Nechells - History, heritage and culture

This feature looks at the history, heritage and culture of Nechells, mapped for you with links provided for further information. 

The Swan & Mitre, Aston

A classic public house built in 1898, formerly owned by Countryside Taverns Limited by James and Lister Lea for the Holt Brewery Company. Grade II listed, the pub has been closed and for sale since at least 2015. Corner of Holborn Hill and Lichfield Road opposite Aston Station.

The Swan & MitrePhotography by Elliott Brown


The Britannia, Aston

A public house built from 1898 to 1900 by Wood & Kendrick for Mitchells & Butlers Ltd. The Britannia is a Grade II listed building, but not been a pub for years. Has been used as cafes or shisha lounges in recent years. Lichfield Road, opposite Aston Station.

The BritanniaPhotography by Elliott Brown


Next head up Holborn Hill to more heritage buildings in Nechells.


The Villa Tavern

The Villa Tavern is a public house, it was rebuilt 1924-5 by Matthew J. Butcher of Birmingham for Ansells Brewery Ltd. Red brick with buff terracotta detailing. Cement tiled roof. Grade II listed building. Holborn Hill and Nechells Park Road in Nechells.

The Villa TavernPhotography by Elliott Brown


Nechells Baths

Former public swimming baths in Nechells, opened in 1910, by Arthur Harrison. Built of brick with cream terracotta dressings. It has been The Wisdom Cultural Islamic Centre since 2017.

Corner of Nechells Park Road and Aston Church Road in Nechells.

Nechells BathsPhotography by Elliott Brown


Nechells Primary E-act Academy

A school building of 1879 designed by Martin and Chamberlain for the Birmingham School Board. It was called Nechells Primary School before it became an Academy. Original name was the Hutton Street Board School. Renamed to Nechells Board School in 1897. By then Hutton Street had changed to Eliot Street. The building had been extended by the 1910s and 1930s. It is a Grade II listed building.

Nechells Primary E-act AcademyPhotography by Jack Babington


Cromwell Junior & Infant School

It was built as Cromwell Street School in 1889 by J A Cossins for the Birmingham School Board. Red brick and terrracotta. Grade II listed building. Between Rupert Street, Rocky Lane and Cromwell Street, not far from Bloomsbury Park.

Cromwell Junior & Infant SchoolPhotography by Elliott Brown


The old Bloomsbury Library

A Grade II listed building dating to 1893, a landmark in the area. The former Bloomsbury Library designed by Cossins & Peacock. Made of red brick and terracotta. Now occupied by Rising Stars Daycare, with Bloomsbury Library Gardens. Between Bloomsbury Walk and Nechells Parkway (formerly Saltley Road).

Old Bloomsbury LibraryPhotography by Jack Babington


Lanchester Car Monument

The Lanchester Car Monument was made by Tim Tolkien (the great-nephew of J.R.R. Tolkien). Made in 1995 of open-air galvanized steel. It is a sculpture of the Stanhope Phaeton, or Lanchester motor car. Located at Bloomsbury Park. It commemorates the work of Frederick W. Lanchester, who made his cars in a factory near this site on Bloomsbury Street.

Lanchester Car MonumentPhotography by Elliott Brown


St Joseph's Church

St Joseph's is a Grade II listed building and a Roman Catholic church. Was built as a cemetery chapel in 1850 by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Enlarged in 1872 by Edward Welby Pugin. Restored in 1945 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Long Acre in Nechells.

St Josephs ChurchPhotography by Jack Babington


St Matthew's Church

St Matthew's Church is a Grade II listed building, built 1839-40 by William Thomas of Leamington. The first of 5 churches to be built by the Birmingham Church Building Society. Near Nechells Parkway and Duddeston Manor Road.

St Matthews ChurchPhotography by Jack Babington

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