Archive for May, 2010

The Old Railway – Curzon Street

The Old Railway pub in Curzon Street played host to a vast number of gigs during its two periods in operation and was a mainstay of the Birmingham music scene over several decades.

Alpha Tower – Broad Street

The 200,000 sq ft of office space contained within Alpha Tower opened in 1973 and formed part of the hub of the ATV television network adjoining their ATV Centre studios on Broad Street in the centre of Birmingham.

ATV Centre Television Studios – Broad Street

As those with a good memory will recall, ITV’s output in the Midlands was once provided by ATV (Associated Television Ltd) from 1956 until 1982 and in 1969 ATV commissioned the construction of the purpose built ATV Centre studio complex on Broad Street in central Birmingham.

Selly Oak Hospital / King’s Norton Union Workhouse – Selly Oak

Selly Oak Hospital, due for closure in 2010, was originally developed in 1870 as King’s Norton Union Workhouse, on Raddlebarn Road, by King’s Norton Poor Law Union.


Ask many a 40 year-old these days if they used to watch ‘Today is Saturday, Watch and Smile’ and you’ll most likely draw a blank; ask many a 40 year-old if they used to watch Tiswas and overwhelmingly you’ll get the same answer: Yes! Produced at ITV regional franchise ATV at ATV Centre on Broad […]

Edward Fewtrell – Nightclub Pioneer

Opinions about Birmingham nightclub impressario Edward ‘Eddie’ Fewtrell are rarely non-committal or ‘on the fence’. What is incrontrovertible is that Eddie Fewtrell did more to nurture and develop Birmingham’s nightlife culture over three decades than anyone else in the City’s history.