Brum Bites – Hidden Spaces at Curzon Street Station
You may not believe it but I occasionally do non foodie things around Birmingham, as well as stuffing my face.
On the same day as Day 1 of Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015 as part of Birmingham Heritage Week, Hidden Spaces opened up Curzon Street railway station to the public. Wifey, I, and a few friends went for a poke around.
The building, though vacant, hasn’t lost its imposing stature
An astounding triple height ceiling with a recently refurbished octagonal skylight
The mummified cat was absent, perhaps it had found another life.
Backstory on the station.
Down into the basement
Looks like the party finished a long time ago.
Hidden spaces signage in the old phone exchange room.
Looks like the keys to half of Birmingham!
Breakfast menu for the long gone Rosa’s cafe; if it was open now, a bacon and sausage sandwich for 60p would put Mr Egg to shame.
The old phone exchange box featuring logo from the 80’s!
Other parts of the basement.
Old yellow bin! Remember them?
View over Eastside
Conservation award from 1984, shame the conservation did not carry on.
Better view of the octagonal skylight
Boarded (and broken) windows
Better view of Eastside with Bullring and Beetham Tower in the distance
First floor balcony
View up to the second floor, with some 60’s spot lights
View from across the road
Hopefully, HS2 will help to restore this architectural gem back to its former glory. Our tour was done, now back to the Birmingham Independent Food Fair.
Where: Curzon Street Station, Birmingham