Reading a book that features Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green and surrounding areas, during the 1870's.
You ingrate, King Henry VIII would be very disappointed in you: "The donation by King Henry VIII of his hunting land to the residents of the town set the foundations for the preservation of the area now known as Sutton Park."
Haha. "The 1863 edition of Bradshaw's Guide described Sutton Coldfield as "a place of no very particular note, beyond an occaisional pic-nic excursion"
Photo of the a High Street conservation area, very cool. Horrible oversight you not being listed in Notable residents.
It's a novel by Julian Barnes, "Arthur and George", late Victorian time. Got town names wrong it's Wyrley and Walshall are two of them. Could have sworn I read Sutton Coldfield somewhere in the book.
Have you been to the Mill? It's very cool.
There is a neighborhood, just outside of downtown called "The Old West End", where people of wealth built those large, rambling Victorian homes. Because of the cost of upkeep homes were sold for a song during the 1960's and many of them were turned into apartments or duplex's. Many were left to riot and torn down until someone created "The Old West End Historical Society" to preserve the homes and neighborhood. I lived there three different times, apartment by myself and with friends in two different duplex's. Every year is a festival, and this is when owners open their house for tours of their renovated homes. One of them shown is my mothers grandfathers home. In her 20's, she had a maid who serve her coffee and a cigarette in bed to help kick off her day!
The mill opens and operates once every year, we always walk along the valley following the stream to the mill. It is always a sunny day in the summer and they sell plants, tea and ice creams
My Dads family owned some large houses in Sutton his dad worked for an insurance company and was one of the first people in the town to own a company car. One house was called Kenelm which is now knocked down and a private road and houses built, another where my dad lived is converted into a dentists.