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These webpages feature sets of photographs taken in or near Birmingham from the late 1950s onwards. Most of the shots were taken between 1961 and 1966 with a Kodak Retinette 1B compact 35 mm camera. Except where otherwise indicated, the pre-1961 shots were taken with a pre-war folding camera using 120-size colour or monochrome roll film. The pictures have never before been published.


The photographs are divided into eight geographical areas, comprising seven 'Walks' plus a 'Miscellaneous' section, covering the subjects listed below. Each section includes street maps of the area concerned (dated 1949 and 1972).

Walk 1: Lickey Hills (September 1963)
An illustrated record of a visit to Bilberry Hill in the Lickey Hills public park on the southwestern outskirts of Birmingham. This selection consists of 14 images scanned from original 35 mm Agfacolor transparencies.

Walk 2: Bull Ring area (1959-1966)
A walk around Birmingham's old Bull Ring, before, during, and after the developments of the early 1960s. Subjects include: St Martin's Church, the old Market Hall, Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Spiceal Street, Bell Street, Phillips Street, St Martin's Lane, Moat Lane, Digbeth, Edgbaston Street, Dudley Street, and Manzoni Gardens. This selection consists of 30 images scanned from original 35 mm transparencies, colour prints, and monochrome prints.

Walk 3: Smallbrook St to Broad St (1959-1966)
A walk from Smallbrook Ringway (formerly Smallbrook Street) along Suffolk Street to Broad Street and the Civic Centre. Subjects include: Smallbrook Ringway, Holloway Circus (mosaic), Suffolk Street, Station Street, Beak Street, John Bright Street, Swallow Street, Trafalgar House, Easy Row, Edmund Street, Great Charles Street, Hall of Memory, Municipal Bank, B'ham Register Office, Bridge Street, Holliday Street canal bridge. This selection consists of 27 images scanned from original 35 mm transparencies, colour prints and monochrome prints, plus one Google StreetView image.

Walk 4: Victoria Squ, New St, the Station (1957-1966)
A walk from Victoria Square, down New Street exploring the streets around New Street Station. Subjects include: Victoria Square, Paradise Street, Ratcliffe Place, Hill Street (Upper), New Street, Christ Church Passage, Ethel Street, Stephenson Street, Navigation Street, Lower Temple Street, Stephenson Place, Worcester Street, Hinkley Street, St Jude's Passage, Hill Street (Lower), Seven Street, Queen's Drive, New Street Station, Pinfold Street. This selection consists of 30 images scanned from original 35 mm transparencies and monochrome prints.

Walk 5: High St to Central Fire Station (1963-1964)
A walk from High Street to the Central Fire Station via Moor Street, Dale End and Stafford Street, returning via Corporation Street and focusing on all the smaller streets in this area, including: Castle Street, Carr's Lane, New Meeting Street, Albert Street, Henn's Walk, Newton Street, James Watt Street, Ryder Street, Dalton Street, Coleshill Street, Aston Street, Lower Priory, Bull Street, Martineau Street, Union Street, Union Passage, Warwick Place. This selection consists of 28 images scanned from original 35 mm colour and monochrome transparencies.

Walk 6: New St, Corporation St, Steelhouse Lane, Colmore Row (1963-1964)
A walk around the area bounded by New Street, Corporation Street, Steelhouse Lane, and Colmore Row, including the streets running off the northwest side of Colmore Row and Steelhouse Lane. Subjects include: Eden Place, Waterloo Street, Bennett's Hill, Newhall Street, St Philip's Cathedral, Temple Row West, Ethel Street, Stephenson Street, Navigation Street, Lower Temple Street, Temple Street, Temple Passage, Hinkley Street, Needless Alley, Cherry Street, Cannon Street, Cannon Passage, Church Street, Livery Street, Snow Hill Station, Snow Hill, Bull Street, The Minories, Slaney Street, Weaman Street, Whittall Street, Loveday Street, Lancaster Street, Coleridge Passage, Newton Street, Old Square, Upper Priory, Fore Street. This selection consists of 42 images scanned mainly from original 35 mm colour and monochrome transparencies.

Walk 7: Edmund St, Bath St, Great Charles St, Congreve St (1963-1964)
A walk around the area bounded by Edmund Street and Great Charles Street, with a side trip to include the area around Bath Street as far as the former College of Advanced Technology. Subjects include: Chamberlain Square, Congreve Street, Edmund Street, Barwick Street, St Mary's Row, St Chad's Cathedral, Bath Street, Price Street, Vesey Street, Lench Street, Bailey Street, Brick Kiln Street, College of Advanced Technology, New Market Street, Cornwall Street, Margaret Street, Great Charles Street. This selection consists of 18 images scanned from original 35 mm colour and monochrome transparencies.

Miscellaneous: Queensway Tunnel (1969), James Brindley Walk (1969), Handsworth Wood, Handsworth, Winson Green, Hamstead, Great Barr (1937, 1959-1981)
The excavations for Queensway Tunnel between Congreve Street, Paradise Street, and Easy Row. The development of James Brindley Walk alongside the canal southwest of Summer Row. Scenes in Handsworth and Winson Green, including: Summerfield Park, Handsworth Park, Boulton Road, Hawthorns Football Ground, Queen's Head Road, Handsworth Grammar School, Bishop Latimer's Church, Talbot Street, Benson Road School, Markby Road, Bacchus Road. This miscellaneous selection comprises 25 images scanned from original 35 mm colour transparencies, colour and monochrome prints, and 35 mm monochrome negatives. The last four images in the series, of Grove Lane, Handsworth College, Hamstead Hall, and the Horns of Queslett were scanned from original 3"×2" contact prints of photographs taken in the late 1930s by my father, Leonard Ball.


Copyright restrictions
You are free to save and use any of my Birmingham images. However, if you wish to publish them, for example in a book, on a CD-Rom, or on the Internet, I would be grateful if you could acknowledge me, John Ball, as the photographer.


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