Celebrating historic Handworth

By on 11/03/2011 in Culture, News

Handsworth's heritage gives all the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of founders of the industrial revolution thanks to the Handsworth Heritage Trail launching this Friday 11th March, 2pm at Soho House.

The trail showcases the historic buildings across Handsworth and provides an ideal opportunity to promote Handsworth to local people and attract new visitors to the area

The idea to create the trail emerged several months ago when Handsworth Neighbourhood Manager Tracey Thorne discovered that many local people haven't visited local heritage sites such as Soho House and Museum.

Tracey brought together a number of local residents to walk round the area taking photos of places of historic interest.  A steering group was then formed, including representatives from Handsworth Historical Society, English Heritage, Soho House, St Mary's Church and local residents.

The trail leaflet designed by the steering group, includes a colourful heritage trail Map, heritage quiz and a history of the sites that can be seen on the trail.

The trail route takes in historical sites such as Soho House, the home of the famous industrialist Mathew Boulton, St Michaels Church, designed by the architect William Bourne and Handsworth Park created in the 1800s,.

Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth said ”Iit is fantastic for the local area to have its very own heritage trail. It is important that we change some of the negative perceptions of Handsworth and this trail provides a unique opportunity for people to focus on the heritage of the area.  

The trail will be launched by Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Chair of Handsworth Neighbourhood Management Partnership and Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Chair of Lozells and East Handsworth Ward Committee.

Cllr Paulette Hamilton, said ”I am delighted to see this new trail developed as it will enable people to gain a better understanding of the historic importance of the local area, whilst highlighting the beauty of the local buildings and Handsworth Park.

I am also keen to see people taking part in trails like this as it will encourage people to be more active and get walking in their neighbourhoods”.

Copies of the trail will be available at the launch and a taster guided walk will be given for anyone wishing to give it a go leaving Soho House at 2.45 pm.

For further information please contact Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth on 0121 303 3401 or email tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk.

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  1. Great launch event today with some people attending that were new to Handsworth and Soho House. Recommend people get out an pick the trail leaflet and give the walk a go!

    Download a copy of the trail on http://handsonhandsworth.info/

    Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager