Henbury

  • Events,  Henbury,  Meeting,  News

    Henburys Garden Talk, Phillada Ballard, 12 Nov

    If you’ve seen the November issue of B13 Magazine, you may have read the piece about Highbury Community Partnerships. You may also have seen the clearing and coppicing at a couple of places in the park. Those are two strands of community-based HCP landscape projects happening in the park. The third strand of HCP projects is getting underway with a jointly-sponsored public lecture about the Henburys, which is the first in a series of gardening seminars aimed at getting a group of people to research and develop a restoration garden on the site. The lecture will be by the eminent Highbury landscape historian Phillada Ballard, next Friday, 12 November, from…

  • Henbury,  Incidents

    Mystery of the Shattered Bricks

    Something did considerable damage to one end of the Henbury Garden wall this past Sunday.  The missing bricks are at about head height, which makes the method of removal a real mystery. The footpath is not wide enough for a vehicle to come & go without leaving tracks, and it would had to have a very high profile to have hit the wall with a corner, so as to knock loose only those bricks. A sledgehammer could have done this damage, but who’d take one into the park in the first place? If you saw anyone wandering around with a sledgehammer, we’d like to hear about it! Other explanations: lightning…

  • Henbury,  History

    Henburys History

    We’ve been hearing recently from Dave Ludlow in relation to his ancestors who lived at the Henburys. Dave has sent us a copy of an obituary for George Frederick Lyndon, including a transcription. Mr. Lyndon was both accomplished and a man of wide-ranging interests, and seems to have been connected with many local institutions or noteworthy activities. “Mr. Lyndon, who was aged 83, was the son of Mr. Walter A. Lyndon, who lived at the Henburys, which estate now forms part of Uffculme Park.” W.A. Lyndon founded local edge tool firm Minerva Works at Fazeley Street, and G.F. Lyndon inherited both the business and the family home at Kings Heath,…

  • Feature Pages,  Henbury,  History,  News

    Historic Landscape Survey 2009

    In 2007, historian Phillada Ballard was commissioned to research and write a history of the Highbury landscape, with an eye toward a restoration bid. Her research came up with several important findings, such as the uniquely intact connection between house and parkland; the remains of an even older garden estate at the Henburys, and an appreciation of the earlier agricultural landscape preserved accidentally by both Chamberlain and Cadbury. From the Statement of Significance: Highbury Park includes the land of two estates of historic significance in Birmingham. The first, The Henburys, established by the early 18th century is a rare survival of an estate from this period, of which there were…