Bell's Farmhouse - Bells Farm Close - Druids Heath - gate
Druids Heath in South Birmingham.
Went through here a few days before on the 49 bus and noticed an old Tudor building.
Came back on a Sunday on the more reliable and regular no 50 bus.
At 1 Bells Farm Close (and listed as being at 157 Bells Lane).
Grade II* listed building.
(formerly listed under
SP 07 NE 17/14 25.4.52
Late C16 to mid C17 substantial farmhouse. Two storeys and attic. Timber
framed with red brick infill, later roughcast. Double gabled front and rear,
the gables slightly jettied at attic level. Old tile roof. Original external
chimney stacks to side elevations with tall coupled stair shaped shafts.
Fenestration consists mainly of C19 wood casements. Central doorway giving
access to axial passage, the door in an architrave (but hood missing). All
main rooms of interior retain C17 panelling although some appears to be reset.
Ground floor right hand room has palmette frieze - upper right hand room
has remains of C17 plaster ceiling in 2 compartments, one with rosette and
guilloche decoration, the other with an original arrangement with lions' masks.
Dog leg staircase with surviving elements of splat balusters. The site of
the house was moated to the west.
Listing NGR: SP0636178755
Construction area out front where the garden should be (if it had one).
Gate at the front.
Halfway between Kings Norton and the Maypole.