This fascinating selection of more than 200 archive photographs shows the ways in which King's Heath has developed over the decades from the remote, rural origins that inspired its name, into a thriving suburb of Birmingham.Beginning at the centre of the town, passing along the main streets and ending at Queens Bridge, the book focuses on the area that's been at the very heart of the change. Contrasting contemporary and vintage photographs, the book provides a vital record of vanished buildings, from Mr Parke's Pantry to the Cross Guns pub, known for its ornamental pear tree, to the ill-fated Saint Dunstan's church, reduced to rubble by German bombers.Providing a rare insight into education, religion, drama at the Institute and literacy at the library financed by Scottish billionaire Andrew Carnegie, "King's Heath" explores every aspect of daily life in the town and will stir nostalgic memories in the minds of many residents.
Fascinated by the literary heritage of the area where he lives, Bob Blackham has been photographing and writing about the country of the West Midlands for years. He is also the author of The Roots of Tolkien's Middle Earth (2006) and an enthusiastic member of the Tolkien Society, giving frequent illustrated talks about his writings.
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