Building Stone Trails

Building Birmingham: A tour in three parts of the building stones used in the city centre.

Part 1 leads from Birmingham Town Hall to the Cathedral, Part 2 visits Centenary Square and Brindley Place and the third walk examines the stones used in the retail districts from the ‘Back of Rackham’s’ to the Bullring. These trails have been produced by Ruth Siddall in collaboration with and on behalf of the Black Country Geological Society, with help from Julie Schroder and Laura Hamilton. All three trails have been adapted for the BCGS web site by John Schroder, with additional photos, maps, and definitions. See Ruth’s Urban Geology website for many more building stones trails, mainly in London.
 
The web pages below have been designed for viewing on mobile phones as well as desktop machines so you can follow the trails while you walk. Hover over (or click if you have no mouse) words in red to see a definition (usually taken from Wikipedia).

The stone varieties listed in green in the trail text can be found in our Index of Stones. The index also shows some of the buildings where the stones can be found and gives reference information about the stones.

Click below for the web-based versions of the Trails:

  1. The Town Hall to the Cathedral
  2. Centenary Square to Brindleyplace
  3. Around the shops from the ‘Back of Rackham’s’ to the Bullring
The pins show the sites visited on all three trails.

The pins show the sites visited on all three trails.

Click below for pdfs of the three trails:

  1. The Town Hall to the Cathedral, 4.9 Mb pdf
  2. Centenary Square to Brindleyplace, 3.5 Mb pdf
  3. Around the shops, 5.7 Mb pdf