Sunday, 1 May 2011

Balsall Heath Through Time - new book

You are warmly invited to...

The launch of ‘Balsall Heath through Time’ by Val Hart

Thursday, May 5th at 6.15


St Paul’s Venture, Clifton Rd, Balsall Heath.B12 8NJ

Dear Colleague,

Do come to the launch of “Balsall Heath Through Time” by Val Hart, a new book published by Amberley. It charts the development of Balsall Heath from 1945 to 2005, with many photographs of the area past & present.

There will be a short presentation about the book and some celebratory refreshments.

This will be followed at 7.30 with a talk by Anthony Collins about his great grandfather, John Bowen, Master Builder of Balsall Heath, who built the Birmingham Law Courts.

There will also be an opportunity to buy the book, priced at £14.99, at a special Launch Price of £10!


Val Hart




This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Balsall Heath has changed and developed over the last century.

Balsall Heath is an inner city area of Birmingham, which developed rapidly in the nineteenth century. By 1939 it was densely populated but with a marked sense of community. Since then it has suffered many difficulties and challenges including: extensive bomb damage in the Second World War followed by a spiral of decline; a painful period of redevelopment under Urban Renewal; a changing population; large scale road schemes; and a tornado literally ripping through in 2005.

This book illustrates some of the major changes that have taken place since 1939. Some of our older buildings remain, some have been adapted for different uses and now there are also new schools, health centres, businesses, houses and community centres as well as green spaces. Balsall Heath today is a vibrant example of urban regeneration, for which it was recently commended by David Cameron. Thanks to faith organisations, voluntary agencies and housing associations, this is an attractive and diverse community.

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 978-1-84868-528-4


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