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The Bournville Carillon | by ell brown
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The Bournville Carillon

Since I've had my current camera, I've been wanting to return to Bournville to re-take and get better, closer shots of the Bournville Carillon.


It is now part of the Bournville Junior School.


The following information was taken from the Birmingham Heritage Forum: Bournville Carillon -


The Bournville Carillon was erected in a semi-rural location in 1906, before the onslaught of urban development and the building of the busy main road by which it now stands adjacent. Bournville, however, remains an idyllic leafy suburb of Birmingham and the sound of the Carillon drifting across the gardens of Bournville on a perfect summer's day is truly wonderful. The Carillon ranks as one of the finest and largest in Great Britain, having 48 bells hung below a domed copper cupola above the tower of the junior and infant school on Bournville Village Green. It is owned and administered by the Bournville Village Trust, which was established in 1900 by George Cadbury.


Bournville Junior School is a Grade II listed building.


1902-5, by W Alexander Harvey. Red brick with stone dressings; slate roof, On the left a big square entrance tower. Pointed arched doorway approached up steps. Its bold keystone carries an oriel window with carved base and pointed stone roof. Above and to the left of this a clock. The tower is surmounted by a cupola dating in its present form from 1934 and containing 48 bells. The cupola consists of 8 slender copper-clad columns supporting a shallow ogee copper roof. On the left return of the tower, another pointed arched doorway approached up steps and a polygonal staircase turret with traceried window below its stone roof. To the right of the entrance tower and set back from it, the central hall lit by dormer windows in the roof and terminating on the right in a gable surmounted by a stone louvered structure. From in front of this hall project the lower gabled classrooms, 3 of them, then, slightly advanced, a pointed arched doorway in a stone wall and a fourth gabled classroom. Inside, the roof of the hall rises from lance curved braces and there are frescoes of 1914 by Mary Sargant Florence and Mary Creighton McDowall. The carving throughout is by Bengamin Creswick.


Bournville Junior School - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on April 10, 2010