean War 1854-1856 was another boom time for Birmingham gun makers; in the decade from 1854 over four million barrels passed through the Proof House.
In 1862 sixteen separate gun firms amalgamated to form the Birmingham Small Arms Company, the BSA, with a large mechanised steam-powered factory at Armoury Road in Small Heath which took work away from the town centre. However, many small manufacturers remained in the Gun Quarter until the major rebuilding and road developments of the 1960s spilt the area in two. Birmingham's gun trade still exists as a small specialised industry, though only just in evidence in what remains of the old Gun Quarter.
The production of military arms peaked during times of war but declined dramatically in peacetime. To reduce the impact of periods of low demand gun making firms diversified. Along with other items bicycles were made by numerous gun companies as were motorbikes, the main firm being the BSA. Incidentally Tommy Godwin and Harry Reynolds both worked there.
The Gun Quarter was all but destroyed during the 1960s with the building of the Inner Ring Road which passed through the middle of it. The only remaining part of any integrity now lies north of St Chad Queensway, with the few remaining old buildings now restored and well maintained.
 


The Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House is a weapons proofing establishment in Banbury Street. Private Proof Houses were in use in Birmingham, sited on the premises of reputable gunmakers and available for use by others, but as proof was not compulsory they were not used by the less reputable members of the trade. As a result, the Birmingham Proof House was established in 1813, by Act of Parliament, it was requested and obtained by the Birmingham Trade at its own expense.

It is now possible to cycle quite enjoyably into Birmingham alongside the canal from Olton station, but its best to be done in pairs as it is remote in parts

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the connection between the following places?




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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:45 pm    Post subject: Pictures connection Reply with quote

I'm guessing that the connection is the Archer family or more specifically Thomas Archer.
I can identify the long carriage drive as that into Umberslade Hall.
Thomas Archer the architect of St Philips church (now Birmingham Cathedral) was a member of the Archer family who lived at Umberslade Hall.
I can't place the 3rd picture.But possibly in the grounds of Walton Hall ? the connection which I can't make.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pic 3 is Chatsworth in Derbyshire - also an Archer designed creation

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Answer Q68 Reply with quote

Thanks Johnny and Rob for your correct answers. The link is Thomas Archer of Umderslade Hall Tanworth in Arden and termed a gentleman architect he was first given the task of designing St Philips church, Birmingham (which later got cathedral status) and later he did various designs at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Thomas Archer (1668–1743) is described as the most European, and certainly one of the most accomplished, of the English Baroque architects.  His later relative obscurity was mainly due to the misfortune that his contemporaries were some of the greatest British architects of any era.
Amongst other commissions there were Heythrop House, Oxfordshire and Roehampton House, south-west London



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Most of us pass by this old timber church quite regularly. Where is it and what is its loose connection to early electronic communications?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old School building. Hockley Heath
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Answer 69 Reply with quote

Thanks Steve for your answer which is correct. I left it a while before giving a reply to see if anyone could elaborate on that.
The building was built as a temporary baptist church at Nuthurst (off Spring Lane ) in 1867. It was funded by George F Muntz of Umberslade Hall who converted to the Baptist faith. In 1877 the neighbouring stone church was built and the temporary wooden church became a school house.
The new church which could seat 200 had an early telegraph system, using microphones fixed in the church and connected over cables to speakers in Umberslade Hall. Mr Muntz used the system to hear the services he in later life couldn't attend due to ill health. The church is now out of use due to a dwindling congregation but is regularly open, staffed by volunteers and both buildings are well worth a visit.
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