Moseley into the Millennium tells the story of a remarkable school, its various buildings and the people who lived and worked in them. This well researched and lavishly illustrated book charts the extraordinary social and educational changes which have taken place over the last 150 years and the survival of a unique piece of architectural history.
The story began in 1857 when a family of leading Nonconformists, a group whose contribution to the development of Birmingham was to prove so crucial, acquired a site in rural Wake Green Road for the expansion of their training college for ministers. The winning design for Spring Hill College was by the brilliant 25 year old architect Joseph James, executed by George Myers, and produced one of the finest Victorian buildings of its time.
In the 1990’s proposals were made to demolish it; it was saved by its listed status and by the public outcry. There followed an epic, and ultimately successful, battle by the school to secure the funding for its complete restoration. The work, finished at the end of 1998, restored the building to its former glory as the school looked forward to the new millennium.