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Queens+Tavern+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Queens Tavern - A Birmingham Gem!

The Queens Tavern was built from 1894-95 by James & Lister Lea at the corner of Essex Street and Inge Street in Southside. Now a pub in the Gay Village, with several name changes.

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The+Wellington+(Bennetts+Hill)+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Wellington (Bennetts Hill) - A Birmingham Gem!

The Wellington is at 37 Bennetts Hill. A Grade II listed public house building dating to 1868-70. A blue plaque is now here for William Haywood, who had offices in the building.

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The Prince of Wales in Cambridge Street - A Birmingham Gem!

The Prince of Wales, a hugely popular traditional pub on Cambridge Street in the Westside dates back to 1854 and is a wonderful example of Birmingham's history and cultural heritage.

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Cathedral Place - A Birmingham Gem!

Offices at 44 Waterloo Street built around 1900-02 in the Perpendicular Gothic style. Was the Birmingham Midshires bank until 2006, then Caffe Nero from 2009 until May 2022.

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The Bull - A Heritage Inn in the Gun Quarter!

The Bull is a heritage inn located in the Gun Quarter at Price Street and Loveday Street. It is said to date to circa 1800. A blue plaque by John Ashby details it's history.

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The Gunmakers Arms - A Birmingham Gem!

The Gunmakers Arms is a Grade II listed building dating to 1820. Now an art venue with exhibitions of artists and photographs. At Bath Street and Little Shadwell Street.

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Actress & Bishop, Jewellery Quarter - A Birmingham Gem!

The Actress & Bishop is a live music venue on Ludgate Hill in the Jewellery Quarter. A former jewellery workshop dating from the 19th century. It became a public house in 1998.

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Driffold Gallery, Sutton Coldfield - Centres of art with community

Driffold Gallery was established in 1983, and is now one of the best known art dealers and consultants in the country. Located on Birmingham Road in Maney, Sutton Coldfield.

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Empire Cinemas - A Sutton Coldfield Gem!

Empire Cinemas in Sutton Coldfield, was originally an Odeon, opening in 1936. An Art Deco building designed by Harry Weedon. They have been closed since 2020.

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Samuel Heath and Sons Head Offices - A Birmingham Gem!

This wonderful build dating back to 1888 and designed by David Henry Ward is Grade II listed by Historic England for its architectural interest and high quality craftsmanship. 

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Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath - A Birmingham Gem!

The Hare & Hounds is a musical pub at the corner of York Road and High Street in Kings Heath. Opened in 1907. UB40 had their first gig here in 1979.

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Kings Heath Library - A Birmingham Gem!

Kings Heath Library was built in the year 1905 on the High Street, for the then King's Norton & Northfield Urban District Council (it became part of Birmingham from 1911).

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The Kingsway, Kings Heath - A Birmingham Gem!

The Kingsway was a cinema in Kings Heath from 1925 to 1980, then bingo hall until 2007. Arson in 2011, partial demolition in 2018. Now Outdoor at the Kingsway from 2020.

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Northfield Manor House - A Birmingham Gem!

A house on this site since the early 19th century, George Cadbury bought it in 1890. He and his wife Elizabeth lived here until their deaths in 1922 and 1951. House restored by 2021.

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History of Snow Hill - mural in miniature

The History of Snow Hill was a Kenneth Budd mosaic mural at St Chad's Circus from 1969-2007. Recreated in miniature near Colmore Circus in 2013 by Oliver Budd.

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50 Sheepcote Street - A Birmingham Gem!

The former offices of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company, built 1931-2 at 50 Sheepcote Street. Near Essington Street. Brasshouse Languages was here from 1985 to 2016.

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The Manor House - A Solihull Gem!

The Manor House on the Solihull High Street was built in 1495 by the Greswold family. It was saved by public subscription in 1945. The house is a Grade II* listed building.

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116 - 120 High Street, Solihull - A Solihull Gem!

116 - 120 High Street in Solihull is currently home to a shop called Joules at Touchwood. Timber-framed, Grade II listed building dating from 1571 with changes in 1845 and 1924.

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All Saints Church, Kings Heath - Culture, history and faith

All Saints Church is the parish church of Kings Heath located near Kings Heath Village Square and the Kings Heath High Street. It dates to 1859-60, and is Grade II listed.

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Peaky Blinders - Castle Fine Art by artist Jon Jones

A series of Peaky Blinders paintings based on all six series of the hit BBC TV series, have been installed on the Hill Street Wall near Birmingham New Street Station. Artist Jon Jones.

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Cass Art Birmingham - Centres of art with community

Cass Art opened up there Birmingham art supplies shop on Corporation Street back in 2016. There moto is "Let's fill this town with artists". They were est in 1984.

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Theatre Square, Touchwood - A Solihull Gem!

Theatre Square (formerly Library Square) is outside of the Touchwood Shopping Centre and The Core Theatre & Library in Solihull (formerly Solihull Arts Complex and Central Library).

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Peaky Blinders statue at Assay Lofts

There is a bronze statue on a ledge on Charlotte Street in the Jewellery Quarter, close to St Paul's Square. Depicting a Peaky Blinder like in the BBC TV series. It was made in 2019.

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Mell Square - A Solihull Gem!

Mell Square is the main shopping square in Solihull Town Centre. Named after the Town Clerk (1946-65), William Maurice Mell (1908-65) in his honour in 1966. Square refurbished in 1980s.

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Brunswick Square, Brindleyplace - A Birmingham Gem!

Brunswick Square is the lesser known of the three public squares at Brindleyplace in Westside, Birmingham. It is near Five and Eleven Brindleyplace and Hilton Garden Inn.

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