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J.R.R. Tolkien and Birmingham

Between 1895 and 1911, author J.R.R. Tolkien lived in Birmingham. Many places across Birmingham were his inspiration for world famous novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

This feature pulls together a wealth of source material on J.R.R. Tolkien's time in Birmingham, offers a map and trail and contains posts and imagery provided and submitted by our community. 

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best known authors in the world. His epic work The Lord of the Rings (published 1954-55) was voted the most popular book of the twentieth century. His children’s story The Hobbit (1937) is equally famous, and the two works have been translated into dozens of languages worldwide.

Tolkien lived in nine homes in the south of Birmingham during his formative years from 1895 to 1911, when he left to study at Exeter College, Oxford. Although he never lived in the city again, he referred to Birmingham as his home town and to himself as a ‘Birmingham man’. Later in life he explained that he drew inspiration for his writing from the people and landscapes of the city and the surrounding countryside.

Moseley Bog courtesy Elliott Brown.

Two Towers courtesy Daniel Sturley.

Sarehole Mill courtesy Elliott Brown

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontien, now in South Africa. His parents, Arthur and Mabel Tolkien, were originally from Birmingham but had emigrated to further Arthur’s career in banking. In 1895 Mabel took Ronald and his younger brother Hilary to Birmingham to see their grandparents for the first time. Whilst they were visiting her parents in Kings Heath, Mabel received news that Arthur had contracted rheumatic fever. Sadly, he died before she was able to return to South Africa.

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History & heritage, Art; Culture & creativity

Project dates

25 Aug 2020 - On-going

Contact (for more details)

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ freetimepays.com

25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien mosaic 2020 version 2

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Tolkien mosaic 2020 version 2. The first one wasn't cropped, or didn't see it in Photoshop.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien mosaic 2020

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Tolkien mosaic 2020.

Perrotts Folly, Edgbaston Waterworks Tower, Oratory, Plough & Harrow pub, Highfield Road, Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, Shire Country Park.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

The Plough & Harrow pub (September 2019)

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The Plough & Harrow pub (September 2019). Hagley Road and Plough & Harrow Road in Ladywood. JRR Tolkien stayed here in June 1916.

Building on Plough & Harrow Road opposite the Oratory.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

The Plough & Harrow pub (September 2019)

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The Plough & Harrow pub (September 2019). Hagley Road and Plough & Harrow Road in Ladywood. JRR Tolkien stayed here in June 1916.

Building on Plough & Harrow Road opposite the Oratory.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

The Plough & Harrow pub (July 2014)

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The Plough & Harrow pub (July 2014). Hagley Road and Plough & Harrow Road in Ladywood. JRR Tolkien stayed here in June 1916.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

The Plough & Harrow pub (July 2014)

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The Plough & Harrow pub (July 2014). Hagley Road and Plough & Harrow Road in Ladywood. JRR Tolkien stayed here in June 1916.

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien - Google Maps - Sarehole

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Tolkien - Google Maps - Sarehole.

Sarehole Mill - Moseley Bog - Wake Green Road - Shire Country Park

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25 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien - Google Maps - Ladywood / Edgbaston

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Tolkien - Google Maps - Ladywood / Edgbaston.

Edgbaston Waterworks Tower - Perrotts Folly - Oratory - Plough & Harrow pub and 4 Highfield Road.

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17 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Eye of Sauron - Old Joe - 31st December 2017

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Eye of Sauron - Old Joe - 31st December 2017. The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower seen at night on New Years Eve 2017 from Moseley.

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15 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (August 2019)

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Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (August 2019). At the University of Birmingham.

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15 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (August 2019)

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Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (August 2019). At the University of Birmingham.

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15 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (November 2018)

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Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (November 2018). At the University of Birmingham.

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15 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown

Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (May 2018)

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Old Joe - Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower (May 2018). At the University of Birmingham.

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31 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (July 2020)

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Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (July 2020). On the last day of July 2020 and it was a heatwave! 30 degrees C!

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31 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (July 2020)

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Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (July 2020). On the last day of July 2020 and it was a heatwave! 30 degrees C!

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31 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Perrott's Folly (July 2020)

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Perrott's Folly (July 2020). On the last day of July 2020 and it was a heatwave! 30 degrees C!

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31 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Perrott's Folly (July 2020)

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Perrott's Folly (July 2020). On the last day of July 2020 and it was a heatwave! 30 degrees C!

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30 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

The Two Towers at Centenary Square (July 2013)

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The Two Towers at Centenary Square (July 2013). Models in the landscaped garden outside of the Library of Birmingham.

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30 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (June 2011)

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Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (June 2011). My original photos from Waterworks Road.

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30 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Perrott's Folly (June 2011)

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Perrott's Folly (June 2011). My original photos from Waterworks Road.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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08 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Third of the lockdown walks in here. Heading to / from The Dingles.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Third of the lockdown walks in here. Heading to / from The Dingles.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Second of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Second of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Second of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (April 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. Second of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. First of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. First of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (March 2020). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. First of the lockdown walks in here.

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26 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2016)

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John Morris Jones Walkway, Shire Country Park (May 2016). Cole Bank Road towards Brook Lane / Robin Hood Lane. Hall Green / Yardley Wood. Named after John Morris Jones, Headmaster of George Dixon School 1960-80. May Day Bank Holiday walk heading to The Dingles, Trittiford and Scribers Lane.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2020)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2020). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road. Lockdown walk. Between the Coldbath Brook and River Cole.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (October 2019)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (October 2019). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road. Sunset from the gate at Wake Green Road.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road. Snow and ice.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road. Snow and ice.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (December 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road. Snow and ice.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road.

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23 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009)

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Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground (April 2009). Past the River Cole on the Millstream Way. Sarehole Mill Car Park (Cole Bank Road) to the ford on Green Road.

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22 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Greet Mill Meadow, Shire Country Park (April 2009)

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Greet Mill Meadow, Shire Country Park (April 2009). Some early photos, but didn't do the full walk to avoid youths at the time and also went down Sarehole Road.

From Green Road to Stratford Road in Hall Green.

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22 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Greet Mill Meadow, Shire Country Park (April 2009)

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Greet Mill Meadow, Shire Country Park (April 2009). Some early photos, but didn't do the full walk to avoid youths at the time and also went down Sarehole Road.

From Green Road to Stratford Road in Hall Green.

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19 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Green Road ford in the Shire Country Park (March 2018)

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Green Road ford in the Shire Country Park (March 2018). In Hall Green between the Greet Mill Meadow and Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground. The River Cole goes through Green Road but is a pedestrian footbridge. Gets flooded in heavy rain.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Dredging Sarehole Mill (December 2012)

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Dredging Sarehole Mill (December 2012). Emptying the mill pool and restoration to the mill over Winter 2012-13.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Snow at Sarehole Mill (December 2009)

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Sarehole Mill (December 2009). Christmas Eve snow from Cole Bank Road.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill exteriors (February 2020)

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Sarehole Mill exteriors (February 2020). Few more from the day I popped down when the Bakehouse reopened during Storm Dennis. New map.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). Few more exterior views.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). Few more exterior views.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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04 May 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). More interiors.

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30 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill painting from the BM & AG collection

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 1977V312 Sarehole Mill by George Willis Pryce (d. 1949). Public Domain from the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery collection.

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30 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill painting from the BM & AG collection

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1969P3 Sarehole Mill, Hall Green. 1850-1900. British School. Public Domain from the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery collection.

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30 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill map

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Sarehole Mill map. From the Guidebook from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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30 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill map

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Sarehole Mill map. From the Guidebook from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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22 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

J.R.R. Tolkien and his younger brother Hilary

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J.R.R. Tolkien and his younger brother Hilary in May 1905. Photo taken from the Sarehole Mill Guide Book. The Guide Book was (c) by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2002 Birmingham City Council also had their logo at the back

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22 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien's The Two Towers (April 2018)

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Tolkien's The Two Towers (April 2018). From the top of Brindleyplace Car Park. Perrott's Folly.

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22 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Tolkien's The Two Towers (April 2018)

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Tolkien's The Two Towers (April 2018). From the top of Brindleyplace Car Park. Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (April 2020)

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Moseley Bog (April 2020). A lockdown walk around Moseley Bog. Somewhere the Tolkien brothers used to explore as children. Inspired elements of The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). The Tolkien brother popped in here annoying the miller who they thought of as 'The White Ogre; and they would scamper off when he shouted at them to go away.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). The Tolkien brother popped in here annoying the miller who they thought of as 'The White Ogre; and they would scamper off when he shouted at them to go away.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). The Tolkien brother popped in here annoying the miller who they thought of as 'The White Ogre; and they would scamper off when he shouted at them to go away.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). The Tolkien brother popped in here annoying the miller who they thought of as 'The White Ogre; and they would scamper off when he shouted at them to go away.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013)

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Sarehole Mill open day (October 2013). The Tolkien brother popped in here annoying the miller who they thought of as 'The White Ogre; and they would scamper off when he shouted at them to go away.

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21 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown

264 Wake Green Road - Tolkien's home from 1896 - 1900

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264 Wake Green Road - Tolkien's home from 1896 - 1900. 5 Gracewell Cottages. J.R.R. Tolkien lived here with his younger brother Hilary from 1896 until 1900 when they moved to live with an aunt. April 2013 view from the bus stop.

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15 Feb 2020 - Elliott Brown

Bakehouse at Sarehole Mill (February 2020)

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Bakehouse at Sarehole Mill (February 2020). Free open day during Storm Dennis. The first time they are able to bake anything in here for almost 150 years since a recent restoration.

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15 Feb 2020 - Elliott Brown

Bakehouse at Sarehole Mill (February 2020)

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Bakehouse at Sarehole Mill (February 2020). Free open day during Storm Dennis. The first time they are able to bake anything in here for almost 150 years since a recent restoration.

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23 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019)

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Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019). Interior during the guided tour.

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23 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019)

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Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019). Interior during the guided tour.

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23 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown

Cloisters at the Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019)

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Cloisters at the Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019). Seen before the guided tour.

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23 Sep 2019 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019)

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Birmingham Oratory (Birmingham Heritage Week, September 2019). Car park exterior before / after the tour.

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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JRR Tolkien LOTR quotes at Sarehole Mill (September 2016)

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day. Bilbo Baggins

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day.Gandalf the Grey

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day. Bilbo's house.

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day.

 

When the leaves are gold before they fall, look for Bilbo in the woods of the Shire

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day.Bilbo Baggins

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day.  Thorin

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09 May 2019 - Elliott Brown

The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013)

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The Hobbit at Sarehole Mill (October 2013). Seen during a free open day. Gandalf

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24 Apr 2019 - Peter Leadbetter

Moseley Bog reflections, Birmingham (April 2019)

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21 Mar 2019 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (September 2016)

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Moseley Bog (September 2016). An actual look at the bog!

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21 Mar 2019 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (December 2012)

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Moseley Bog (December 2012). Decking.

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21 Mar 2019 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog (December 2012)

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Moseley Bog (December 2012). From the Yardley Wood Road entrance.

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19 Dec 2018 - Peter Leadbetter

Moseley Bog in December snow 2017

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Moseley bog boast sof many great trees but this is my favourite especially in such bleak but stunning conditions

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27 Nov 2018 - Peter Leadbetter

Moseley Bog, Birmingham (November 2018)

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill The Two Towers

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The models of The Two Towers - Perrott's Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower originally made for Birmingham's Chelsea Flower Show display in 2013, they were later moved outside the Library of Birmingham before it opened. From 2015 permenantly at Sarehole Mill.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Birmingham Oratory - Hagley Road, Edgbaston

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The Birmingham Oratory on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston. JRR Tolkien was a parishioner and altar boy here from 1902-11.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Plough and Harrow - Hagley Road, Edgbaston

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JRR Tolkien stayed at the Plough and Harrow pub on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston in June 1916.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Highfield Road Edgbaston home of JRR Tolkien

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JRR Tolkien lived in this property on Highfield Road, Edgbaston from 1910-11. Now a nursery. Highfield Nusery and Day School.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Wake Green Road Tolkien's childhood home

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When JRR Tolkien was a child, he moved to Sarehole now in Moseley to a property on Wake Green Road after leaving South Africa. With his mother and brother.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Moseley Bog

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Moseley Bog in Moseley, close to the former hamlet of Sarehole where JRR Tolkien played in as a young child close to his home.

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Perrott's Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower

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When JRR Tolkien lived in Edgbaston in the early part of the 20th Century, he could see the Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower. It is thought that they were the inspiration for The Two Towers in the Lord of the Rings!

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20 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

JRR Tolkien's Birmingham

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JRR Tolkien lived in Birmingham from when he was a child in the Sarehole area (now in Moseley) and later in Edgbaston when he was a teenager. He later wrote The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings based on what he saw in Birmingham such as Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog.

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17 Sep 2018 - Tammie Naughton

Sarehole Mill 1

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17 Sep 2018 - Tammie Naughton

Sarehole Mill

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15 Aug 2018 - Peter Leadbetter

Joy's Wood near Moseley Bog, Birmingham (August 2018)

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04 Aug 2018 - Elliott Brown

Sarehole Mill (April 2009)

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Sarehole Mill seen from Cole Bank Road in April 2009. The original mill was built in 1542. This mill was built in 1771.

JRR Tolkien lived in the area as a child in the hamlet of Sarehole (now in Moseley). Near the Moseley / Hall Green border.

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24 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Sarehole Mill 2014

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16 Oct 2017 - Daniel Sturley

DidYouKnow - Tolkien's 'Two Towers'.jpg

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01 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Perrott's Folly in Ladywood

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DID YOU KNOW?...

J. R. R. Tolkien lived in Edgbaston in his later childhood and it is thought that his inspiration for the 'Two Towers' was from being able to see both Perrot's Folly and  the Waterworks Tower in Ladywood nearby.

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