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News of AOUG in the West Midlands (04)

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Guided Tour of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

Our members met Rev. Mark Crisp at the main entrance of St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Wolverhampton, who took us into the Giffard House. Giffard House was originally built for the Giffard family and their servants. In 1743, a chapel was built at the rear of the house and it was opened up for worshipers. Bishop Milner lived in Giffard House from 1804 till his death in 1826. His grave is currently located in the crypt. Also, his brass memorial is placed in nave of the church. It was designed by Pugin.

In 1826 an extension, designed by Joseph Ireland, was carried out. The nave was completed in 1828 with a Lady Chapel, designed by Sandy and Norris, added to the church. In 1901, the Sacred Heart Chapel was added which was designed by Edward Goldie. In 2006, a complete refurbishment program was created by the architect Stephen Oliver. This Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest in England and our Guided Tour was enlightening.

Mohammad Motawalla



Tipton Library and Community Heritage Centre

Our visit to Tipton Library and Community Heritage Centre took place on Saturday 16th March 2019. The Community Heritage Centre is established in a small space within the library and it is open to public during the library’s opening times. It depicts the town’s industrial and social history. During the late 18th Century, Tipton had large deposits of ironstone and coal. This supported the growth of industries during the Industrial Revolution at the time. Roads, railways and canals were developed to produce an excellent transport system and the development of the canals tagged Tipton to be ‘The Venice of the Midlands’

The rapid growth of industries promoted an increase in the population of Tipton from four thousand at beginning of the 19th Century to thirty thousand at the end of the same century. After the two World Wars of last century the majority of industries closed and the ‘Depression’ accelerated. Today, Tipton is a commuter town.

Mohammad Motawalla.



A visit to the Library of Birmingham

Our visit to the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham took place in September, 2018. Our members met at the main entrance. This library was opened in September, 2013. It is built between the Birmingham Rep Theatre and Baskerville House. This library was opened by the Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. This new library cost £188.8 million. It is described as the largest public library in United Kingdom and it is the largest Regional Library and cultural space in Europe. During the first year of its opening, 2.7million visitors attended this library. Hence, it is recorded that this library is the eleventh most popular attraction in the United Kingdom. This library has created new opportunities for study space for the present generation. Our event was a fabulous one.

Mohammad Motawalla


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