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1903

Perry Barr crematorium opens, one of the earliest in the country.

1907

Grove Lane baths open.

Grove Lane Baths

1908

Hamstead colliery disaster claims 24 lives.

Mine head

1909

First burial at Handsworth Cemetery.

1911

Baker Street and Hockley picture houses open, the first in Handsworth.

Handsworth becomes part of Birmingham.

1916

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps takes over former Wesleyan Theological College in Friary Road.

1927

Heathfield (home of James Watt) and Sycamore House (home of William Murdock) demolished.

Heathfield

1928

Perry Barr becomes part of Birmingham.

Kingstanding estate is built by Birmingham City Council

1929

Perry Hall pulled down to make way for playing fields.

Perry Hall

1930

Kettlehouse Farm, Kingstanding turned into the largest council estate in Europe (with 4,800 houses).

1930

First Odeon cinema in the country opens on Birchfield Road, Perry Barr.

1931

Dogs first race at Perry Barr greyhound stadium.

1941

Youth parliament set up at Kingstanding.

1962

Birchfield picture house closes.

Birchfield Picture House

1965

Dr D. R. Prem elected as a councillor for Perry Barr.

1967

First Hindu temple opens in a Victorian house on Hall Road, Handsworth.

1970

Guru Nanak Sikh gurdwara opens on Soho Road, taking over an old Polish night club.

1971

M6 motorway divides Perry and Barr.

1972

Harambee set up in Hall Road to to provide support and education for Black people in Handsworth.


1983

Muhammad Ali visits Handsworth to open community centre.

Muhammad Ali visit

1984

The first Handsworth Carnival takes place.

1985

Handsworth Riots in Lozells.

1995

Soho House opens as a museum.

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