Grove Park, Birmingham

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Grove Park
TypePublic park
LocationHarborne, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°27′N 1°57′W / 52.45°N 1.95°W / 52.45; -1.95Coordinates: 52°27′N 1°57′W / 52.45°N 1.95°W / 52.45; -1.95
Created1963 (1963)
Operated byBirmingham City Council

Grove Park is a public park in Birmingham, England, created in 1963 and managed by Birmingham City Council. It lies on the Westerly side of Harborne Park Road, which forms part of the A4040 road.

History[edit]

The park was historically the grounds of The Grove, an 18th-century Georgian house.

One of Birmingham's first MPs, Thomas Attwood, lived at The Grove between 1823 and 1846. Attwood is immortalised in a bronze statue which formerly sat on the steps of Chamberlain Square, until the latter's redevelopment in 2017.

Ante-room from the Grove Harborne 1877

The house was rebuilt in 1877–78, by John Henry Chamberlain for William Kenrick, a prominent Birmingham businessman and MP for Birmingham North.[1] Kenrick died at The Grove, aged 88 in 1919.

The house and grounds were bequeathed to Birmingham City Council, the house was demolished in 1963, after which the grounds became a public space. A panelled anteroom of the drawing room at The Grove was saved from destruction and acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[2] The room was used to display Kendrick's collection of blue and white ceramics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You'll be bowled over by the brutalist style design of this Harborne home". Birmingham Post. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Panelled room from The Grove in Harborne". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 29 June 2017.