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Batsford’s Birmingham Then and Now

Alan Clawley



ISBN: 9781849940214

Price: £ 15.99

Publication date: 14 March 2013

Series: Then and Now

Category: Regional History

Birmingham Then and Now is the latest in the long-running series that uncovers archive photos of the landmark sites of a city and re-photographs them from exactly the same viewpoint today.

Using many images from the Batsford archive the book traces the history of the city using vintage photos from the Victorian and Edwardian era, through World War II and into the 1950s and 1960s with some gloriously nostalgic vintage colour comparisons.

Many of the grand buildings of the city centre are featured, such as the Town Hall and the Bingley Hall, but also the railway stations, shops, schools, markets, factories and football grounds that make up the fabric of the city.

Sites include: Gas Street Basin, New Street Station, Snow Hill Station, Fort Dunlop, Bourneville, Birmingham University, Edgbaston cricket ground, Cannon Hill Park, Aston Hall, Villa Park, St. Andrews, Digbeth, Moseley, Lucas Factory, and Longbridge.


Alan Clawley was trained as an architect. He has lived in Birmingham for several decades where his work has involved providing technical support to a wide variety of community projects. He is the founder and secretary of Friends of Central Library. His previous publications include a monograph on Birmingham architect John Madin.