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BETTY HOLT,  BIRMINGHAM FREE GRAMER SCHOOL 1847.



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  BETTY HOLT, BIRMINGHAM FREE GRAMER SCHOOL 1847. £295  
And thus, on the opening of the new school in 1838, King Edward’s had at last a building to match its time-honoured history and reputation. For Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin it was the first step of a partnership that would lead to an even weightier collaboration, the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament after the great fire of 1834.
If there was one snag in Barry’s building, it was its position. Hallowed cloisters and reverential quiet were luxuries Victorian Birmingham afforded it for long. To a degree this was self-inflicted, for when the governors leased King Edward’s land at the rear of the school to the London & Birmingham Railway Company they were signing the building’s death warrant. Smoke and steam would soon be enveloping its walls, and Latin verbs drowned out by the 9.15 from Euston.
A century later – almost exactly a century after Barry’s school opened – it came down,



 

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