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Bingley House 1830, demolished to build Bingley Hall in 1850

The Bingley Hall in Birmingham was the first purpose-built exhibition hall in Great Britain. It was built in 1850 and burned down in 1983. This article is about the city in England. ...

The precursor of Bingley Hall was an "Exhibition of the Manufactures of Birmingham and the Midland Counties" in a temporary wooden hall built in the grounds of, and attached to, Bingley House on Broad Street in central Birmingham (which once belonged to banker Charles Lloyd and was visited by Samuel Taylor Coleridge) and opened on 3 September 1849 for visitors to the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival. This exhibition was visited by Charles Darwin, and also on 12 November by Prince Albert and must have contributed to his ideas for the the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace. Broad Street may be the name of: In the United Kingdom: Broad Street, Birmingham Broad Street, Oxford Broad Street, Reading, a pedestrianised street in Reading, Berkshire, that forms the towns main shopping street Broad Street railway station, a closed station in London The former name for Broadwick Street in... There are three generations of Sampson Lloyd in the Lloyd family of Birmingham, England. ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, 1795 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... The Birmingham Triennial Musical Festival is the longest-running classical music festival of its kind. ... Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist [1] who achieved lasting fame by producing considerable evidence that species originated through evolutionary change, at the same time proposing the scientific theory that natural selection is the mechanism by which such change occurs. ... Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Augustus Charles Albert Emanuel, later HRH The Prince Consort) (26 August 1819 - 14 December 1861) was the husband and consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ... The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park 1851. ... The 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park . ...

Bingley House and its land were bought by a railway company in order to build a tunnel. The house was demolished. In December 1849 the first Birmingham annual cattle show and poultry show were held in a temporary hall on the corner of Lower Essex Street and Kent Street, but the following year the 2nd shows were held in the new Bingley Hall.

Bingley Hall was built by Messrs Branson and Gwyther (architect J. A. Chatwin [1] [2]), for £6,000 in six weeks in 1850 using steel columns surplus to the construction of Euston railway station. It was built in the Roman Doric style in red and blue bricks (the Staffordshire blue bricks being diverted from building the Oxford Street viaduct[2]). Covering one and a quarter acres internally, it measured 224 feet by 221 feet, used 11,700 feet of 21 inch glass, and had ten entrance doors. The Joint Stock Bank (now a pub), Temple Row West St Mary & St Ambrose, Edgbaston 1897-8. ... 1850 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Euston station, also known as London Euston, is a major railway station to the north of central London in the London Borough of Camden. ...

During its life, it was used as a hall for the Birmingham Dog Show, cattle shows, chrysanthemum shows, circus, boxing, cinema, and in its later days for popular music concerts. It had a cycle track used for competitions. It was used as a huge meeting space. Gladstone held a political meeting in November 1888, following Joseph Chamberlain's split from the Liberal Party over Irish Home Rule, and spoke for two hours. The speech was recorded by the journal Political World on an Edison phonograph shipped from New York – the first political speech recorded. The hall had been used repeatedly for meetings and conversions by various non-conformist religions, including the Elim Pentecostal Church in 1930, led by George Jeffreys. William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal Party statesman and Prime Minister (1868–1874, 1880–1885, 1886 and 1892–1894). ... The Rt. ... This article is about the historic Liberal Party. ... Irelands first Home Rule Bill was introduced on 8 April 1886 by Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone. ... Edison cylinder phonograph ca. ... In English history, a non-conformist is any member of a Protestant congregation not affiliated with the Church of England. ... The Elim Pentecostal Church (EPC) is a U.K.-based Pentecostal Christian denomination (not to be confused with the U.S.-based Elim Fellowship). ... George Jeffreys (1889–1962) was a Welsh minister who founded the Elim Pentecostal Church, one of the first Pentecostal organisations. ...

The hall was damaged by fire in 1983 and demolished, its functionality having been replaced by the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) just outside the city. The International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall now stand in its place. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe, located in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. ... The International Convention Centre is a major conference venue in central Birmingham, England. ... Symphony Hall is a concert venue located inside the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, England. ...


  • A History of Birmingham, Chris Upton, 1993, ISBN 0-85033-870-0
  • The Making of Birmingham: Being a History of the Rise and Growth of the Midland Metropolis, Robert K. Dent, Published by J. L. Allday, 1894
  • A History of the County of Warwick, Volume 7 – The City of Birmingham, ed W. B. Stephens, University of London Institute of Historical Research, Oxford University Press, 1964
  1. ^ Birmingham Buildings, The Architectural Story of a Midland City, Bryan Little, 1971, ISBN 0-7153-5295-4
  2. ^ a b The Life Story of J. A. Chatwin FRIBA, FSA.Scot 1830-1907, P. B. Chatwin, Oxford University Press, 1952

External links

  • British History Online - Ordnance Survey first edition map 1890



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