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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
22 May 2021 - Elliott Brown
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Street art across Birmingham - mapped for you

In and around Birmingham, there is some great street art to enjoy. 

Explore this map and our feature for just a selection of the wonderful street art on offer.  Use the map to plan where to go or enjoy it with us here.

Note: Street art can get painted over and replaced and there is no guarantee that it will be there if you visit.

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Street art across Birmingham - mapped for you





In and around Birmingham, there is some great street art to enjoy. 

Explore this map and our feature for just a selection of the wonderful street art on offer.  Use the map to plan where to go or enjoy it with us here.

Note: Street art can get painted over and replaced and there is no guarantee that it will be there if you visit.


Street art in Digbeth

Digbeth is renowned for its street art and has attracted a number of extremely talented artists to showcase their art and creativity. Digbeth is home to the High Viz Street Culture Festival and the City of Colours Festival.

 

Black Sabbath

Location: In the short stay car park of Birmingham Coach Station, Rea Street, Digbeth.

Artist: N4T4 and Wingy.

Description: Painted in 2019 during the 50th Anniversary of Black Sabbath, during the High Viz Street Culture Festival.

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Black Sabbath Bham Coach Station (Oct 2019).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Rea St   

Co-ordinates: 52.47471036278989, -1.8885750864166637

 

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

Location: The Paper Mill, Allison Street, Digbeth (inside a car park).

Artist: Unknown

Description: Depicts Dr Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, a pair of US Civil Rights leaders during the 1960s, who were both assassinated. Possibly painted in 2019 for the High Viz Street Culture Festival. This was before the Black Lives Matter movement that started in 2020, after a Police officer killed George Floyd in the USA. There is other political street art in here including former US President Donald Trump, plus former UK PM's David Cameron and Theresa May.

dndimg alt="Martin Luther King and Malcolm X" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/MLK and MX Digbeth (Sep 2019).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Allison St

Co-ordinates: 52.477078142706745, -1.8897963145198369

 

Forward in Unity

Location: Nortons beer garden on Meriden Street, Digbeth.

Artist: Gent 48.

Description: Painted during the first year of the Coronavirus Pandemic by Gent 48 in 2020. It was commissioned by Paul Cadman for Art 4 Charity. It resembles the Coronavirus being fought by the NHS, the Police, firemen, who are all real superheroes. The mural has since been turned into a book with signatures, including Gent 48 himself!

dndimg alt="Forward in Unity" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Gent48 Forward in Unity (July 2020) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Meriden St

Co-ordinates: 52.47710679118819, -1.88945191507358

 

Bird's Custard

Location: Side wall of Fazeley Studios, Floodgate Street, Digbeth.

Artist: Seven 9 Signs

Description: Looks like a tin of Bird's Custard Powder. Points the direction to the Custard Factory, where eggless custard was manufactured on that site until 1963, by Alfred Bird & Sons.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Floodgate St

Co-ordinates: 52.477306844642136, -1.882268268892536

 

Marvel Spider-Man

Location: Custard Factory Car Park (near Heath Mill Lane and Lower Trinity Street), Digbeth.

Artist: Jim Vision

Description: Painted in 2018 around the time that the Marvel Spider-Man game was being launched on the Sony Playstation 4. The game was later remastered in 2020 for the new Sony Playstation 5. Painted for the HiViz Festival.

dndimg alt="Marvel Spider-Man PS4" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Lower Trinity St Digbeth SpiderMan (Sept 2018).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Custard Factory Car Park

Co-ordinates: 52.47540435700964, -1.881377469303182

 

Abstract Semi Circle

Location: Proof House Junction of the Grand Union Canal (Digbeth Branch) and the Digbeth Branch Canal.

Artist: Lucy McLauchlan.

Description: It is under the disused Proof House Railway Bridge. In Lucy McLauchlan's distinctive art style of grey, white and black swirls in a semi circle, opposite the canal towpath. The canal here was formerly the Warwick & Birmingham Canal, but is now part of the Grand Union Canal.

dndimg alt="Grand Union Lucy" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Grand Union Digbeth Lucy McLauchlan (Feb 2018) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Proof House Junction

Co-ordinates: 52.48011990320871, -1.8839594857713575

 

Street art in Southside 

 

Bowie

Location: Dudley Street, Southside (opposite Edgbaston Street). Close to being under the Smallbrook Queensway Bridge.

Artist: Annatomix.

Description: Famed popstar David Bowie passed away in 2016. Annatomix painted her original Bowie artwork here shortly after that. But it kept getting vandalised. She repainted Bowie in a different design in 2019. More vandalism in 2020, led to her making a repair with a blindfold over Bowie's eyes.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Bowie" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/Annatomix Bowie (Feb 2020) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Dudley St

Co-ordinates: 52.476333395707464, -1.8966260612490133

 

Love is Love

Location: Nightingale Bar, corner of Kent Street and Lower Essex Street.

Artist: Inkie

Description: A woman with long flowing rainbow hair in the Gay Village, part of Southside. There is more street art to the right on Kent Street. Painted here in 2017.

dndimg alt="Nightingale" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gay Village Kent St (Dec 2017) (1).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Kent St

Co-ordinates: 52.4725526555764, -1.896230195888382

 

Street art in Bordesley

 

Captain "Terminator" America 

Location: On wasteland, High Street, Bordesley.

Artist: The Forty Eights.

Description: It resembles Marvel's Captain America as a Terminator T-800 Endoskelton, or pehaps a zombie.

dndimg alt="Captain Terminator America" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Captain America Terminator Digbeth (Aug 2011).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - High St Bordesley

Co-ordinates: 52.473196117439805, -1.8792848641522124

 

Street art in the Jewellery Quarter

 

Christmas Reindeer

Location: On the railway wall on Vyse Street, Jewellery Quarter (to the right of Jewellery Quarter Station).

Artist: Banksy.

Description: A Christmas reindeer highlighting the issue of homelessness, some people would pose on the bench on the left, as a sleigh. Painted in December 2019. Network Rail protected the piece with perspex. Someone shortly afterwards painted red noses onto it, or splashed paint onto the perspex, but Network Rail regularly cleans it up.

dndimg alt="Banksy reindeer" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Banksy Vyse St JQ (Aug 2020).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Vyse St

Co-ordinates: 52.48962435687972, -1.912765177922335

 

 

Street art in Westside

 

Pissing on Banksy

Location: Wall of Bistro Pierre at Gas Street Basin.

Artist: unknown.

Description: A small boy urinating on Banksy. It has been protected by the Canal & River Trust with a sheet of perspex. It's been here since about March 2021.

dndimg alt="Not a Banksy" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Not a Banksy GSB 16052021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Photography by Elliott Brown

Google Maps Street View - Gas St Basin

Co-ordinates: 52.47698624880546, -1.9095415509215925

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Digbeth Fun Fair

With restrictions being eased, a fun fair has opened in Digbeth. Located at Charles Henry Street and Moseley Street. Digbeth Fun Fair is also near Birchall Street (in walking distance of the Custard Factory and the Bullring). Opened on the 12th April 2021. Open daily from 1pm to 10pm. Only groups of six in social bubbles can attend. From the people behind Ice Skate Birmingham.

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Digbeth Fun Fair





With restrictions being eased, a fun fair has opened in Digbeth. Located at Charles Henry Street and Moseley Street. Digbeth Fun Fair is also near Birchall Street (in walking distance of the Custard Factory and the Bullring). Opened on the 12th April 2021. Open daily from 1pm to 10pm. Only groups of six in social bubbles can attend. From the people behind Ice Skate Birmingham.


Digbeth Fun Fair opened on Monday 12th April 2021. In time for more restrictions being eased in the middle of Spring 2021. Just as people can go back to bars and restaurants (at the moment eating and drinking outside). The Fun Fair in Digbeth is located on wasteland at the corner of Moseley Street and Charles Henry Street (close to Highgate and towards Southside). You can approach it from the Custard Factory by walking up Birchall Street. It is also near Alcester Street, which connects you to Sherlock Street (if coming from Southside).

Due to the lockdowns and Tiered restrictions, Ice Skate Birmingham was cancelled in 2020 (it would have taken place around November 2020 to January 2021 at Centenary Square, but it didn't happen). Ice Skate Birmingham was based at Centenary Square until 2016, then at Eastside Green for 2017 and 2018, before moving back to Centenary Square in 2019.

So Digbeth Fun Fair is about 6 months later than the last Ice Skate Birmingham could have opened (but without the ice rink). Many of the rides here have featured at the previous events.

 

The approach from Birchall Street past The Market Tavern on Saturday 17th April 2021.

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Digbeth Fun Fair seen at the corner of Charles Henry Street and Moseley Street.

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The views below all taken from Charles Henry Street.

Wild Mouse was last seen at Ice Skate Birmingham on Eastside Green in 2017-18.

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Welcome - I recall seeing this at a previous fun fair that was near Curzon Street Station in a car park about 10 years ago (now where the HS2 station will be built).

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The Big Wheel and Sky Flyer. They were last seen in Centenary Square around 2019-20.

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A ride called Extreme. View towards the Beetham Tower and Centre City Tower. 

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Wild Mouse and The Big Wheel back together again.

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Wild Mouse and the Sky Flyer.

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The Big Wheel with the Wild Mouse and Sky Flyer.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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Osman Yousefzada's Dogtooth Flower at Selfridges

Scaffolding started going up Selfridges around November 2020. By December 2020, the first pieces of Osman Yousefzada's Dogtooth Flower (IKON Gallery) pink artwork started to go up. Entered the 3rd lockdown in January 2021. So didn't get to see more until I travelled up early April 2021 on the train. So this update mostly before getting the train home from Birmingham Moor Street.

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Osman Yousefzada's Dogtooth Flower at Selfridges





Scaffolding started going up Selfridges around November 2020. By December 2020, the first pieces of Osman Yousefzada's Dogtooth Flower (IKON Gallery) pink artwork started to go up. Entered the 3rd lockdown in January 2021. So didn't get to see more until I travelled up early April 2021 on the train. So this update mostly before getting the train home from Birmingham Moor Street.


For years, the shiny discs at Selfridges have been going missing, you might see the odd abseiling worker dangling down the side taking them down, or replacing them. But this process is taking ages. So finally something is being done about it. Scaffolding has been going up the last six months, a long with pink artwork by Osman Yousefzada called the Dogtooth Flower. As of April 2021, they still haven't finished putting it all up. The goal is for workers behind the scaffolding to take down all the discs, and replace them with new ones. Hopefully in time for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022. Good luck! The time is ticking down!

 

This photo below taken during March 2019. Men abseiling down Selfridges with blue bags, probably holding some of the discs.

dndimg alt="Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Abseiling Selfridges 18032019 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

 

16th November 2020

Heading back to the office in the middle of the second lockdown, got off the bus early and walked up Digbeth to see Selfridges with scaffolding going up.

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At first the scaffolding only went up Park Street, and the windows were covered up to protect them.

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No scaffolding on Moor Street at this point.

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20th November 2020

Leaving the office just before 5pm GMT, headed down to St Martin's Square at the Bullring to check of the hoardings at Selfridges after dark.

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About the same amount of scaffolding as 4 days earlier. Was also Christmas lights on Park Street.

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As well as Christmas lights up Moor Street.

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18th December 2020

On the bus in the evening heading home from work, spotted the first bit of pink hoardings artwork by Osman Yousefzada. Selfridges was claiming that they were still open as usual. At the time in Tier 3 restrictions.

dndimg alt="Pink Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Pink Selfridges (Dec 2020) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

24th December 2020

The Christmas Eve walk around the City Centre. Saw the same piece of pink artwork but in the daylight before getting the bus home. Would be the last time I would see it in 4 months. As the 3rd lockdown began a few weeks later early into January 2021.

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3rd April 2021

View from the train pulling into Birmingham Moor Street Station. I would stay on until Jewellery Quarter Station. Couldn't travel in while "Stay at Home" during the 3rd lockdown. But once we changed to "Stay Local" I got my first train in months. From the Restored Chamberlain Clock in the Jewellery Quarter, on a walk to Selfridges.

dndimg alt="Pink Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/OYDF Selfridges 03042021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Later after a walk around the City Centre, got to Upper Dean Street from Southside, got this view over the Bull Ring Open Market and St Martin's Church, with the Bull Ring Tavern on the right.

dndimg alt="Pink Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/OYDF Selfridges 03042021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The views of the pink hoarding artwork up Park Street, starting from St Martin's Lane.

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The corner of Park Street and Moor Street, near Moor Street Car Park, as a National Express West Midlands bus went past.

dndimg alt="Pink Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/OYDF Selfridges 03042021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Onto Moor Street on the walk up to Birmingham Moor Street Station.

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The No 50 NXWM Platinum bus. Not been on a bus in 4 months now.

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Artwork information inside of the hoardings opposite. Osman Yousefzada created this artwork in conjunction with Selfridges and the IKON Gallery.

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View from Birmingham Moor Street Station, platform 3. With two Chiltern Railways trains, 168 325 and 165021. Couldn't see any other views from the station, so walked around the one way system, and crossed the footbridge to get my train home.

dndimg alt="Pink Selfridges" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/OYDF Selfridges 03042021 (12).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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The Big Egg Hunt in Victoria Square, February 2013

Lets time travel back to February 2013, when for a week, The Big Egg Hunt was on around Birmingham City Centre. 101 eggs to find. These were the eggs that were in Victoria Square at the time. Plus some Lindt Gold bunny's! The trail went nationwide at the time. Does anyone remember them? Hope everyone had a nice 2nd Covid Easter Bank Holiday Weekend break at home.

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The Big Egg Hunt in Victoria Square, February 2013





Lets time travel back to February 2013, when for a week, The Big Egg Hunt was on around Birmingham City Centre. 101 eggs to find. These were the eggs that were in Victoria Square at the time. Plus some Lindt Gold bunny's! The trail went nationwide at the time. Does anyone remember them? Hope everyone had a nice 2nd Covid Easter Bank Holiday Weekend break at home.


THE BIG EGG HUNT

VICTORIA SQUARE

FEBRUARY 2013

 

Coming to Central Birmingham in the last week of February 2013, was The Big Egg Hunt. A trail of 101 painted Easter Eggs. The trail went around all the major Cities in the UK, including Birmingham. And they would be auctioned off at the end of the trail for charity.


There was loads of Easter Eggs in Victoria Square, too many to take in one go, so I only took photos of a couple of them at the time. This view to the Council House.

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Humpty Dumpty to the far left, a Lindt Gold Bunny on the right.

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The charity was Action for Children. The trail was fun for kids and adults alike to see.

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View of all the Big Eggs towards 130 Colmore Row, at the Colmore Row corner with Waterloo Street. This was the site from 1901 to 1970 of Galloway's Corner.

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A Frugal Meal

Near the bottom of the steps at Victoria Square was this caricature of King George III eating a egg in a egg cup. A Frugal Meal by the artist Charlie Billingham. Lot No. 14.

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Leafy Abstract

This green egg looked a bit like a dinosaur egg. Was near the bottom of the steps close to one of the Sphinx Guardians. Leafy Abstract by the artist Laura Morrison. Lot No. 41.

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Humpty Dumpty

Careful that you don't knock Humpty Dumpty over or he'd break up into a million of pieces!

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Lindt Gold Bunny

One of the Lindt Gold Bunny's in Victoria Square at the time.

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Another Lindt Gold Bunny

A giant Lindt Gold Bunny surrounded by fences.

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More Lindt Gold Bunny's

About four Lindt Gold Bunny's outside of the main entrance to the Council House, with Starbucks Coffee to the right.

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Hope you had a nice Easter 2021 and Passover 5781.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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King Kong is Back at the Bullring (November 2015)

King Kong is Back was a trail at the Bullring during November 2015 (more than 5 years ago now). It was a trail by the Newness Archive who installed hundreds of tags with facts about Birmingham's history of invention and newness. These were on the Bullring Link Bridge (now called Link Street). Pointing to Kong inside of Selfridges. There was once a Kong statue at the Bull Ring in 1972.

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King Kong is Back at the Bullring (November 2015)





King Kong is Back was a trail at the Bullring during November 2015 (more than 5 years ago now). It was a trail by the Newness Archive who installed hundreds of tags with facts about Birmingham's history of invention and newness. These were on the Bullring Link Bridge (now called Link Street). Pointing to Kong inside of Selfridges. There was once a Kong statue at the Bull Ring in 1972.


KING KONG IS BACK

Going back to early November 2015, when King Kong returned to the Bullring, for the first time since 1972 (kind of). Starting from the Bullring Link Bridge, in the windows of the then empty shop units (now called Link Street), there was blow up King Kong's (looked more like gorilla's). If you followed the arrows to Selfridges, you would find a much larger King Kong!

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In this shop window alone was around five blow up King Kong's.

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There was hundreds of tags in the windows by Newness Archive, containing facts about Birmingham's history. In 1972 a 23ft high King Kong was installed in Manzoni Gardens. It wasn't there for long.

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Another window on the Bullring Link Bridge, this time with three Kong's!

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One of the three King Kong's. Go to Selfridges an celebrate the opening of Grand Central (which had opened to the public less than two months before).

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After a search around Selfridges, I found King Kong near Diesel and Trapstar.

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King Kong is Back screams the yellow plinth below!

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Kong was in the menswear section of Selfridges.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

 

King Kong in Manzoni Gardens at the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, 1972

Here we see the infamous King Kong statue in Manzoni Gardens at the Bull Ring Shopping Centre during 1972. Photos courtesy of the Birmingham Mail.

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Children in 1972 posed with the King Kong statue at the old Bull Ring.

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The statue moved around Birmingham during 1972. Over the years it has been located at Penrith in the Lake District (2011). It was also once in an exhibition in Leeds during 2016, but it has never returned to Birmingham, but it still exists up north somewhere.

Archive photos from the Birmingham Mail.

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