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Pencil Drawing - Demolition Near Snow Hill Building of West Midlands Police Headquarters - Changing Weaman Street, Birmingham

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Arthur Lockwood

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1995V43
Collection:Topographical Views - Lockwood Collection
Date:1961 - 1961

Maker Information

Artist:Frank Taylor Lockwood - View biography for Frank Taylor Lockwood


Sunday 14th May 1961'I made a pencil drawing of old shops and a tall modern office block from a viewpoint opposite the cathedral (catholic) at the bottom of Snow Hill. Could be interesting.'Monday 19th June 1961'I went to the old Wharf at the bottom of Snow Hill to continue with the sketch started yesterday. B'ham is a city of dust and the smell of old plaster and sand is very evident from time to time. Today you could smell it on Steelhouse Lane - opposite the Beaumont - possibly the result of demolitions going on next to Greys furniture store, but more likely due to the pulling down of a building next to the old Snow Hill Post Office - here clouds of dust completely hid the traffic coming up the Hill.Tuesday 20th June 1961'Down to Snow Hill, but it drizzled with rain so I came home without doing anything'. Extracts from the diaries of Frank Taylor Lockwood.The building in the centre of the picture is the West Midlands police Headquarters, Lloyd House. The point where this sketch was taken is probably where the Thistle Birmingham City Hotel is now located. This area has been drastically changed by the inner circle ring road.

Presented by Arthur Lockwood and Jean Barnsby.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
School/Style:Birmingham Topographic
Medium:Pencil on paper.

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Height:359 mm
Width:472 mm