Red House Park in Great Barr consists of a Victorian house with playing fields, woods, parkland and lakes. The park is an important amenity for the local residents and much work is currently being undertaken by the Friends of Red House Park and Sandwell Council to improve many aspects of the park
This web site will support the work of the Friends of Red House Park and provide a focal point for documenting the history of the Red House estate.
The Red House itself dates from before 1841 and was sold in 2015 by Sandwell Council for conversion into flats with additional housing to be built on the site.
You may have heard of the latest game craze "Pokeman Go" where you can use a mobile phone application to search for Pokemon characters. This uses augmented reality and GPS mapping which means that as you move around places Pokemon characters will appear as if in the real world using the phones camera. You can then 'catch' your Pokemon.
How does this impact the Red House? Well there are certain locations called Pokestops where you can find more Pokemon and add supplies and the Red House has three - the Obelisk and the Noticeboards.
The Red House itself is a Pokemon Gym where gamers can play against other virtual gamers.
This all means that you are very likely to find gamers in the park walking around trying to find Pokemon.
The Friends of Red House Park are a community group working to maintain and improve the facilities in Red House Park, in conjunction with Sandwell Council.
They hold regular Meetings to discuss the future of Red House Park to which all are welcome.
This site will provide information about the work of the Friends and the long history of the Red House and the Park.
You can find out here the Aims of the Friends.
If you're interested in joining the Friends of Red House Park or have enquiries please contact us.
- Bill Gunn, Chair
- David Fisher, Vice Chair,
- Alethea Hegney, Treasurer
If you have any historical information please contact our webmaster and local historian