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Cars from the movies & TV at the British Motor Museum

Did you know that the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire is home to a DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II (1989), the FAB 1 from the Thunderbirds movie (2004), even a City Cab from Judge Dredd (1995). Plus a few motors from Only Fools and Horses. Even Jaguar's from Fast & Furious 9, Die Another Day and an Austin Powers inspired Jag!

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Cars from the movies & TV at the British Motor Museum





Did you know that the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire is home to a DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II (1989), the FAB 1 from the Thunderbirds movie (2004), even a City Cab from Judge Dredd (1995). Plus a few motors from Only Fools and Horses. Even Jaguar's from Fast & Furious 9, Die Another Day and an Austin Powers inspired Jag!


From the visit to the Brisith Motor Museum on Sunday 5th May 2024.

 

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES (1981 - 1991, specials from 1996 - 2003)

1972 Reliant Regal Supervan 3

As driven by Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter (David Jason) in the earlier series and episodes of Only Fools and Horses, with his brother Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst). It was used in the series from 1981. Under the Peckham Yellow paint, it appeared in Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean in blue paint, before a new owner restored it to the Trotter's livery. It was then lent to the BBC to star in the 1996 Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special.

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1980 Ford Capri Ghia Mk III

As driven by Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter (David Jason) in later episodes of Only Fools and Horses, with his brother Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst). Derek initially used the tatty yellow three-wheeled Reliant Regal Supervan, but in some later episodes he traded it for a rather lurid liem green Ford Capri, his brother Rodney called it the "Pratmobile". This is the Mark III used in later programmes, but they used the Mark II is some earlier episodes.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY (1985 - 1990)

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future Part II (1989)

This DeLorean time machine has the OUTATIME licence plate at the rear, plus the barcode licence plate from the movie. It probably came from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and probably relocated to the British Motor Museum after Back to the Future the Ride closed down. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) first showed up with the hover converted DeLorean at the end of Back to the Future (1985) to take Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Jennifer Parker (Claudia Wells, Part I and Elisabeth Shue, Part II and Part III) to 2015. As later seen in Back to the Future Part II (1989).

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The Reliant Regal from Only Fools and Horses seen from above with the DeLorean from Back to the Future Part II. City Cab from Judge Dredd in front.

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The Reliant Regal and DeLorean seen from ground level.

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JUDGE DREDD (1995)

1995 Land Rover City Cab

A special Land Rover designed for the 1995 Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd. Based on the British science fiction comic anthology, 2000AD. Set in the third millennium. Hidden underneath the fibre-glass body was the chassis of a 1970's Land Rover 101 inch military vehicle.

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Seen from above with the Judge Dredd Land Rover City Cab was a Concept Land Rover. To me it looked like a Land Rover Defender as used in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) that starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, but perhaps not. Was also an 'ancient' looking stone tablet with it.

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THUNDERBIRDS (2004)

2004 FAB 1 Thunderbirds movie Limousine

The Ford Thunderbird FAB 1 was from the live action adaption of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, as directed by Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes. The car driven by Parker (Ron Cook) to chauffeur Lady Penelope (Sophia Myles) in the back. Created by Ford of Europe's design team. It also flew in the movie.

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JAMES BOND 007 (1962 - 2021)

1998 Jaguar XKR 'James Bond' car from Die Another Day (2002)

This was the villain's car used in the film Die Another Day, the fourth and final movie to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond (the 20th movie out of 25 official movies made to date). It was the car of Zao played by Rick Yune. It was equipped with a Gatling gun mounted centrally behind the seats with further armaments including missiles that fired through the front grille, rocket launchers in the doors and mortar bombs in the boot. Was filmed on location in Iceland in early 2002. The yellow BAD 1 licence plate was at the front, while the white one on the passenger seat. And also had Icelandic number plates.

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AUSTIN POWERS TRILOGY (1997 - 2002)

2001 Jaguar XK8 - Union Jack Livery. Replica of Austin Powers car from Goldmember (2002)

This car was used by Jaguar as a press car, originally in blue. Later re-painted in the Union Jack colour scheme of the car used in the Austin Powers film "Goldmember", before being handed over to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. The first Austin Powers film was the International Man of Mystery in 1997, was a comedy spoof of classic spy thrillers. The second film the Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999 used a Jaguar E-type, while the third film Goldmember in 2002 used a Jaguar XK8 convertible.

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SHAUN THE SHEEP (2007 - 2016, 2020 TO PRESENT)

2007 Land Rover Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep first appeared in the Wallace & Gromit short film A Close Shave in 1995. He later got his own TV series from Aardman Animations from 2007 onwards. The Farmer in the series drove a battered old Land Rover. This is a full size version, based on a 60 year old Land Rover Series I, to recreate the unique look of the Farmer's car.

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THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS SAGA (2001 TO PRESENT)

2017 Jaguar XE Project 8 from F9: The Fast Saga
A Development Version of the collector's edition 2019 Model Year Jaguar XE SV Project 8. It was built in September 2017. It was tested in April 2018 at the Goodwood Racing circuit. It was later selected to be used in the ninth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, F9: The Fast Saga (2021). It was later offered to be preserved by Jaguar Land Rover to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, and was later added to the collection in 2021.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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The Gaydon Land Rover Show at the British Motor Museum

The Gaydon Land Rover Show was held in the grounds of the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th May 2024. Various Range Rover's, Land Rover Series, Land Rover Defender's and Land Rover Discovery's on display by their owners. Also classic music sung by My Favourite Things.

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The Gaydon Land Rover Show at the British Motor Museum





The Gaydon Land Rover Show was held in the grounds of the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th May 2024. Various Range Rover's, Land Rover Series, Land Rover Defender's and Land Rover Discovery's on display by their owners. Also classic music sung by My Favourite Things.


It was the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend of 2024, on Saturday 4th May 2024 and Sunday May 2024, that the Gaydon Land Rover Show was held in a car park outside of the British Motor Museum. This visit was on the Sunday.

After showing our e-tickets (bought in advance for general admission and the show itself), the first cars nearby was a collection of Range Rover's.

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There was also a club of Land Rover Series I.

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A variety of special Land Rover's.

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Land Rover 101 Forward Control

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Range Rover Ambulance

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Then you had a variety of modern Range Rovers, followed by Land Rover Series or Land Rover Defender's.

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More Land Rover Series and Land Rover Defender's from various decades.

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Some armoured military Land Rover Defender's.

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The Solihull Land Rover Trust with flags, such as the Black Country flag, Union Jack, Lest We Forget and an emoji.

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A purple Range Rover sandwiched between Land Rover Series cars.

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One Ton Land Rover Register

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Entertainment from My Favourite Things. The ladies are the UK No. 1 Vintage act. The all singing, all dancing trio. Singing classic hits from the 1920's to the 1950's.

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Views of the show from the Jaguar Heritage Trust and Collection Centre.

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Not Land Rover's here but a pair of Willys MB.

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Victorian Radicals in the Gas Hall

There hasn't been a major exhibition in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in about 5 years (since the Black Sabbath one I think in 2019). Then BM & AG was closed on and off since 2020 (pandemic, later re-wiring and restoration works etc). The Gas Hall only reopened in February for the Victorian Radicals from February to October 2024. A late April 2024 visit.

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Victorian Radicals in the Gas Hall





There hasn't been a major exhibition in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in about 5 years (since the Black Sabbath one I think in 2019). Then BM & AG was closed on and off since 2020 (pandemic, later re-wiring and restoration works etc). The Gas Hall only reopened in February for the Victorian Radicals from February to October 2024. A late April 2024 visit.


Three generations of British artists, designers and makers revolutionised the visual arts in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and his circle and the men and women of the Arts and Crafts movement transformed art and design.

Selected from the city of Birmingham's outstanding collection, Victorian Radicals presents vibrant paintings and exquisite drawings alongside jewellery, glass, textiles and metalwork to explore their radical vision for art and society. Fresh from an award-winning tour of the US, Victorian Radicals is the first comprehensive showing of the city’s Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts collections in Birmingham for over five years. Discover the story of the Pre-Raphaelites themselves and their influence on artists and makers well into the twentieth century – especially in Birmingham itself. Paintings made by artists including Kate Bunce, Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin combined the poetry and intensity of the Pre-Raphaelites’ work with a distinctive identity all their own. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. In the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Pre-book to guarantee entry. Alternatively you can buy tickets on arrival (subject to availability). This exhibition is organised by Birmingham Museums Trust and the American Federation of Arts. Supported by the Friends of Birmingham Museums.

 

Book your Victorian Radicals ticket(s) at the link and go. Adults from £11 (can be more with gift aid etc). Note that if you buy anything from the shop in the Gas Hall, it's card payments only (no cash). February to October 2024.

 

This visit on the 27th April 2024.

 

The Victorian Radicals signs outside of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as you pass through Chamberlain Square, and onto the part that was Edmund Street. Entrance at the Gas Hall. The rest of BM & AG remains closed for now.

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Some general views of the Victorian Radicals inside of the Gas Hall.

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Looking to the Future: New approaches to Victorian Art and Design at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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The First Industrial Nation. Mid-Victorian Art and Design

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Various landscape paintings.

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Gather the Rose of Love While Yet 'Tis Time, 1848. William Etty (1787-1849). Oil on canvas.

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Work, 1859-63 Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) Oil on canvas.

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The Long Engagement, c. 1854-59. Arthur Hughes (1832-1915). Oil on canvas.

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Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine Rescuing Sylvia from Proteus), 1851. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) Oil on canvas. Based on a play by William Shakespeare.

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Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1882-83. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Oil on mahogany.

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Portrait of John Everett Millais, 1853. Alexander Munro (1827-1910). Marble set in carved slate frame.

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The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, 1854-60. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Oil on canvas.

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The Last of England, 1852-55. Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893). Oil on wood panel.

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Medea, 1866-68. Frederick Sandys (1829-1904). Oil on composite wood panel with gold leaf.

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La Donna della Finestra, 1881. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Oil on canvas with underdrawing in chalk and graphite. Depicts Jane Morris as 'the lady at the window', unfinished, due to the artists death a year after it was started.

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Morgan le Fay, 1864. Frederick Sandys (1829-1904). Oil on wood panel.

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Beata Beatrix, begun 1877 (completed by Ford Madox Brown). Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Oil on canvas.

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May Morning on Magdalen Tower, 1888-91. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist and designer Guild of Handicraft (London), frame maker Oil on canvas in original copper frame.

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Musica, c. 1895-97. Kate Elizabeth Bunce (1856-1927). Oil on canvas.

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Beauty and the Beast, 1904. John Dickson Batten (1860-1932). Tempera on canvas.

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Stained glass window: Dante and Beatrice II: The Wedding Feast, 1910 Florence Jane Camm (1874-1960), designer T. W. Camm & Co. (Smethwick, Birmingham), manufacturer.

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Tracery light from the east window of Holy Trinity Church, Grazeley, 1849-50. Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) and John Hardman Powell (1827-1895), designers John Hardman & Co. (Birmingham), manufacturer Stained, painted, and leaded glass.

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Stained glass panel: Saint George Slaying the Dragon, 1872 (designed c. 1862). Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), designer Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (London), manufacturer. Stained, painted and leaded glass.

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Stained glass panel: Winter, c.1865 William Morris (1834-1896), designer Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (London), manufacturer. Stained, painted and leaded glass.

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Stained Glass Panel: Saint Mark, 1883 (designed 1874) Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), designer Thomas G. Bowman (1836-1917), glass painter Morris & Co. (Merton Abbey, London), manufacturer Stained, painted and leaded glass.

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Pair of Stained Glass Panels: Sleepe after Toile, before 1905. Mary Jane Newill (1860-1947), designer and maker Stained, painted and leaded glass.

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Day dress, с. 1865. Maker not recorded Silk, with black ribbon, braid and cord trim.

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Another dress and a tunic.

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Paolo and Francesca by Alexander Munro (1825–1871). Marble statue.

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Chest: The Garden of the Hesperides, 1887-88. Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), designer Charles Lumley (active 1887-89), cabinetmaker Osmund Weeks (active 1879-95), gesso moulder and gilder.

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Bedcover, c. 1908. Mary Jane Newill (1860-1947). Linen embroidered with wool.

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Carpet: 'Old Master', c. 1851. John Crossley & Sons (Halifax, West Yorkshire), manufacturer. Woven wool.

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Wallpaper design: Jasmine. William Morris (1834-1896), designer, 1874. Graphite, red chalk, and watercolour on paper.

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Floor tile, 1851. Minton & Co. (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire), manufacturer Earthenware, inlaid with coloured slips. Made for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted (the 'Kelmscott Chaucer'), 1896. William Morris (1834-1896), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and co-workers at Kelmscott Press, designers and makers Kelmscott Press (London), printer Joseph Batchelor and Son (Little Chart, Kent), paper manufacturer Bound book with 87 woodcut illustrations on handmade paper.

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Photography by Elliott Brown. Some captions from Birmingham Museums.

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Open Day at the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick

I went along to the first open day of the year at the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick, on the second Saturday of each month between April and October, each year. Run by Sandwell Museums & The Friends of Galton Valley Pumping Station. Very friendly volunteers, as I had a look around getting photos. Well worth a visit when it's open. Train down to Smethwick Galton Bridge.

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Open Day at the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick





I went along to the first open day of the year at the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick, on the second Saturday of each month between April and October, each year. Run by Sandwell Museums & The Friends of Galton Valley Pumping Station. Very friendly volunteers, as I had a look around getting photos. Well worth a visit when it's open. Train down to Smethwick Galton Bridge.


I scanned in this leaflet I was handed with the 2024 open day dates at the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick. Held on the second Saturday of each month from April to October, 11am to 3pm (last admission at 2:30pm). Free entry.

I went on Saturday 13th April 2024. The next dates are as follows: 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September and 12th October 2024. Thank you to The Friends of Galton Valley Pumping Station and Sandwell Museums.

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Here's some of the usual outdoor views of the Galton Valley Pumping Station, that I retook, while I was in Smethwick again on Saturday 13th April 2024, similar to views I've taken before in the past. I approached from Smethwick Galton Bridge Station via the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Mainline, you have to go up the steps to the BCN Old Mainline to go in the entrance, and see the volunteers.

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The views on leaving the pumping station, from Brasshouse Lane over the old and new BCN canals, then over the footbridge that crosses Tollhouse Way.

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A look around the inside of the Galton Valley Pumping Station in Smethwick. There was a Tangyes Birmingham engine on the upper floor.

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Arthur Ross and several old signs on the floor here.

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Into the next room then would be going downstairs.

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A Fellows, Morton & Clayton narrowboat, registers at Birmingham, you could have a look inside, but not sure if there was room to climb on board.

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Working life on the canals.

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Down the bottom with large boiler engines.

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On this wall A C Munford Engineer Colchester.

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The back up more steps, one last look at the Tangyes Birmingham engine, before heading out.

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Photography by Elliott Brown 

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Replacing the Great Charles Street Queensway footbridge: improving the link from the Colmore to JQ BID's

There is plans from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands (who hopes to be re-elected for a 3rd term in May 2024) to replace the footbridge over Great Charles Street Queensway. It starts near Church Street, Colmore BID, to Ludgate Hill, Jewellery Quarter BID, then the walk up to St Paul's Square. Has ramped steps on both sides. And the glass building one side full of graffiti.

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Replacing the Great Charles Street Queensway footbridge: improving the link from the Colmore to JQ BID's





There is plans from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands (who hopes to be re-elected for a 3rd term in May 2024) to replace the footbridge over Great Charles Street Queensway. It starts near Church Street, Colmore BID, to Ludgate Hill, Jewellery Quarter BID, then the walk up to St Paul's Square. Has ramped steps on both sides. And the glass building one side full of graffiti.


This walk from Church Street to Ludgate Hill was on Easter Sunday, 31st March 2024 (starting from Coffee #1 Newhall Street and ending at St Paul's Square).

We start at the Colmore BID, from Church Street Square, the view to the rickety footbridge over Great Charles Street Queensway, the view up to Ludgate Hill, St Paul's Square and St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter.

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Prunus Cistena Purple leaf cherry blossom seen in Church Street Square. Next walk down Church Street, and enter the footbridge at Great Charles Street Queensway, via Britannia House.

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Heading down Church Street, the Great Charles Street Footbridge is on the left. Up Ludgate Hill you can see the spire of St Paul's Church in St Paul's Square.

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After crossing the footbridge, and walking past the construction sites on Ludgate Hill, you get to this classic view from St Paul's Square.

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See Phyllis Nicklin's 1960s photo for a comparison of Ludgate Hill.

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We have put together this 1960 and 2024 comparison of Ludgate Hill from St Paul's Square. Now seven bollards and a heritage lamppost instead of six bollards and a heritage lamppost. Plus two bins. And the pavement has been widened in the last 64 years.

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The zoom in from St Paul's Square down Ludgate Hill shows you that Great Charles Street Queensway has split the city in half since it opened in the early 1970s. You can see Church Street Square on the other side in the Colmore BID, as well as the Hotel du Vin further up Church Street (the former Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital of 1883).

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Head out to have a look at St Paul's Church with daffodils, then leave the Jewellery Quarter via Livery Street, walk down Constitution Hill and Old Snow Hill. No trams at St Paul's Tram Stop, but walk up the steps to St Chads Tram Stop, then walk past the Snowhill estate offices, and back to Snow Hill Station Square and Colmore Row.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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