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Andy Foster : "Birmingham" [2005 Yale University Press]

I have bumped into Andy Foster several times as our paths crossed in the archives. He badgered away on this architectural guide to Birmingham for many years. The official synopsis for the 2005 tome was that "this is a detailed, authoritative, and easy-to-use guide .... that explores a variety of outer districts and suburbs, among them the famous Jewellery Quarter, the stucco villas of Edgbaston, and Cadbury's celebrated Garden Suburb at Bournville. A connecting theme is provided by the local Arts and Crafts school, which flourished well into the twentieth century." There are several guided walks with key buildings discussed so the reader can enjoy plenty of exploration. Of course, readers possibly want more text but book space is at a premium and there is plenty to discuss. Naturally, the built environment is constantly changing so a new edition will supersede this work in 2021. A great pocket guide to Brum.


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