Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail

By Deborah Broomfield As a long term resident of Handsworth in Birmingham. I decided that I wanted to give something back to the area so I became a volunteer tour guide for the Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail. I am aware of the many attractive and diverse facets of Handsworth but was very pleasantly surprised when I took part in the trail as a participant.

The trail, which is sponsored by Legacy West Midlands, highlights the importance of Handsworth and Lozells to the development and contribution of innovation to the area’s Industrial Revolution. It’s great to know that all the tour guides are volunteers who have a connection and affection for Lozells and Handsworth either as residents or through their working lives.

The tour features many highlights and surprises such as Soho House which was the home of Mathew Boulton and the beautiful St Mary`s convent in Lozells designed by August Pugin; a great architect of his day. Famous figures from the sporting world also have a connection with Handsworth and trail participants will learn more about these as well as about the great industrialist James Watt, who lived and undertook much of his work within the area.

Tour guides will take participants to St Mary`s Church, known as the Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution. In addition, discover Handsworth Park, situated next to St Mary`s and celebrated for its significance in providing pleasure and therapy to Handsworth residents from the 1800s to the present day. A true success story.

Trail participants are able to see sites of interest and learn about the historical significance of the Lozells area too – all there to be discovered. The whole trail is well researched and delivered with enthusiasm, a love for the area and a high level of local knowledge. It's well worth attending!

For further details contact Aftab Rahman 0121 523- 0580 or info@lexagacy-wm.org

By Deborah Broomfield who can be contact via Twitter