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The church of St Mary the Virgin, Acocks Green was consecrated in 1866, while additions continued to be made to the church over the next few years. Characterised by a harmonious blend of architectural styles, the church is truly a thing of beauty. While the exterior of the church is beautiful in its own right, it is merely a preview of the exquisite craftsmanship which awaits you inside. The church is resplendently decorated with details, some more obvious than others. Of special note are the rich alabaster reredos and vivid stained glass windows. A careful look around the churchyard will reveal a number of memorials, creating a chronicle of the parish members' history.
In the Acocks Green/Hall Green area, to the south-east of Birmingham, Fox Hollies Park covers approximately 16.18 hectare (40 acres). The land was originally purchased by the council in the 1920s. A stream runs through the park and once provided power for the long demolished mill which was one of the many in the area (nearby Sarehole Mill is a rare survivor). There are mature trees, and more have been planted in the last decade. There is also a lake, which is stocked with various species of fishes and is a major draw.
The suburb of Yardley, to the south-east of the city center, is one of Birmingham's largest and best known. There is evidence of a school here dating back to 1260 but this half-timbered building dates from the 15th century and may originally have been the Guild Hall. It was in use as a school until 1908 and currently houses parish rooms and a youth club.
St Cyprian's Church, Hay Mills is a splendid example of Gothic Revival style architecture. The origins of the church can be traced back to 1860 when James Horsfall, a famed wire manufacturer, builtt a school room for the use of his employee's children. This came to be used as a chapel and was finally incorporated in to the current church building 1873. Adorned with a number of rich architectural details, what the church is best known for is its stunning collection of stained glass windows by Hardman & Co. While some depict biblical scenes, other bear images of saints. Whatever the theme, each and every one of the windows are characterized by intricate details and a vivid use of colour. Also of interest is the church's beautifully carved pulpit and the font which serves the dual purpose of being a memorial to Horsfall's daughter. The church continues on as an active parish church even today with a devoted and enthusiastic congregation.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. The mosque has a capacity to host 300 people and attracts people of the community in large number.
A patch of remaining ancient woodland conceals what is left of a fine example of a medieval moated homestead. Don't expect to see any buildings here; the interest lies in the ramparts and the moat that gives the nearby road and surrounding area the name of Hobs Moat. It may even have been the site of the original Anglo-Saxon settlement at Solihull. The local council has built paths through the site and, if nothing else, it makes a pleasant woodland walk.
The Birmingham Eco Park is a center for environmental education managed by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black County. It is also the site for the PAWS society (People and Services for Wildlife) which is the practical conservation facility of the Wildlife trust. The park offers a wide range of educational activities on environment and wildlife such as natural arts and crafts, animal spotting, pond dipping and sessions on how to grow trees and vegetables. It also has a number of interesting demonstration features on renewable energy such as wind turbines, solar panels and a water treatment plant. The variety of natural habitats located in the park make it a rich and diverse ground for woodlands, grasslands, orchards and wildflower meadows which are sure to delight any nature enthusiast. The park may not always be open to public, so it is advisable to check with the concerned authorities before visiting. Activities for large groups in training and education are charged and not free.
Although relatively modern, St Christopher's Church at Springfield is a vision in red. Built on the designs of Arthur Harrison in 1907, the church is a clear depiction of the architects Decorated Gothic Style. Lovely yet humble, the church radiates a warmth and love that is often exclusive to older churches. Services are held regularly and visitors are welcome to join in if they wish or are free to simply explore this stoic beauty.
Small Heath is about a mile or so from the city center and in many ways is a fairly typical inner-city area. It's not the most attractive part of the city, but it does have an excellent and typically Victorian park. The large acres of land covered were donated by Mrs. Louisa Ryland in the 1870s and the park was visited by Queen Victoria herself. It is extremely well looked after, and provides a much-needed green space in the area with mature trees and a bandstand. The park also hosts various events through the year, such as fun-fairs and a bonfire party.
Shire Country Park in south Birmingham stretches across the impressively varied landscape from Yardley Wood up to Small Heath along the River Cole. the park contains within its boundaries opportunities to explore various habitats including wetlands, grasslands and wooded areas. Depending which area of this vast park you choose to explore you could be treated to sightings of bats, swans, kingfishers, butterflies and foxes. While visiting the entire area of the park in a single day is not possible, the park is made up of a number of local nature reserves which make for great day trips. Apart from the undeniable natural heritage, visitors can also visit a number of sites of historical interest within the park, including the renown author J. R. R. Tolkein's childhood haunts.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
This fine parish church dates from the 12th Century and stands in the oldest part of the suburb of Yardley, south-east of the city. This part of the suburb has an almost country village feel about it and the church, with a spire and clock, has several interesting features. These include Catherine of Aragon's door, dating from 1533, and attractive stained glass windows. Since this is a city with little visible history prior to the Industrial Revolution, places such as this are to be truly cherished.