There were seven main areas of Birmingham that Frank Taylor Lockwood sketched and painted. These included Kings Norton, Acocks Green, Yardley, Sheldon, Harborne, Northfield, and later the inner city. His work focused on the cottages and farms from a rural era, which has now long gone. He began to note the changes occurring in the Southeast of Birmingham in his diaries in the 1930s. His comments demonstrate the extent and the speed in which these areas went from being rural farming communities to the suburban housing estates that we know today. He also comments on his sense of urgency to paint or draw the old farms and houses before they faced the bulldozer.