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hi all..last year i took great pleasure in following the progress of an archaelogical dig that took place in a car park in between the symphony hall and baskerville house...the ground is to be where the new central library is now being built..winfields was one of if not the biggest brass works in birmingham in the mid 1800s...many artifacts were uncovered during the dig whick will be kept in the musuem and a full report will be published in about 18 months..amongst other things uncovered were hundreds of blue bricks which were invented by thomas walker who is buried at key hill cemetary..by going through the proper channels i was able to aquire quite a few of these bricks which otherwise were only going to be skipped..i do feel that if a little forthought had gone into it by the powers that be these bricks could have been put to a very good use..ie why not ship them all over to somewhere like the black country museum and use them for making pathways etc...again to easy a solution..anyhow some of them have found a very fitting resting place as they now make a lovely small patio in front of thomas walkers gravestone at key hill and i have some in my back garden.....there is nothing left now of what you will see in my pics as it was all dug up to make way for the foundations of the new library...yet another piece of brum history gone forever and it upsets me greatly...it all started with an article in the evening mail and the rest as they say is history...
not when its something i feel so passionate about SB... im like a dog with a bone its not everyday the general public get the chance to get so close to seeing something so old emerge from the ground in front of your eyes...i have many more pics taken over the 4 weeks or so that the dig was on for so if anyone is interested i will post a few more...just found this one of me giving the thumbs up when we collected the bricks.....couldnt wait to get back home and clean a few up...
lol denise..i must admit i was a tad stressed that day..mixed feelings that although very happy to have saved some of these blue bricks that are around 160 years old and sad at the thought that the site would soon be gone forever just goes to show though that we never know what history lies beneath our feet...still we have the pics which has to be worth having....after this dig had ended the archaeologists moved a little further over and dug up centenary square hoping to find evidence of the old canal basin but drew a blank on that one which was a shame...we know that the old wharf definately runs under baskerville house but thank goodness that building is safe for now....
From a downloadable directory at The University of Leicester. http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/c...coll4/id/339983
Cambridge Street, 22Easy Row
Winfield, Robert Walter
Original patentee and manufacturer of metallic bedsteads and chairs, gas fittings, tubes and general brass founder, etc.
Cambridge Street Works
That's all it says about Winfield but there are loads of other interesting entries.