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Filename: aa42_00440.jpg

Size: 5417 x 3998 (6.9MB)

Date: 18th June 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

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Horsefair Birmingham, 1941 a42_00440

Colonial Buildings, 7 Horsefair, Ladywood, Birmingham. The premises of the Birmingham Tube and Fittings Company Limited on the corner of Horsefair and Windmill Street. Colonial Buildings which housed the Birmingham Tube and Fittings Co. is shown here following damage probably caused during an air raid. It had been demolished by 1950

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Blitz Bomb Damage Destruction Second World War Shell Victorian Warehouse Wwii Demolished


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a haunting scene from the heart of Birmingham during the tumultuous years of World War II. The image showcases Colonial Buildings, a magnificent Victorian warehouse located at 7 Horsefair in Ladywood, Birmingham. Once home to the esteemed Birmingham Tube and Fittings Company Limited, this historic structure fell victim to devastating bomb damage caused by enemy air raids. The photograph portrays the aftermath of destruction with remarkable clarity. The once grand Colonial Buildings now stand as a mere shell, its walls crumbling and windows shattered. It is evident that this architectural gem has suffered irreparable damage due to the relentless bombings endured during the war. As we gaze upon this poignant image, we are reminded of the resilience and strength exhibited by both buildings and people alike in times of adversity. This snapshot serves as a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit of those who lived through these dark days. Sadly, Colonial Buildings would not survive beyond 1950; it was ultimately demolished, erasing yet another piece of Birmingham's rich history forever. However, thanks to photographer George Bernard Mason's keen eye for detail and composition, we can still bear witness to its former glory before it succumbed to wartime devastation. Let us honor those who experienced such hardships by cherishing these visual remnants that remind us never to forget our past nor take for granted our present peace and prosperity.

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