No district of Birmingham has had so many name changes and major redevelopments as Lee Bank. Once known as Holloway Head then Bath Row the previous Lee Bank area is now part of a new district called Attwood Green after Thomas Attwood Birmingham's first MP. Lee Bank once housed thousands of families living in a congestion of substandard Victorian working-class back-to-back and terraced houses together with industries, local public houses and shops. Between 1950 and 1970 Lee Bank underwent major regeneration that cleared the old housing and replaced them with maisonettes and tower blocks. At the beginning of the twenty-first century the district began another redevelopment scheme which involved replacing most of the 1970s rebuild with new modern accommodation, hotels and green areas within the new Attwood Green district.
Ted Rudge is a well-known local figure in the area. He has recently completed a dissertation at Birmingham University under another well-known man - Carl Chinn. Ted's deep interest in Birmingham inspires him to devote much of his time to local history. He has previously written a book about Birmingham Gypsy culture, and is an ardent supporter of the Black Patch Park campaign (based in Winson Green/Smethick). He lives in Shirley with his wife, and runs a Winson Green website. Keith Clenton was born, raised and educated in Small Heath. He is an avid collector of Birmingham memorabilia and regularly photographs changing Birmingham scenes and events to add to his personal collection of Birmingham photographs.
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