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High Bridge

The Newton Road crosses the Tame Valley canal at High Bridges , also known as the Scott Bridge.

"This bridge was opened on January the 23rd 1970 by
Councillor S.J. Bryant, Chairman of the Engineering and
Building Committee and replaces the original bridge
built in 1840-43 named after Robert Scott M.P.
Chairman of the Birmingham Canal Navigations"


A more recent memorial was added to the bridge in memory of Jak Sullivan. Jak was just 15 when he died in 2004 after crashing in his mum's car into a speed camera at Newton Road, Great Barr.


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  to access individual pages.

Astbury cottage

There are also the separate sites covering The Red House, Hamstead Colliery and Great Barr Hall which can be accessed via the 'Other Sites' menu. The Red House is to be sold by Sandewell Council and developed to contain flats , more details about the Red House and Red House Park 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 .

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 in the bottom area of this page. 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 or photographs.

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

Please use the menus or search facilities to find the information you require. Any information or pictures you have would be gratefully received, as well as any problems you find with the site. Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..