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.
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