The Roundhouse

Aerial view of the Midland Flour Mill, Monument Lane Goods and Coal Depot and environs, Ladywood, July 1923. © Historic England Archive (Aerofilms Collection)

EPW008978 – Aerial view of the Midland Flour Mill, Monument Lane Goods and Coal Depot and environs, Ladywood, July 1923. © Historic England Archive (Aerofilms Collection) (The Roundhouse is visible in the bottom left corner.)

As part of a team, I am researching the history of Sheepcote Street Wharf, known locally as The Roundhouse, which is located on the canal-side by the recently re-opened Fiddle and Bone pub. Birmingham City Council built it in the 1870s to provide stabling for horses belonging to the Public Works Committee (PWC).

I have spent the past year trawling through the minutes of the PWC, looking for any mention of the Wharf, together with related items, e.g. the care and welfare of the horses.  This information is being used in the production of a history of The Roundhouse as part of its hoped-for development into a tourist hub, some time in the next few years.

location view from south west the roundhouse west midlands birmingham birmingham © Crown copyright. Historic England Archive

BB94_19225 – Canal and the Roundhouse, Sheepcote Street, Ladywood, 27th October 1994. © Crown copyright. Historic England Archive

I have reached the volumes, which are huge and heavy, relating to the early 1960s and I have been struck by a certain irony in their content.  Having walked from the recently re-developed New Street Station and across the newly laid tram lines up the hill to reach the year-old, or so, Library of Birmingham, of what do I read?  The re-construction of New Street Station, the problem of how to dispose of the tram rails taken up during the previous few years and the planned new Central Library.

Plus ça change . . .

Reference: BCC 1/AO/1/1/177-184

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3 responses to “The Roundhouse

  1. barbara gammon

    Thank you for this. I am trying to find some of birminghams history. my mother was an inmate at the Aston School. but it seems this does not have a history, although it is an entry in the 1911 census. I look forward to reading this history ,keep it coming. thanks again.

  2. Rachel Sharpe

    Hello Nicola, I was really interested to read this post, I’m one of the team brining the Roundhouse back to life and would love to speak with you about the research you have done, you can contact me on the Roundhouse email which is: Roundhouse@Nationaltrust.org.uk Look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes
    Rachel

    • Thank you for you for getting in touch about the Round House blog post. It was actually a guest blog post written by a researcher who uses our archive resources, but we can pass on your message.

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