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High Street - Conservation Area

Proposed route of High Street Relief Road 

High Street From Vesey Memorial Gardens

there was a railway tunnel here but probably long filled in and now just Railway Road, known locally as blue brick lane

High Street in Victorian times

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Parade, High Street, Sutton Coldfield. 1897. There are a couple of buildings missing in this image which I expected to be there and what is that flag?
 It is flying from Vesey House. (image: David Wilcox).

After Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Year! Which was 1897

This lovely image of the High Street, 1898, was sent to me by David Wilcox. The Three Tuns can be seen centre rear

I recently came into possession of some slides taken around the time when the Gracechurch was being built.
Here are 4 slides relevant to this page. They have never been online before and are owned by me.

no, not a camera effect or divine intervention but reflection of sunlight from an opposite window pane

Allegedly the oldest building remaining in sutton Coldfield
Not 'real' Police - Civilian Community Support Officers passing the Three Tuns. Our Police seem to have become civilianised - no real ones left

Royal Hotel, High Street. In the background, the Town Hall

Clearly visible, an older stone built wall in this side view of a High Street Building

Interesting point. On the map, bottom, left of centre, shows 'latrines' and it is now the site of Subway sandwiches. As the High Street passes over the railway above, there is nothing but fields to Mere Green but now there is the Police Station & Courts, Sutton Coldfield College, Fire Station, Bishop Vesey Grammar School and hundreds of houses.

Map and information below provided by Sutton Coldfield Civic Society (Alan Green).

For centuries this was the nucleus of the small market town, lined with houses of the gentry. In the 18th C the frontage of many of the old houses were rebuilt in the Georgian style, and in the 19th C most properties were converted for use as commercial and business premises, a branch of Lloyds Bank opening at Number 24. Mill Street is also included in this description as it really forms a part of the High Street historically.

1. The old Swan Hotel: built as a private house in the mid 1700s and converted into the royal Hotel in 1895.

2. 2 separate houses were joined together to form The Three Tuns in the 18th C. Note the archway which originally gave access to the rear for carts.

3. No 1 High Street was a stone building dating back to 1624. The Georgian style front was added around 1700.

4. The old workhouse, built in 1739.

5. Original Town Hall built in 1856.

6. Gate Public House, positioned to be a entrance to Park Road before major road transformations took place.

7. Just off the map is the old Town School, now a baptist church.

8. Collection of cottages on Coleshill Street. All listed buildings.

9. 1,3,5 Coleshill Street make up the Old Rectory. It is here that the grooves of the archers can be seen. See link.

10. The Bank Building, locally listed, dates from 1900.

11. Just past the Three Tuns, on the opposite side, is a perfect example of a much older building being gentrified with a new frontage.

12. 48 High Street gives an idea of how the original High Street would have looked before the builders got going.

13 March 2013, taken from Vesey Memorial Gdns

Commercial businesses who occupied High Street around 1913 included the Birmingham Dairy Company; Blyth Son & Hughes, auctioneers; William Bromwich had three shops, Boot & Shoe retailer, Baker & Confectioner and Grocer; Thomas Cattell, Chemist; Howard Chavasse, Surgeon; Clive & Co, Electrical Engineers; Charles Corbett, Motor Engineer, Cornwell Bros, Coal Merchants; Charles Dain, Draper; Mary Duke, Costumier; Eddowes & Son, Solicitor; Sarah Ellis, Fancy Repository; Mrs Fletcher, Three Tuns;  Fowler & Bewlay, Auctioneers; John Gent, Accountant; Fanny German, Milliner; Holbeche & Addenbrooke, Solicitors; William Johnson, Tailor, William Jones, Chemist; Henry Walter Joyner, Hairdresser; Alfred Knill, London & Midland Bank Manager; Charles Morris, Royal Hotel; Thomas Nutt, Fruiterer & Grocer; Oliver Richardson, Lock & Watch Maker;  South Staffs Water Company; Sutton Coldfield Club; Sutton Laundry Limited; John Wood, Plumber & Glazer; YMCA 

The house now numbered 36 High Street is known as ‘Culls House’, a name which appears to date from the late 19th century when it was occupied by Mrs and Misses Cull. The house was possibly originally built as two stone houses in the late 16th or early 17th Century. It is thought that Anne Sacheverall ( died 1688) may have lived there. The property was much altered in the late 1700s . It has five bays on three floors with a parapet and has Grade 2 listing protection. The shop fronts date from about 1900.

It seems likely that the facade was added to make the property a suitable house for the Sadler family who occupied it from the early 1700s. There is an interesting entrance and staircase and the landing window incorporates a stained glass Sadler coat of arms. Richard Hurst Sadler sold the house ( together with an adjoining house and five acres of land) in 1879 to the railway company in connection with the extension of the line to Lichfield. Thereafter there were a number of occupants including two stationmasters. The Holbeche diary written in 1892 reports that ‘ Mr Sadler had a nice house, now the Bank’ (Lloyds Bank) and of course the Culls were there at some time possibly between 1881 and 1891. Later the it was the home of Gerald Cattell. He died in 1976 and in November 1977 it was bought at auction by the Conservative Association. Whilst they still occupy part of the building, the main tenant is Cooperative Funeral Society.

and now - 2016
Sutton Coldfields Fire Station also stands on High Street, but higher up

Genuine Sutton Coldfield Firemans jacket from between 1910 - 1920 (ish)