The Quadrangle – The Bournville Almshouse Trust
Built from 1897 by Ewan Harper for Bournville co-founder Richard Cadbury, in the traditional form of single-storeyed alms houses is The Quadrangle.
Richard Cadbury wished to provide homes for retired Cadbury workers and others, aged over 60 and on lower incomes, which led directly to the development of the 33 bungalows that occupy this site.
Sadly, whilst Richard was able to show prospective residents one completed home at the scheme, as a model for the conditions they would later live in, he never saw The Quadrangle’s completion due to his untimely death in Jerusalem in 1899.
Available on the day, strictly by appointment only, will be: census details from 1901 & 1911; a talk by Scheme Manager, Kathy Knight regarding the building and its past; an opportunity to meet a resident and learn of their experience of living in the Almshouses today, the talk takes place in the old chapel and is followed by a short tour of the grounds, there will also be booklets detailing the site’s latest refurbishment.
The tour and talk will take 45 minutes approximately.
Very limited parking on the main road please allow additional time.
This event is part of Bournville Heritage Open Day. Many other historic sites in the wider Bournville area open their doors on Saturday 9th September. For a full list of events in Bournville, click here.
Organised by Bournville Village Trust
Date & TimeSat 9 Sept | 10am–4pm
Tours: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
The Quadrangle, 214 Mary Vale Road, Bournville, B30 2DH
Booking required. Booking opens 7 Aug
One step into main porch, one step into main building, one step out of main building onto Quadrangle. There is a small portable ramp. The main Quadrangle is flat, the orchard is on a gradient. No parking on site, roadside only.