Monday, 16 November 2015
Birmingham: Curzon Street Station
While we were at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair a couple of months ago, we realised that the nearby Curzon Street Station was open as part of Birmingham Heritage Week.
Curzon Street Station stands proudly opposite Millenium Point, in a huge bit of wasteland. It was opened in 1838 and closed in 1966. Since then, it has been used occasionally for arts events, but nothing since the early 2000s.
I'd idly noticed it from the train on the way back to uni when I was younger, but didn't really think much about it until better people than I started to clean it up. Thank you those people!
Over the past couple of years it has been opened to the public on occasional heritage days. I was delighted to get the chance to nose round.
Really, it's just a big empty building but the occasional human touches like the toilets, health and safety signs and a room full of neatly stacked plastic chairs remind you that people used to come here every day for work, or to catch trains.
The entrance hall is a stunning room, with light streaming in from the sunlight and from the the curved windows on each floor.
There have been various ideas for what will happen to Curzon Street, including its inclusion in the HS2 plans. I'd love to see it fully open again and used as part of a station.
To find out more about Birmingham Heritage Week have a look at their website.
This was a free event open to the public