Great Barr Past and Present
This web site is dedicated to presenting past, and present, information on Great Barr. The area is quite loosely defined around the 'B43' post code area but includes Hamstead, Gorse Farm, Newton, Grove Vale, Pear Tree, Scott Arms, Queslett and Pheasey. There are a number of significant historic areas, including the Great Barr Hall estate, Red House Park, Bishop Asburys House and Hamstead Colliery.
The site is organised in two ways. First by geographic area covering each part of Great Barr, and secondly by theme categorising features. Follow the navigation links on the left to access individual pages.
The Red House is still under threat but is hoped a new tenant will help preserve the building, more details can be found on the Friends of Red House Park site.
Great Barr Hall is under new ownership and ideas for the future are being handled by Lapworth Architects . The Great Barr Hall section of this site is being updated and will soon be re-launched.
Information about Great Barr is continually being added -there is a backlog of historic information to be added, completely new pages will be shown as Recent Additions below. Updating the site is a slow process, feel free to email me any problems you find and any contributions or articles are always welcome. I am adding individual pages for every road in B43 and welcome contributions about 'your' roads, why they got their name or any other information.
This site is very grateful to the residents, past and present, of Great Barr who have provided pictures and information about the area. If anyone can make a contribution to the sites content please let me know at the email address at the bottom of the page.
Anthony Lewis, webmaster