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Back in Brum.

A Look Around Birmingham.

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Birmingham Cathedral.

Birmingham Cathedral.

Back in Birmingham, Peter wanted an easy day spent in and listening to the football. We needed breakfast so I went out to buy some. On route I had a quick look at China Town where we were living. There are a couple of typical Chinese sights here, but mainly there's a lot of street art..

Our new room.

Our new room.

China Town.

China Town.

China Town.

China Town.

Chinese pagoda.

Chinese pagoda.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Street art.

Later Peter wanted to listen to his football match. It was Walsall v Tranmere. I wasn't interested, so I went out for a walk. It was a day with blue skies but it was very windy.

I began at Saint Martin's Church next to the Bull Ring. The present church dates from Victorian times but there has been a church at this location since the thirteenth century.

Saint Martin's Church.

Saint Martin's Church.

Bull statue outside the Bull Ring.

Bull statue outside the Bull Ring.

Then I headed down New Street towards The City Council Buildings which were being renovated on our last visit.

Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Queen Victoria, Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Queen Victoria, Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Fountain, Birmingham City Council Buildings.

Fountain, Birmingham City Council Buildings.

I continued on to Chamberlain Square, which is named after Joseph Chamberlain, a famous former Birmingham mayor. There's a Chamberlain Memorial Fountain here. There's also a statue of reformer, Thomas Attwood, sitting on the steps here.

Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Memorial on Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Memorial on Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Memorial on Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Memorial on Chamberlain Square.

Chamberlain Memorial and Thomas Attwood Statue.

Chamberlain Memorial and Thomas Attwood Statue.

Thomas Attwood Statue.

Thomas Attwood Statue.

I kept walking and soon came to The Hall of Memory which was built to remember those who lost their lives fighting in the first and second world wars.

The Hall of Memory.

The Hall of Memory.

There's a library, theatre and several statues here too.

A real Birmingham family.

A real Birmingham family.

The Golden Boys: Matthew Boulton, James Watt, and William Murdoch.

The Golden Boys: Matthew Boulton, James Watt, and William Murdoch.

Blossom near the statues.

Blossom near the statues.

Blossom near the statues.

Blossom near the statues.

I continued on to Brindley Place. This was once an area of factories located on canals, then as industry declined it became a derelict eyesore, but fortunately it has been renovated and is now home to The National Sea Life Centre, Legoland and many restaurants and bars

Canalside Walk.

Canalside Walk.

Restaurants and bars.

Restaurants and bars.

Restaurants and bars.

Restaurants and bars.

Bridge.

Bridge.

Canal boat tours.

Canal boat tours.

Barges and houses.

Barges and houses.

Barges and houses.

Barges and houses.

National Sea Life Centre.

National Sea Life Centre.

Giraffe outside Legoland.

Giraffe outside Legoland.

Giraffe outside Legoland.

Giraffe outside Legoland.

Black Sabbath Bench.

Black Sabbath Bench.

Blossom by the canal.

Blossom by the canal.

Brumblebee.

Brumblebee.

I then retraced my steps making a detour to see Birmingham Cathedral. I passed some lovely buildings on route. One was The Birmingham School of Art which was built in 1843 as The Birmingham Government School of Design. Another was The Florence Building, originally built in 1895 as The Scottish Mutual Assurance Society Building. It now houses offices and a pub.

Birmingham School of Art.

Birmingham School of Art.

Birmingham School of Art.

Birmingham School of Art.

The Florence Building.

The Florence Building.

Birmingham Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Philip. It was consecrated in 1715. There's a statue of Charles Gore the cathedral's first bishop outside it.

Birmingham Cathedral.

Birmingham Cathedral.

Birmingham Cathedral.

Birmingham Cathedral.

Charles Gore.

Charles Gore.

I returned home after looking at the cathedral. Peter was in a good mood because Walsall had won three one against Tranmere. We celebrated with a Chinese takeaway from across the road. I had chicken curry and Peter had kung po chicken.

Posted by irenevt 20:39 Archived in England

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Wow, Birmingham looks great and the street art ... WOW! So many beautiful pictures Irene, really loved your walk through the city! 😁

by Ils1976

Hi Ils, it's not really a very pretty city. It's noted for cars and roads, but there are lovely bits here and there.

by irenevt

I really love the Thomas Attwood statue - I think these are better than the ones on plinths. You’ve certainly found a much better side to Brum.

by Catherine

It's definitely not my favourite city, but there are nice bits here and there.

by irenevt

I love it when they renovate derelict areas instead of just bulldozing them down. It makes so much more sense.

I take it Brum is Burmingham????

by Beausoleil

Brum is a short form for Birmingham and a Brummie is a person from Birmingham.

by irenevt

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