Congratulations to The Old Grammar
School and Saracens Head!
I am delighted that the Old Grammar School and
Saracens Head in Kings Norton were successful in their bid to win the BBC's Restoration
programme 2004. More info below...
The Old Grammar
School - Kings Norton, winner with the Saracen's Head (below)
Local information - and a small update following the successful
bid - can be found at: http://www.kingsnorton.org.uk/restoration/
Supporting the campaign at Kings Norton Parish Church
The Canon Rob Morris (& myself) supporting the campaign.
In support of the Birmingham bid, I tabled a Parliamentary Motion on
22 July, which is reproduced below. You may also wish to visit the BBC's official Restoration site for more
EDM 1584 SARACEN'S HEAD AND THE OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
AND BBC RESTORATION PROGRAMME
That this House congratulates
the King's Norton Team Parish in their success in getting their campaign for the
restoration of The Saracen's Head and the Old Grammar School recognised by the BBC
Restoration programme; notes that King's Norton Green is a medieval village within
Birmingham, on which stands one of the oldest grammar schools in the Midlands, a
12th-century church and a 15th-century timber-framed house; further notes that the Old
Grammar School is a wonderful-looking, timber-framed structure that has sadly fallen into
decay and is on English Heritage's At Risk register; also notes that the nearby Saracen's
Head was quite possibly the largest house of the royal manor during the 15th century,
boasting highly decorative medieval workmanship; also notes that the wife of Charles I,
Queen Henrietta Maria, stayed there on her way back from Yorkshire where she had gathered
troops for the English Civil War and that the buildings have been used on a daily basis
for over 500 years by the local people; also notes that if restored, these buildings would
provide a much needed educational tool, giving pupils a real insight into history and
architecture; and urges honourable Members and the public to support the restoration of
the grammar school as an educational facility for school parties and the Saracen's Head to
provide public facilities and a mixed-use community centre for parish and secular
activities, serving the urban community of King's Norton.
Thanks to the fantastic
local effort the Old Grammar School (above) and Saracen's Head (pictured opposite), will
now be saved.
The Medieval Saracen's Head