RIBA Archive – 1930’s B.A.A Survey Drawings of Birmingham
In the 1930’s, during the recession, a fund was put in place to employ architect’s to record the current buildings in and around Birmingham. The RIBA WM Archives retains the vast majority of these detailed drawings. Some of these buildings and facades still remain in Birmingham.
Myself (Claire Goldthorp) and Barrie Hall collated and catalogued in chronological order these plans, elevations and details on Friday 20th July. As we went through them the same few names kept cropping up, we couldn’t help but imagine their story. For example Edgar W. Pitt, Frank H. Bull, A. L. Bonehill, Hilary Arthur Townsend, Cyril P. Farmer and H. B. Thompson were all out in the Winter of 1932 recording and sketching up the details of buildings in Bewdley, Swinford, Deritend, West Bromwich and Rugeley. It must have been absolutely freezing! Then by the Summer some of them were doing internal details of staircases and wood panelling.
One building of particular interest was the Old Crown in Digbeth which is still standing!